Covid-19 Parish and Liturgical guidelines from the Chancery

9-16-20 Modifications to 5-21-20 Protocols
7-16-20 Update: Outdoor Masses
6-10-20 Update: Confirmation Anointing
5-28-20 Update: Parish Reopening Resources
5-28-20 Parish Reopening Checklist
5-28-20 Resources for Reopening
5-28-20 Update: Confirmation and Communion Services
5-28-20 Confirmation Rite Within Mass
5-28-20 Confirmation Rite Outside of Mass
5-28-20 Communion Service (priest or deacon)
5-28-20 Communion Service (extraordinary minister)
5-26-20 Reopening Businesses Flyer
5-26-20 Update: SMCC Reopening etc.
5-21-20 Decree Establishing Protocols for the Resumption of Public Masses
5-07-20 Protocols: Resuming Scheduled Confessions and Adoration
4-27-20 Marriage License Offices
4-27-20 Marriage Prep/ Wedding guidelines
4-27-20 Update: Weddings
4-21-20 Update: Masks and Presbyteral Council
4-17-20 Update: Requirement to wear masks
4-15-20 PA Facemask order-parishes
4-02-20 Lecturas en Español para la Misa en Tiempo de Pandemia
4-02-20 English Readings for Mass in Time of Pandemic
4-02-20 Decree and Mass Propers for Mass in Time of Pandemic
3-17-20 Letter to the Faithful regarding the suspension of Public Masses
3-16-20 Letter to Clergy Suspending Public Masses
3-12-20 Mass Dispensation Decree

Recent Chancery communications

2016 Norms for the Participation of Catholic Institutions in the Political Sphere
2020 PCC Political Activity Guidelines for Catholic Entities in Pennsylvania
Social Media Guidelines - USCCB July 2020
2018 PCC Political Involvement Guide

Pastoral Planning


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Clergy Appointment Announcements

Bishop Persico has made the following clergy appointments:

The Reverend Michael C. Polinek, reappointed Director of Vocations and Assistant Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, effective immediately (Sept. 21, 2020) until June 30, 2025.

The Reverend Michael C. Polinek, Chaplain of the Penn State Behrend campus and in residence at St. Jude Parish, Erie, effective immediately (Sept. 21, 2020) until June 30, 2025.

The Reverend James P. Power, Chaplain to the Extraordinary Form Mass communities in the Diocese of Erie, effective immediately (Sept. 14, 2020), while continuing as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Crown.

The Very Reverend B. LaMounte Sayers, VF, Vicar Forane (Dean) of the Oil City Deanery and to membership on the Presbyteral Council, effective immediately (Sept. 1, 2020) until further notice.

Deacon Daniel F. Satterlee, Deacon Assistant at St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Michael the Archangel Parish, both in DuBois, effective September 1, 2020 until June 30, 2023.

Deacon Anthony J. Alleruzzo, reappointed Deacon Assistant at St. Paul Parish, Erie, effective immediately (Aug. 24, 2020) until June 30, 2023.

Deacon Jerry T. Sobrowski, reappointed Deacon Assistant at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Erie, effective immediately (Aug. 24, 2020) until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Thomas L. Tyler, reappointed Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Fairview, effective immediately (Aug. 24, 2020) until June 30, 2026.

The Very Reverend Christopher M. Barnes, VF, Pastor of St. Michael Parish, Greenville, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2026, with appointment as Dean of the Oil City deanery to cease on August 17, 2020.

The Reverend Joseph R. Czarkowski, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, Houtzdale, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Michael G. DeMartinis, as Resident and Weekend Sacramental Assistant at Saint Patrick Parish, Erie, while continuing as Campus Minister and Faculty Member of Erie Catholic Preparatory School at the Villa Maria campus, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Scott P. Detisch, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Girard, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend V. David Foradori, Pastor of Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, with pastoral care for the Catholic community at Grove City College, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Kevin O. Holland, Parochial Vicar of Queen of the World Parish, Saint Marys and Campus Minister of the Elk County Catholic School System, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Joseph A. Petrone, Parochial Vicar of Saint George Parish, Erie, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend James P. Power, Pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Crown, effective August 17, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Marc J. Solomon, Parochial Administrator of Saint Michael Parish, Fryburg and of Saint Joseph Parish, Lucinda, effective August 17, 2020.

