October 8, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

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Compliance documents needed from all clergy/deacons
All priests and deacons are reminded that two compliance documents are to be renewed this year. They are attached for your convenience. The first document is the Mandated Reporter Compliance Document. According to Pennsylvania law, you are a mandated reporter. It is the responsibility of the diocese to be sure that you are aware of what that means. As always in church law, and recognized in civil law, the seal of confession remains intact. This document has an effective date and is signed by employees and volunteers in the diocese named by Pennsylvania law as a mandated reporter. This document must be renewed every year.

The second document is the Statement of Intent for Compliance. The extensive updates to the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children necessitates a new Statement of Intent for Compliance for everyone who is required to follow the policy. Please read the updated policy before signing the statement.

Please print, read, sign and date each form and return before Oct. 10, 2018, to Cindy Zemcik, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. Erie, PA 16504. These documents will be placed in your personnel file. Keep a copy for yourself for reference. If you have any questions/concerns, contact Cindy Zemcik at czemcik@ErieRCD.org or call her at 814-824-1195.

Child protection policies/code of conduct bulletin announcements
Parishes are reminded that the following bulletin announcements are to be placed in one of your September or October parish bulletins. The printed bulletins containing these announcements are to be mailed to Cindy Zemcik, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

The announcements are:

  • Child protection and creating safe environments diocesan child protection policies: The Diocese of Erie, along with all dioceses of the United States, has policies and procedures in place to address the national problem of child abuse and to aid in creating safe environments. The diocese is committed to ongoing screening and training of paid or volunteer persons who have regular contact with our children and youth under the age of 18. It is also committed to the yearly in-service and training of our children, youth and parents regarding touching-safety and safe environments. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help create safe environments, go to https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/.

  • Child protection and creating safe environments code of conduct: The Diocese of Erie is committed to protecting the children and youth who are entrusted to its care and to ensuring that those in ministry with our young people are in right relationship with the children/youth receiving services. To share in the ministry of Christ is a great privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility. The privilege is the joy of sharing in the mission of Jesus himself. The responsibility is acting in a way that conforms to the attitude and actions of Christ. In this spirit, the diocese has issued a ministerial code of conduct. The code is included in the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children, which also includes mandates for creating safe environments. To read the policy, go to https://www.eriercd.org/images/sections/childprotection/pdf/CURRENTPolicy.pdf. For more information, contact Cindy Zemcik at 814-824-1195.

Important information concerning October vicariate meetings
All clergy are asked to take note of an email sent to them concerning the pastoral planning vicariate meetings scheduled Oct. 23-25. For your convenience, the letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico concerning the vicariate meetings and a list of people to be invited from parishes are attached. Please be sure to RSVP to Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, at kdietz@ErieRCD.org no later than Friday, Oct. 12.

Doctoral dissertation survey of priests
Lawrence V. McCrobie, a doctoral candidate from Kentucky, is surveying diocesan priests for his dissertation. Priests are welcome to read the attached letter and to complete the survey, if they wish.


Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Mandated reporter
Vicariate meeting list
Vicariate meeting invitation
Priest survey


Prep, Villa to present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy in Erie will present “A Midsummer Night's Dream” Oct. 9-11 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.at the H. David Bowes Auditorium, 225 W. 9th St., Erie. Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Fall retreat scheduled at St. Thomas More House of Prayer
The St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry will hold a fall retreat for Catholic men and women Oct. 12-14. Father Benedict Bedingfeld of the Community of Saint John will lead the retreat, titled “The Call to Holiness.” The weekend includes Mass, confession, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, discussion and talks. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 12, and the retreat ends with lunch on Oct. 14. For suggested donation rates and more information, go to www.liturgyofthehours.org or call Carrie at 814-676-1910.

Roast beef dinner to be served in Albion
St. Lawrence Parish in Albion is hosting its annual roast beef dinner Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Center, 129 E. Pearl St. Please use the Elk Street entrance. Dinner will be served buffet style. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 and older, and free to kids under 6. Take-outs are $12.

Retreat planned at Olmsted Conference Center
“Growing in Holiness” is an overnight retreat scheduled Oct. 18-19, from noon to noon, at Olmsted Conference Center in Ludlow. Presenters will be Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, and Sister Marian Wehler, OSB. The cost is $50, or $25 in advance. The retreat includes overnight accommodations and four meals. Register by Oct. 15 by calling 814-677-2032 or send registration to: Catholic Rural Ministry, 7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA 16301.

Join Erie parish for fall luncheon, fashion show
The 10th annual fall luncheon and gift auction at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will be held at Scheffner Hall, 1531 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, Oct. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7, which includes lunch. There will be a gift auction, dessert auction, raffles, and a fashion show sponsored by Boscov's. Bring friends for an enjoyable afternoon and a chance to win prizes. Tickets and/or information are available by contacting the parish office at 814-825-7313, or Michele at 814-602-8107.

Silent Walk for Peace planned Oct. 24
The Benedictines for Peace in Erie will host their monthly Silent Walk for Peace on Oct. 24 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The walk will begin and end at the Greyhound Bus terminal at the Intermodal Center, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway, Erie. The purpose of the monthly walks is to respond to the world’s problems with public prayer and intentional steps for peace.

St. Andrew Knights to host breakfast
The Knights of Columbus at St. Andrew Parish, Erie, will serve a pancake breakfast at Msgr. Gannon Auditorium, 1116 W. 7th St., Erie, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children; kids under 4 are free. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a gift auction.

Mercy Sisters sponsor ‘Late Nite Catechism’
Join Erie Mayor Joe Schember and his wife, Rhonda, for the popular live show “Late Nite Catechism: ’Til Death Do Us Part.” The event will be held Oct. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Erie. The Sisters of Mercy in Erie are sponsoring the evening, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner and the show. For ticket information and reservations, call 814-824-2516 during weekday business hours. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund.

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


Processional cross wanted
Deacon Richard Reed is looking for a processional cross to use for Masses at the Polk Center. If anyone has an extra processional cross to give Deacon Reed, please call him at 814-657-0417.

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