September 21, 2020

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#iGiveCatholic Zoom training offered to parishes, schools and ministries
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is offering Zoom training for Diocese of Erie parishes, schools and ministries that are participating (or considering participation) in the #iGiveCatholic day of giving on Dec. 1. Training sessions will be held Sept. 23 and Sept. 29. Participants will learn tips on how to personalize their #iGiveCatholic profile and how to market the initiative to constituents. Registration for this training is required at Questions? Contact Michelle Basista at or 814-824-1192.

Clergy appointment
Attached please find the latest clergy appointment from Bishop Lawrence Persico.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings. Here’s a quick link to diocesan, school and parish jobs: For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to


Clergy appointment
Confirmation retreat registration and permission form

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Clergy appointment
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Introduction to Centering Prayer at Bethany Retreat Center
Sourced from the depths of Christian contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer has emerged as a life-changing prayer practice for those who embrace it. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. Learn more about this method of prayer and/or renew your practice Sept. 25-26 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Participants may attend in-person or via Zoom. Register online at

Harborcreek parish to host mission
All are welcome to attend a parish renewal, “Being a Disciple Today,” at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, Oct. 4-6. This mission is offered in-person (masks required) and live-streamed on YouTube at or Facebook at The mission director is Father Frank DeSiano, a Paulist priest who is a noted leader of evangelization in the United States. For more information, email or call the parish office at 814-899-5342.

Rosary March will be held at St. Jude and also live-streamed
The annual Rosary March, celebrating the anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima, will be held Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. Rosary, homily and Benediction will be held inside the church, but also will be live-streamed at The World Apostolate of Fatima is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact John Walsh at 814-868-1100.

Virtual confirmation retreat offered
A virtual, five-session confirmation retreat — called “Baptized to be God’s Witnesses as Priest, Prophet and King” — is offered two separate times this fall by the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Sister Suzanne Thibault, CA, will be the presenter. The retreat entails five Zoom sessions, including process material for candidates and sponsors to work on together. It’s an opportunity to explore the connection of baptism and confirmation, as well as the topic of growing in the Catholic faith beyond confirmation. This is a confirmation retreat approved by the Faith Formation Office of the Diocese of Erie. The registration form is attached. The first session is Sept. 27, 30 and Oct. 4, 7 and 11; registration deadline is today, Sept. 21. The second session is Oct. 25, 28 and Nov. 1, 4, 8; registration deadline is Oct.19. Sessions begin at 8 p.m. and last 30 to 45 minutes each. Participants receive a certificate of completion when the retreat is over. For more information, contact Sister Suzanne at The cost for the retreat is $15 per person.

Catholic’s divorce healing program offered
The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide (CDSG), a 12-week group program, will be held online beginning Oct. 14. The weeks will run Wednesdays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, and finishing on Wednesdays from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17. All sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A link to join the online video conference will be sent to participants when they register. The cost is $20 for the book/journal. Many topics will be addressed through DVDs with experienced presenters and with men and women who have felt the pain of divorce. For more information and/or to register, call Kate at 814-824-1261 or Tim at 720-775-9986, email or go to

Small-group Marian retreat planned in October
Join St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean next month for a 33 Days to Morning Glory small-group retreat that focuses on being transformed into a saint through a relationship with Our Blessed Mother, Mary. During six weekly sessions, participants will read about and reflect on four great Marian giants: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II. A 30-minute video also will be shown. Participants can choose to join a small group that meets once a week on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 17 (as a pre-session), or Mondays, beginning on Oct. 19, (with the final meeting being a post-session on Nov. 23). If anyone is interested in making the retreat but would rather do it from home, purchase a book and participant packet for $29.95. For more information and/or to register for the in-person retreat (by Sept. 21), contact Irene Schneider at 814-476-7657, ext. 7, or at

Villa and Prep to hold open houses
Villa Maria Academy, 2403 W. 8th St., and Cathedral Prep, 225 W. 9th St., both in Erie, will hold open houses this fall. Prep’s open house will be Oct. 18 from noon to 3 p.m.; Villa’s will be Oct. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. Both days will include guided tours and interactive classroom demonstrations, among many other opportunities. Students in attendance will be entered in a drawing for discounts on tuition. For questions regarding the Villa open house, call 814-838-2061, ext. 3239. For questions regarding Prep’s open house, call 814-453-7737, ext. 3.

Principal position open at St. Gregory Catholic School
A principal position is open at St. Gregory Catholic School in North East for the 2020-21 school year. For complete details, go to

Positions available at St. Martin Center in Erie
St. Martin Center in Erie has openings for a donor relations specialist, a trauma case manager and teachers for its Early Learning Center. Find complete details at

Chastity education director needed
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Erie is seeking a part-time director of chastity education. For details about the position and how to apply, go to

Music director needed at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community
St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Parish in Erie is seeking a part-time music director who would be responsible for the development, promotion and growth of the music program of the parish community. Qualified candidates must have the experience and ability to lead both traditional and contemporary styles of worship within the Catholic liturgy. Mostly flexible hours and duties primarily on Saturday and Sunday. The position is under the supervision of the pastor. If interested, call the parish office at 814-452-2982.