The Reverend Daniel R. Hoffman, Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Edinboro, and Campus Minister to the Catholic community at Edinboro University, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of Our Lady of Peace Parish, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.

The Reverend Gregory P. Passauer, Pastor of All Saints Parish, Waterford, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Matthew J. Strickenberger, Pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, Sharpsville, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend David A. Whiteford, Faculty Member and Campus Minister of DuBois Area Catholic Schools, with residence at Saint Tobias Parish, Brockway, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2023.

The Reverend Thomas J. Whitman, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Sharon, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Very Reverend Matthew J. Kujawinski, V.F., Administrator of Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, effective immediately (June 29, 2020).

The Reverend Scott W. Jabo, Vice Rector of Saint Mark Seminary, Erie, as well as Associate Director of Seminarians and co-chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters at Holy Family Monastery and co-chaplain to the Erie Serra Club, effective August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2025.

The Reverend Nicholas J. Rouch, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Erie, while serving ex officio as Director of the Office of Clergy Personnel, as Director of Clergy Formation, as chair of the Priest Personnel Board and as member of the Presbyteral Council, effective August 1, 2020.

The Reverend Kevin O. Holland, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of Saint Agatha Parish, Saint Brigid Parish and Saint Mary of Grace Parish, effective immediately (June 1, 2020).

The Reverend Joseph A. Petrone, Parochial Vicar pro tempore of Saint Luke Parish, Erie, effective immediately (June 1, 2020).

The Reverend Cesar Segovia, member of the clergy of the Archdiocese of the Yucatan, Pastor of Saint Stephen of Hungary Parish, Erie and Director of the Hispanic Apostolate in the Diocese of Erie, effective May 1, 2020 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Smith, retired with residence at the Bishop Michael J. Murphy Residence for Retired Priests, effective March 2, 2020.

The Reverend T. Shane Mathew, Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese of Erie, while continuing as faculty member of Gannon University and as Sacramental Assistant at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, effective February 6, 2020 for a term of five years.

The Very Reverend Matthew J. Kujawinski, V.F., administrator of the Office of Worship of the Diocese of Erie, while continuing as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mercer, and dean of the Sharon Deanery, effective January 15, 2020.

Deacon Paul Bauman, Deacon Assistant at Saint Joseph Parish, Force, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Nicholas Cirell, Deacon Assistant at Saint Michael Parish, Emlenton, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Michael Dittman, Deacon Assistant at Saint Mary Parish, Crown and Saint Ann Mission, Marienville, and to Chaplaincy Ministry at the State Correctional Institution – Forest County, Marienville, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Stephen Frezza, Deacon Assistant at Saint George Parish, Erie and to Campus Ministry at Pennsylvania State University, Behrend Campus, Erie, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Edward Horneman, Deacon Assistant at Saint Mary of Grace Parish, Meadville, to Campus Ministry at Allegheny College, Meadville, and to Chaplaincy Ministry at the State Correctional Institution – Mercer, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Frank Luciani, Deacon Assistant at Saint Michael Parish, Greenville and to Campus Ministry at Thiel College, Greenville, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Eugene Miller, Deacon Assistant at Christ the King Parish, Houtzdale, to Chaplaincy Ministry at the State Correctional Institution – Houtzdale, to Chaplaincy Ministry at the Moshannon Valley Correctional Institute and to Chaplaincy Ministry at the Quehanna Boot Camp effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon James Moss, Deacon Assistant at Mount Calvary Parish, Erie and at Saint Mark Parish, Lawrence Park, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon David Romanowicz, Deacon Assistant at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Edinboro, and to Chaplaincy Ministry at the Erie County Prison, Erie, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Stephen Rowan, Deacon Assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish, Brookville and Saint Dominic Mission, Sigel, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Raymond Sobina, Deacon Assistant at Saint Peter Cathedral, Erie, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Todd Sommers, Deacon Assistant at Saint Brigid Parish, Meadville, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Owen Wagner, Deacon Assistant at Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Robert Wilson, Deacon Assistant at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Clearfield, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.

Deacon Richard Winschel, Deacon Assistant at Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, North East and to Campus Ministry at Mercyhurst University, North East Campus, North East, effective October 9, 2019 for a term of five years.