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Office of the Bishop
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Department of Faith Formation & Education
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Addendum #1 - The Next Generation Marriage and Family Dedicated Kiosk
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY DEDICATED KIOSK
With many marriage initiatives now underway in this Year of Marriage, an additional resource, a marriage dedicated kiosk, has been created by the Archdiocese of Detroit in conjunction with Lighthouse Catholic Media. Additional information is available in the Addendum #1.
MARRIAGE RETREAT AND ASSISTANCE
During this Year of Marriage, it is important for our married couples to stop and take time to invest in their marriages, to uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. Lakeshore Retrouvaille, serves couples in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin area. Please help spread the word about the services they offer, as well as an upcoming couples retreat the weekend of March 6-8 at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, WI. Several bulletin announcements are available for your use in communicating this information to your parishioners.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
UPCOMING COLLECTION IN THE DIOCESE
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES OVERSEAS FUND COLLECTION
CRS is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of Caritas International and the National Catholic Development Conference.
A special collection will take place the weekend of March 15th, 2015 to assist CRS in their mission. Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. To learn more about the work of Catholic Relief Services, visit their website at: www.crs.org. A bulletin announcement is available below.
RITE OF ELECTION AND CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION
This liturgy within the RCIA is scheduled for 3:30 PM Sunday, February 22nd at St. Peter Cathedral. For further details, please see the Faith Formation & Youth Ministry section below.
This liturgy is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at
3:00 PM EDT, at Saint Peter Cathedral. A memorandum from the bishop has been sent to the priests and deacons by email and includes a registration / attendance form to be completed on-line. Please look to your email for this memorandum.
TIME OF THE EASTER VIGIL
Please be advised that Bishop Doerfler has determined that the Easter Vigil (April 4th, 2015) Mass times this year will begin no earlier than 9:00 PM Eastern time and 8:00 PM Central time. The Easter Vigil Mass can begin anytime equal to or later than the times indicated for the respective time zones. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
May 14th 2015. In our Diocese, this feast day has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 17th. On May 14th the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle should be observed using those readings. The Ascension of the Lord readings should be used on that Sunday.
UPCOMING DIOCESAN LITURGIES
Diocesan-wide Confirmation: Saint Peter Cathedral April 19th, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT. Ordination to the Priesthood (3) and Diaconate (2): Saint Peter Cathedral May 29th, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com or (906) 227-9126.
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION
The annual Diocesan Catholic School Collection will be taken up on Ash Wednesday, February 18 or the first Sunday of Lent, February 21-22 (whichever date applies to your parish). Funds from this collection are used by all schools to provide tuition assistance to help send a child to one of our nine Catholic Schools.
Parishes are also asked to include Bishop John’s letter as a bulletin insert during the weekend of Feb. 14-15. All parish secretaries should have received the letter via e-mail. Any questions, contact Jamie Carter, (906) 227-9137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE-RELIGION BEE
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, April 22 at Holy Spirit School in Norway. Further information will be forthcoming.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MINUTES
All schools are reminded they are required to submit all agenda and minutes from school council meetings, and supporting committee meetings to our office after each meeting. Minutes and agendas can be sent to Jamie Carter, email@example.com.
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
RITE OF ELECTION AND CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION
The registration form for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is due this Friday, February 13, 2015. All parishes must complete this form and return it even if they have do not catechumens or candidates. This event will take place on February 22, the first Sunday in Lent at Saint Peter Cathedral at 3:30 pm EST
The registration form can be accessed by clicking here. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 800-562-9745 ext. 130 or 906-227-9130 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING STUDY DAY
Mark your calendars now for Spring Study Day, Thursday, March 26 at Saint Peter Cathedral. The topic for the day will be The Sacred Heart of Jesus: Consecration 101. Fr. Corey Litzner, Fr. Marty Flynn, Deacon Steve and Jackie Gretzinger will speak on what it means to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They will also be addressing how this can be lived out in our parishes, families and marriages.
Bishop John F. Doerfler will consecrate the Diocese of Marquette to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Chrism Mass later that day. All are invited to attend both the study day and the Mass.
The cost to attend Spring Study Day is $15 which includes morning refreshments, lunch, and materials. The registration form can be found on the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/faithformation. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at email@example.com, 800-562-9745 ext. 130 or 906-227-9130.
Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, April 19 at Saint Peter Cathedral at 3:00 pm. If you have a youth or adult who meets the established guidelines as noted below and will be attending, please register them no later than April 8. The registration form can be accessed by going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org. Contact Denise Foye at 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130, or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CHILDREN'S SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The information and lessons for Children’s Safe Environment are available on the Diocese of Marquette website. These lessons are taught as part of the ongoing effort to maintain a safe environment. This training must be done each year. Parish and Catholic School reports are due to the Office of Youth Ministry by April 30, 2015. Any questions should be directed to Greg Gostomski at (906)227.9125, 800.562.9745 ext. 125, or email@example.com.
