October Diocesan Communicator
No. 10/2015
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
Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
CMA White Mass & Dinner
Respect Life Month
Syrian Refugee Crisis
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Bulletin Reflections on the Mass
New Editions of Liturgical Books
Collection Reminders
 

Department of Ministry Personnel
“Dynamic Deacon” to Speak on Catholic Families
 

Department of Evangelization and Education
Dynamic Catholic-Special Opportunity
RCIA Candidates Marital Status Questionnaire
Children’s Safe Environment
Parish Faith Formation Staff Changes
Upcoming Dates
 

Catholic Schools
Save the Date-Religion Bee
Save the Date-Principal Meeting
School Council Minutes
School Annual Report (SAR)
2015-2016 Scholarships
 

Communication Services
Priesthood Sunday – October 25, 2015
Honoring Our Women Religious
Women Religious Profiles
 

Financial Services
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions for 2015
World Mission Sunday Collection
Preparing for Winter Weather Hazards
Governance Report
October Census Form
Important Official Catholic Directory Forms
UPCSA Thank You from Bishop Doerfler
 

Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Payment of LOF 2015-2016 Grants
Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Awards
Book a Parish Estate Planning Seminar
 

Bulletin Announcements
CMA White Mass & Dinner
Thank You from Bishop Doerfler
World Mission Sunday Bulletin Announcement (October 17/18)
Estate Planning - Did You Know?
“Dynamic Deacon” to Speak on Catholic Families
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 – CMA White Mass Flyer
Addendum #2 – CMA White Mass Information
Addendum #3 – Respect Life Month
Addendum #4 – Migration and Refugee Services
Addendum #5 – CRS Update on Refugee Crisis
Addendum #6 – RCIA Candidate Questionnaire – Revised
Addendum #7 – Form to Advertise Celebrate Priesthood Sunday
Addendum #8 – Women Religious Anniversary Feature Form
Addendum #9 – Governance Form
Addendum #10 – October Census Form

Addendum #11 – Complete Downloadable October 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 at: 
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/year-of-consecrated-life/index.cfm
 
CMA WHITE MASS & DINNER 
The Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will host an event on Friday, October 30, at St Anne's Parish in Escanaba.  All people involved in the medical field in any way, such as: doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, religious and clergy, nurses, nurses' aides, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, laboratory and radiology personnel, dietary, housekeeping, administration, etc. and their spouses are encouraged to attend this evening of renewal in your mission to care for God's people in body, mind and spirit.
 
The White Mass is a tradition in the Catholic Church that serves to honor those involved in healthcare for their dedication and service to the care and healing of the people of God. It is usually held in October to coincide with the feast day of St. Luke, patron of physicians and surgeons. The public is invited to attend the Mass, dinner and talks.    A bulletin insert can be found at:
Addendum #1 - CMA White Mass flyer and also see bulletin announcement for more information.  See Addendum #2 - for CMA White Mass Information.
 

RESPECT LIFE MONTH, OCTOBER, 2015
As we observe Respect Life Month, we are called upon by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities to consider that “every life is worth living”.  Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift.  At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.  Respect Life Month is a fitting time to reflect on the truth of who we are.  Let us learn to let go of our own standards of perfect and instead learn more deeply how to live according to God’s standards.  He does not call us to perfect efficiency or material success; he call us to self-sacrificial love.  He invites us to embrace each life for as long as it is given—our own lives and the lives of those he has placed in our paths.  Every life is worth living.  Read Cardinal O’Malley’s full letter at:
Addendum #3 - Respect Life Month.
 

SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
In light of the escalating refugee crisis in Europe, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration & Refugee Services has issued a document entitled “Background and Suggested Talking Points-Syrian Refugee Crisis”.  The full document may be read at:  Addendum #4 -  Migration & Refugee Services.  Please consider including some of the bullet points from the “How you can help” portion of the document in your bulletin. 
 
