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.
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
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
Bishop John welcomes you to use the following prayer for the Synod on the Family:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
In you we contemplate
The splendor of true love,
We turn to you with confidence.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
Make our families, also,
Places of communion and cenacles of prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel,
And little domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth
May our families never more experience
Violence, isolation, and division:
May anyone who was wounded or scandalized
Rapidly experience consolation and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the upcoming Synod of Bishops
Re-awaken in all an awareness
Of the sacred character and inviolability of the family,
Its beauty in the project of God.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Hear and answer our prayer. Amen.
Deacons Timothy Ferguson, Brandon Oman and Bradley Sjoquist will be ordained to the Priesthood, and Aaron Nowicki and Jernej Šuštar to the Transitional Diaconate on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3:30 PM at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette.
Your prayers and encouragement are important for vocations. Bishop Doerfler has extended an invitation to anyone of the parish who may want to attend the ordination liturgy. You are also invited to a reception in the Cathedral Hall immediately following the ordination liturgy.
The accommodation preference form for the Clergy Convocation for The Eagle Waters Resort, located near Eagle River, Wisconsin, is available online. All active and retired priests of the diocese should have received an email with a link to the form (or mailing for those without email). Please complete the form to indicate your preferences so that we may continue to plan the event and determine the appropriate number of rooms to book for the August 31st to September 2nd convocation. If you need the link to the form resent, please contact MaryAnn at 906-227-9115.
VOTE ON FACEBOOK FOR LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD NOMINEE
The Diocese of Marquette has nominated St. Francis Connection Center for Catholic Extension's 2015 Lumen Christi Award. The award honors individuals and groups who share the light of Christ with their diocese and community. The Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant ($25,000 for the honoree and $25,000 for the nominating diocese) to be used for enhancing a specific area of ministry. The Diocese of Marquette invites people to support the St. Francis Connection Center nomination by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Please refer to the Bulletin Announcement for more details.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
Please be advised of the following collections that are coming up within the next two months. The first is the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. It is conducted on April 26, 2015. Please send a check in the amount of the collection payable to “Diocese of Marquette: Catholic Home Missions Appeal” to the diocesan offices no later than May 18, 2015.
The second collection is for Marquette Diocesan Priest’s Retirement which is to be taken up on April 26, 2015. Please send this collection payable to “Diocese of Marquette: Marquette Diocesan Priest’s Retirement” to the diocesan office no later than May 18, 2015.
Bulletin announcements are available for these upcoming collections.
SACRAMENTAL RECORD REQUESTS
The USCCB has informed dioceses of a letter from Cardinal Stella (11-17-2014), Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, regarding requests from the Genealogical Society of Utah to digitalize parish archives. We are requested not accept these services from the Genealogical Society of Utah. Sacramental records are private records. The cardinal requests us to, “ensure that the proprietorship of such data remain exclusively within the Catholic Church, even when intending to digitalize the information.”
PARISH IN NEED OF PRESIDER/DEACON CHAIR
St. Ann Parish in Baraga is completely an interior renovation project and is looking for a replacement presider chair and deacon chair. If you have a presider chair and matching deacon chair in storage that you are not using that could be refinished, please contact Julie at 906-524-6424.
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS
Teacher/principal contracts will be held until registration numbers of current families are finalized. If re-enrollment is below 90% on April 15th, contracts will be held. The letter that is to be given if registration numbers aren’t sufficient by April 15 was emailed to principals last week. If you need a copy of the letter, contact Jamie Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (906) 227-9137. Principals are also required to inform the diocesan office if contracts will be given or held by April 14.
Tuition contracts for returning families are due to Kristi Flohe before May 15, 2015
MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
A Midwest conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education will be held on June 8-9 in Escanaba. The two days will involve discovering the greatest curriculum foundation in the world and learning the key concepts and practices to build a rich Language Arts program. Presenters are Dr. Daniel Coupland and Dr. Jeffery Lehman, professors of Education at Hillsdale College, along with other educators.
All diocesan teachers and principals will be attending. The event is open to any interested educator, even if outside of the diocese. All participants must register in advance at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/catholic. Registration closes April 30. For more information, or questions, contact the Catholic School office at (906) 227-9137.
2015-16 budgets must be approved by the diocese and entered into PDS Ledger no later than May 31, 2015. If you need assistance at any point during the budgeting process, please call Kristi Flohe at (906) 227-9138 or Mark Salisbury at (906) 227-9127.
MNSAA ACCREDITRAC REPORTS
The MNSAA Accreditrac portal is now open for annual reporting. All schools must complete the reporting and submit to the diocese by April 15. Payment to MANS is due by June 1. If you need help with the reports, or login information, contact Jamie Carter at (906) 227-9137.