Loreene Zeno Koskey
UPCOMING CHANGES TO COMMUNICATIONS STAFF
After 28 years of service to the diocese, Loreene Zeno Koskey will retire as Director of the Communications Department effective July 1. Bishop John has appointed John Fee to succeed her. John will retain his positions as editor of The U.P. Catholic and diocesan website administrator. Jamie Carter, who currently serves as part-time editorial assistant, will assist John full-time in the Communications Department.
SACRED HEART OF JESUS VIDEOS
On March 26th at the Chrism Mass, Bishop John Doerfler will consecrate our diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To help catechize our clergy and lay faithful on what that means, Fr. Marty Flynn, Fr. Corey Litzner and Dcn. Steve Gretzinger filmed a series of seven short videos. The Consecration to the Sacred Heart Videos can be accessed through the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/sacredheart.
You may access the playlist of videos through The U.P. Catholic’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/theupcatholic, or directly at http://bit.ly/1KBeoF9. For some reason, YouTube is flagging some of the videos as “inappropriate material.” To see them you may need to scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Safety” to “Off.” However, don’t forget to turn your safety setting back on after viewing the videos.
Feel free to publish the above information in your parish bulletins if you wish.
MOVIE SUBJECT OF BISHOP MALONE'S LETTER
A letter from Bishop Richard Malone, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, has been sent to the U.S. bishops calling attention to the messages of the movie, "Fifty Shades of Grey," and referencing a memo from the Religious Alliance Against Pornography signed by several Catholic bishops. Bishop Malone says, "This is an opportunity for us to remind the faithful of the beauty of the Church's teaching on the gift of sexual intimacy in marriage, the great dignity of women, and the moral reprehensibility of all domestic violence and sexual exploitation." Bishop Malone also recently highlighted the potential of National Marriage Week, which started Saturday.
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the March 27, 2015 issue listing Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times at our parishes and missions. There is no cost to participate in this feature. Please send your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass schedule by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to: The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. The deadline for submitting Mass times is Thursday, March 12.
LENT / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY ADVERTISING
If your parish or school would like a paid display advertisement in The U.P. Catholic to promote your Lenten services, missions, school programs, Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday parish activities, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at email@example.com or 1-866-452-5112 for issue cut-off dates and advertising rates.
CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS ANNIVERSARIES
The U.P. Catholic is currently gathering information on the clergy and religious who are celebrating anniversaries in 2015 for publication in an upcoming issue. Please read and publish the announcement on this subject that can be found in the Bulletin Announcements section.
403(b) RETIREMENT ACCOUNT MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTION LIMIT
Maximum contribution per individual for 2015 is $18,000 unless the employee is aged 50 or older. Then an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000 is allowed. Remember parish/school bookkeepers and participants are responsible for monitoring these maximums.
403(b)PRUDENTIAL RETIREMENT PLAN
Plan for retirement and reduce your taxable income by opening and contributing to a 403(b) Retirement plan. Booklets are available to any parish, school, or employee regarding the 403(b) retirement plan at http://www.micatholic.org/benefits/benefit-programs/403b/
. You may also contact Pam at 800/562-9745, ext. 135 or
for an informational booklet. If you already participate and want to increase the amount of your deduction simply complete a new Salary Reduction Agreement which can be found at http://www.micatholic.org/assets/files/services/403b/SalaryReductionAgreement.pdf
and return it to your employer.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Fund. The scholarships aid graduating seniors who are pursuing a college or vocational education at an accredited degree granting institution. Consideration is based on academic achievement. Applicants must complete the on-line application found at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bbscholarshiplink
and mail an Official Transcript and ACT/SAT scores (via postal mail) to: Bessette Scholarship Fund, Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. Application must be received no later than March 15, 2015.
TAMPER EVIDENT COLLECTION BAGS
The diocese will make available a one year supply of tamper evident collection bags to any parish that has not previously implemented this procedure. Parishes that have instituted this process have indicated they appreciate the extra level of security for their weekly and special collections. Our independent auditors have also endorsed this procedure. For more information or to get your initial supply contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THESE DATES
April 29 – Investment Pool Conference
May 5 – Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop
Details will be forthcoming.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
“OUR FAITH IN THE FUTURE” DIOCESAN-WIDE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
CAMPAIGN DRAWS TO A CLOSE
The 4-year pledge redemption period is drawing to a close for most people who invested in this 2010 diocesan-wide capital campaign. At this time, nearly $8.5 million has been collected and distributed from the “Good Faith Effort” parishes. Six parishes conducted the “piggyback” campaign option, raising even more money for direct parish needs. The dollar impact for the “piggyback” parishes was about $3 million. In all, $11.5 million has been contributed to restore our beautiful churches, improve our Catholic schools, and enhance the Legacy of Faith grant making program. This is a tremendous show of stewardship of the Church!
