October 17, 2022

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m.

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Information on participation of Catholic institutions in the political sphere
As the midterm elections approach, we would like to make readily available the diocesan Norms for Participation of Catholic Institutions in the Political Sphere, which you will find attached. These norms have the force of particular law for the Diocese of Erie. Many of the norms are noted in italics which are intended to help explain the norm and give examples of its practical application.

A couple of things to be noted are:

  • No facility or organization under the umbrella of the Catholic Church may be used for partisan or political activity, or to support or oppose any candidate for public office.
  • Only those voters’ guides may be distributed which have been prepared by the USCCB, the PCC or the Diocese of Erie which have been specifically approved for distribution in the Diocese of Erie. We currently know of no such voters’ guides for this election cycle.

Also attached is a document from the USCCB with guidelines and information on the use of websites, email and social media by organizations under the umbrella of the Catholic Church. Please contact the Chancery at 814-824-1130 with any questions.

Diocese of Erie publishes election microsite
The Diocese of Erie will launch its 2022 digital voter’s guide, designed to educate people about the church’s position on a variety of topics, on Thursday, Oct. 20. The site includes a document with public positions of candidates in the gubernatorial and senate races prepared by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Parishes are asked to share this information with parishioners the weekends of Oct. 22/23 and 29/30. The site will be available at www.eriercd.org/election2022.html.

Update: The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference just released its current document with public positions on Pennsylvania candidates. This information, and all of the information found on the Diocese of Erie digital voter’s guide, is now approved for distribution in the Diocese of Erie.  Pastors and parochial administrators may, at their discretion, publicize this information in their parishes.

World Mission Sunday Celebration 2022
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie reminds all parishes that World Mission Sunday will be held globally on October 23. World Mission Sunday is a unique effort for the entire church to provide help for over 1,100 mission dioceses. Through the work of our churches and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love, mercy, hope and peace. For new, young or poor dioceses, the collection from World Mission Sunday is essential on their journey to becoming self-sufficient. For more information and materials, contact Mission Office Director Indira Suarez at isuarez@eriercd.org or 814-824-1231.

#iGiveCatholic registration closes Nov. 2
The registration deadline to participate in #iGiveCatholic is Nov. 2. New this year, you must register your parish, school or ministry at https://erie.igivecatholic.org/register to participate. The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania will no longer register organizations. Registration instructions and other helpful resources can be found at https://www.cfnwpa.org/giving-options/igivecatholic/igivecatholic-resources. Organizations that register by Oct 19 will be eligible for the drawing of four cash prizes of $250. Contact Kathy Grisier with questions at kgrisier@cfnwpa.org or 814-824-1236.

Microsoft to discontinue support for Windows 8 operating system
If you are still on Windows 8 or 8.1, be advised that Microsoft is cutting its support for this version on January 10, 2023. You must either upgrade your computer operating system or replace your PC before this date. If you continue using Windows 8 after Jan. 10, 2023, you run the risk of exposing your parishioners’ private information to hackers. Identity theft is a prevalent crime. Once hacked, even computers on the same network that don’t contain parishioner information can become a threat to information on your PC. Upgrading or replacing computers running out-of-date applications like Windows 7 and Windows 8 is important. Microsoft also is retiring Office 2013 on April 11, 2023. Using old versions of Microsoft Office can also be a threat because Microsoft stops issuing security upgrades for retired applications. You can purchase Office through the Diocese of Erie. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy Papalia at it@eriercd.org or 814-824-1184.

Marriage Matters newsletter released
See the attachment for the most recent Marriage Matters newsletter from the Tribunal.

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: https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html. For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to http://ErieCatholic.org/careers.


