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
Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
Sexual Abuse of Minors by Church Officials or Volunteers
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Bulletin Reflections on the Mass
Department of Evangelization and Education
Confirmation Meetings Follow-up
Fall Catechetical Gathering
See the See-Registration
Safe Environment-VIRTUS Awareness Sessions
Children’s Safe Environment
Family Ministry-Upcoming Survey
RCIA Candidates Marital Status Questionnaire
Parish Faith Formation Staff Changes
Fourth Friday Count
Save the Date
School Council Minutes
School Annual Report (SAR)
Diocese Can Assist Your School
Diocese Can Assist Your School
Priesthood Sunday – October 25, 2015
Women Religious Anniversary Section
Newspaper Gets Redesign in October
Free Asbestos Awareness Training
Financial Governance Reports
October Census Form
Official Catholic Directory Forms
World Mission Sunday Collection
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
New-Parish Planned Giving Manual
Legacy of Faith-Special Grant K-8 Textbooks
UPCSA Resources on the Web
Does Your Parish Tithe or Support Foreign Missions?
Grants for Parishes
Seminarian Endowment Challenge
World Mission Sunday Bulletin Announcement (October 17/18)
Sexual Abuse of a Minor by Church Officials or Volunteers
Addendum #1 – 2015-2016 Virtus Training Schedule
Addendum #2 – RCIA Marital Questionnaire Form
Addendum #3 – Priesthood Sunday Advertising Form
Addendum #4 – Women Religious Anniversary Feature Form
Addendum #5 – October Census 2015 Form
Addendum #6 – Complete Downloadable September 2015 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
DIOCESAN DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE
Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society, our diocese, our parishes and our parishioners. In light of this, I am establishing a Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life to be observed on the 2nd Sunday of November each year. I welcome you and your parishioners to join me in celebrating the lives of these men and women who serve in many capacities and have dedicated their lives to contemplative prayer, teaching in our schools, taking care of the poor and the sick and bringing compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society.
Your observance on November 8, 2015, of this Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life in your parish(es) may include the “Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life”, a focus on consecrated life in your homily, promoting vocations to consecrated life and honoring women religious and others who live a consecrated life who serve in your parish(es). The November 13th issue of the U.P. Catholic Newspaper will also feature our women religious and a focus on the work they do here in the diocese.
Prayer intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available by clicking here.
SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CHURCH OFFICIALS OR VOLUNTEERS
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.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
Please note: As a result of the recent shift in duties, all announcements regarding upcoming local and national collections can now be found under the Administration & Finance Section of the Communicator.
BULLETIN REFLECTIONS ON THE MASS
A series of nine short reflections called Understanding the Mass have recently been written. They were composed to be appropriate for inclusion in your weekly parish bulletins. The reflections average 325 words and can be downloaded from the Divine Worship Dept. website: http://dioceseofmarquette.org/divineworship/understandingmass. Beginning on Monday, Sept 21st, they will be uploaded on every Monday for the next week’s bulletin. The text, video and audio will be included on the website for each reflection. Questions or comments may be emailed to
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
CONFIRMATION MEETINGS FOLLOW-UP
Thank you to all who attended the Confirmation Meetings that were held across the diocese over the month of August. If you were unable to attend and would like an overview of the meetings, please contact Denise Foye, 800-562-9745 ext. 130 or email@example.com.
FALL CATECHETICAL GATHERING
Register today for our annual Fall Catechetical Gathering, taking place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Saint Peter Cathedral. The Center of Ministry Development will be presenting the workshop, “Evangelizing Our Families-Engaging New Generations of Disciples.”
Workshop participants will be equipped to reach out to youth and families who are away from Church practice, while at the same time providing focused efforts of discipleship building, for those ready to be witnesses and leaders for the New Evangelization. The day begins with registration at 8:30 AM, and is followed by the workshop from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. To register go to the diocesan webpage www.dioceseofmarquette.org and click on the compass located on the top left side of the page. Please register no later than Tuesday September 15. If you have any questions, contact Denise Foye, Director of Catechesis & Adult Faith Formation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.562.9745 ext. 130, or 906.227.9130
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.
SEE THE SEE-REGISTRATION MATERIALS
6-8th grade youth are invited to See the See. This one-day rally gathers youth from across the diocese at Saint Peter Cathedral for time with their bishop, each other, some great music, and a fantastic speaker. Registration materials are available on the Youth Ministry page of the Diocese of Marquette website, or by CLICKING HERE.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT - VIRTUS AWARENESS SESSIONS
The VIRTUS training sessions for employees and volunteers are scheduled. The listing can be found in Addendum #1 and is also posted on the Diocese of Marquette website.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT - CHILDREN'S SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The training of children and youth in parish faith formation and Catholic schools will once again be required in 2015-2016. The information and lessons for the parish program Formation in Christian Chastity are available on the Diocese of Marquette website, www.dioceseofmarquette.org (Click on the Protecting Children link on the home page). Catholic schools utilize Child Lures and have these materials on-site. These lessons are taught as part of the on-going effort to maintain a safe environment. Parish and school reports are due to the Department of Youth Ministry by April 30, 2016. Any questions should be directed to Greg Gostomski at, 800.562.9745 ext. 125, 227.9125 email@example.com.