DIOCESE WILL CONTINUE PLEDGE REDEMPTION AND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES
The diocese will continue pledge redemption services for donors who still have active pledge balances. Some people may have fallen behind in their payments but want to fulfill their initial commitment and are actively paying on an extended payment schedule. Two parishes ran late campaigns and just finished up 3 years of pledge redemption, with one more year to go. The diocese will continue to provide pledge redemption services throughout 2015, to enable these donors to complete their pledge commitments.
The diocese will also continue to distribute monies collected to parishes and schools for each quarter that donations are received.
IT'S TIME TO SUMMARIZE YOUR CAMPAIGN PROJECTS
Now is a great time to give your parish and school families a summary of everything that was accomplished. We hope that parishes and schools have been reporting all along as your campaign projects have been implemented. The timing of this communication to your parishioners will help to draw closure to the campaign and provide an overall summary. Your donors have faithfully and diligently paid on their pledges for four years, and are anxious to know that their investment has made a positive impact. Since the campaign is drawing to a close for most donors, now would be a good time to summarize for your people everything that has been done at your parish/school. In addition, please include with your parish summary the information below, to report on things that were accomplished beyond your parish/school borders. This will help to give a more complete picture of capital campaign gifts at work over the past four years.
As of Dec 31, 2014, nearly $8.5 million has been collected and distributed from the “Good Faith Effort” parishes. The monies have been distributed as follows:
Parishes $3.2 million
Catholic Schools $1.4 million
Legacy of Faith $1.4 million
UPCSA (Yr 1 only) $1.9 million
Campaign Fees $0.6 million
6 “Piggyback” parish
Campaigns $3 million
Total Impact $11.5 million
REMINDER TO FOLLOW DIOCESAN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION POLICY
As a reminder, expenditure of capital campaign funds needs to be on items that were included in your parish and school campaign case statement. If your project involves construction, please follow the diocesan “Building Construction Policy” http://bit.ly/1vvSLTD.
COURTESY BULLETIN INSERT
In Addendum #2 there is a courtesy bulletin insert for the “Our Faith in the Future” campaign. It is designed as an 8-1/2 x 11-inch, two sided insert. One side has a diocesan-wide message, the other is a template for your parish/school use. For your convenience a copy will also be emailed directly from the Office of the Bishop.
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FAITH FORMATION
Grant applications for parish faith formation programs for 2015-2016 are now being accepted. Applications are due April 1, 2015 for the grant period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Use our easy online application! Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. We encourage on-line submissions, however, there is an option on the website for a printable form that can be completed by hand.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Parish Pastoral and/or Finance Councils are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2015 LOF Catholic Service Award. Nominations are due by May 1st. The nomination form can be downloaded at www.LegacyofFaith.net/CSA. The award recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church and provides a $250 LOF grant to the parish. Nominations must have the pastor’s support and demonstrate the nominee’s commitment to carrying out the mission of the Church in word and action. Visit http://dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for nomination information.
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
The winter issue of “Faithful Giving” is now posted on the diocesan website! View it at http://bit.ly/1C34GaO. This educational newsletter about gift and estate planning is also direct mailed to a targeted group of parishioners. Parishes can use this piece to more fully inform and invite parishioners to remember the church in their gift and estate planning. Consider putting a link to the newsletter on your parish website or sharing it in your parish bulletin. A limited number of printed “Faithful Giving” newsletters are available and can be mailed upon request.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES OVERSEAS FUND COLLECTION
A special collection will take place the weekend of March 15th, 2015 to assist Catholic Relief Services in their mission. Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. To learn more about their work, visit their website at: www.crs.org
CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS ANNIVERSARIES
The U.P. Catholic will be featuring an Anniversary Section for priests, deacons and women and men religious in an upcoming issue. The anniversaries to be included in this section are those being celebrated in the year 2015 for the 25th, 50th, 60th, and every five years thereafter. If you know of any jubilarians who: 1) are currently serving in the diocese, 2) are natives of the U.P. but not serving here, or 3) have previously served in the diocese for at least five years, please send us their names and postal or e-mail addresses by Friday, March 6, 2015 by e-mail: Lkoskey@dioceseofmarquette.org
; phone: 906-227-9129/800-562-9745, ext. 129; or postal mail: The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8897, Attn: Anniversaries. Thank you for your assistance.
NEED MARRIAGE HELP?
Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming weekend at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere March 6-8 call 800-470-2230 or visit www.retrouvaille.org
THINKING ABOUT SEPARATION OR DIVORCE?
Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Do you know how to save that marriage? Or do you feel helpless? Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages. It helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples who have already separated or divorced. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming weekend at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere March 6-8 call 800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com