Norms for Participation in the Political Sphere
USCCB Social Media Guidelines
Marriage Matters issue 44
Restore women’s conference
St. Martin Center job announcement
Salisbury steak dinner
Walking with Jesus retreat

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Norms for Participation in the Political Sphere
USCCB Social Media Guidelines
Marriage Matters issue 44
Restore women’s conference
St. Martin Center job announcement
Salisbury steak dinner
Walking with Jesus retreat


Health fair
The Mercy Center for Women and the Primary Health Network will be holding their “Harvest Your Health Fair” on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mercy Anchor Community gymnasium, 1012 East 28 St., Erie. More than 25 vendors will be on hand to administer flu and COVID-19 shots and share employment opportunities as well as housing and support services information available in the Erie area. The fair is free and open to the public.

Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit
St. Philip Church in Linesville will be displaying the International Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit. This exhibit, which was designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, is composed of 160 panels that include beautiful images and detailed descriptions of Eucharistic miracles that have occurred throughout the centuries. This exhibit will be displayed in St. Philip Social Hall, 401 S. Mercer St., Linesville, on Oct. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 30 from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exhibit also is available for other parishes in the Diocese of Erie to use. If you would like to bring this exhibit to your parish or school, email Amanda at eucharisticmiraclesexhibit@gmail.com.

Salisbury steak dinner
The Knights of Columbus is hosting a salisbury steak dinner on Oct. 30 from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish, 1116 West 7th St., Erie. A 50/50 and gift auction will be available. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages three to seven, $7 for ages seven to 12, and $30 for a family. See flier for details.

Pro-life movie screening
St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie will be showing the movie Unplanned on Nov. 5 from 2 to 4:15 p.m. in the St. Jude Founder’s Room, 2801 West 6th St., Erie. Email questions to jimbettydale2@gmail.com. See flier for details.

Women’s conference in Pittsburgh
The 2022 Joan of Arc Ministries Women's Conference (formerly called Catholic Women's Fellowship), RESTORE, will be held on Nov. 5 at North Catholic High School, 1617 Route 228, Cranberry Township, PA, 16066. The event includes talks by Heather Khym from the Abiding Together Podcast, Katie Prejean McGrady from Sirius XM radio, and Father Joe Freedy. Join together with hundreds of women for Eucharistic adoration, confession, a time of prayer devoted to Our Lady, and a 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass with Bishop Mark Eckman. Ticket price of $50 includes breakfast and lunch. Details and registration at www.joanofarcministries.com. See flier for details.

Turkey bingo fundraiser in Sharon
St. Anthony Parish in Sharon is hosting a turkey bingo on Nov 6. Doors open at 12 p.m. with bingo starting at 1 p.m. The event is located at the Antonium church hall, 804 Idaho St., Sharon. Cost is $20 for one pack, $25 for two packs and $30 for three packs. Prizes include gift cards to D’Onofrio’s and Walmart. A 50/50 raffle, gift baskets and food will be available.

Overnight retreat on living a Eucharistic spirituality
Catholic Rural Ministry is hosting a two-day, “Walking with Jesus” overnight retreat on living a Eucharistic spirituality on Nov. 10. The retreat will be held at the Olmsted Manor Retreat Center, 17 East Main St., Ludlow. RSVP by Oct. 27. See flier for details.

Administrative assistant at St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale
The Central Moshannon Parish Cluster is seeking a part-time administrative assistant. The cluster is composed of St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale, its mission church, Ss. Peter and Paul, Hawk Run, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Osceola Mills. The position also includes bookkeeping for the three churches and three local Catholic cemeteries. For full position details and the application process, go to https://eriercd.org/employment.html

Enrollment coordinator
Venango Region Catholic School is seeking a passion-driven, customer service oriented, entrepreneurial enrollment coordinator to lead the school in growing elementary and high school enrollment and retaining students. Full position details can be found at https://www.eriercd.org/schools/educator-non-educator.html.

Teacher at St. Martin Early Learning Center
St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is seeking full and part-time teachers. A bachelors degree in education or human services is preferred. For full position details, see attached flier.

Director of music and liturgy in Murrysville – Diocese of Greensburg
Mother of Sorrows Parish in Murrysville is seeking a director of music and liturgy, who will be responsible for preparing liturgy and music that serves the parish community. For full position details and the application process, go to https://eriercd.org/employment.html

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