Covid-19 Parish and Liturgical guidelines from the Chancery

11-11-21 Update: Hymnals and Offertory Collection
9-24-21 Catholic Charities COVID Emergency Relief
8-13-21 Clarification for Eucharistic Ministers
8-11-21 Bishop's Decree Revising COVID-19 Protocols (amended)
8-11-21 Update: protocols for Mass
7-27-21 Update: CDC mask guidance
7-15-21 Bishop Persico's Letter Regarding the Reinstation of the Obligation to Attend Mass (August 15, 2021)
3-13-21 Update: Volunteering to help with vaccine distribution
3-13-21 Bishop Persico's letter on COVID-19 Assistance
3-13-21 COVID-19 Resource Kit from the Holy See
1-15-21 Update: Marriage Preparation
7-16-20 Update: Outdoor Masses
6-10-20 Update: Confirmation Anointing
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
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


Recent Chancery communications

Letter from Bishop Persico regarding ad orientum
Decree promulgating law regarding Mass ad orientum
Letter from Office of Worship re Communion Rite
Decree revising Communion Rite

Pastoral Planning


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Clergy Appointment Announcements

Bishop Persico has made the following clergy appointments:

The Very Reverend Richard J. Allen, EV, Parochial Administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish, Sharpsville, while continuing as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, and as Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, effective November 22, 2021 until July 30, 2022.

Deacon Denis Coan, Administrator of Temporal Affairs of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, Erie, while remaining Deacon Assistant at St. John the Baptist Parish, Erie, effective immediately until December 31, 2022.

The Reverend Matthew J. Strickenberger, Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Corry and of St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Union City, including its mission of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Canadohta Lake, effective November 22 until July 30, 2027.

Deacon G. Franklin Hannah, Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, and designated Ecclesiastical Notary and Secretary of the Curia, while continuing as Deacon Assistant at Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, effective October 18, 2021.

The Very Reverend Marc A. Stockton, Parochial Administrator of St. Thomas Parish, Corry, and St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Union City, including its mission of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Union City, while remaining Pastor of St. Boniface Parish, Erie, as well as Judicial Vicar, effective October 1, 2021.

The Reverend Marc J. Solomon, Sacramental Assistant to the Oil City Deanery, pro tempore, with residence at St. Joseph Rectory, Oil City, effective immediately (Oct. 5, 2021).

The Reverend V. David Foradori, Chaplain to the State Correctional Institution at Mercer, while remaining Pastor of Beloved Disciple Parish, Grove City, effective immediately (Sept. 28, 2021) until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Jeffrey J. Lucas, Pastor of St. Hippolyte Parish, Frenchtown, and its mission Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cochranton, while remaining Pastor of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, effective immediately (Sept. 28, 2021) until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Chaplain of the Penn State Behrend campus, Erie, while remaining Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish, effective immediately (August 30, 2021) until June 30, 2022.

The Reverend Zab Amar, Pastor of St. Basil the Great Parish, Coalport, including its secondary mission Holy Trinity Church, Ramey, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Very Reverend Robert Horgas, VF, Pastor of St. Agnes Parish, Morrisdale, with its secondary mission Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Hawk Run, and of Immaculate Conception Parish, Osceola Mills, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Reverend Lawrence R. Richards, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Bread of Life Community, Erie, effective August 1, 2021 until July 30, 2027.

The Very Reverend Richard J. Allen, EV, Chaplain to the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, while remaining Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, and Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, effective immediately (August 9, 2021) until June 30, 2022.

Deacon Edward R. Horneman, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

Deacon Kenneth J. Reisenweber, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

Deacon Todd A. Sommers, Deacon Assistant of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, Pennsylvania, effective July 13, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Thomas Curry, O.S.B., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, Pennsylvania, effective July 26, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend William E. Sutherland, part-time Chaplain of Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center, Erie, effective July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Jeffrey J. Lucas, Pastor of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, with residence at St. Agatha Rectory, effective June 26, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend Andrew M. Boyd, Parochial Vicar at St. George Parish, Erie, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Ian R. McElrath, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, Erie, part-time Faculty and Sacramental Assistant at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, and Sacramental Assistant to the Extraordinary Form Mass communities, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Joseph A. Petrone, Parochial Vicar at The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Meadville, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Johnathan P. Schmolt, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Oil City, effective June 28, 2021 until June 30, 2024, while continuing as Parochial Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Emlenton, and the Bishop’s Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Community.

The Reverend Mark A. Hoffman, Parochial Vicar pro tempore at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, extended from June 30, 2021 until June 30, 2022.

Deacon Paul J. Barko, Deacon Assistant at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Harborcreek, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon James L. DiSimoni, of the Diocese of Austin and residing in Erie, Deacon Assistant at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, Erie, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon Joseph D. Glover, Deacon Assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish, Clarion, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon G. Franklin Hannah, Deacon Assistant at Notre Dame Parish, Hermitage, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon David E. Jacquel, Deacon Assistant at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Lawrence Park, and Mount Calvary Parish, Erie, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon Paul W. McCoy, Deacon Assistant at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Albion, with its mission St. Philip Church, Crossingville, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon Daniel P. Reilly, Deacon Assistant at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Smethport, with its mission St. Joseph Church, Mount Jewett, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

Deacon Lawrence A. Tyers, Deacon Assistant at St. Joseph Parish, Warren, effective May 28, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend Mr. Benjamin J. Daghir, Deacon Assistant at St. Catherine of Siena and St. Michael the Archangel Parishes, DuBois, effective May 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022, while continuing in priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD.

The Reverend Mr. Nicholas J. Fratus, Deacon Assistant at St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, North East, effective May 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022, while continuing in priestly formation at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA.

The Reverend Mr. Christopher A. Wheeler, Deacon Assistant at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, effective May 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022, while continuing in priestly formation at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA.

Deacon Stephen D. Rowan, Deacon Assistant at St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, effective May 1, 2021 until June 30, 2024.

The Reverend Scott W. Jabo, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Erie, while continuing as Vice Rector of St. Mark Seminary and Associate Director of Seminarians, effective May 3, 2021 until June 30, 2026.

The Reverend Michael C. Polinek, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Lucinda, and St. Michael Parish, Fryburg, effective May 3, 2021 until June 30, 2027.

The Reverend James P. Power, Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Joseph Parish, Lucinda, and St. Michael Parish, Fryburg, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish, Crown, effective April 7, 2021.

The Reverend Marc J. Solomon, submitted his resignation as Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Lucinda, and St. Michael Parish, Fryburg, which was accepted by Bishop Persico, who granted him a temporary leave of absence for personal reasons, effective April 7, 2021.

The Very Reverend John P. Malthaner, V.F., Parochial Administrator of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Erie, effective January 6, 2021.