November 21, 2022

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 12:00 p.m.

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2022 Retirement Fund for Religious collection
Please find attached Bishop Persico’s letter introducing the 2022 collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be taken on the weekend of December 10. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Dec. 3.

The Light is on for You
In preparation for the celebration of Christmas, various churches in Erie County are offering confession and quiet time for prayer on Dec. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to take advantage of the Lord’s gift of mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation. See flier for churches in Erie County that have informed us they are participating.

Missionary Cooperative funds reminder
Pastors and administrators are reminded to please submit the funds from the Missionary Cooperative Plan Collection 2022 to the Diocesan Mission Office as soon as possible if they have not already done so. In general, missionary visits are to be completed before October 1, and the proceeds sent to the Mission Office soon afterward so that funds can be forwarded to the missionary groups before the end of the year. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Indira Suarez in the Mission Office at or 814-824-1231.

Global Mission Conference
The Erie Diocesan Mission Office is hosting a Global Mission Conference at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, on Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event focuses on Pope Francis’ missionary outreach, the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies and highlights local people involved in missionary work. Speakers include Deacon Paul Bork from the Maryknoll Missionaries and Father David Baetzold, pastor of Holy Rosary and St. John the Baptist parishes in Erie. The conference is free and open to the public. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. For more information and online registration go to: or contact Indira Suarez at or 814.824.1231. See flier for details.

#iGiveCatholic advance giving continues through Nov. 29
The #iGiveCatholic advance giving phase is off to a strong start! Donations can be made online through Nov. 29 at or directly to a parish, school or ministry by cash or check. Organizations may consider sending an email to supporters, posting a flier at building entrances, posting a link to their organization on Facebook, or inserting a notice in bulletins or newsletters. Don’t be shy about asking your supporters to donate to #iGiveCatholic. This might be the giving opportunity that speaks to them. Contact Kathy Grisier at 814.824.1236 or with questions.

Parishioners and employees: Be cautious about sharing personal information
Parishioners at an Erie parish recently received an email from a scam artist claiming to be their pastor, requesting financial help. Parishes are asked to please include the following notice in your weekly bulletin and forward it to your employees and volunteers to keep everyone safe from fraud. Here is the suggested notice to be published:

In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, its clergy and entities such as parishes and schools, will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you. Should you receive an unsolicited request for such information – including a request for gift cards of any type – exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use the contact information provided in the potential fraudulent request.

2023 Official Catholic Directory updates (Kenedy Directory)
The Official Catholic Directory, also known as the Kenedy Directory, lists every Catholic entity in the United States. It is used to confirm tax-exempt status for these entities under the USCCB group ruling with the IRS. Parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations must update their entries online each year. The Official Catholic Directory sent an email on Nov. 9 to every organization that has provided an email address. Institutional representatives should log in at to complete their updates for the 2022 Official Catholic Directory by Dec. 7. Please contact Maria Caulfield with any questions at 814-824-1130 or You may also contact the publishers directly at See the attachment for details.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for the latest position openings. Here’s a quick link to diocesan, school and parish jobs: For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to


Retirement Fund for Religious
The Light is on for You
Global Mission Conference
Catholic directory
Advent Scriptures
Pancake breakfast
Cash bingo
The Essence of Christmas

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The Light is on for You
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Advent Scriptures
Pancake breakfast
Cash bingo
The Essence of Christmas


Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Erie will be displaying the International Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit designed by Blessed Carlo Acutis at St. Mark social hall, 695 Smithson Ave., Erie, on Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 21, 22 and 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit also will be open on Nov. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7 p.m., as well as Nov. 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 814-899-3000 or email with questions.

Blessed Sacrament craft show
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie is hosting its third annual craft show on Nov. 25 from 12 to 5 p.m., Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 27 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 West 26th St., Erie.

Behold Advent reflection series
St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie is hosting an Advent reflection series based on the book Behold by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, on each Sunday during Advent, beginning on Nov. 27, at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th St., Erie, from 8 to 9 p.m. Visit to sign up. See flier for details.

Reflect on the Advent Scriptures
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie is hosting a reflection on Advent Scriptures with Father Michael Kesicki, university chaplain at Gannon University, on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament cafeteria, 1626 West 26th St., Erie. See flier for details.

Healing service at Our Lady of Mercy
The Our Lady of Mercy annual healing service will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Rd., Harborcreek, on Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone needs healing at many different levels and areas of their lives. Please join us for an evening of prayer, music, the laying on of hands and quiet reflection. All are welcome. Contact the parish office at 814-899-5342 with questions.

Candlelit Advent Mass
The Extraordinary Form Mass Community at St. Hedwig Church will hold a Rorate Mass by candlelight on Dec. 10 at 6:45 a.m. All are welcome to come and join in this beautiful Advent tradition in honor of Our Blessed Mother. Visit for more details.

Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast
The Knights of Columbus of St. Jude the Apostle Parish are hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the parish center located at St. Jude School, 606 Lowell Ave, Erie. See flier for details.

Cash bingo at Polish Falcons Club
Holy Trinity Church in Erie is hosting a cash bingo on Dec. 11 at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 East 3rd St., Erie. Doors open at 12 p.m. with bingo beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is $25 which includes 1 pack. Additional packs cost $5. In addition to bingo, there will be a 50/50 and door prizes. Call 814.456.5300 to reserve a seat. Walk-ins are welcome. See flier for details.

New choral ensemble to perform at St. Peter Cathedral
All are welcome to attend “The Essence of Christmas,” a concert on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. presented by Transcendence, the new all-professional choral ensemble at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 West 10th St., Erie. See the flier for details.

Second grade teacher at Seton School
Seton school is seeking a full-time second grade teacher for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. An early childhood or elementary education degree is required. Please drop off or email a letter of interest, resume, Diocese of Erie teaching application, three references and necessary clearances to Christine Hess, principal, Seton Catholic School, 385 Pine Street, Meadville or The required documentation can be found at and Please call 814-336-2320 with questions. 

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