September 10, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 17, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

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Pastoral response to gender identity questions
Pastors and principals will find attached an invitation to a conference on a pastoral response to gender identity questions. All clergy, faith formation leaders, youth ministers, school principals, presidents and guidance counselors are invited. Participants may choose to attend the conference on Oct. 2 at St. Mark Catholic Center, Erie, or Oct. 3 at St. Tobias Parish, Brockway.

Prayer booklet and guide offered for day of prayer
Bishop Lawrence Persico has designated Sept. 15 as a day of prayer in the Diocese of Erie on the occasion of the Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows. All churches—even those not regularly open—will be open to the faithful from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so that people may make private visits in prayerful response to the crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Office of Worship has attached two documents that may be helpful to parishes on Sept. 15. One is a simple prayer booklet and another is a guide that parishes may use if they wish to offer times of structured prayer.

Attention, pastors! October Count to begin
Pastors are reminded that the annual October Count starts Oct. 6, 2018. Visit to download the form and the instructions for submitting October Count figures electronically. The deadline for submitting figures is Nov. 5, 2018. Contact Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184 with any questions.

2019 marriage prep schedule is on website
The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Erie has added the 2019 marriage prep schedule to Dates for Pre-Cana, Engagement Encounter and Nova are included. Please notify engaged couples of this addition. In mid-September, parishes will receive a letter, hard copies of the schedule and other information about marriage preparation for 2019. Contact the Family Life Office with questions at 814-824-1261 or at

Respect Life Program begins in October
The national Respect Life Program, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, begins in October, which is observed as Respect Life Month. The theme of the program—which runs from this October through September 2019—is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.”

The program is a nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life. The USCCB produces printed and digital tools and resources to help leaders throughout the Catholic Church integrate the “Gospel of Life” into their work or ministry. This year’s resources are now available to order through the Respect Life Program Catalog or to download from the Respect Life Program website.

The catalog and downloadable resources can be accessed at For more information, contact Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at 814-824-1254 or at

Nova retreat scheduled for October
Nova, a marriage preparation retreat for those who are free to remarry in the Catholic Church, is being held Oct. 6 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 695 Smithson Ave., Erie. To register or for more information, call or email the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or at   


Sept. 15 prayer booklet
Sept. 15 worship guide
St. Martin Center job

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Gender identity conference
Sept. 15 prayer booklet
Sept. 15 worship guide
St. Martin Center job


Happy hour, brainstorming session to jumpstart CYA
St. George Parish Catholic Young Adults (CYA) invites all young adults, ages 21 to mid-30s, to come together to spark ideas for CYA efforts. Married, single or divorced individuals are welcome. The gathering will be held on Sept. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in the Millcreek Mall Complex, Erie. St. George Parish will provide appetizers. If you are not able to attend, please share your thoughts and ideas with Mike Palmer, youth minister, and Theresa Walsh, Catholic Young Adult Ministry coordinator, at

Pig roast scheduled at Clarion County church
St. Nicholas Church in Crates will host its fourth annual pig roast Sept. 22 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the church grounds at 3028 Shannondale St., Mayport. Tickets are $15 per person and cover dinner, drinks and chances on two $500 cash prizes. Only 300 tickets are being sold. Tickets can be purchased at St. Nicholas Church following Mass on Sunday, or from the office of St. Charles Parish by calling 814-275-3446.

Joy Ministries to host retreat
Joy Ministries will hold a retreat Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families/caregivers. The event will be held at Camp Glinodo, 6270 E Lake Road, Erie. The retreat director is Father George Strohmeyer. For more information, contact Michele Inter, director for disability and deaf ministries, at 814-824-1257 or at

Veterans invited to weekend retreat
The St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, Ohio, will hold an Oct. 26-28 retreat for veterans, “The Journey of a Resilient Warrior.” The retreat is designed for all veterans and active duty service members to offer rest, healing insights and coping skills for everyday challenges to the larger struggles veterans face. In addition to time with retreat leaders, participants will gain further insight from St. Francis of Assisi, who was himself a prisoner of war, and from contemporary authors. Weekend leaders include a trauma therapist and a professor/Lutheran minister/Vietnam veteran. The cost is $175 per person, which includes the program, meals and lodging, or $135 for commuters. Full or partial scholarships will be offered, if needed. For more information, contact Sister Edna Michel, OSF, at or call 419-443-1485.

St. Martin Center hiring housing/foreclosure counselor
St. Martin Center, Inc., of Erie, is seeking a housing/foreclosure counselor. This full-time position provides comprehensive counseling services and market homeownership programs that embody St. Martin Center’s mission. See the attachment for details and application process.


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