Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of Obligation
Our Mother of Sorrows Parish is a wonderful welcoming Family of Faith located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Along with St. Casimir, Holy Family and St. Ann in Erie, Pennsylvania, we are a great community with three wonderful places to worship. As the People of God, we rejoice in doing our very best to live and love like Christ! We are committed to loving God, loving others, and making disciples. Founders, long-time parishioners, newcomers, and those visiting the area are all welcome. May the Lord’s every blessing be yours today and always!
Pastoral Planning Process Begins
We, priests and deacons of the East Erie Deanery parishes, are excited to share with you an initiative to strengthen the vibrancy of our Catholic presence in our communities. Our common aim is creating and securing a hopeful future for our Catholic faith.
Following the lead of Bishop Persico, who began the Pastoral Planning Process in 2015, we have decided it is time to engage the process of pastoral planning to examine ways we can minister more effectively and ensure the presence of our Catholic faith for generations to come. From the start of this process, we want to emphasize that the work of pastoral planning rightfully belongs to all of us. This includes individual parishioners, parish leadership, and pastors from all our parish communities. As we embark on this journey together, we want you to know that we are committed to ensuring that the planning process involves all parts of our East Erie Deanery. Right now, we are at the point of brainstorming, and we need your help.
As a starting point we would like to share with you some common elements of our hopes, vision, and priorities. First, every parish provides unique and invaluable ministries and resources in our respective neighborhoods and beyond. Second, the planning process did not start with predetermined agendas or decisions as to how our initiative will unfold or conclude. Third, we do not have any preestablished timelines that we are considering. Finally, we recognize that our present situation is not viable in the years to come. It is our hope that this initiative will reinvigorate the expression and experience of our Catholic faith inspiring us to be more effective in evangelizing and ministering throughout the East Erie Deanery.
What might our future look like? After much dialogue, we identified six characteristics that we believe are important for ensuring a vibrant Catholic presence into the future: collaboration, outreach, faith formation, ecumenism, transparency, and sustainability. In other words, we must cultivate a willingness to work with one another (collaboration) and we must create an atmosphere of hospitality that welcomes others into our communities and ministries (outreach) and includes other Christians who may not share our Catholic faith (ecumenism). We must continue to demonstrate a commitment to grow in our faith throughout our life’s journey (faith formation). Finally, our communities need to be open and honest in our communication and dialogue (transparency) when considering how to best manage our facilities, our ministries, and our communities with an eye ever fixed on the future (sustainability).
With that as the background, we are asking you to participate in a brief survey. We need your thoughts and observations to move forward with open and honest dialogue as we plan together for our future. Please take a few moments to fill out an initial informational survey. You can fill out the survey online https://form.jotform.com/212985812553058 or you can fill out a paper survey at your parish.
In closing, our decision to engage in the planning process as a deanery is a sign of our common conviction that working together as parishes will ensure that the faith that was given to us will continue to be handed on to future generations. We are grateful for your consideration and prayerful participation as we embark on this important journey together.
Fr. Malthaner, Fr. Hahn, Deacon Coan, Fr. Brooks, Fr. Glover, Fr. Kriegel, Deacon Sobrowski, Fr. Magraw, Fr. McCormick, Fr. Trocchio, Fr. Stockton, Fr. Ritchie, Fr. Jacquel, Fr. Murphy
Clarification on lifting of Dispensation from Sunday and Holy Day Masses
As the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays is reinstated on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, Bishop Persico has provided additional clarification: “This obligation, as is always the case, does not apply to those who are seriously ill, have a serious health risk, as well as those who have serious anxiety of being a part of large groups at this time. Likewise, the obligation does not apply to those who care for those who cannot attend Mass in person (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181). Those who are legitimately excused from Mass on Sundays and Holy Days are encouraged to spend time in prayer, meditating on the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, reading the Sacred Scriptures, and uniting themselves to Christ in his worship of the Father of us all. Those who are legitimately excused are also encouraged to view a broadcast of the Mass which is intended for those who cannot participate in person.
To learn more about the Traditional Latin Mass or to keep up with what is is going on in the community visit: https://www.latinmasserie.org
If you would like to follow along with the readings at mass and have a smart phone, they are available at the site for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at: https://bible.usccg.org/ There are also many free apps in the format of missals that contain the readings and the parts of mass. Just search your app store to find one.