September 24, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 1, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

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Important information concerning October vicariate meetings
All clergy are asked to please take note of an email sent to them concerning the pastoral planning vicariate meetings scheduled for Oct. 23-25. For your convenience, the letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico concerning the vicariate meetings and a list of people to be invited from parishes are attached. Please be sure to RSVP to Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, at no later than Friday, Oct. 12.

Meeting of priests of each vicariate with bishop
Priests are reminded that Bishop Persico has scheduled a meeting with the priests of the vicariate before each vicariate meeting in October. The meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the same church as the vicariate meeting.

Compliance documents needed from all clergy/deacons
All priests and deacons are reminded that two compliance documents are to be renewed this year. They are attached for your convenience. The first document is the Mandated Reporter Compliance Document. According to Pennsylvania law, you are a mandated reporter. It is the responsibility of the diocese to be sure that you are aware of what that means. As always in church law, and recognized in civil law, the seal of confession remains intact. This document has an effective date and is signed by employees and volunteers in the diocese named by Pennsylvania law as a mandated reporter. This document must be renewed every year.

The second document is the Statement of Intent for Compliance. The extensive updates to the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children necessitates a new Statement of Intent for Compliance for everyone who is required to follow the policy. Please read the updated policy before signing the statement.

Please print, read, sign and date each form and return before Oct. 10, 2018, to Cindy Zemcik, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, 429 E. Grandview Blvd. Erie, PA 16514. These documents will be placed in your personnel file. Keep a copy for yourself for reference. If you have any questions/concerns, contact Cindy Zemcik at or call her at 814-824-1195.

Child protection policies/code of conduct bulletin announcements.
Parishes are reminded that the following bulletin announcements are to be placed in one of your September or October parish bulletins. The printed bulletins containing these announcements are to be mailed to Cindy Zemcik, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

The announcements are:

  • Child protection and creating safe environments diocesan child protection policies: The Diocese of Erie, along with all dioceses of the United States, has policies and procedures in place to address the national problem of child abuse and to aid in creating safe environments. The diocese is committed to ongoing screening and training of paid or volunteer persons who have regular contact with our children and youth under the age of 18. It is also committed to the yearly in-service and training of our children, youth and parents regarding touching-safety and safe environments. To see what the Diocese of Erie is doing to help create safe environments, go to

  • Child protection and creating safe environments 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 For more information, contact Cindy Zemcik at 814-824-1195.

Mass, reception held to celebrate World Mission Month
On Oct. 7, Bishop Lawrence Persico will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie for World Mission Month. Every year, the Pontifical Mission Society sponsors World Mission Month to raise awareness of the church’s missionary work across the globe. Mission Month aims also to remind all Catholics of our responsibility to support missionary work by our prayers, actions and financial support.

The Mass will be followed by a special reception and program at Mother Teresa Academy, 160 W. 11th St., featuring two talks and refreshments. Father Michael DeMartinis of Erie and Deacon Paul Bork, a Maryknoll missionary, are the speakers. RSVP for the reception by Sept. 28 by emailing Indira Suarez, mission director, at

The bishop’s Oct. 7 Mass will kick off a year-long preparation in the Diocese of Erie for the October 2019 Extraordinary Mission Month, declared by Pope Francis. Next October will be a month in which the entire Catholic Church rededicates itself to missionary work and the missionary spirit. For more information about the Extraordinary Mission Month of 2019, go to

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.


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Vicariate meeting list
Vicariate meeting invitation
Mandated reporter compliance
Statement of intent
Gender identity conference


Join Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life vigil
From Sept. 26 through Nov. 4, all are invited to join 40 Days for Life, a period of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Those interested also may stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, and help spread the word about this important community outreach. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nikki Bruni at 412-926-9413 or

St. Jude to host pancake breakfast
The Knights of Columbus Council #11313 at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Erie, will host a parish pancake breakfast Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the parish center at St. Jude School, 606 Lowell Ave., Erie. All are welcome.

Join Life Run 2018 in North East
People for Life in Erie will sponsor Life Run 5K and 10K races and fun walk Oct. 13 at Burch Farms Country Market and Winery, corner of Moorheadville and Sidehill roads (between Harborcreek and North East). Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Races and walk begin at 9 a.m. Free T-shirt if registered by Oct. 1. Free child care, free refreshments, door prizes and free wine tasting available. Register at or call 814-882-1333 for a registration form. More information also is available at Your $25 registration ($15 for ages 7-15, free under 7) will support the pro-life educational work of People for Life in the Erie area. Advance registrations appreciated; same-day registrations welcome.

Rosary Crusade scheduled in New Bethlehem
America Needs Fatima is sponsoring a Rosary Crusade Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Gumtown Park in New Bethlehem. For more information, contact the parish office of St. Charles Church, New Bethlehem, at 814-275-3446.

Rosary March scheduled for Oct. 14
The 24th annual Rosary March sponsored by the Erie Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima will be held Oct. 14, beginning at 2 p.m., at St. Peter Cathedral, Erie. The event will be held rain or shine. Please come and offer your prayers for peace in the world, for your families, for consecrated life and for our church. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. The march will cover several blocks in downtown Erie. Bring banners for your parish or group. For more information, call John Walsh at 814-868-1100.

Beloved Nights offered to couples
The Office of Chastity Education of the Diocese of Erie is offering Beloved Nights on Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following four locations: St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church St., St. Marys; Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 S. Center St. Extension, Grove City; St. Brigid Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville; and St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie. These are evenings for married couples of all ages, as well as engaged couples, to reconnect amidst the busyness of life. Free baby-sitting is offered, with a complimentary dinner provided for children. Couples will enjoy fellowship, a video and discussion, and then an off-site date night of their choosing. RSVPs necessary to provide adequate child care. For more information, go to


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