8.12.18
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I trust you are aware that the grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic
Church is to be published at some point this week. I plan to make a statement once
it’s released, and I invite you to visit the diocesan website, www.ErieRCD.org, to read it
in its entirety.
The most important thing I want to do at this moment is to express my sorrow
to the victims of sexual abuse that occurred within the Diocese of Erie. As the grand jury
report demonstrates, they have experienced cruel behavior by the very individuals who
should have had the greatest interest in protecting them.
They have suffered in darkness for a very long time.
It is shocking to read the graphic details of exactly what occurred. In addition,
it’s clear from the report that church leaders did not adequately address the problem
of sexual abuse in the church. Unfortunately, this crisis has not been limited to our
commonwealth. The recent allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, which led
to his resignation as a cardinal, make it evident that there has been failure at every level.
We are responding to the report in many ways, including the significant revision
of our Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth announced in April. But at this
moment, I also want us to respond with prayer. For victims. For the church. For yourselves.
I will share more about this with you in the near future through your pastors.
It will take time to heal the Body of Christ. In the aftermath of the grand jury report,
each of us is likely to experience a wide range of emotions, from anger and hurt to betrayal.
That is understandable. You are always in my prayers. Know that I will be accompanying
you in a particular way as you struggle to come to terms with the details in the report.
Pray for each other, and pray for your priests. They serve and care for you.
Pray, especially, that they may be strengthened in their commitment and fidelity to Christ.
This is a very difficult moment for everyone. But be reminded that what we read in the
grand jury report is about our past. It is not our present and it is not our future. With the help of
God, we will create a hope-filled future of which we can all be proud.

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

 

BEWARE OF SCAM

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.