July Diocesan Communicator
No. 7/2015
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
 
Communication Services
Financial Services  
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
 
Addenda
Addendum #1 – Parish Annual Report (PAR) Packet Information
Addendum #2 – PAR Checklist
Addendum #2b - PAR Checklist Sample Copy
Addendum #3 – Governance Report
Addendum #4 – 2015 Summer Census Memo
Addendum #5 – 2015 Summer Census Form
Addendum #6 - Complete July Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)

 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
2015 NATIONAL 54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA
On August 15, 2015, the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate is launching the 2015 National 54 Day Rosary Novena for the Family and Marriage including Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom.  These are key issues of our day, especially with the upcoming World Meeting of Families and the Synod on the Family.  This prayer Novena will conclude October 7, 2015. 
  • 27 days in petition from August 15 through September 10, 2015
  • 27 days in thanksgiving from September 11 through October 7, 2015
Bishop John Doerfler welcomes you to join this effort to help bring about spiritual renewal in our nation through the maternal and powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary to whom we entrust this Novena.  Promotional resources are available at the Novena website at:  www.54days.org.
 
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
UPDATE ON SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR RELIEF IN NEPAL
In May Bishop John Doerfler asked all parishes to take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our brothers and sisters in Nepal who were affected by the earthquake there. As of the end of June $40,855 has been received from parishes for Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. A recent update on the CRS website reports that “CRS has committed $10 million to a 3 year program for relief in Nepal. The target reach of this proposal is 15,000 families, an estimated 75,000 people total. The immediate priority is in providing emergency relief; however, CRS intends to remain committed to the people of Nepal for years to come, as they undergo a process of rebuilding.”
 
Thank you to all parishes for participating in this special collection with donations and prayers.
 
MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL FORMS
If any parishes need to replenish their supply of Marriage Tribunal forms, the forms are available to purchase from Johnson’s Printing Service at 906-225-0419. Johnson’s Printing has available the following items:
Dispensation forms
Wedding envelopes
Prenuptial questionnaire forms
Annulment application forms 

Annulment applications are also available by downloading them from our diocesan website by clicking here: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/marriagetribunal/applyforannulment
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
 
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
 
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 dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
 
CONFIRMATION CONSULTATION MEETINGS
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 the context of a youth ministry approach, meetings have been scheduled in each of the vicariates as follows:
 
Wednesday        August 12      St. Joseph & St. Patrick, Escanaba
Monday             August 17       St. Ann, Bergland
Tuesday             August 18      St. Joseph, Sault Ste. Marie
Wednesday        August 19       St. John Neumann, Spalding
Monday             August 24       Resurrection, Hancock
Tuesday            August 25      St. Mary & St. Joseph, Iron Mountain
Wednesday        August 26      St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette
 
             All sessions will be held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm local time.
 
These meetings are open to anyone involved in faith formation and youth ministry for high school youth including priests, deacons, faith formation coordinators, high school catechists, youth ministers, and parents of high school youth. Register by clicking here. For more information contact Denise Foye at dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
 
FALL CATECHETICAL GATHERING-SAVE THE DATE
This gathering has been scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2016 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 will be available in August!
 
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2015, and will focus on the theme "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. The USCCB is providing resources, both downloadable and for purchase.  You can access this by clicking here.
 
 
Catholic Schools
 
TEACHER/PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS & CONTRACTS
All teacher and principal evaluations should be sent to the diocesan offices for review by Superintendent, Mark Salisbury. Contracts for the 2014-15 school year are also required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office. Both evaluations and contracts are due ASAP. Please send them to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
 
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming principal meeting is Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm ET at the Diocesan Office. Please email Cassie LaTourneau at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org by Thursday, August 13th, 2015 if you plan on coming.


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 Cassie LaTourneau, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee

 
DIOCESAN WEBSITE HELPFUL HINT - FIND A FORM
 

 
If you’re looking for a form, we’ve got a lot. And many can be found online at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. They can also be found under the “Administration” drop down menu located in the black bar that goes across the top of most pages on the diocesan website.  What kind of forms can be found? If you’re clergy and need a Letter of Good Standing, the form is there under the Chancellor’s Office heading. Papal Blessing request information is there too. If your parish needs to submit baptisms, deaths or weddings to be listed in The U.P. Catholic, just look under the Communications heading.  Faith Formation and Youth Ministry have forms too. Faith Formation Coordinator Training and Field Trip forms can be found under that office’s heading.  Many other forms are available including safe environment forms, the marriage annulment application, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Requests, a Legacy of Faith grant application and Catholic Service Award nomination and more.  So, if you’re looking for a form, the place to start is www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas
 
GOOD SHEPHERD COLLECTION RESULTS
Results from the recent collection are still coming into the diocese, to date parishes have sent or reported $101,237 (gross) to date for this annual collection.  If you have not yet submitted your collection amount please send in your amount immediately as the deadline was June 1st.
 
2015 PAR (PARISH ANNUAL REPORT)
This year’s Parish Annual Report (PAR) Packet information can be found in Addendum #1, the PAR Checklist and a sample copy in Addendum#2 and Addendum #2b, and the Governance Report in Addendum #3.  The Checklist and PAR are due to the diocese by July 31, 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.
 
SUMMER CENSUS FORM
The 2015 Summer Census memo and form (listing those parishes/missions required to take the count) are included as Addendum #4 and Addendum #5.  Please count all people present at Mass (during the month of August), regardless of age, and return completed forms to the diocesan offices located at 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette (Attention: Cassie LaTourneau) by Friday, September 4, 2015.  Please complete a separate one for each parish and mission.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cassie at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
 
 
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
 
NEED TO INCREASE YOUR PARISH OFFERTORY?
The parish “Increased Offertory” manual on the diocesan website has recently been updated.  Check it out at the following link: http://dioceseofmarquette.org/UserFiles/Development/DevIncreasedOffertoryManual.pdf
For assistance, contact Terri at 227-9108 or 1/800/562-9745 ext. #108 or tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
This exciting new endowment building initiative is moving full steam ahead this summer with several receptions scheduled throughout the diocese. To schedule one in your area, contact Fr. Ben Hasse benjhasse@yahoo.com or Terri  tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
SPECIAL "K-8 TEXTBOOK" GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARISHES
Find the easy online application at www.LegacyofFaith.net.  Submit application by August 1, 2015.
 
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