September 4, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 10, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m.

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Information regarding MyDioErie
Employees of parishes, schools and St. Mark Catholic Center—as well as clergy and religious—may access important forms and resources, other internal communications, the Information Bulletin and more through the MyDioErie portal on the diocesan website. To access the portal, visit and click the MyDioErie logo at the bottom of any of the web pages. MyDioErie is organized by audience. If you wear a couple of hats, you may find useful content in more than one category. The portal is not password protected, but some MyDioErie resources are protected, where appropriate.

Note to pastors, administrators concerning the Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows
Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that on Sept. 15, the day when the Catholic Church venerates Our Mother of Sorrows, all churches—even those not regularly open—be open to the faithful from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so that people may make private visits in prayerful response to the crisis of sexual abuse. Liturgical celebrations already scheduled for that day should occur as planned. Please simply make provision that the doors of the churches be opened for the times indicated. Any initiative above and beyond that on Sept. 15 is left to the pastoral judgment of the pastor/administrator.

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

2018 Catholic Education Collection
Pastors and administrators are asked to publicize the 2018 Catholic Education Collection (CEC) in a significant way the weekend of Sept. 8-9, as well as during the weekend of the collection on Sept. 15-16. Please review several attachments that are part of the CEC promotional kit that may be included in the body of a bulletin or placed as a bulletin insert. A letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico regarding CEC also is attached. Promotional material also may be found at Please use the information to encourage support among parishioners. Half of what is collected remains in parishes to support educational programs.

Pastors already should have received a letter from Father Nick Rouch, vicar for education, along with copies of the 2018 Catholic Education Collection poster that can be displayed at church and/or school entrances.

Nova retreat scheduled for October
Nova, a marriage preparation retreat for those who are free to remarry in the Catholic Church, is being held Oct. 6 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 695 Smithson Ave., Erie. To register or for more information, call or email the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or   

Attention, Erie area employees covered by diocesan health insurance program
Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie is offering free biometric screenings for employees covered by the Diocese of Erie health plan.  Anyone participating in the biometric screenings may also get a free flu shot. Thirty-six participants are needed to provide this opportunity in the diocese. If an employee is interested, or if a covered spouse is interested, call Kathy Papalia by Sept. 14 at 814-824-1184. See the attached document for more details.

Apply to Diocesan Youth Board
Applications for the Diocesan Youth Board will be accepted now through Dec. 15 at The Diocesan Youth Board (DYB) is comprised of young Catholics (grades 8 through 12) and adult mentors who have been selected through an application process to represent their faith communities from around the Diocese of Erie. For more information, contact the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at or at 814-824-1219.

Cathedral Prep offers retreat services
Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie offers retreat services to parish religious education programs, schools and/or parishes. Students from the Cathedral Prep Retreat Team offer retreat experiences for elementary and high school students, up to 10th grade. A Confirmation Retreat Team also is under consideration.

Time and availability is limited. A co-educational retreat is available upon request, thanks to the help of Prep’s sister campus, Villa Maria Academy. For information or to schedule a retreat, contact Father Jason Feigh, campus minister, at 814-453-7737, ext. 2249, or


CEC color poster
CEC black and white poster
CEC banner
CEC promo guide
Marriage Matters
CEC letter
Biometric screenings

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Marriage Matters
CEC letter
CEC banner
CEC promo guide
CEC color poster
CEC black and white poster
Biometric screenings


Day of Remembrance for aborted children
A prayer service to mark the sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for aborted children will be held Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 5711 West Lake Road, Erie. The service will be held at the west end of the cemetery near the Knights of Columbus Memorial Stone in the infants section. Rain or shine. For more information, go to

Healing service scheduled at the Cross on the Hill
A worship and healing service will be held Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Cross on the Hill, 2041 Mt. Zion Road, Weedville, with Father Shawn Anderson, OSB, assistant professor of biology at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Music will be provided by Shalom. Benches will be available for seating, but you may also bring a folding chair. In the event of rain, the service will be moved to St. Joseph Church in Force. All are welcome.  For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Blessed Sacrament Parish to celebrate fall
All are welcome to attend the Blessed Sacrament Parish fall festival on the parish grounds at 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, Sept. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be games for children and adults, a bake sale and a theme basket raffle. A $500 drawing will be held on the half-hour from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A $1,500 drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m., a $2,500 drawing will be at 4 p.m., a $3,000 drawing at 4:30 p.m., and a grand prize drawing of $5,000 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Flu shots available from noon to 4 p.m. Bloodmobile available from noon to 3 p.m.

Joy Ministries to host retreat
Joy Ministries will hold a retreat Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families/caregivers. The event will be held at Camp Glinodo, 6270 E Lake Road, Erie. The retreat director is Father George Strohmeyer. For more information, contact Michele Inter, director for disability and deaf ministries, at 814-824-1257 or at

Church pews available free
Cushioned church pews are available free of charge. They are 11.5 feet long by 2 feet wide. Owner acquired the pews through the purchase of a small church building. See the attached photo. If interested, contact Ken at



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