November 28, 2022

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m.

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Communications Office requests parish Christmas Eve, Christmas Mass times
Having Christmas Eve and Christmas Mass times all in one place on the diocesan website makes it easy for the public to access this important information. Therefore, the Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie asks each parish to please provide the following information by Dec. 6. Updates can be made to the site after that date, but it will be launched with the information available on Dec. 15. Please submit the following:

  1. Parish name
  2. Parish town
  3. Parish contact person
  4. Parish contact person email
  5. Parish contact person phone
  6. Christmas Eve Mass times
  7. Christmas Day Mass time(s)

Note: For convenience, copy and paste the above questions and provide your answers in an email to Rich Papalia, webmaster, at

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.

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 their weekly bulletin and forward it to their 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.

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
Pancake breakfast
Cash bingo
The Essence of Christmas
Pizza with Santa

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The Light is on for You
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Pancake breakfast
Cash bingo
The Essence of Christmas
Pizza with Santa


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.

Pizza with Santa
St. Gregory School in North East is hosting Pizza with Santa on Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 140 West Main St., North East. Admission is $5. Children two years old and under are free. Admission includes pizza, fruit, drink, cookie, decorating, crafts, photos with Santa and basket raffles. 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 one 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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