October 22, 2018

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Norms for participation of Catholic institutions in the political sphere
Election Day is fast approaching and the Diocese of Erie would like to make all Catholic institutions aware of the norms governing their participation in the political sphere. Attached are the latest norms promulgated in 2016 by Bishop Lawrence Persico. These have the force of particular law for the Diocese of Erie. Please contact the Chancery at 814-824-1130 with any questions.

All Souls' Day Mass scheduled at Gate of Heaven
Bishop Lawrence Persico will preside at the annual All Souls' Day Mass Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5711 West Lake Road, Erie. All are invited.

Consider contributing to disaster relief efforts
From the tsunami in Indonesia to the hurricanes affecting the southern United States, natural disasters are currently affecting thousands of lives. Please discern whether God is inviting you to financially assist our sisters and brothers whose lives are being impacted by natural disasters around the globe and in our own backyard. Visit the Social Justice and Life website at https://www.ErieRCD.org/socialjusticelife/disasterrelief.html to learn more about how you can donate to disaster relief efforts. Let us also remember to pray for those affected by natural disasters. Attached is a prayer suggestion from Catholic Charities USA.

Scheduling request for confirmations in 2019
The bishop’s available dates for confirmations in 2019 are now ready. Please review carefully the attached confirmation document. If you are in either the Western or Northern vicariate, consult with your dean as soon as possible so that he may respond to the Office of Worship by Nov. 19.

Take Me to Worship update
As the Take Me to Worship Campaign concludes for 2018, the Family Life Office invites churches and individuals to continue using their TMTW yard signs until at least the end of October. Please save your signs for future use. See the attached list of ideas to help encourage participation in Mass and parish events. This list also is available at www.ErieRCD.org/familiesmatter/tmtw.html. Remember that no sign can evangelize, but you and your parish can discover new ways to keep people returning to worship.

Photos from wedding anniversary celebrations now available
Wedding anniversary photos from this past summer’s diocesan celebrations at St. George and Ss. Cosmas and Damian parishes are now available on the Family Life Office website at www.ErieRCD.org/familylifeoffice/anniv.html. Thank you to all those who participated in these special diocesan events to honor the sacrament of marriage. 


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Respect Life Month: Young adult Adoration
All are invited to worship Christ through Eucharistic Adoration, confession, praise and music, and Benediction Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek. October is Respect Life Month, which will be highlighted in Msgr. Gerald Ritchie's reflection and in the music selections. After Adoration, the group will share dinner at a local establishment. Appetizers will be provided by the Social Justice and Life Office. Come for as much or as little of the evening as your schedule allows. For questions, contact Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at 814-824-1254 or pswick@ErieRCD.org, or go to Facebook.

Enjoy spaghetti and a Mustang raffle at St. Jude
St. Jude the Apostle Parish invites the public to its Serafini’s spaghetti dinner at the parish center, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, on Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Take-outs are available. Tickets are available at the parish office or at the door. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children; kids under 5 are free. Also, take a chance to win a 2018 Roush Mustang (or $40,000 cash) by going to www.winastang.com

Mount Calvary to host Harvest Ladle
Mount Calvary Parish, 2022 East Lake Road, Erie, will host its Harvest Ladle Nov. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat homemade soup, served with salad and bread. Cheese pizza will be available for kids. The cost is $8; $4 for children under 12. For more information, call the parish office at 814-899-3000 or Dave Mack at 814-456-4712.

Gala planned in DuBois
DuBois Central Catholic will hold its ninth annual gala, “Night at the Masquerade,” Nov. 3 at Luigi’s Villa on West Weber Avenue in DuBois. The evening begins with cocktails starting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The evening includes a live auction, a grand prize drawing for $2,500 and dancing. Tickets are $65 per person and include two drinks. Patrons may reserve an eight-person table for $475. Tickets also may be purchased at http://dccgala.givesmart.com. Bidding on select items through this website is planned. Proceeds benefit the DCC Fund. For information, call the Advancement Office at 814-372-3882 or 814-594-4251.

Celebrate fall at St. Boniface Church
St. Boniface Parish, 9363 Wattsburg Road, Erie, will hold its fall festival Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a pork and sauerkraut dinner and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 12, or $30 for two adults and two children (dine-in). There will be assorted raffles, handmade items for sale, a basket auction and bake sale. 

Life in the Spirit seminar scheduled in Oil City
The Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center of Erie will sponsor “The Gift,” a free Life in the Spirit seminar featuring six talks, small group discussions, worship and baptism in the Holy Spirit. The seminar will be held Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Stephen Church social hall, 21 State St., Oil City. For more information, contact Denise Varo at 814-744-8199. Registration is requested. A free will offering will be accepted. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. Beverages provided.

National Pilgrim Virgin Statue to visit diocese
The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will highlight the 16th annual retreat sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Division. Retreat master will be Father Jerry Priscaro, chaplain. E. William Sockey, custodian of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue, will also speak. The day includes lunch and a 4 p.m. Mass. Reservations for meals and attendance should be made by Nov. 1 by calling 814-790-2002.

Hope House Retreat Center to host Day of Reflection
Hope House Retreat Center, 61 E. High St., Union City, will host a Day of Reflection with Father Dennis Martin on Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is welcome to participate. The cost is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. Father Martin will address the topic, “Into the Light,” based on Psalm 34:18-19. The day will end with Mass at 3 p.m. To register, call The Reason for Our Hope Foundation at 814-455-7364. Registration deadline is Nov. 2.

Win a turkey … or two … at parish bingo event
St. Anthony Parish, 804 Idaho St., Sharon, will hold its annual Turkey Bingo event Nov. 11 in the Antonium. Doors open at 1 p.m.; bingo starts at 2 p.m. The winner of each game wins a turkey. There will be regular games, five special games, a raffle, a 50/50 and door prizes.

Diocesan speakers featured at upcoming retreat
“Courageous Women—Holiness in Our World: A Day Retreat for all People of God” is scheduled Nov. 17 at Hope House Retreat Center, 61 E. High St., Union City. Participants may arrive beginning at 10:45 a.m. The day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature guest speakers from the Diocese of Erie who will share their life of everyday holiness. The cost of $15 per person includes lunch. Register by Nov.15 at occcreled@gmail.com or by calling the Faith Formation Office of the Oil City Catholic Community at 814-677-3020.

Info meeting planned for 2019 pilgrimage
All are invited to attend an informational meeting/social Nov. 17 after the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral, Erie, to learn more about a 2019 pilgrimage to Rome, Fatima and Lourdes. The meeting is expected to begin at 4:45 p.m. at the cathedral’s Synod Hall. Light refreshments will be served. All attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win $500 off the trip. For more information, see the attached brochure and/or contact Deacon Ray Sobina at 814-969-3261 or Deb Sobina at 814-571-4077. Also, you can visit https://www.proximotravel.com/custom-trips/ (then scroll down to the correct trip). This is a great idea for a Christmas or anniversary present.


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