November 8, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, November 15, 2021.
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Important update from the Office of Worship
Bishop Lawrence Persico has announced changes to people’s posture during the Communion Rite of the Mass. Attached, you will find two documents: the text to the decree and the letter sent to priests that provides insight into the bishop’s reasoning.

Diocesan, episcopal coats of arms updated
Bishop Lawrence Persico recently discovered that the field on the diocesan coat of arms should be rendered in silver, not white. While the blue “waves” suggest Lake Erie, the silver is related to the coat of arms of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, thus indicating the state in which the Diocese of Erie is located. Updated versions of both the diocesan and episcopal coats of arms can be downloaded at Diocesan offices, parishes and affiliated agencies may still use any printed materials that feature the white field until they are depleted. But as new print or digital materials are created, the updated versions should be integrated. Websites and social media platforms also should be updated.

Catholic schools seeking teachers and substitutes
Unexpected challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to emerge. Catholic schools across the Diocese of Erie are in need of both teachers and substitutes. The Catholic Schools Office encourages people with four-year college degrees to reach out to their local Catholic schools to learn more about the need and to consider applying to work on a short- or long-term basis. A teaching certificate is not required to serve as a substitute, but clearances are necessary for both teachers and substitutes. School leaders will provide the necessary support for completing the mandatory clearances. To learn about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Erie, go to

Suggestions to observe the end of the Year of St. Joseph
As the Year of St. Joseph draws to a close, clergy are asked to see the attached suggestions from the Office of Worship on how to observe the end of this year with parishes.

Engagement Encounter marriage preparation retreat scheduled for January
Engaged couples are invited to attend an Engagement Encounter (EE) marriage preparation weekend on Jan. 28-30, 2022, at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Engagement Encounter is designed to provide a meaningful environment for deepening the conversations and habits necessary in a happy, holy and lasting marriage. Learn more and register at

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


Decree, Office of Worship
Letter of reasoning, Office of Worship
Holy Trinity Christmas Market
Prince of Peace Christmas raffle

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Decree, Office of Worship
Letter of reasoning, Office of Worship
St. Joseph
Holy Trinity Christmas Market
Prince of Peace Christmas raffle


Falls Creek parish offers evening of inspirational music
All are welcome to attend an evening of inspirational music, featuring Bart Foradora and Charlie Prescott, on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Church in Falls Creek.

Christmas garage sale scheduled in December
Plan now to contribute to and/or attend the Boy Scout Christmas garage sale at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie. To contribute Christmas decoration items for the sale, go to the Our Lady of Peace Scout House, W. 38th and Pacific, Erie, on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The sale will be held at the Our Lady of Peace School cafeteria on Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m., and Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Scout Troop 59. For more information, contact Alyson Dana at 814-490-3493 or

Advent centering prayer weekend offered at Bethany Retreat Center
An Advent centering prayer weekend will be held at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville Dec. 3-5, featuring Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton: Traveling Your Road to Joy. This retreat, led by Sister Ruth Ann Madera, CA, is designed for those with an established daily practice of centering prayer who wish to deepen the transforming love of God in the midst of silence and solitude. The weekend includes centering prayer, conferences with contemplative dialogue, personal time, meals and Sunday liturgy. The cost is $235. For more information or to register, call 814-263-4855 or go to

Check out Blessed Sacrament’s craft show
Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, is hosting its second annual craft show Nov. 26-28 in the Blessed Sacrament School gymnasium. Parking is available in the lot next to the gym on W. 26th Street. Hours are Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per day for ages 12 and up. Those under 12 are admitted free. A family of four pass (must live in the same household) is $5 per day. Due to COVID-19, masks/face shields are required.

Order Christmas foods and more from the Holy Trinity Christmas Market
See the attached flier for complete details about the Holy Trinity annual Christmas Market, scheduled Dec. 17-18 at the Holy Trinity Social Center, E. 23rd and Reed streets, Erie. Order your Christmas food and more no later than Dec. 6 for pick-up during the market.

Prince of Peace Center to hold Christmas raffle
The Prince of Peace Center in Farrell is having a Christmas raffle on Dec. 8. Proceeds will support the agency’s programs that serve people in need in Mercer County. See the attached flier for complete details, including a grand prize giveaway and two other prizes. To purchase raffle tickets, go to or call 724-346-5777.

There are no classifieds this week.

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