These are events in our community or within our congregation that are about community building. If you are looking for service and volunteer opportunities, see the dropdown menu on the homepage under “engage.”

Advent Boxes of Gratitude

Friends and Members of the Cathedral are invited to participate in the Boxes of Gratitude Reverse Advent Calendar. During the month of December, you are asked to place one item each day into a box through December 24. Items (and daily scriptures) are published on a calendar that is provided, along with a box. They include personal hygiene items, non-perishable food items and more. Items will be donated to our partner schools, the Cathedral’s Food Pantry and USCRI after the New Year. Boxes and Calendars will be provided and available for pick up starting Nov. 27th.

Lectio Divina (Praying with Scripture) Now Meeting

Erie Episcopal is now offering a group contemplative practice of Lectio Divina. As opposed to Bible study, Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a structured practice of reading and reflecting on Scripture as a form of prayer. We read the text listening for God’s word to us in our current life situation. Traditionally a private practice, Lectio Divina can also be fruitful when shared as a group and can enrich our common worship as we meditate on a text we will hear in the liturgy the following Sunday. The group will meet on Monday evenings, 7:00 in the Diocesan House Chapel. If you are interested or have questions, contact Laura Rutland at or at 814-873-7133.

Apocalypse for Advent: The Book of Revelation

Join Dr. Rob Von Thaden on Tuesday evenings in Advent (starting November 29) at 6:00 P.M. at St. Mark’s for a look at the Book of Revelation.

What we will see, and what make apocalypses good to think about during Advent, is that the

focus of these texts is NOT actually on the end. As we do in Advent, apocalypses wait in hope for the coming of a brand-new world. Dr. Von Thaden is a Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst University who specializes in biblical and other sacred texts.

Children’s Advent Day

All children potty trained through 5th grade are invited to join us for a day of crafts, games, and more! Invite your friends and join us at St. Mark’s on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The event is free and gives parents a great opportunity to accomplish the many tasks of the season! Contact Dean Melinda for details or to register.

Diocesan Day of Prayer

Our Diocese is hosting a Diocesan Day of Prayer on Wednesday, December 7. Congregations will be praying throughout the partnership at various times of day. Erie Episcopal will be offering Morning Prayer at 8:00 A.M. at the Cathedral and Noonday Prayer at Noon at St. Mark’s. We will offer special intentions for our members/friends during both services.

Second Sunday Brunch at the Cathedral

Join us on Sunday, December 11 following the 10:00 Service for Second Sunday Brunch hosted by the Cathedral Choir. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit with each other, meet new people and learn a little more about the Choir. Of course, there will also be great food! Mark your calendars!

Taizé at St. Mark’s

Join us on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Mark’s. Taizé Evening Prayer is a service of worship inspired by the Taizé Community – an ecumenical community of Christian brothers in southern France. Taizé’s unique style of worship utilizes repetitive chants, candlelight, and silence – the worship of Taizé helps create a holy space where the veil separating Heaven and Earth is lifted and all are welcomed into the divine, loving presence of God.

Celtic Spirituality Comes to the Cathedral

Celtic Spirituality Nights are an opportunity to come to awareness of God’s healing and hope-filled presence. Through poetry, reflection, prayer, music, and engagement with the Celtic Spirit, you are invited to discover hope, wholeness, and renewal. The Cathedral will host these evenings on the third Sunday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Our next Celtic Night is December 18 in the Cathedral. Come and explore with us.

Morning Prayer at the Cathedral

Morning Prayer is read Monday-Friday at 8:00 A.M. in the Cathedral Chapel. Join our resident Franciscan/Parish Administrator Niambi and choir member Chris Butler to start your day with this beloved ritual. We currently use the free Forward Day by Day app which has the complete daily morning prayer service with readings. Contact Niambi for details.