FAMILY MINISTRY UPCOMING SURVEY
A survey is being developed to assess the needs of parishes in the area of marriage and family ministry. This survey will be completed by pastors first, then other groups as necessary. Watch for the survey in the second half of September.
PARISH FAITH FORMATION STAFF CHANGES
This is the time of year when many of parishes experience changes in their faith formation staff. If your parish has had any recent changes in faith formation staff, email addresses, etc., please contact this office with those updates:
Denise Foye, 800-562-9745 ext. 130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA CANDIDATES MARITAL STATUS
A reminder to Pastors, Pastoral Coordinators and the RCIA team of the importance of determining the marriage situation of the RCIA candidate and the candidate’s spouse which may require an annulment before he/she may enter the Church at Easter. If the candidate or the candidate’s current spouse has been married previously, an investigation into these marriages must be made immediately at the onset of the RCIA in the fall. Annulment applications coming to the Marriage Tribunal after the first of the year cannot be completed by Easter. A questionnaire that may be helpful to you may be found by clicking on Addendum #2 to this Communicator.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: IMPORTANT DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
Fall Catechetical Gathering Saturday, September 19, 2015
Catechetical Sunday, September 20, 2015
See the See Junior High School Rally, Saturday, November 7, 2015
Rite of Election, Sunday, February 14, 2016
Spring Study Day Thursday, March 17, 2016
Diocesan Confirmation Sunday, April 10, 2016
Faith Formation Coordinator Training Sunday, June 19 -Thursday, June 23, 2016
FOURTH FRIDAY COUNT
All schools are reminded that the Fourth Friday Count Form will be emailed to them on Monday, September 14, 2015. Please take up the count of each student who is present at the school on Friday, September 18, 2015 and send it electronically to Cassie LaTourneau at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming principal meeting is Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
All schools are reminded they are required to submit all separation forms to the Diocesan Offices by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Forms may be sent to Cassie LaTourneau, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MINUTES
All schools are reminded they are 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, email@example.com.
SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT (SAR)
School Principals, Bookkeepers, and Secretaries: Please work together to complete this year’s School Annual Report (SAR). The report is due no later than September 30, 2015, and any Diocesan disbursements for the 2015-2016 school year will be held if your school does not submit the required paperwork. Contact the Director of School Finance, Kristi Flohe, with any questions – (906) 227-9138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of all signed tuition contracts for 2015-2016 were due to Kristi Flohe by July 31, 2015. If you have not yet submitted these, please do so as soon as possible.
Locally approved school budgets must be submitted to the diocesan offices each year for review and approval. If you have not yet sent in your budget, please do so as soon as possible. It can be emailed to Kristi at email@example.com.
DIOCESE CAN ASSIST YOUR SCHOOL
Did you know the diocese can assist your school with…
Call or email Kristi Flohe for more information or assistance – (906) 227-9138 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder – as stated in the new Budget and Finance Policies, effective July 1st:
- Interviewing and hiring new employees
- Payroll processing
- Job descriptions
- Determining pay rates and raises
- Training new employees
- Scholarship calculations
- Paycor questions
- PDS questions
- Before notification of financial assistance (scholarships) to families, reports must be submitted to the Superintendent for review and approval.
- Reports on the dispersal of financial assistance funds musts be submitted to the Diocesan Director of School Finance, Kristi Flohe, before the start of the school year. For assistance, or if you need the diocesan-approved scholarship formula, please contact Kristi at email@example.com or 906-227-9138.
PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY - OCTOBER 25, 2015
The U.P. Catholic newspaper plans to publish its annual Priesthood Sunday issue on October 23rd. If your organization, parish or school is interested in placing an appreciation advertisement for your pastor and/or other priests, please see Addendum #3 or contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at 1-866-452-5112 / firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that ads received after October 7th will be placed in our November 13th issue. Other great ideas to honor your priest(s) can be found at: www.priestsunday.org.
WOMEN RELIGIOUS ANNIVERSARY - SPECIAL SECTION
In the Nov. 13, 2015 issue of The U.P. Catholic a special section will be included on women religious serving the Diocese of Marquette. Sisters are requested to fill out a brief profile to be included in the section. The form can be found in Addendum #4, also please include a photo. Profiles are due by Oct. 16 and can be submitted by email to email@example.com, or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
NEWSPAPER GETS REDESIGN IN OCTOBER
A redesign of The U.P. Catholic newspaper is slated for October. While content remains the same, the new layout will have a fresh and more open feel. Typefaces have been updated to be easier to read and stories and elements will be less crowded. New headers have been designed to bring a consistent look throughout the newspaper. The newspaper will continue to be mailed and remain available online at www.upcatholic.org.
