Covid-19 Parish and Liturgical guidelines from the Chancery

11-19-20 Update:Liturgical Protocols and PA requirements for masks and travel
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 John B. Jacquel, Assistant Spiritual Director of the Erie Diocesan Cursillo Movement, while continuing as Pastor of St. John the Baptist and Holy Rosary Parishes, Erie, effective November 6, 2020 until June 30, 2025.

Deacon Thomas McAraw, Spiritual Director of the Erie Diocesan Cursillo Movement, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at All Saints Parish, Waterford, and in the Chaplaincy at the State Correctional Institutions in Albion and Cambridge Springs, effective November 6, 2020 until June 30, 2025.

The Reverend Michael T. Kesicki, Chaplain of Gannon University, Erie, while continuing as Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Gannon University and Rector of St. Mark Seminary, Erie, effective immediately (Sept. 28, 2020) until June 30, 2026.

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.