Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016

As the end of the summer approaches we find ourselves preparing for the busy season that is the Fall. In the summer Father Larry's speaking schedule slows down with only a few retreats in June and he was able to stay in Erie in July and August. He has a parish mission coming up from September 12-15 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Wichita, KS and is heading to the Diocese of Gary Indiana's Men Conference on September 24. 

Fr. Larry's parish is having a big month in September. St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community is celebrating it's 150th birthday this year. There will be a big kick-off on Sunday, September 4th and celebrations will continue throughout the year. Also in September is the big Oktoberfest weekend September 9-11. As part of the weekend you can enter to win cash prizes, and the grand prize is $25,000. You can purchase tickets online at If you are in the Erie area plan on coming to St. Joseph/BOL the weekend of Oktoberfest to enjoy live music, German food and drinks, Wiener Dog races, and much more. 

This summer has been a busy one for the Hope House Retreat Center. We have hosted numerous day conferences and retreats, including a youth group core team retreat this month.We are currently taking reservations for Fall and our first overnight retreat is booked for November. The upstairs bathrooms are 90 percent done. We are waiting for the carpet to be installed and the furniture to be delivered for the bedrooms. Please continue to check our website: to find out our Grand Opening date. If interested in booking a retreat, please call: 814-455-7364 for more information. 

Coming up on October 1, 2016 is the 1:38 Women's Conference in Erie, PA. We are excited for our four nationally known speakers Leah Darrow, Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., and Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet. Registration is open online at or by calling 814-455-7364. Cost is $40 and $25 for students. 

As always we ask for prayers for The Reason for Our Hope Foundation and Fr. Larry, and know that you are in ours. 

-Caitlin Ryan, Marketing/Operations Coordinator