March Diocesan Communicator
No. 3/2015
Note:  Please contact Sheila Wickenheiser at 800-562-9745 ext. 131 for questions/problems regarding receipt of the Diocesan Communicator.  The Communicator is available on the Diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
Inside 
 

Office of the Bishop

 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship

 

Department of Faith Formation & Education

Catholic Schools  
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
 
 Communication Services Financial Services  
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
 

Bulletin Announcements

 

Addenda

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
Article 2 of the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People calls for periodic public announcements of the procedures for making a complaint of sexual abuse of minors.  This is to help promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of abuse.  To facilitate this, please print the Sexual Abuse of a Minor by Church Officials or Volunteers announcement (found in the Bulletin Announcements section) in your parish bulletin.  Please use this particular announcement and not earlier versions, because the contact information has changed.  Thank you.
 
All priests of the diocese are reminded to complete their RSVP for the Chrism Mass, which will take place on Thursday, March 26th, at St. Peter Cathedral, at 3 pm.  The link to the RSVP form was sent via email.  Contact MaryAnn at 906-227-9115 if you need the link resent.
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
The annual Holy Land and National Communications collection is to be taken up on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.  Please send this collection to the diocesan office payable to: “Diocese of Marquette—Holy Land/National Communications Collection” no later than May 1st, 2015.  A bulletin announcement promoting this collection can be found in the Bulletin Announcements section.
 
In addition, the Franciscans of the Holy Land are offering resources to help encourage attendance at the Good Friday liturgy and to publicize the Holy Land portion of the Good Friday collection.  Visit http://www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday-resources  for various collection resources, including posters, prayer cards and bookmarks that can be downloaded or ordered.  The Franciscans have also produced several promotional videos that parishes can use for free and that can be linked to parish websites or any other digital outlet.  They include a short video that is designed to encourage attendance at parish Good Friday services.  Below is a link to this video which features Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington:
 
Link: http://youtu.be/mV4YV8LYfBQ
 
Another short video is designed to help Catholics understand the significance of the Good Friday Collection and how it directly affects Christians in the Holy Land.  Below is a link to this video:
 
Link: http://youtu.be/oKdlnuRRJNA

 
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
Catholic Schools
 
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. Registration forms are due by April 1. The 2015 questions have been posted to the website. For more information, visit http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicschools/religionbee.
 
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, jcarter@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
 
SPRING STUDY DAY
Register 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 dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org, 800-562-9745 ext. 130 or 906-227-9130.
 
DIOCESAN CONFIRMATION
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 dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org with any questions.
 
CHILDREN’S SAFE ENVIRONMENT
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 ggostomski@dioceseofmarquette.org. The information and lessons for Children’s Safe Environment are available on the diocesan website, www.diocseofmarquette.org. This training must be done each year, and the diocese is audited by the United States’ Bishops every year.
 
SAVE THE DATE – SEE THE SEE YOUTH RALLY
Saturday November 7, 2015 is the date for See the See, the rally for Catholic 6-8 graders.  The rally will be held at Saint Peter Cathedral in Marquette. 
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
Loreene Zeno Koskey
 
DIOCESAN WEBSITE HELPFUL HINT – SEARCHING
 

 

 
If you’re having trouble finding something, try the search function. It’s located at the top right of most pages on the diocesan website just below the Online Giving button. You know the diocese has online giving, right?
 
Just type in a key word and see if the search engine can find the page for you. For instance, if you’re looking for a policy on Underground Storage Tanks, and who isn’t, type “underground” into the search function and click the search button. The search results will tell you “We found 1 matches in pages” and below that is a link titled “Administrative.”
 
Click the link and it will take you to a page with a lot of policies, but scroll down and you’ll see it, “Underground Storage Tanks.” That’s the policy!
 
Worth noting: The search function is to get you into the right area. “Underground Storage Tanks” is a pretty unique policy. Sometimes you’ll get a lot of results, but they should get you going in the right direction. If your search terms use all lowercase characters, “underground” instead of “Underground,” it will garner more (and sometimes better) results.
 
