November 29, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, December 6, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 2, 2021, 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, as well as livestream information, 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 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)
  8. Which Masses will be livestreamed?
  9. The URL where your livestreams will be posted (Please include the actual URL so visitors to the website just have to click on it.)
  10. Restrictions or accommodations in place, such as the need for reservations or the plan for an overflow location with livestream availability
  11. The phone number or email to make reservations, if required.

Note: For convenience, copy and paste the above questions and provide your answers in an email to Anne-Marie Welsh, director of communications, at

PA solvency fee communication
The Finance Office of the Diocese of Erie is aware that many parishes are receiving a communication from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor related to paying a solvency fee. The Finance Office has confirmed with the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) that this communication regarding the solvency fee can be ignored. Parishes that have questions may contact Jim Hubert in the Finance Office at 814-824-1185 or

Second article on key terms for the Synod on Synodality
Attached is the second article on key terms for the 2023 Synod on Synodality. Pope Francis has asked all of us to contribute our insights to this synod, the theme of which is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The diocesan phase is taking place this winter and spring. The Chancery has developed a series of educational articles concerning key terms that are important to the process. Parishes are asked to insert these articles in their bulletins in the coming weeks. There are a total of four articles in the series; the first was published in last week’s Information Bulletin. One will be published here each week for inclusion in parish bulletins. After the first four weeks, the series will be repeated for another four weeks. For information on this series, call the Chancery at 814-824-1130.

Informational insert for Synod on Synodality
Attached please find an informational ad introducing the Synod on Synodality. Parishes are asked to include it as a bulletin insert as soon as they reasonably can. For more information, please contact Deacon Steve Washek at 814-824-1215.

Diocesan microsite regarding the Synod is launched
All information pertaining to the Synod on Synodality, including a downloadable prayer card, news releases, social media links and a direct link to the Vatican’s site on the same topic, can now be found at The site will be updated regularly.

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering offered to parish, community leaders
The annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is scheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2022. This is a virtual event. The theme, “Justice at the Margins,” will address accompanying those on the margins with new models of justice and solidarity. This year, the Social Justice and Life Office of the Diocese of Erie will cover the registration cost for any interested parish leader in our diocese. Opportunities for community dialogue and debriefing with neighboring parishes will be provided. For details about the conference go to To register or ask questions, contact Patrice Swick at or 814-824-1254 by Dec. 29.

Diocese of Erie liturgical calendar   
Attached is the liturgical calendar for the Diocese of Erie as prepared by the Office of Worship. The purpose of the document is to provide all who are involved with liturgies (pastors, deacons, music directors, etc.) with as much information as possible for the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. It does not replace the Ordo from Paulist Press. It does, however, provide much more information for liturgical celebrations in the Diocese of Erie. This is a “living document” that will grow and be refined each year. Any insights, corrections and suggestions are welcome as the Year of Grace 2022 unfolds.

#iGiveCatholic campaign continues through tomorrow
The #iGiveCatholic campaign continues through tomorrow, Nov. 30. Online gifts can be made up until 11:59 p.m. Offline gifts (donations made by cash or check directly to an organization) can be added to the site until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 6. Due to this extension for adding offline gifts, the Catholic Foundation will announce the majority of the prize winners on Dec. 8. Questions? Contact Kathy Grisier at 814-824-1236 or

Marriage Matters newsletter is available
Please see the attached Marriage Matters newsletter for November.

Interested in discovering your vocation or learning about the priesthood?
The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Erie and The Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Meadville are hosting a St. Andrew Dinner on Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the social hall of St. Brigid Church, 967 Chancery Lane, Meadville. Young men who are seeking their vocation or who are interested in learning more about the priesthood are welcome to attend. Please see the attached flier for complete information. There is no cost to attend.

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


Synod key terms, #2
Synod informational insert
Liturgical calendar, 2022
Marriage Matters
St. Andrew Dinner
Wurlitzer organ

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Synod key terms, #2
Synod informational insert
Liturgical calendar, 2022
Marriage Matters
St. Andrew Dinner
Wurlitzer organ


Catholic Rural Ministry offers presentation on the liturgical year
Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, and Sister Catherine Murphy, FSO, will address the topic “Living with the Liturgical Year” at a Catholic Rural Ministry event Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Theresa Church, 111 S. Puritan St., Shinglehouse. Begin Advent by learning more about the church year. Register by calling 814-824-1125. Contact Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, at 814-824-1217 with any questions.

“Catholics Returning Home” listening sessions offered in Meadville
The Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Meadville is conducting a free series of informal listening sessions, titled “Catholics Returning Home,” on six consecutive evenings beginning Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville. The series is an invitation to non-practicing Catholics to renew their relationship with the Catholic Church. These listening sessions will be conducted in a support-group format, with updates on the Catholic faith. Former non-practicing Catholics or converts will facilitate the evenings. Everyone is welcome. For more details, call 814-336-1112.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Father Rich Toohey, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel on Nov. 6-18, 2023. The cost is $4,899, including accommodations, meals and airfare from Pittsburgh.  All information can be found at  

Teacher needed in Clearfield
St. Francis School in Clearfield is seeking a full-time, permanent third-grade teacher. For full details on the position and how to apply, go to

Home organ available
A Wurlitzer home organ is available from an estate in Erie. Pictures are attached. For more details, contact Tim Burton at 260-484-5182 or

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