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A Family Perspective - 8/18/19
Use this in your 08/18/2019 bulletin

Today Jesus warns us his Word will create conflict between parents and children. In a permissive society which advocates individualism and consumerism, parents must continue to teach and live the gospel values of respect, service to others, forgiveness, generosity and compassion. A Christian family is a countercultural family.



St. Michael Labor Day Picnic - Over 100 years of tradition!
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St. Michael’s of Fryburg Labor Day Picnic
Over 100 Years of Tradition

September 2nd 11 am to 4 pm

Parish Grounds – 18765 Route 208, Fryburg, PA

Easy Access from I-80 and US Route 322

Serving All You Can Eat Homemade Chicken & Ham Dinners with homemade noodle soup and pies
Available 11 am to 3 pm (Eat In or Take Out)

Rain or Shine – Grounds Covered!  Games of Skill & Chance for all ages held throughout the day, Cash Prizes, Chinese Auction, Bingo, Handmade Quilt Raffles, Livestock & Meat Raffles, Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket Raffle.

Labor Day Loot, Livestock Raffle, Pirates Raffle, and Dinner tickets are available for advance purchase at the parish office in Lucinda, PA, as well as various local businesses!
All proceeds benefit St. Michael Parish.  For more information contact 814-226-7288 or visit stjoseph-stmichaelparishes.org.  Find us on Facebook at St. Michael’s Labor Day Picnic – Fryburg!



Bowling with JOY Ministries - 8/23/19
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Please join JOY Ministries for an evening of bowling, pizza, and friendship at Eastway Lanes, 4110 Buffalo Rd., Erie PA 16510 on Friday, August 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Price for the event is $3.00 per person payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Tuesday, August 20th to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

Marriage Moments 8-18-19
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If your employment is home based or you are a homemaker, you may have to create your own "marriage friendly" work policies. Agree about when you will take work phone calls or when it is time to stop WORK and relax together. Of course, if you have young children, you don't fully control your time. You're always on call. Have the spouse who works "outside the home" spell you.

Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
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A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



2019 Faith, Light and JOY Ministries Retreat
Use this in your 08/24/2019 bulletin
Join us!!  You are invited to join the Faith, Light and JOY Minisitries on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Presque Isle Pavillion #3 (enclosed pavillion by Waterworks) 301 Peninsula Drive from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for
"Be attitudes" - a day retreat led by Steve and Vicky Washek.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Friday, September 20, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

2019 Victorious Missionaries Annual Retreat
Use this in your 08/24/2019 bulletin
You are invited!! Come join the Victorious Missionaries on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Multipurpose Room, 1531 East Grandview Blvd. from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for "We are Called" - a day retreat led by Sr. Rosemary O'Brien SSJ.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Thursday, September 5, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

A Family Perspective - 8/25/19
Use this in your 08/25/2019 bulletin

The phrase in today’s gospel, “I don’t know where you come from,” is often used by parents about children and children about parents. Change is so rapid one generation has little in common with another. We must depend on love, trust, and mutual respect to bridge this gap.



Seventh Annual National Day of Remembrance for aborted children
Use this in your 08/25/2019 bulletin
There will be a prayer service commemmorating the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for aborted children on Saturday, September 14 at Gate of Heaven cemetery, 5711 W. Lake Rd., Erie at 1:00 p.m.
The event will be rain or shine at the west end of the cemetery at the Knights of Columbus memorial stone near the infants' section.  In case of rain it will be in the chapel.
www.abortionmemorials.com

Marriage Moments 8-25-19
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Many marital arguments focus on "Who is right." It's natural to want to be right in an argument but it doesn't serve your love. Even if you can fact check your position and prove you are right, it's better to come up with a "win/win" solution. Practice looking for creative alternatives during your next argument.

Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
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A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



2019 Faith, Light and JOY Ministries Retreat
Use this in your 08/31/2019 bulletin
Join us!!  You are invited to join the Faith, Light and JOY Minisitries on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Presque Isle Pavillion #3 (enclosed pavillion by Waterworks) 301 Peninsula Drive from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for
"Be attitudes" - a day retreat led by Steve and Vicky Washek.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Friday, September 20, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

2019 Victorious Missionaries Annual Retreat
Use this in your 08/31/2019 bulletin
You are invited!! Come join the Victorious Missionaries on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Multipurpose Room, 1531 East Grandview Blvd. from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for "We are Called" - a day retreat led by Sr. Rosemary O'Brien SSJ.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Thursday, September 5, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

Transitions: A Monthly Peer Support Group
Use this in your 09/01/2019 bulletin

Are you Widowed, Separated or divorced? Consider attending Transitions, a peer support group offered monthly at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. The next gathering is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. This month’s topic is: “Stress and Relaxation Chair Exercises”. Call 814-824-1265 or email: familylife@erieRCD.org for more information. Visit us at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html

 



A Family Perspective - 9/1/19
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Family life well lived confirms the words of Jesus in today’s gospel, “Those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Commitment, intimacy, loyalty and love are the rewards of humble service and care for one another.



Are you a person with a disability and looking for more in your Faith Life?
Use this in your 09/01/2019 bulletin

Are you someone with a disability or do you know someone with a disability who wants more out of their Faith Life? The Office of Disabilities and Deaf Ministry has a number of groups that will provide the faith-filled social interaction you’re looking for. Call the Deaf and Disabilities Director at 814-824-1257 or email at d&dministry@erieRCD.org for more details. You can also learn more about our ministry on the diocesan website www.ErieRCD.org under Catholic Charities Disability Ministries.



Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
Use this in your 09/01/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



2019 Faith, Light and JOY Ministries Retreat
Use this in your 09/07/2019 bulletin
Join us!!  You are invited to join the Faith, Light and JOY Minisitries on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Presque Isle Pavillion #3 (enclosed pavillion by Waterworks) 301 Peninsula Drive from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for
"Be attitudes" - a day retreat led by Steve and Vicky Washek.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Friday, September 20, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

Transitions: A Monthly Peer Support Group
Use this in your 09/08/2019 bulletin

Are you Widowed, Separated or divorced? Consider attending Transitions, a peer support group offered monthly at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. The next gathering is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. This month’s topic is: “Stress and Relaxation Chair Exercises”. Call 814-824-1265 or email: familylife@erieRCD.org for more information. Visit us at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html

 



A Family Perspective - 9/8/19
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Today’s gospel is clear: commitment to another involves sacrifice. Before we accept a commitment such as marriage or parenting, we must plan carefully like the king in today’s gospel. These are serious commitments which demand complete self-giving and are not for the faint hearted or selfish.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Diocesan Child Protection Policies: The Diocese of Erie, along with all other dioceses in the United States, has policies and procedures in place to address the national problem of child abuse and to aid in maintaining safe environments. The diocese is committed to promptly reporting any suspicions of child abuse directly to ChildLine or law enforcement. The diocese is committed to on-going screening and training of all personnel, paid or unpaid,  who have regular contact with our children and youth under the age of 18. The diocese is also committed to the yearly safe environment training of our children, youth and parents regarding touching-safety and safe environments. To read the policy and see what the diocese is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



Seventh Annual National Day of Remembrance for aborted children
Use this in your 09/08/2019 bulletin
There will be a prayer service commemmorating the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for aborted children September 14th at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 5711 W. Lake Rd. at 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the west end of the cemetery by the Knights of Columbus memorial. The event will take place rain or shine, in case of rain it will be in the chapel. 

Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
Use this in your 09/08/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



2019 Faith, Light and JOY Ministries Retreat
Use this in your 09/14/2019 bulletin
Join us!!  You are invited to join the Faith, Light and JOY Minisitries on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Presque Isle Pavillion #3 (enclosed pavillion by Waterworks) 301 Peninsula Drive from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for
"Be attitudes" - a day retreat led by Steve and Vicky Washek.  Fee for the retreat is $10.00 payable at the time of the event.  Reservations need to be made by Friday, September 20, 2019 to Michele Inter at 814-824-1257 or minter@eriercd.org.

Divorced? Separated? Widowed?
Use this in your 09/15/2019 bulletin

Transitions, a monthly support group for Separated, Divorced and Widowed persons will meet on Sunday September 29th,  from 2 – 4 pm at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. Program includes a short presentation, discussion, followed by refreshments. This month’s topic is:“Stress and Relaxation Chair Exercises.”   For more information call 814 – 824-1265 or email at: familylife@erieRCD.org. Visit us at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html



A Family Perspective - 9/15/19
Use this in your 09/15/2019 bulletin

Parents are like that shepherd in today’s gospel for they don’t give up and can’t rest if one of their children has wandered away. A parent’s persistent love provides a glimpse of the unconditional love for each of us by God, Our Father. A parent is a window to the Divine.



Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
Use this in your 09/15/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .

 



Transitions: A Peer Support Group
Use this in your 09/22/2019 bulletin
Are you Widowed, Separated or divorced? Consider attending Transitions, a peer support group offered monthly at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. Call 814-824-1265 or email: familylife@erieRCD.org for more information. The next meeting is Sunday, September 29th from 2 – 4 pm.  This month’s topic is: “Stress and Relaxation Chair Exercises.”  Visit our website at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html

A Family Perspective - 9/22/19
Use this in your 09/22/2019 bulletin

Despite all our time saving gadgets, we still have less leisure and family time.  To solve this we created the Myth of Quality Time.  Don’t be fooled: Quality Time is Quantity Time. Jesus counsels us today, we “cannot serve two masters” and expect to be happy. Dedicate time to your family. No one in their final hours regretted not spending more time at work.



Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
Use this in your 09/22/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



Transitions Support Group This Weekend
Use this in your 09/29/2019 bulletin

Transitions, a monthly support group for Separated, Divorced and Widowed persons will meet on Sunday, September 29th, from 2 – 4 pm at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. RSVP’s not necessary. Visit our website at: https://www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html  Come as you are; you are always welcome. This month’s topic is: “Stress and Relaxation Chair Exercises.”