If you have any questions concerning the diocesan website, send them to news@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
TWO HEARTS PORTRAIT
 


 
If you would like to receive a 16” x 20” or 8” x 10” full color portrait of the beautiful picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the Immaculate Heart of Mary that was on the back cover of the March 6, 2015 issue of The U.P. Catholic for consecrating your parish or school, contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at upc@new.rr.com or call 1-866-452-5112.  The portraits are very inexpensive and Deacon Steve or Father Corey Litzner will work with you on how to perform the Consecration.
 
 

CATHOLIC RESOURCES FOR NBC SERIES, “A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES”
Catholic resources related to the NBC television event, “A.D. The Bible Continues,” are available for purchase from Sophia Institute Press (SIP).   The 12-part TV series, which begins Easter night, April 5, chronicles the lives and heroism of the first Christians.  From executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, “A.D. The Bible Continues” picks up where the couple’s other production, “The Bible,” left off, with a journey through the Acts of the Apostles.  SIP has produced the “Catholic Viewer’s Guide” for “A.D. The Bible Continues.”  This guide and study book can be used by individuals or families and small groups for discussion.  For more information and regular pricing, visit www.SophiaInstitute.com/AD.  Parishes can take advantage of bulk discounts that are available for 10, 20, 30 or 50 copies of the viewer’s guide.  To place an order, contact Aja McCarthy at:  amccarthy@SophiaInstitute.com or 603-641-9344.  For a bulletin announcement regarding this television series, please see the Bulletin Announcements section.
 
SACRAMENTS AND RCIA PHOTOS
Please send photos of First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA groups for publication in The U.P. Catholic’s annual Sacraments and RCIA issue. Be sure to list names (left to right) front row, second row, third row, back row, etc. Photos may be sent by e-mail to news@dioceseofmarquette.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.

 
MICHIGAN YEAR FOR MARRIAGE PHOTO/ARTWORK CONTEST
The diocesan Communications Department is seeking entries for its photo/artwork contest being held to celebrate the Year for Marriage in Michigan.  The deadline for entries is June 1, 2015.  Please see Addendum #1 for contest details, rules and an entry form.  This can be used as a two-sided insert in your parish bulletin(s) and/or displayed on your parish bulletin boards.  Parish faith formation programs and Catholic schools are encouraged to participate.  A bulletin announcement is also included in the Bulletin Announcements section.
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas
 
PRUDENTIAL 403B RETIREMENT PLAN
An effective way to reduce your taxable income and save for retirement is to open a Prudential 403B retirement account.If you are interested in exploring this option contact Pam at perickson@dioceseofmarquette.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135 to get an informative booklet on the plan. Maximum contribution per individual for 2015 has been raised to $18,000, unless the employee is aged 50 or older. Then an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000 is allowed.  Remember that the parish/school bookkeepers and participants are responsible for monitoring these maximums.
 
TAMPER EVIDENT COLLECTION BAGS
For those parishes/missions that utilize security bags, re-orders can be placed with Kemco Sales LLC, 19 Stirrup Place, Wilton, CT 06897. Phone 203-762-1902, fax 203-762-2548, or email ken@securpak.com (the website is www.securpak.com). Use of tamper evident collection bags is strongly recommended. For any parish that has not yet started to use these bags, the diocese will provide you with a one year supply. Please contact Pam at perickson@dioceseofmarquette.org for further information.
 
2015-2016 BENEFIT AND INSURANCE RATE INFORMATION
A listing of anticipated benefits and insurance rates for 2015-2016 can be found in Addendum #2.
 
ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION
Make plans now to promote the annual Good Shepherd Collection scheduled to be taken up the weekend of April 25/26 in all parishes. Materials to promote the collection will be emailed to all pastors, associate pastors, and pastoral Coordinators on March 25.
 
