September 8, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 14, 2020.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 10, at 4:30 p.m.

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International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to begin sharing the monthly stewardship newsletter it receives as a member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council. Pastors are encouraged to read and share this publication with parishioners or use all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, as long as the author/source are credited. The Catholic Foundation will share this resource monthly in the Information Bulletin.

Clergy appointment
Please see the attached clergy appointment by Bishop Lawrence Persico.

Catholic Foundation education grant opportunity
Are your parish lay ministers or lay staff planning to attend a conference, workshop or retreat next year? Are you planning a new religious education or faith formation project for your parish or school? Is your school or faith formation program in need of updated technology? Your project may be a good fit for the Catholic Foundation’s 2020 fall education grant opportunity. Consider applying soon. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 26. Go to the following link to learn more:

2020 Catholic Education Collection
Half of the money collected from the Catholic Education Collection, which will be taken up Sept. 19-20, will remain in parishes. There are two ways parishioners can contribute to this collection. They can either return their offertory envelope and gift directly to their parish, or they can choose to make their gift online at When making an online gift, donors will be prompted to indicate their parish name. The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Erie’s Finance Office will track online gifts and send checks to parishes by year’s end.

Samuel Group: a new initiative for young adults discerning any vocation
Just because everyone else seems to think you are prepared for life as an adult doesn’t mean you aren’t wrestling with the big questions. Not to worry — you are not alone! The Vocations Office and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry are collaborating on a new initiative called Samuel Group. Are you contemplating marriage? Wondering if you are being called to the priesthood or religious life? Samuel Group may be just what you need. Young adults ages 20 to 30 are encouraged to participate in a seven-month journey that includes monthly gatherings at St. Mark Catholic Center, spiritual direction, prayer, talks, small group discussion and accompaniment. The goal is for each participant to grow in self-knowledge and to hear and respond to God’s call with an open heart. Space is limited.

Please visit for an informational video, directions on how to apply and a downloadable flier. For convenience, the Samuel Group flier is attached and may be shared. For further information, contact Father Mike Polinek, director of Vocations, at or Jillian Zaczyk, director of Young Adult and Youth Ministry, at

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


ICSC newsletter
Clergy appointment
Samuel Group
Estate planning seminar

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In need of a retreat?
How are you taking care of yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally? You are invited to take a day or days of personal retreat to focus on self-care. Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville is offering days of renewal for those who want to come for a day, overnight or a few days to join the Sisters of Anawim for prayer and daily Mass, to walk the grounds, and to participate in reconciliation and home-cooked meals. An offering of $88 per night includes meals. Upcoming dates available are Sept. 15-19 and Oct. 5-10. Space is limited. Register online at

Estate planning seminar scheduled at St. Peter Cathedral
The public is invited to attend an estate planning seminar — featuring Erie attorney Thomas Hoffman — at St. Peter Cathedral on Sept. 30. Register by Sept. 23 by calling 814-453-6677. See the attached flier for complete details about the event.

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

Position available at St. Martin Center in Erie
St. Martin Center in Erie has an opening for donor relations specialist. Find complete details at

Administrative assistant needed at Diocese of Erie
The Diocese of Erie’s Clergy Personnel Office is seeking a full-time administrative assistant. For details on the position and how to apply, go to

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.

Oil City parish hiring director/coordinator of faith formation
St. Joseph Parish in Oil City is seeking a director/coordinator of faith formation. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the pastor and supervises numerous volunteer catechists and parent volunteers. For information about the position and how to apply, go to