Monthly Update
March 2020

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Lenten Vigils for Immigration Justice
Fridays in Lent

Lenten Vigils for Immigration Justice will be held each Friday during Lent. We will give witness and join our voices on behalf of all migrants to help bring an end to the inhumane 'Remain in Mexico' policy, and to protect the sacred humanity of all people.

Co-sponsors include: Social Justice and Life Office, Diocese of Erie; Erie NETWORK Grassroots Advocates; Benedictine Sisters of Erie; Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern PA; Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NYPPAW; and students from Gannon and Mercyhurst Universities.
For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator.   

Date: Fridays, March 6 - April 3
Time: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Location: State Street at Perry Square, downtown Erie
All are welcome

Lenten Vigils
Saturdays in Lent

"Lent is not a ritual. It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out." -Joan Chittister, OSB, The Liturgical Year
Lenten Vigils take place every Saturday during Lent at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. 
Date: Saturdays during Lent: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel
All are welcome

Art Classes for Adults
March through April

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House is offering two different series of art opportunities for adults. Art à la Carte is a series of one-hour classes held at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. Classes include Flower Arranging (March), and Tap Dance-chair or standing (April).

Discover Your Inner Artist offers evening classes and workshops including Sculptured Painting (March), and Drawing Spring Flowers (April).  Click here for more information and registration. 
Date: Varies
Time: Varies
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 210 East 10th St, Erie
Cost: Varies
Silent Peace Walk
March 2

This simple public prayer, step-by-step, is a powerful nonviolent tool to bring peace, beginning with one's own heart to our families, our communities, our nation, our world, and to all of creation. 

For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Monday, March 2
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mercy Center for Women, 1039 East 27th Street, Erie
What Are You Looking For?
Catholic Sisters Week Discussion
March 8-14

Join a conversation based on the 10 chapters of Joan Chittister's recent book, What Are You Looking For? Seeking the God Who Is Seeking You. The conversation will take place during Catholic Sisters Week. Benetvision is offering a $2 discount on the purchase of What Are You Looking For? to everyone who signs up for this free discussion. When you sign up, you will receive an email with a discount coupon. Discussion will be facilitated by Monasteries of the Heart staff member and Catholic Sisters Week Task Group Chair Linda Romey, OSB.

Complete information and registration here.
Dates: March 8-14
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: Free
Stillpoint Retreat
March 14

The Stillpoint Contemplative Retreat Day is silent and includes eight sitting sessions with chanting, contemplative walking, and teachings. Dress comfortably and bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. You'll have a chance to enjoy a quiet walk outdoors on woodland trails that wind through the monastery grounds.

Register online here. 

Stillpoint has a new email address:
Please contact us here for more information.

Mark these 2020 dates now: April 4, May 2, June 20

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Conference Center
Cost: $15, registration required
12 Steps of the Spiritual Life:
Climate Crisis & Humility
March 16-April 3

Climate crisis urgently demands that we reevaluate and shift our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. A fresh look at St. Benedict's 12 steps of humility offers insights for deep transformation of consciousness and action. The culminating vision of Benedict's ancient spiritual path is of a whole, healthy human bowing in reverence and love for all of creation. Monasteries of the Heart staff member and Benedictines for Peace coordinator Anne McCarthy, OSB, will lead this three-week eCourse.
Dates: March 16-April 3
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20

Candlelight Vigil for Erie Community College
March 18
Join Erie Benedictines for Peace, the Erie branch of the NAACP, Erie County United, Erie Stands Up, Inter-Church Ministries, and the African American Concerned Clergy for a candlelight vigil in support of our own Community College. Erie is the largest metropolitan area without a stand-alone Community College. Our children and changing workforce can wait no more; the time is now!
For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator.
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Erie High School 3325 Cherry St., Erie, PA (Site of the meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, March 19.)
All are welcome

Interfaith Prayer for the Earth
April 21

2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. The Erie community will celebrate with a week of activities. An Interfaith Prayer for the Earth is being planned by a large coalition of faith groups. Watch for more information on all events including rally on Wednesday, April 22 at noon at Perry Square and Climate Strike Friday, April 24, noon to 5:00 pm.

For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral, West 6th Street
Cost: Free, all are welcome
Spiritual Direction available

Spiritual Direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an on-going relationship in which one person (the directee), wanting to be attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with another person (the director) on a regular basis, specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God's presence in order to respond more fully to that presence in all of life. The primary focus of the session is the directee's relationship with God as it is reflected and challenged by all aspects of that person's life.
Visit our Spirituality Page to learn about and/or contact these sisters who are Certified Spiritual Directors. Click here.
Suggested offering is $30/session.
Play Pickleball™ 
Call for schedule
Playing Pickleball® at SBCC is different from playing it anywhere else in the city. We are Erie's only Benedictine gym and being Benedictine means hospitality is one of our top priorities. Your friends, co-workers, and family members will enjoy the friendly, unintimidating, and even intimate setting of our facility that larger gyms and clubs simply can't offer. We offer you:
  • Two courts with seamless, cushioned flooring that is gentle on joints
  • Court times Monday to Saturday, mornings and evenings
  • Memberships and discount cards available
  • Free use of equipment (paddles and balls)
  • Free lesson on your first visit
  • Private bookings available
Click here for more information or call Sister Dianne Sabol, Director, 814-459-2406, to schedule court times.

Date: Call to schedule
Location: St. Benedict Community Center, 320 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: Fees vary for regular court times
Weaving Classes

Weaving classes provide instruction for beginner and intermediate weavers. Beginners will learn how to warp a loom, and weave tabby and twill fabric in the form of a sampler that can be used as place-mats or a runner. Intermediate students will be instructed based on their level of knowledge. Floor and table looms are provided for use during class time and materials are available.

Loom rentals: The studio has several large 4-harness looms and one 8-harness loom that can be rented by experienced weavers for in-studio use if they not in use by a student. Cost: $10 per day. Click here for more information.

If you are interested contact Oblate Barbara Hauck, 814-449-2217 or  emaIlClick here to download a flier. 
Date: Thursdays and/or Saturdays
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Studio at St. Mary's Space to Create, 310 East 10th Street, parking and entrance in rear
Cost: $195 plus materials cost for six weeks
Guest Accommodations available
One of the greatest gifts monastics can offer is their monastery as a place of prayer and peace, community and care, welcome and hospitality. In doing so monastics take to heart what Benedict advocates: the monastery is a dwelling where guests are to be cherished and respected, where hearts overflow "with the inexpressible delight of love." -Prologue, Rule of Benedict
Come for a week, a weekend, or a single overnight. 
Click here for a guest registration form.