INVESTMENT POOL CONFERENCE
The annual investment pool conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 29th beginning at 4:00 pm ET. This year the conference will be conducted using a telephone conference bridge (at no cost to participants).The telephone conference bridge allows anyone to simply phone in to hear the presentation from any telephone or location.Instructions on how to connect to the telephone conference bridge will be emailed along with various handouts prior to the meeting.To RSVP for this conference please email Cassie LaTourneau at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org by Monday, April 20th.
 
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2015
Please mark Tuesday, May 5th as the day that you will attend the annual Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop held in Marquette at St. Louis the King Parish.Please reserve your spot by emailing Cassie LaTourneau at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org no later than April 28th.
 
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
 
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.
 
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Nominations are due by May 1st. Parish Pastoral and/or Finance Councils are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2015 LOF Catholic Service Award. http://dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards.
 
2015 SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
This is a special matching grant to build a permanent endowment that can be stewarded and retained for years to come. The income from this new endowment will support the cost of seminarian education. For every qualifying $2 raised toward this initiative, Catholic Extension will match $1 up to $50,000. Qualifying donations must be new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more, or raised through special fundraising events designated for the program. Small group receptions will be held around the diocese to inform and invite major gift prospects to support this challenge. If you would like to host a reception, or know of someone who would be interested in learning more, please contact Terri at tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR BY CHURCH OFFICIALS OR VOLUNTEERS
If you know of an incident of the sexual abuse of a minor by anyone in Church service, including a member of the clergy, a religious, a lay employee or volunteer, we encourage you to come forward so that the Diocese of Marquette can take action to protect others and help those who have been harmed to find healing.  We are open to and respect your complaint. You are important. We want to make this process as safe as possible. Victim’s Assistance Coordinators are there to help those who have been harmed through the difficult and sometimes painful process of healing and hope. How to begin the process:

          Call one of the Diocesan Victim’s Assistance Coordinators:
Stephen Lynott at 844-495-4330 (toll-free)  or
Diane Tryan at 844-694-4362 (toll-free) or
Write:  Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, c/o Catholic Social Services of the U.P., 1100 Ludington Street, Suite 401, Escanaba, MI 49829.  Please mark the letter “Personal and Confidential” and indicate in your letter how you wish to be contacted (by phone or by letter). 
 
We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities. The Diocese of Marquette reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities.
 
“A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES” SERIES TO BEGIN EASTER NIGHT ON NBC
Take an uplifting spiritual journey through the Acts of the Apostles by watching the NBC television event, “A.D. The Bible Continues.”  This 12-part series that chronicles the lives and heroism of the first Christians will begin Easter night, April 5, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.  From executive producers, Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) and Mark Burnett, “A.D. The Bible Continues” picks up where the miniseries “The Bible” left off, exploring the aftermath of events following the Crucifixion of Christ.
 
HOLY LAND/NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COLLECTION
(For publication the weekend of March 28/29)
On Good Friday, April 3, our parish will take up the annual Holy Land and Communications collection. Your support of the Holy Land portion of the collection supports Christians in the land made holy by the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land house and feed the poor, provide religious formation and education, maintain shrines and parishes, and conduct pastoral ministry. The communications portion of your contribution supports the ministry of the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign, which communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of your donation to the communications portion of the collection remains in our diocese to support local communication efforts, like The U.P. Catholic newspaper, the diocesan weekly news podcasts on the diocesan website and the annual Good News Awards that honor local media professionals for the positive stories they write and programs they produce.
 
MICHIGAN YEAR FOR MARRIAGE PHOTO/ARTWORK CONTEST
To celebrate the Year for Marriage in Michigan, the Communications Department of the Diocese of Marquette is sponsoring a photo/artwork contest.  A winner will be chosen in each of the four categories that range from pre-kindergarten students to adults.  The winners will receive a $50 Scrip gift card of their choice.  There is no entry fee.  For contest details, rules and an entry form, please visit:  www.dioceseofmarquette.org/YearForMarriage. The entry deadline is June 1, 2015.
 
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