July 30, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Latin America is home to millions of faithful Catholics. However, due to circumstances of distance, terrain, political instability and lack of resources, it is often very difficult for the people to practice their faith. In fact, in some rural areas of Mexico, priests and catechists are only able to visit the villages twice a year. Many of these communities lack books and religious materials, while others do not even have a church or education center.
The annual collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) allows us to help. For example, thousands of people living in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador can grow in their Catholic faith through materials now published in their native language. The CLA collection has helped to produce and distribute prayer and catechetical books. It has helped to fund Catholic radio programs which are now broadcast over a wide territory. Your contributions in previous years have made a real difference in sharing our Catholic faith with others.
Today I ask you to renew your support for our brothers and sisters in Latin America. I invite you to pray for them, and to support this year’s collection for the Church in Latin America, which will be taken up on the weekend of August 18-19. Together we can make a concrete difference in the lives of our fellow Catholics throughout Central and South America. Please know my gratitude for your generosity. Be assured of my prayers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, JCL
Bishop of Erie
NOTICE TO THOSE WHO NEED ADDITIONAL HOSTS AT MASS
I have received a communique from the Diocese Chancery Office this past Friday. It comes from Bishop Persico and states the following:
“It is not permitted to place the consecrated host in a pyx brought forward by people in the communion line at Mass and then have them return to their seat. Wherever this custom exists, it should cease.”
We have been doing this practice here in our parishes, so we have to stop. Please come up before or after Mass to the Priest Sacristy, and the Priest or Eucharistic Minister will take your pyx and return with your hosts.
Thank you – Fr. Ray
Scam artists posing as parish priests are sending email requests to parishioners and parish volunteers to purchase gift cards. Should you receive an unsolicited request to purchase gift cards or other items, exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use contact information in the potential fraudulent request. In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, clergy, and entities such as parishes and schools will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you.
NOTE: The gift cards we offer are purchased through the Parish Office ONLY. There is NO phone solicitation
AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL PARISHIONERS
In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, clergy, and entities such as parishes and schools will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you. Should you receive an unsolicited request for such information, exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information. Do not respond using contact information in the potential fraudulent request.