November 26, 2018

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The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan organizations such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—Dec. 8
See the attached liturgy reminders and notes regarding the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8.

Important last notice: Official Catholic Directory updates due
Every parish, school system and Catholic organization must submit their updates for the 2019 Official Catholic (Kenedy) Directory by Nov. 30. The website for update submissions will shut down after that date. Instructions for accessing the online system are attached. Please contact Maria Caulfield at 814-824-1130 or with any questions.

Pre-orders now accepted for diocesan directory
The Office of Communications is now accepting pre-orders for the 2019 Diocese of Erie Directory. The cost is $25 each. For an order form that can be mailed or to place an order online, go to Anticipated mail distribution is late January. For questions or to place an order by phone, please call Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161.

Mission art contest announced
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie is pleased to announce the Christmas art contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Twenty-two winners will be selected in this competition and the winning artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during Advent and Christmas 2019. Two grand-prize winners will be selected and their artwork reproduced as the official Christmas cards of the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.

See the attached document for contest guidelines and the official MCA art contest entry form. Completed forms must be submitted no later than Jan. 31, 2019, to: Mission Office Director Indira Suarez, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA  16504, or entered online at

Is your parish or school having a Lenten dinner?
It’s never too early to schedule advertising for your Lenten dinners. Faith magazine’s February 2019 edition will publish a listing of all entities providing Lenten meals. The listing also will be made available online and through social media. Remember, Ash Wednesday is March 6. To advertise parish or school Lenten dinners in the “Lenten Offerings” feature in Faith, contact Advertising Manager Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email Space must be reserved by Dec. 30. Please provide the date(s), time, place and cost for the dinner and, if needed, a phone number for questions. The cost is $45 per listing. This is a great resource for those looking for meatless dinners during Lent.


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Get primed for Erie’s Best Coffee event
All are welcome to attend Erie’s Best Coffee Kick-Off Party Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mill Creek Coffee, 1222 Linden Ave., Erie. Admission is free. This is a chance to buy advance tickets for Erie’s annual Best Coffee event Feb. 24 to benefit St. Martin Center. During the kick-off party, attendees may purchase Erie’s Best Coffee mugs, take a tour of Mill Creek Coffee to learn how coffee is made, and taste some coffee samples. For every Erie’s Best Coffee ticket purchased at this event, people can spin a wheel to win a prize and also be entered into a drawing for a Keurig and other prizes. For more information, call 814-452-6113, ext. 216.

HYS Christmas dinner planned Dec. 6
Make your reservations by Nov. 29 for the Harborcreek Youth Services’ annual Friends’ Christmas Dinner Dec. 6 at the Lawrence Park Golf Club, 3700 East Lake Road, Erie. RSVP at The cost is $50 per person. All net proceeds will help pay for Christmas gifts for the youth and families served by HYS. For more details, call 814-899-7664, ext. 308.

Naughty or nice? Have breakfast with Santa
The Knights of Columbus John Mark Gannon Assembly is sponsoring a breakfast with Santa event Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Parish Center, 606 Lowell Ave., Erie. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under age 6.

Don’t forget Designer Bag Bingo
All are invited to the Designer Bag Bingo event Dec. 8 at Venango Catholic High School, 1505 W. First St., Oil City. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Venango Catholic High School and St. Patrick and St. Stephen elementary schools. Win designer purses made by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and Vera Bradley. Side and gift auctions include bags, clutches, totes and other baskets of goodies. For additional information, call 814-677-3098.

Crèche display among Advent activities
A tri-parish display of family Nativity sets is scheduled at the social center of St. Paul Church, 435 W. 16th St., Erie, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advent is a perfect time to contemplate different artistic portrayals of crèches, some of them heirlooms. A free will offering will be accepted and will benefit Erie Dawn. For more information, call Kate at 814-454-8732. This event is sponsored by the partnered parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Andrew and St. Paul in Erie.

Consider taking a pilgrimage to Rome, Fatima, Lourdes
See the attached flier regarding a pilgrimage next summer to Rome, Fatima and Lourdes. There will be an informational social on Dec. 8 after the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church in Franklin. Father Jason Mitchell, Deacon Ray Sobina and his wife, Deb, will lead the trip through Proximo Travel. For more information or if you cannot attend the Dec. 8 meeting, contact Deacon Sobina at 814-969-3261 or Deb Sobina at 814-571-4077.

‘Follow the Star’ concert features Tennessee Backporch
Tennessee Backporch will perform its “Follow the Star” concert at St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Church, 48 South Pearl St., North East, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Also featured will be students from St. Gregory Parish. Admission cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at the parish office at 136 West Main St., North East, or by calling 814-725-9691. Tickets also are available at the door. A concert flier is attached.


Diocese of Scranton seeking secretary for communications
The Diocese of Scranton is seeking qualified candidates for the position of diocesan secretary for communications. This senior management position is responsible for the direction and oversight of all diocesan communications activities, including print and electronic media, social and digital media, licensed television station, internal communications, public relations and statements by the bishop or the diocese. The successful candidate also will be required to develop and implement proactive and strategic communications initiatives on behalf of the diocese and its various organizations and ministries.

For a more comprehensive description of the position and required qualifications, individuals are encouraged to visit the diocesan website at Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter with salary requirements and a complete resume with a minimum of three references by Nov. 30, 2018 to: James Burke, Diocesan Secretary for Human Resources, 300 Wyoming Ave., Scranton PA 18503, or email

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