September 25, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 2, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 28, at 4:30 p.m.

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Prayers for the Synod on Synodality released for use at Masses
Cardinal Mario Grech, general secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod, invites the faithful from around the world to prayerfully participate in the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will open in the Vatican on Oct. 4. In order to facilitate participation and solicit the prayerful support of the synod from local communities, the General Secretariat of the Synod has prepared intercessory prayers for Sundays and weekdays and a "Solemn Blessing" to be used, in particular, at Sunday Masses (see the attachment) or Contact Maripat Grant in the Office for Divine Worship at or 814.824.1272 with any questions.

#iGiveCatholic yard signs and donation envelopes available
#iGive Catholic yard signs and donation envelopes are available for all eligible participating Catholic schools, parishes and ministries. Each organization may request up to two yard signs and as many envelopes as they would like. The envelopes are ideal for donors who are unable to make online gifts or those who make large gifts and would like to avoid associated credit card fees. To place an order, contact Elizabeth Rathburn at the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania at or 814.824.1257.

Respect Life Month
October is Respect Life Month, and Radical Solidarity is this year’s theme. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities provides a wide range of resources to help Catholics build a culture that respects life and human dignity. Resources are available at Please contact Elizabeth Slaby at the Office of Social Justice and Life at 814.824.1254 or with any questions.

Rosebuds faith formation
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Erie supports Rosebuds, a specialized religious education program designed for children with mental and physical challenges. Open to children from all parishes, the program focuses on sacramental preparation using the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy curriculum and Adaptive Sacramental Preparation Kits. With over 20 years of proven success, many parents from St. Andrew Parish can attest to the positive impact Rosebuds has had on their child's spiritual development. Meetings are held at St. Andrew Parish, 1116 W. Seventh St., Erie. For more information, contact Carol Hoffman at 814.455.5853 or email

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. Don’t miss this opportunity! Your project may be a good match for this grant. Read more at Contact Julia Cooney at with any questions. The deadline to submit an Education Grant application is Sept. 29.

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


Prayers for the Synod
Cash bingo
Middle School retreat (St. Brigid)
Middle School retreat (St. Boniface)

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Prayers for the Synod
Cash bingo
Middle School retreat (St. Brigid)
Middle School retreat (St. Boniface)


Father/Son and Mother/Daughter weekends
Camp Notre Dame is excited to offer Father/Son and Mother/Daughter weekends this fall. These special weekends are designed to foster enduring parent-child relationships through shared experiences in the beautiful setting of Camp Notre Dame in Fairview.

  • Remaining Mother/Daughter Weekend: October 6-8
  • Father/Son Weekends: October 20-22, November 3-5, January 12-14

Spaces are limited to 60 campers per weekend. For more information or to register, please visit

Cash bingo at Polish Falcons Club
Holy Trinity Parish in Erie is hosting a cash bingo on Oct. 1 at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 East Third St., Erie. Doors open at 12 p.m. with bingo beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is $25, which includes one pack. Additional packs cost $5. Call 814.456.5300 to reserve a seat. Walk-ins are welcome. See flier for details.

Roast beef dinner
St. Lawrence Parish in Albion is hosting a restaurant-style roast beef dinner on Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Parish Center, 129 E. Pearl St., Albion. The dinner will also feature a gift auction, 50/50, bake sale and raffle. Tickets are $14 per person, and take-out is available. The event is limited to 400 meals, so come early to ensure you don't miss out!

Diocesan middle school retreats this fall
Sponsored by the diocesan Faith Formation Department and Catholic Schools Office, there will be a middle school NET retreat (all 6-8th graders) at the following churches:

  • East: St. Boniface Church, Kersey, on Oct. 28
  • North/West: St. Brigid Church, Meadville, on Oct. 29

The NET Retreat for 2023 is Jesus is Alive: True Presence, which complements the National Eucharistic Revival. Is Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist, and if so, how does that change our lives? The life of Blessed Carlo Acutis, a teenager who is on his way to becoming a canonized saint, answers those questions by showing us that we don’t need to be very old to recognize the beauty and utmost importance of the Eucharist.

Register at Contact Jillian Zaczyk with questions at 814.824.1219. See fliers for details.

2024 lector workbooks
St. George Parish has 25 extra 2024 lector workbooks that they are selling for $11 each. If interested, contact Maegan Levy at 814.864.0622 ext. 349 or

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