September 28, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 5, 2020.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m.

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Reminder: Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin Submission Policy
The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan entities such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups. In order to ensure it remains an effective tool, the IB is unable to advertise or promote activities or events not sponsored by such entities. In addition, the Chancery limits the number of times submissions may run to a maximum of two editions. The administrative offices of the diocese reserve the right to edit submissions.

2020 World Mission Sunday
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2020 collection for World Mission Sunday, taken the weekend of Oct. 17-18. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Oct. 10-11.

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s October newsletter. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners or use all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, as long as the author/source are credited.

Marriage Matters newsletter now available
Attached is the September edition of the Marriage Matters newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Dial 814 for local calls in the 814 area code
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved the addition of the new 582 area code to the geographic region currently served by the 814 area code. Anyone with an 814 area code telephone number will be affected by a new dialing procedure that takes effect Oct. 3, 2020. The new system requires that all calls to the 814 area code  — local and long distance — must be dialed using the area code plus the telephone number. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers that are assigned in the new 582 area code. Although the new procedure begins Oct. 3, calls made without the area code will still be completed as a courtesy until April 3, 2021, when the change becomes final. Note that all call services, automatic dialing or other types of equipment programmed to dial a seven-digit number must be reprogrammed to include the area code.   Some examples include life safety systems and medical monitoring devices, fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates, PBSs, FAX machines, speed dialers, call forwarding settings and voicemail services. Also, please check websites, personal and business stationery and advertising materials, personal and pet ID tags and other similar items to ensure the area code is included. The price of a local call will not change.

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


International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
Marriage Matters newsletter
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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 program will run Wednesdays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, and finish 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

Join Beep Beep Bingo at Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie is hosting its first Beep Beep Bingo event Oct. 16 in the parish parking lot (entrance at 2510 Greengarden Road). Play bingo and other games from the comfort of your car. All passengers in the vehicle must be 18 or over to attend and each vehicle occupant must purchase a packet. There will be cash prizes, gift cards, designer purses to win and theme baskets. Each packet is $30 and can be purchased at or in person at the school office. Tickets must be purchased in one payment per car. Packets will be ready the night you arrive. All proceeds benefit Blessed Sacrament Advancement Scholarship. Please see the attached flier for all details and important information about COVID-19 regulations.

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.