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
CHILDREN’S SAFE ENVIRONMENT REPORT DUE
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register now for the 30th annual Hospitality Lecture scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2015. Our presenter will be Dr. Alan Schreck, the chair of the theology department at Franciscan University in Steubenville speaking on “Beginning Apologetics: Explaining the Catholic Faith”. He is a speaker at numerous Catholic conferences for the laity as well as for academic, diocesan, catechetical, and parish renewal events. His television series, "The Catholic Challenge: Vatican II and You" aired on EWTN, and he has made appearances on several EWTN shows, including "Mother Angelica Live" and "Franciscan University Presents." He has filmed most recently, an EWTN mini- series on “The Vision of Pope John Paul II” (2014).
To register go to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/hospitalitylecture. The deadline registration is May 7. Addendum #2 is a flyer to advertise this event. Direct any questions to Greg Gostomski: email@example.com, or 800-562-9745 ext. 125, 906-227-9125.
FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR TRAINING
The plans for the annual faith formation coordinator training are now complete. It is scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 7 after dinner and will conclude on Thursday, June 11 after lunch. This focus of the week will be on Evangelization, Catechesis, and Discipleship. Our presenters this year are Kate Swanson, Denise Foye, Greg Gostomski, and Fr. Corbin Eddy will be speaking on these very important aspects of the New Evangelization. The week’s events will include daily Mass; Morning and Evening Prayer, and opportunities to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation along with some fun and fellowship. Register now by going to: www.dioceseofmarquette.org/FFCT. For more information contact Denise Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
ECCLESIAL MINISTRY INSTITUTE
Once again a systematic formalized formation program for adults will be taking place in our diocese. Applications will be accepted for the next class of the Ecclesial Ministry Institute beginning in the fall of 2015. This program of theological study is a two-year process covering Sacred Scripture, the four foundational documents of Vatican II, the sacramental and moral life of the Church and Church history. Applications will be available by the end of April. If interested or for more information contact Denise Foye at email@example.com, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
SUMMER FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Parishes across the diocese host summer faith formation opportunities for our youth. They will be published in the UP Catholic at the end of May. If you would like to have your parish’s event be included please email Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org the following information: name of event, date of event, place, sponsoring parish(es), contact information. To ensure publication in the U.P. Catholic, provide the requested information no later than May 13.
SEE THE SEE – SAVE THE DATE
Saturday November 7, 2015 is the date for the diocesan-wide Jr. High youth rally, See the See. Mark your calendars now!
Loreene Zeno Koskey
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONS
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ will be celebrated on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The U.P. Catholic is planning on listing Corpus Christi processions in the May 29 issue. If your parish is having a Corpus Christi procession or special service, please send the date, time, parish name and location (if beginning somewhere other than the parish), by e-mail to email@example.com or postal mail to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. Listings should be received by Friday, May 15. Parishes are also welcome to submit photos taken at this year's processions to The U.P. Catholic for possible publication by using the addresses listed above.
DIOCESAN WEBSITE HELPFUL HINT – FIND SOCIAL MEDIA
If you’re looking for The U.P. Catholic’s YouTube videos from various events, Bishop John Doerfler’s columns in video format, Diocesan Facebook pages or The U.P. Catholic’s Twitter feed, just scroll to the bottom of the diocesan website’s home page at www.dioceseofmarquette.org and click on the buttons on the left hand side. That will take you to http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/socialmedia with links to all of these social media outlets. If you have any questions concerning the diocesan website, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
SUMMER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE U.P. CATHOLIC
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the May 29 issue listing summer Mass times in our parishes and missions. The list of Mass times will be compiled using those listed by each parish on the diocesan web site, www.dioceseofmarquette.org (see note below). If the summer Mass times for your parish or mission will differ from that currently listed on the diocesan web site, please send your corrected summer Mass schedule by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to: The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The deadline for submitting Mass times is May 13. This is a free service to aid summer travelers.
Note: If you are unable to log into your parish/mission pages, or have trouble updating your pages, please send an email to email@example.com and include your parish/mission, your name and phone number.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THE U.P. CATHOLIC BENEFITS FROM 2015 CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS GRANT
The U.P. Catholic is one of five diocesan ministries to receive a 2015 grant from the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. This is just one of the revenue sources used by the diocesan newspaper to fund its operations. Other funding sources include the diocesan portion of the Catholic Communication Campaign collection on Good Friday, advertising revenue, a diocesan grant, individual subscribers who are not registered in a diocesan parish, and a parish subscription fee that amounts to $4.25/registered household/year or just 24 cents per issue. The other diocesan ministries receiving 2015 grants made possible through the Catholic Home Missions Appeal are prison ministry, P2K Diocesan Youth Rally, Ecclesial Ministry Institute and faith formation coordinator training.
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 click this link and fill out the form http://dioceseofmarquette.org/investmentpoolworkshop2015 Monday, April 20th.
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER AND LOSS PREVENTION WORKSHOPS 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. We will also be hosting the Loss Prevention Workshop at the same time and place. Please reserve your spot by clicking this link http://dioceseofmarquette.org/bookkeeperworkshop2015 no later than April 28th.
