October 29, 2018

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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. in the chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5711 West Lake Road, Erie. All are invited.

2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2018 collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Nov. 10-11.

Norms for participation of Catholic institutions in the political sphere
Election Day is Nov. 6 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.

Voter resources
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reminds us that “the obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.” Please find voter resources provided by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the USCCB on the Social Justice and Life webpage at https://www.ErieRCD.org/socialjusticelife/2018-Midterm-Election.html.  

Pastoral Response Team information
Attention, all directors of religious education, Catholic school principals and parish and school support staff. Please read the attached letter from Catholic Charities regarding a new ministry for parishes and Catholic schools. Direct all questions to Ann Badach, executive director of Catholic Charities, or Jim Gallagher, superintendent of Catholic schools.

Wellness initiative delayed
Due to reorganization, Highmark has delayed the wellness initiative in the Diocese of Erie until January 2019. Employees covered by the Diocese of Erie health insurance plan will learn more about the 2019 wellness initiative in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, go to https://www.cbservices.org/marketing/myh/2018winter/email.php to read important information about healthy living. 

National speaker to highlight Continuing Education Opportunity Day
A Continuing Education Opportunity Day is being offered at three separate locations in the Diocese of Erie Nov. 6-8. The theme will be “Families at the Center of Faith Formation: What are the Possibilities, Practicalities and Promises?” Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 8 event at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie. She has developed a number of recognized parenting and family workshops. The registration deadline is Oct. 31. For details, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/religiouseducation/.


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Bingo to begin at Albion parish
St. Lawrence Parish in Albion is now hosting weekly Monday night bingo. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with concessions and games beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Take Back the Site vigil planned in Erie
A Take Back the Site vigil will be held for the late Calvin Isaiah on Oct. 30 at 5:15 p.m. at the site of his murder, 1061 E. 26th St., Erie. During the 15-minute vigil, participants will remember and pray for the victim, his family and neighbors. Prayers also will be said for the person who committed the murder and for their family and loved ones. Anyone seeking peace and nonviolence are invited to participate in Take Back the Site vigils, which are sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and their oblates, Sisters of St. Joseph and their associates, and the Sisters of Mercy and their associates.

Holy Trinity Christmas Market taking pre-orders
Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through Dec. 3, pre-orders will be taken for Christmas Market foods at Holy Trinity Parish in Erie. Please see the attached flier for all the details.

Veterans Day remembered at Mercyhurst University
In remembrance of Veterans Day in November, Mercyhurst University in Erie will be recognized as a Purple Heart Institution during a ceremony honoring Purple Heart recipients Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Bob Hill, commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 197 Erie, will speak. On Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m., Retired Brig. Gen. Pat Genung will speak at a Celebration of Valor. Both events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Mercy Heritage Room on the Mercyhurst campus off of E. 38th Street in Erie. Registration is requested by signing up at https://www.mercyhurst.edu/alumni/mercyhurst-tribute-veterans. For questions or concerns, contact Karen Morahan at kmorahan@mercyhurst.edu or at 814-824-2909.

Silent Peace Walk to pray for those suffering from abuse
A Silent Peace Walk sponsored by the Erie Benedictines for Peace will be held Nov. 8 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. beginning at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie. Participants will remember the suffering of everyone affected by sexual abuse. All are welcome to attend this public, nonviolent action for peace. For information, contact bfp@mtstbenedict.org or go to www.eriebenedictines.org/bfp.  

Santa coming to Titusville
St. Titus Church in Titusville will hold its 44th annual Santa’s workshop and indoor craft show Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville. This year’s show brings together a wide variety of vendors with handmade products, as well as direct sales for all of your Christmas gift needs. There will be food, a gift auction, money raffles with a grand prize of $1,000, and, of course, Santa, who will visit Nov. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., and Nov. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the parish faith formation program. For more information, call 814-827-4636, ext. 2.

Knights sponsor first Gobbler Raffle
The Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Parish in Erie are hosting their first Gobbler Raffle Knight Out Nov. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the parish auditorium, W. 25th and Liberty streets, Erie. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door. Purchase of a ticket qualifies you to win a turkey. Winners will be announced every 15 minutes. At 10 p.m., there will be a grand-prize drawing of meats from local businesses. Winners need not be present. Throughout the evening, there also will be a 50/50, pull tabs and theme baskets. Admission also includes a hot turkey sandwich platter, unlimited beer, soda and snacks. Proceeds support parish needs, religious and non-profit community groups and organizations.

Hope House Retreat Center to host Day of Reflection
A Day of Reflection with Father Dennis Martin will be held at the Hope House Retreat Center, 61 E. High St., Union City, on Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

Diocesan speakers featured at upcoming retreat
“Courageous Women—Holiness in Our World: A Day Retreat for all People of God” will be held Nov. 17 at Hope House Retreat Center, 61 E. High St., Union City. Participants may arrive for this day retreat beginning at 10:45 a.m. The program 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.

Murder mystery dinner to benefit Knights
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie will host a murder mystery dinner Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit Knights of Columbus Council #278. See the attached flier for details.

Win a get-away of your choice!
Want to get away to Paris, Ireland or Hawaii? Then purchase a ticket now for a drawing to win the trip of your choice. St. Patrick School in Franklin is selling $100 tickets (only 400 to be sold) to win the trip of your choice. The trip includes airfare, accommodations and some meals, with a value of up to $6,995. Drawing will take place on Dec. 1 at the school’s Breakfast with Santa event, which will be streamed live on the school’s Facebook page. Winner need not be present. Tickets are available at www.spsirish.org/trip or call the school at 814-432-8689 for more details.


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