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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.