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
Department of Faith Formation & Education
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
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 Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness, will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015.This year’s theme emphasizes the link between religious freedom and bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel, keeping in mind the sacrifice of so many martyrs to the faith, both past and present. During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. In the secular calendar, we anticipate that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule at some point during the Fortnight (likely around June 29) on four cases concerning the legal definition of marriage in the United States. Materials below are available (in English and Spanish) through the website: www.Fortnight4Freedom.org.
- 14-Day Study Guide on Dignitatis Humanae (note that this is the 50th anniversary of the “Declaration on Religious Freedom” from the Second Vatican Council)
- Parish Guide to celebrating the Fortnight (including 14 suggestions)
- A series of examples of Current Threats to Religious Liberty in the U.S.
- A series of examples of International Religious Freedom issues
- Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works
- Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty
- Religious Liberty High School Lesson Plans
- Litany for Liberty
- Prayers of the Faithful (part of the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty)
- Holy Hour Template (also part of the Call to Prayer)
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION AND EDUCATION
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR TRAINING
It is time to register for the annual Faith Formation Coordinator Training. The deadline to register is Monday, May 18. The week will begin on Sunday, June 7 after dinner and will conclude on Thursday, June 11 after lunch. The 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. 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. The classes will be a combination of on-line course work and class room presentations. To apply for the program beginning in the fall of 2015 click here. For more information contact Denise Foye at email@example.com, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
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!
FALL CATECHETICAL GATHERING - SAVE THE DATE
This gathering has been scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Saint Peter Cathedral. The Center of Ministry Development will be presenting the workshop, “Evangelizing Youth and Their Families”. Watch for the registration form and more information later in the summer!
Fall of 2015 marks the beginning of a two-year process for Confirmation preparation for those youth who will begin the 10th grade in the fall of 2015. To assist with Confirmation preparation in context of a youth ministry approach meetings will be held. Parishes will be receiving an email in late May to assist in the scheduling of dates and times for these sessions.
Tuition contracts for returning families are due to Kristi Flohe before May 15, 2015.
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 May 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 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 May 29. 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.
SUMMER CONTACT INFORMATION AND HOURS
Summer contact information for principals, bookkeepers and secretaries along with office hours are due to Jamie by May 29. Please email to email@example.com.
EVALUATIONS AND SEPARATION FORMS>
Teacher evaluations are due to the Catholic Schools Office by June 15. Any staff members leaving at the end of the school year must also fill out a separation form and send to the Catholic Schools Office.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ORDINATION CONGRATULATION ADS
This is your last chance for your Parish, School or Organization to place an advertisement of congratulations for one or more of the men being ordained a deacon or priest on May 29th. Please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at email@example.com or call 1-866-452-5112 before May 28th. Thank you!
DIOCESAN WEBSITE HELPFUL HINT - FIND A...
Are you looking for a parish or mission, Catholic school or school principal? How about a diocesan staff member, or maybe a priest, deacon or religious of the diocese? Maybe you’d like to find out when Eucharistic Adoration is available when visiting a new city. If so, just go to the home page of the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org and click on one of the items under the “Find a…” tab in the middle of the page. If your parish or mission has Eucharistic Adoration and the time is not listed, or needs updating, please email the correct information to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and phone number in case we have any questions.
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.
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. Deadline for submissions is June 29, 2015. Photos may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
For your convenience, in Addendum #1
you will find the memorandum and benefit rates sheets sent to all units via email on April 15th. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Administration & Finance Department at the diocese.
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPERS WORKSHOP THANK YOU
Thank you for attending the annual Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop and the Loss Prevention Workshop. We hope you found it to be informative and interesting. If you were unable to attend, please keep an eye on your emails, Cassie LaTourneau will be sending out a packet from both workshops.
2015 PAR (PARISH ANNUAL REPORT)
This year’s Parish Annual Report (PAR) Packet information can be found in Addendum #2
, the PAR Checklist and a sample copy in Addendum# 3
, and the Governance Report in Addendum #4
. The Checklist and PAR are due to the diocese by July 30, 2015. The Governance Report is due September 30, 2015. The forms have also been placed on the diocesan website. Completed reports should be sent directly to Cassie LaTourneau at the diocese.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Thank you to all parishes that submitted LOF grant requests. It was a record year for applications received! In reviewing this year’s grant applications, it became evident that many parishes have a current need for new textbooks. As a result, we will be issuing another call for proposals for 2016 specifically for K-8 textbooks for parish faith formation programs. Please expect to receive information on this special grant opportunity by June 1st.
LEGACY OF FAITH CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARDS
Thank you to parish pastoral and finance councils that responded to the invitation to nominate someone from the parish! Nominations are currently under review. The award winners and their pastors will be notified in early June.
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 planning seminar logistics, 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
SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Nearly $32,000 has been raised toward the $100,000 challenge goal! For every qualifying $2 raised toward this initiative, Catholic Extension will match $1 up to $50,000. Qualifying donations must be new gifts of $1,000 or more, or raised through special fund raising events designated for the program. If you know of someone that would like to host a reception or event for the purpose of raising money for the Seminarian Endowment Challenge, please contact Terri at 227-9108 or toll free 1/800/562-9745 ext. #108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org