FREE ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING
This fall three sessions will be held on asbestos awareness:
Tues., Sept. 22 – St. Sebastian Parish, Bessemer 11am - 1pm ET (10am to Noon CT)
Thurs., Sept. 24 – St. Gregory Parish, Newberry 10am - Noon ET (9am to 11am CT)
Wed., Sept. 30 – St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette 10am - Noon ET (9am to 11am CT)
This is a mandatory training for schools (as part of their accreditation) and is strongly encouraged for parishes as part of on-going efforts to keep insurance rates down. Attendance at the session is designed for the individual in your facility that is responsible for conducting periodic on-site inspections (generally this is your maintenance supervisor); however, attendance is not limited to just this individual. Additional details and information on how to register (on-line) will be emailed directly to parishes and schools soon. Mark your calendars now to attend one of these sessions.
FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE REPORTS
The Financial Governance Report and a copy of the Financial Statements provided to your parishioners are due by September 30th, 2015. All of these forms are available on the diocesan website under: Administration/Offices/Finance & Administration/PAR. Please contact Cassie at 906-227-9137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
OCTOBER CENSUS FORM
The 2015 October Census form is now available and is included as Addendum. #5. Please count all people present at Mass, regardless of age, and return completed forms (one for each parish and mission) to the diocesan offices by Monday, November 2, 2015. Please mark the envelope Attn: Cassie LaTourneau. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cassie at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
IMPORTANT OFFICIAL CATHOLIC DIRECTORY FORMS
The 2015 Official Catholic Directory forms have been mailed to all parishes and missions directly from the publishers, so please watch your postal mail. Please note the deadline for submission to the diocesan offices, Attn: Cassie LaTourneau by September 29, 2015.
It is vitally important that everyone complete and return these forms, as the non-profit status for all diocesan entities is dependent upon being listed in the directory each year!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cassie at at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY COLLECTION
Please place the bulletin announcement found in the Bulletin Announcement section of this communicator in your parish bulletin the weekend of October 17/18, 2015. The collection takes place the following weekend October 24/25. Parishes are requested to send their collection to the diocese no later than November 20, 2015.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
NEW - PARISH PLANNED GIVING MANUAL
A new resource has recently been added to the diocesan website to assist parishes with planned giving efforts. The “Parish Planned Giving Program” manual provides steps for organizing a parish effort, contains sample announcements for your parish bulletin, newsletter or website, and more. View it by clicking here.
LEGACY OF FAITH - SPECIAL GRANT K-8 TEXTBOOKS
Thank you to all parishes that submitted LOF grant requests. We approved 26 grants totaling $11,440! Grants will be paid by check by 11/15/2015, provided that all requirements from previous grants have been met.
Our next grant round will open January 1, 2016. Please visit our website for our new online application.
UPCSA RESOURCES ON THE WEB
The UPCSA Leadership Handbook has been updated for the upcoming appeal. This, and many more appeal resources, are available at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/upcsa, including logos and graphics that can be copied for use in your parish bulletin or other appeal promotions.
DOES YOUR PARISH TITHE OR SUPPORT FOREIGN MISSIONS?
Just a reminder that if your parish tithes or sends money to foreign missions, it should comply with charitable gift rules as established by the Internal Revenue Service. If you are collecting money for a charitable cause, or tithing using funds donated by parishioners to the parish, please ensure that the recipient is a legitimate and qualified charitable organization.
To verify a charitable organization, consult the Official Catholic Directory, visit guidestar.org. For assistance contact the diocesan development office at 906/227-9108 or 1/800/562-9745 ext #108 or email email@example.com.
GRANTS FOR PARISHES
Congratulations to St. Joseph Mission, Foster City, for approval of a grant from OCP. The OCP annual parish grants program provides direct financial assistance to enhance the worship experience of Roman Catholic parishes in the United States. Check their website in early 2016 for the parish grant application. www.ocp.org/grants.
SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Progress continues on meeting the $100,000 challenge goal for the new Seminarian Endowment Fund. $85,000 has been raised, leaving just $15,000 to go. When the goal is met, Catholic Extension will award a $50,000 matching grant. If you, or someone you know, is interested in hosting a small reception in your area to inform people of the opportunity to invest in our seminarians, please contact Fr. Ben Hasse firstname.lastname@example.org or Terri Gadzinski email@example.com.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT (FOR OCTOBER 17/18 BULLETIN)
Your ongoing support of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,150 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin American and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. The World Mission Sunday celebration highlights the outreach of local churches through priests, religious and laity among the poor and marginalized half a world away. Life-changing help is provided to mission churches in territories covering more than half the globe.
Your prayers and generous support offered to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the mission church – and help deepen your relationship with Jesus by helping so many missionaries around the world.
Please use the envelope provided in your envelope packet to give generously to this collection next weekend.
SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINIOR 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)
We always encourage you to report the incident to local civil authorities. The Diocese of Marquette reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities.
- 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).