2015-2016 PRIESTS’ SALARY SCHEDULE
The Salary Schedule for 2015-2016 for Priests can be found in Addendum #1. This information has also been uploaded to the diocesan website under the Administration, Policy Manuals Section.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 1
This award recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Church. Parish pastoral and finance councils are especially encouraged to consider submitting a nomination on behalf of their parish. A Bulletin Announcement is included at the end of this newsletter.
Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for more information.
Thank you to all parishes that submitted LOF grant requests for faith formation! All applicants will be notified of approval/denial by May 15.
BOOK A PARISH ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR TODAY!
The seminar was developed under the leadership of Legacy of Faith to empower diocesan parishes, missions and Catholic schools to easily offer quality educational opportunities utilizing local experts. The seminar is approximately 1½ hours long and is done in partnership with the pastor (or school principal) and a qualified local estate planning attorney. Practical and useful information on estate planning is presented within a stewardship context. Your diocesan development office assists with scheduling the seminar, securing a qualified attorney to present the seminar, and provides handouts for participants. To book a seminar contact Terri at 227-9108 or toll free 1/800/562-9745 ext #108 or by email email@example.com.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL COLLECTION (CHMA), APRIL 26, 2015
THE WEEK BEFORE THE APPEAL (BULLETIN ROOM PERMITTING)
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place the weekend of April 26th. One way that this appeal works to strengthen home mission dioceses in the United States is by funding seminarian formation in poor dioceses. The blessing of seminarians places a financial burden on these dioceses, where educating each seminarian costs $35-40K per year. Your support is needed for these young men so that they might go back and serve their parishes. Please strengthen the Church at home by making a generous gift to next week’s appeal.
THE WEEK OF THE APPEAL
Many dioceses right here in the United States do not have enough priests and trained lay ministers to serve their parishes. These dioceses are known as home missions. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place this weekend in the second collection, and supports these dioceses by funding essential ministries, including seminary education and lay ministry training. Please be generous in this appeal and share your resources to strengthen the Church at home.
THE WEEK AFTER THE APPEAL
Thank you for your generous support of last week’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Your contributions will help strengthen the Church at home and will help ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. To learn more about home missions funding and who the appeal helps, please visit www.usccb.org and search “Catholic Home Missions.”
MARQUETTE DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT COLLECTION, APRIL 26, 2015
THE WEEK BEFORE THE COLLECTION (BULLETIN ROOM PERMITTING)
The Diocese of Marquette is blessed with many senior priests (those who are no longer assigned to a parish). These men make present Christ, the Good Shepherd, not only in what they do, but in who they are. Many of them continue to give of themselves in countless ways of service for which we are grateful.
During his years of priestly ministry, a diocesan priest is supported mainly by a parish community. The retirement years can be difficult for these men who may dedicate as many as 50 years or more of their lives to caring for and ministering to others. No longer supported by their parish communities, some rely on minimal Social Security benefits and their pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund.
On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26th weekend, all parishes and missions in the diocese will take up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund.
THE WEEK OF THE COLLECTION
Retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette receive health insurance benefits, automobile insurance and a monthly pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund. Diocesan priests live independently during their retirement, and they use their pension for basic needs, such as food, housing and transportation.
Parishes are assessed an annual amount per priest serving at the parish. These assessments, plus other growth in the St. Joseph Association, have fallen short of what is needed to provide necessary benefits to our priests. With a large number of priests nearing retirement, and skyrocketing costs for medical services, prescription drugs, long-term care and gaps in Medicare coverage, there is a pressing need to provide necessary benefits to our priests.
All parishes and missions in the Diocese of Marquette will participate in a special collection the weekend of April 26th to help bridge the gap. It is essential that we ensure adequate retirement and health coverage in the years ahead for our priests. Please return your collection envelope during next weekends’ Masses.
THE WEEK AFTER THE COLLECTION
Last weekend, our parish and all parishes and missions throughout our diocese took up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund, called the St. Joseph Association. The St. Joseph Association, pays the monthly pension, health and auto insurance for retired priests of the diocese. Thank you for your support of our retired priests.
VOTE ON FACEBOOK FOR LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD NOMINEE
The Diocese of Marquette has nominated St. Francis Connection Center for Catholic Extension's 2015 Lumen Christi Award. The award honors individuals and groups who share the light of Christ with their diocese and community. The Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant ($25,000 for the honoree and $25,000 for the nominating diocese) to be used for enhancing a specific area of ministry.
The Diocese of Marquette invites people to support the St. Francis Connection Center nomination by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Visit www.CatholicExtension.org and click on “2015 Lumen Christi Awards” to view all entries. Scroll down to find “St. Francis Connection Center” and click on “Vote for this Nominee.” The direct link is http://bit.ly/1xPCvOm. Facebook support is just one of several factors considered in determining award finalists.
St. Francis Connection Center is an outreach ministry of St. Anthony Parish in Gwinn that serves the Sawyer area. The Center distributes food to needy families and helps spread the Catholic faith through religious education, prayer and community gathering.For more information about St. Francis Connection Center, visit https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisConnectionCenter.