September 26, 2022

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4:30 p.m.

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Pastors asked to urge parishioners to advocate against HHS ruling by Oct. 3
All pastors in the Diocese of Erie are asked to share the following information as widely as possible, keeping the Oct. 3 deadline in mind. 

            On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Lawrence Persico asks parishioners to advocate against a recent rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would prevent Catholic hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities and health care workers from carrying out their work. The new rule does not guarantee the right of health care workers and religious facilities to conscientiously object to participating in procedures including abortion. The direct link to send a message to the HHS is Please note the deadline for participation is Monday, Oct. 3.

For convenience, see the two-page attachment that can be distributed in parishes.

October Count starts this weekend
Pastors are reminded that October Count starts this weekend. Please make arrangements to have someone count weekend Mass attendance for the first four weekends in October. Click to download the Mass Count form and instructions for submitting this year’s October Count. The deadline for submitting figures is Nov. 5, 2022. Contact Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184 with any questions.

Catholic Foundation agency investor meeting has been canceled
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania agency investors annual meeting scheduled for Sept. 27 has been canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled at a time yet to be determined. Questions about the Catholic Foundation can be directed to Lisa Louis at or 814-824-1237.

Diocesan Eucharistic Weekend planned for Oct. 15-16
The weekend of Oct. 15 will be observed as a Diocesan Eucharistic Weekend as part of the ongoing Eucharistic Revival. Bishop Lawrence Persico has directed that instead of the usual Ordinary Time Sunday Mass, all parishes of the diocese will offer a votive Mass of the Eucharist. Bishop Persico has also directed parishes to continue the celebration after Mass in various ways. Some parishes are having times of adoration concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, while others expect to hold a Eucharistic procession. Contact your local parish for details.

Erie County Bar Association invites legal professionals to Red Mass
Bishop Lawrence Persico will celebrate a Red Mass, offered for those involved with the legal profession, on Oct. 3 at 5:15 p.m. The Mass will be held at the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the campus of Gannon University, 513 Peach St., Erie. Organized by the Erie County Bar Association, the Mass will be followed by a dinner in Gannon’s Yehl Ballroom featuring Father Michael Kesicki, vice president of Gannon’s mission and ministry, as speaker. Please use the attached form to make your reservation for the dinner by Sept. 26. Questions? Call the ECBA at 814-459-3111.

Deadline approaching for Catholic Foundation Education Grant
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 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. 30.

Diocesan middle school retreats scheduled this fall
Registration is now open for diocesan middle school NET retreats scheduled this fall. Sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation and the Catholic Schools Office, middle school NET retreats for sixth- through eighth-graders will be hosted on the following dates/sites:

  • Oct. 22 — Venango Catholic High School, 1505 W. First St., Oil City.
  • Oct. 29 — Our Lady of Peace School/Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie.
  • Nov. 5 — Elk County Catholic High School, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys.

The NET Retreat theme for 2022 is “Love One Another: Authentic Friendship.” Our relationships are meant to reflect our relationship with God and bring us closer to him. To register and to read more information, go to

Diocese offers informational meetings on confirmation and faith formation
What’s happening with confirmation and the faith formation programs in grades 6-12? The Office of Faith Formation invites you to find out! All parents of middle school and high school students are invited to attend a one-hour discussion about the changes. There are two remaining sessions, including one tonight at St. Agatha Parish, 353 Pine St., Meadville. The final meeting is Sept. 28 at St. Mark Parish, 235 E. Fourth St., Emporium. See the attached flier for more details.

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


Red Mass 2022
Confirmation, faith formation update
St. Luke Sunday Discussions flier
OLP Advent concert flier
HHS ruling
Encounter Jesus Christ

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Red Mass 2022
Confirmation, faith formation update
St. Luke Sunday Discussions flier
OLP Advent concert flier
HHS ruling
Encounter Jesus Christ


Betsy Annunziata to prepare parish spaghetti dinner
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Erie invites everyone to its popular spaghetti dinner on Oct. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. at Scheffner Hall on the parish grounds at 1531 East Grandview Blvd., Erie. Betsy Annunziata of Nunzi's fame will prepare the dinner, which will support the parish. The dinner cost is $12 per person. Dine-in or carry out.

Bingo to benefit Erie Night to Shine
Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie is sponsoring a bingo night Oct. 9 at JPT Bingo Hall, 2319 W. 38th St., Erie, to benefit Erie Night to Shine, a prom-style experience for people with special needs. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with bingo starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Our Lady of Peace Church office, 2401 W. 38th St., or Ambridge Rose Salon, 3344 W. 26th St., Erie. BYOB and snacks. There also will be a basket auction and 50/50. Erie Night to Shine is sponsored by the parish.

St. Luke Parish invites everyone to St. Luke Sunday Discussions
St. Luke Parish in Erie is hosting its new St. Luke Sunday Discussions, a series of sessions on various topics, including aging, hospice care, estate planning and funeral planning. The first session on aging is Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the church, located at 421 E. 38th. St., Erie. Light refreshments will be available. See attached flier for details or contact Karen Hund at 814-450-3711.

Chiavetta’s drive-thru chicken BBQ
The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus in Erie is sponsoring a Chiavetta's drive-thru chicken BBQ on Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 816 W. 26th St., Erie. Dinners cost $15 each, and include a half BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, mini-croissant, bottled water and a cookie. Cash, credit and debit are accepted. 

Evening of story and song planned at Erie parish
“Comfort and Joy – An Evening of Story and Song with Steve Angrisano and Sarah Hart” will be held Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. This event is free and open to the public (a free-will offering will be taken). Tickets are required. Reserve tickets online at or call the church office at 814-833-7701, ext. 202. Groups of 10 or more should contact the church for tickets. Please see the flier for more details.

Roast beef dinner offered in Albion
St. Lawrence Parish and St. Philip Church in the Albion area will hold their annual roast beef dinner on Oct 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Parish Center, 180 East State St., Albion. Price is $12 per meal, which includes roast beef with all the trimmings and homemade pie. Take-out is available.  

Former St. Andrew School to hold 1972 class reunion
The former St. Andrew School in Erie is hosting a 50-year reunion for the Class of 1972 on Nov. 19 at Pineapple Eddies, 1402 W. 10th St., Erie. Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Classmates may also attend Mass together on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Church, 1116 W. 7th St., Erie, followed by a school tour. For more information and reservations, email the planning committee: Jeanette Jacobowski Adamczyk at or Theresa Power-Natale at

McKean parish to hold three-day mission
Encounter Jesus Christ, a three-day parish mission featuring Pittsburgh Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid, will be held Oct. 24-26 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 8880 Main St., McKean. Events will be held each day from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Discover how to listen to and experience Jesus in a way that will transform your life and those around you. Contact Irene for questions at 814-476-7657, ext 7. See flier for details.

Director of Parish and School Financial Services
The Diocese of Erie is looking for an organized, dedicated and detailed candidate for the position of director of Parish and School Financial Services. For full position details and the application process, go to

President of Shenango Valley Catholic School System
Shenango Valley Catholic School System, Inc., a private educational institution of the Diocese of Erie for students in pre-K through 12th grade, is seeking to fill the position of president. For full position details and the application process, go to

Want to make a difference?
Volunteer opportunities are available through St. Martin Center in Erie. Volunteers are needed in the food pantry, the Christmas gift program and for Thanksgiving dinner baskets. The volunteer application form is available at

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