A Family Perspective - 9/29/19
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In today’s gospel the rich man died and was condemned to “a place of torment” because he ignored the poor.  He asked Lazarus to go and warn his five brothers to change their ways.  Evidently ignoring the poor was a family pattern. What is your family’s attitude toward those who are poor?



25th Annual Erie Diocesan Rosary March
Use this in your 09/29/2019 bulletin
Plan now to attend the 25th annual Erie Diocesan Rosary March.  This year marks Fatima's 102-year anniversary.
The event will be October 13 at St. Peter Cathedral, 10th and Sassafras Streets, Erie, PA at 2 p.m.
Speaker is Msgr. Edward Lohse.  For more information, please call John Walsh (814) 868-1100.  Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima.

Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf – Erie PA
Use this in your 09/29/2019 bulletin

A Sign Interpreted Mass for the Deaf is held every Sunday at 11:00AM at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Church, 147 West 24th St., Erie. For more information, call 814/824-1257 or email d&dministry@erieRCD.org .



A Family Perspective - 10/6/19
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Faith is one of those things we just can’t get enough of! In today’s gospel the apostles asked Jesus to “Increase our faith.”  Where do you need an increase in faith: in yourself, your spouse, your children? In God? Faith equips us to overlook annoyances, helps us to forgive and urges us to ask forgiveness. “Lord, increase our faith!”



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Use this in your 10/06/2019 bulletin

Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Diocesan 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 Mrs. Cindy Zemcik, at the diocesan offices at 814-824-1195.

 

Please note: The Parish Bulletin containing the October announcement must be mailed to the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.



A Family Perspective - 10/13/19
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Everyone has been where the lepers are in today’s gospel: they meant to thank Jesus for a blessing, but, excited about being cured they just didn’t get ‘around-to-it.’ We too get caught up in our own interests and fail to appreciate what we have or what has been done for us. This week, take nothing for granted and get around to thanking those who deserve your thanks.



A Family Perspective - 10/20/19
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The widow in today’s gospel is praised for her PERSEVERANCE.  In our homes perseverance is a critical ingredient to resolving differences in marriage, and teaching lessons and skills to children. Perseverance is always an act of faith and trust in the goodness of the other person.



A Family Perspective - 10/20/19
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Listen to Jesus in today’s gospel: “…who humbles himself will be exalted.”  It is not the occasional big events, but the daily humble routine of family life and “ordinary time” which creates bonds and relationships which last a lifetime. Try it and you’ll see.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Use this in your 10/20/2019 bulletin

Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Bullying Prevention Month: Relational bullying is unwarranted, persistent, unwelcome behavior in the form of criticism, isolation, or fabricated allegations that can damage relationships. Examples include social exclusion (“You can’t be with us”), spreading rumors (“Did you hear…?”), and withholding friendship (“I won’t be your friend if you…”). Though relational bullying can often seem ambiguous to outside observers and often garners less attention than physical bullying or verbal bullying, it should not be discounted simply as normal, adolescent behavior. In fact, several recent studies suggest relational bullying is more strongly related to emotional distress and teen depression than any other form of bullying. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/

 



A Family Perspective - 11/3/19
Use this in your 11/03/2019 bulletin

Jesus is saying to you what he said to Zacchaeus, “I must stay at your house today.”  It doesn’t matter if in today’s gospel Jesus “intended to pass through Jericho to another town.” In families we sometimes stop at the wrong places.  It is wisdom to “pass through” annoying family situations so we can enjoy the goodness of each other.



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
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Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Homeless Youth and Protecting our Youth:  We consider our homes to be safe places for our children, but 1.7 million US youth experience homelessness every year. 50,000 youth sleep on the streets for six months or more each year. One of the main causes of youth homelessness is family instability, which includes child abuse and/or neglect, domestic violence, parental substance abuse and family conflict. The website of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.ncmec.org) offers information on a range of child safety topics. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/



A Family Perspective - 11/10/19
Use this in your 11/10/2019 bulletin

Jesus reminds us that the day will come for ‘the children of God’ where the complications of our earthly life will no longer matter. Parents know the sound of their children’s voices.  When you call out “Lord”, will God say “Who’s there?”



A Family Perspective - 11/17/19
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So many conflicting voices and influences make parenting difficult. In today’s gospel Jesus encourages parents to bravely “give testimony” and trust He will give us the “wisdom” to be good parents. You are not alone in parenting; a loving Father is standing with you. 



Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments
Use this in your 12/08/2019 bulletin

Child Protection and Creating Safe Environments- Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe: To know that we are children of God is to live in complete love, with deep abiding security and the ability to dream, to sing, to create, to laugh, and to play without worry. As we grow older, we face a new reality – we cannot approach all God’s creation with the same trust and confidence. We learn, through sometimes hurtful and damaging experiences, that some people reject the ability that God gave them to love and respect others – they ignore God’s call. The diocesan program to safeguard children helps remind us of these very facts. With the help of this program, the faithful are guided and educated about the responsibility of how to keep God’s children protected and safe. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help maintain safe environments, visit https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/