September 20, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 27, 2021.
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Red Mass scheduled for next month
The annual Red Mass invoking the Holy Spirit upon those in the legal profession will be celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico on Oct. 18 at 5:15 p.m. in the Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel of Gannon University, 513 Peach St., Erie. The Mass is open to the public, especially those in the legal profession, judiciary and public life. All members of these professions, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome to attend. All judges are invited to bring their robes and participate in the procession with the bishop. An optional dinner buffet that follows includes a talk by Father Nicholas Rouch titled, “Defending the Church Today: Insights from St. John Henry Newman.” For further details and to register for the banquet, see the attached flier or go to the Erie County Bar Association website at or call the ECBA at 814-459-3111.

Missionary Cooperative Program reminder
Pastors and parochial administrators are reminded to consider participating in the optional 2021 Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP) appeal before the end of September. The description of this year’s program, and Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing it, are reprinted in the attachments for your convenience.  Please direct any questions to Indira Suarez in the diocesan Mission Office at 814-824-1231.

Rural ministry outreach continues
Seventeen religious sisters have volunteered to do rural ministry programming in the Bradford Deanery of the Diocese of Erie. They continue the work of Benedictine Sisters Phyllis Schleicher and Mary Hoffman, who recently ended their service in that area. Upcoming presentations are:

• Oct. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. — St. Elizabeth Parish, Smethport
  Topic: Becoming our Best Self with Prayer and Presence
  Presenter: Sister Clare Marie Beichner, SSJ

• Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Sacred Heart Parish, Genesee
  Topic: How Faith Informs Life
  Presenter: Sister Carmen Maldonado, OSC

• Oct.
21 at noon to Oct. 22 at noon — Olmsted Manor, Ludlow
  Retreat: Pope Francis’ Newest Letter on Social Friendship
  Presenter:  Sister Dorothy Stoner, OSB
  $50 for overnight and meals (scholarships available)
  Register by emailing

• Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon — St. Bernard Parish, Bradford
  Topic: Being a Disciple of Jesus
  Presenter: Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ

• Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon — St. Theresa Parish, Shinglehouse
  Topic: Living with the Liturgical Year
  Presenters: Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, and Sister Catherine Murphy, FSO

Register for any of these events by calling 814-824-1125. Contact Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, at 814-824-1217 with any questions.

Attention, pastors: October Count is approaching
The October Count starts Oct. 2, 2021. Visit to download the form and instructions for submitting October Count figures electronically.  The deadline for submitting your figures is Nov. 5, 2021. Contact Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184 with any questions.

Attention, Notre Dame fans!
Win two tickets to the Nov. 6, 2021, Notre Dame-Navy football game in South Bend, Indiana, along with a cash gift of $2,000. Take a chance to win by calling the Sisters of Mercy at 814-824-2516 or going to Tickets are $10 each. The drawing date is Sept. 24, 2021. Winner will be notified by phone. For more information, call Sister Bernadette Bell, RSM, at 814-823-3148.

Diocese promotes Re-membering Our Sunday Story videos
On the day he was introduced to the Diocese of Erie, Bishop Lawrence Persico said he had only one item on his agenda: to share with you the love of Jesus Christ. At the bishop’s request, the Office of Faith Formation, with the help of a task force, has created the Re-membering Our Sunday Story initiative designed to help parishioners discover a deeper appreciation for what it means to gather for Mass, to receive the Eucharist and to be part of a community. Watch for the theme as it appears in various outreach efforts through the end of the year, including video testimonials from parishioners across the diocese now available at How might you use them to encourage conversation at the parish level?

Deadline approaching for Catholic Foundation Education Grant opportunity
Catholic parishes and schools are invited to apply for an Education Grant from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania. Already this year, funding has been granted to support a wide variety of faith formation and technology projects and programs throughout northwest Pennsylvania. Your project may also be a good match for this opportunity. Read more at The deadline to submit an Education Grant application is Sept. 24.

Catholic Foundation investors meeting
The board of directors of the Catholic Foundation is hosting the annual meeting of investors on Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. at the Manufacturer and Business Association in Erie. This hybrid in-person and virtual meeting is designed for administrators of agencies that hold endowments with the Catholic Foundation, their finance councils, finance staff, board members and others with interest in endowment-building. For more information, please see the attachment. RSVP by Sept. 23 by contacting Jim Martin at 814-824-1192 or

Documentary available on Catholic faith among indigenous communities
Enduring Faith, a Knights of Columbus-produced documentary on the legacy of the Catholic faith among indigenous communities in North America, is available at This site also offers a facts and discussion guide for group meetings and screenings. Enduring Faith offers a missing piece to the greater story of Catholicism in North America and an example of how Christ reveals himself through the uniqueness of every culture. The documentary is also available for purchase at


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Interfaith candlelight vigil for the Earth
All are invited to attend an interfaith prayer service on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Perry Square in downtown Erie or via livestream on Facebook. Participants of all faith traditions will come together on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi to pray for a stronger commitment to care for creation and all that has been gifted to us by God. This event is co-sponsored by the diocesan Social Justice and Life Office. More details may be found at the event’s Facebook page at or by using the QR code on the attached flier. Questions may be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the SJ&L office, at

Get the car keys and drive up for a spaghetti dinner
Sacred Heart Parish, 816 W. 26th St., Erie, is hosting a drive-thru spaghetti dinner Sept. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The dinner includes homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert, all for only $10. Also available are quart-size containers of meatballs and sauce for $6. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at St. Boniface
St. Boniface Parish in Erie will have an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is centered on a beer-tasting experience featuring St. Boniface’s own parish-brewed selections, including a German Altbier, American Pilsner, Octoberfest, and Irish Dry Stout. Food and lawn games also will be provided.

Rosary March planned for Oct. 10
The 27th annual Rosary March, sponsored by the Erie Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima, will be held Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. All priests and laity of the diocese are invited to celebrate the 104th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima, Portugal. Participants will march around the church parking lot while praying the rosary. There also will be rosary recitation inside the church. Following the rosary, a prayer service will be held in the church with Bishop Lawrence Persico presiding. Father Jerry Priscaro will preach, and Father John Detisch, pastor of St. Jude, will lead exposition and benediction. Enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be held following the prayer service. The event will be livestreamed on St. Jude’s website at For more information, call John Walsh at 814-868-1100.

Hungry for Chuck & Ginny’s spaghetti?
St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie is hosting a Chuck & Ginny’s spaghetti dinner Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 2801 W. 6th St. The cost is $10 per person; $5 per child. Take-outs are available at the door. Featuring Erie’s own Ginny’s sauce from Chuck & Ginny’s.

Win a Corvette!
St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie is sponsoring a charity car raffle. Win a 2021 Corvette Stingray 1LT or $40,000 at a live drawing on Christmas Eve 2021. Tickets are $100 (only 3,000 tickets are being sold). For complete details, go to or

Brass stand needed
St. George Parish in Erie is in need of a brass stand for the sanctuary lamp. If your church has one to share, please contact the parish office at 814-864-0622.

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