Photos from around the Diocese of Erie
First responders blessed at Mass in Lawrence Park
Father Tom Trocchio, left, pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence Park, and Deacon Jim Moss lead the parish's first Mass recognizing the work of first responders Sept. 11. Many parishioners attended the event, along with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department, which brought all four of its trucks to be blessed, and the Lawrence Park Police Department, which brought a cruiser.
Butterfly Club works over summer break
A group of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School students formed “The Butterfly Club” with the mission of performing service projects for the community over summer break. One of the group’s projects was a bake sale that benefitted Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services in St. Marys. The sale raised $272 for the organization. Pictured are Tiffany Boschert of Catholic Charities with Butterfly members, from left: Marissa Ullman, Gerrianne Vogt, Jaydon Gabler, Brooke Gabler, Elise Meyer, Olivia Meyer and Cecilia Dornish. Missing from the photo are Gianna and Sophia Bille.
Math and science is fun for these students
ERIE—Seventh-graders at Our Lady of Peace School in Erie recently planned and hosted a Math & Science Fun Day for the rest of the school community. After researching different grade-appropriate experiments, the seventh-graders set up stations in the school cafeteria. Pictured is seventh-grader Corey Webber, who demonstrates surface tension for first-graders Logan Delavern, Landon Kemmer, Nicholas Ehratic and Bode Dimperio. Webber shows how paper clips can float on the water surface.
Partnered Erie parishes celebrate Corpus Christi with procession
ERIE—Parishioners from Holy Rosary and St. John the Baptist parishes in Erie and visitors participated in a Corpus Christi procession June 3 outside Holy Rosary Church. Father John Jacquel, pastor of the partnered parishes, led the procession, along with Deacon Denis Coan, and Deacon Paul Bork, a Maryknoll missionary from Buffalo. John Sins of Holy Rosary was the cross bearer; Brigid Ochalek of Holy Rosary and Morgan Eastman of St. John were candle bearers; and Garrett and Logan Hannah of Holy Rosary were servers. There were three outside altars on the church property for the procession. The walk ended in the church with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, singing, prayer, a Eucharistic blessing and divine praises. (Photo by Joe Mattis)
Serra Club recognizes clergy, sister, lay person for contributions
ERIE--The Serra Club of Erie recognized the contributions and good works of a religious sister, a lay person and members of the clergy June 5 at its annual banquet in the Yehl ballroom at Gannon University. The 2018 honorees are pictured, from left: Deacon Denis Coan, Deacon of the Year; Bishop Lawrence Persico, Priest of the Year; Sister Clare Marie Beichner, SSJ, Religious of the Year; and Ann Speice and John Speice, children of the late James Speice, recognized posthumously as Layperson of the Year.
Prince of Peace Center promotes new hashtag
ERIE—Prince of Peace Center in Farrell is celebrating its 35th anniversary responding to the needs of the people of the Shenango Valley. To raise awareness of this outreach of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie, the agency has started the online #IAMPOP initiative. During its semi-annual meeting of members, current board chair, Lisa Dach, second from left, presented members of the corporation with #IAMPOP shirts.
Knights provide clothing to area school district
CURWENSVILLE—The Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII Council #16090 of Curwensville/Grampian recently presented winter coats, sweatshirts, gloves and underwear for elementary-aged school children to the Curwensville Area School District. The donations are made possible through the Knights’ Kover for Kids Program. Pictured, from left, are Knight Brian Spencer, Superintendent Ronald Matchock of the Curwensville Area School District, and Knights Sean Dunn and Pete Petrone.