Catholic Relief Services has issued an update on their work in efforts to assist refugees in Syria and other parts of the world.  The update from Catholic Social Services may be read at:  Addendum #5 - CRS update on refugee crisis.
 
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
DIVINE WORSHIP
 

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. Questions or comments may be emailed to tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

NEW EDITIONS OF LITURGICAL BOOKS
The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition received recognitio on June 29, 2015 and will go to print soon.  It contains new texts from the second typical edition issued in 1990 but never translated along with changes putting it in line with the Roman Missal.  It is considered a significant change and should be used once it has been published.
 
The new Order of Confirmation has also been approved for use in the United States and must be implemented no later than Pentecost, 2016.
 

COLLECTION REMINDERS
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.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Larry Van Damme
 
"DYNAMIC DEACON" TO SPEAK ON CATHOLIC FAMILIES
Ministry Personnel Services of the Diocese of Marquette will host a talk by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers - known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” - is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. Deacon Harold speaks to people of all ages and from all walks of life who desire to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. The title of his talk is “Catholic Families: The Model for a Culture of Love and Life.” The public is invited and tickets are not required but a free-will offering will be accepted.
 
See notification, “Dynamic Deacon” to Speak on Catholic Families” in the bulletin announcement section.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
Last week an email was sent to all pastors regarding a special opportunity from Dynamic Catholic Book Program, a project by Matthew Kelly.  Some of our parishes use this program as a practical way to evangelize and re-engage disengaged Catholics. 
 
This year Dynamic Catholic is offering a handful of dioceses the opportunity to purchase Matthew Kelly’s latest book Rediscovering Jesus for only $1 per copy with no shipping if ordered through the diocesan office.  Bishop John has agreed to underwrite a portion of the cost with funds from the Legacy of Faith endowment fund.  Legacy of Faith will cover the cost of a book for 20% of your contributing members per your parish annual report.  The cost of additional books must be paid for by the parish.
 
For your convenience the books will be shipped directly to your parish.  If you are interested in ordering for your parish(es) and mission(s) please CLICK HERE to complete the form and submit it electronically no later than November 2, 2016 as there is a short turn around on this project. 
 

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 #6 to this Communicator.
 

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 ggostomski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

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 undergone 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 dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org
 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: IMPORTANT DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
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
 

Catholic Schools
 

SAVE THE DATE-RELIGION BEE
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Menominee. Further information will be forthcoming.
 

SAVE THE DATE-PRINCIPAL MEETING
The upcoming principal meeting is Thursday, October 29th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
 

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, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT (SAR) 
School Principals, Bookkeepers, and Secretaries:  Please work together to complete this year’s School Annual Report (SAR).  The report was 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 kflohe@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

2015-2016 SCHOLARSHIPS
Reminder – as stated in the new Budget and Finance Policies, effective July 1st: 
  • 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 kflohe@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9138.
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
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 #7 or contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at 1-866-452-5112 / upc@new.rr.com    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.

HONORING OUR WOMEN RELIGIOUS 
The U.P. Catholic Newspaper is publishing a special section in our November 13th Issue honoring the ministry of the Women Religious who serve our Diocese so well. If your parish or school would like to place a paid advertisement of appreciation for an individual sister, nun, or religious order, please contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com  or call 906-863-7460.
Hurry, Ad cut-off is October 20thThank you!

 WOMEN RELIGIOUS PROFILES - OCTOBER 16, 2015 
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 #8, also please include a photo. Profiles are due by Oct. 20 and can be submitted by email to news@dioceseofmarquette.org, or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas
 
403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2015
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $18,000, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Then an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000 is allowed.  Since there still are several months left in 2015, it is a good time to evaluate your individual contributions to your 403(b) plan.  Are you maximizing the amount you can contribute?  Are you sure you will not exceed the maximum contribution amount by year end?  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Pam at perickson@dioceseofmarquette.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
 

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.
 

PREPARING FOR WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS
Michigan Catholic Conference (through Travelers’ Insurance) is offering a wonderful opportunity to help our parishes and schools better prepare for potential winter weather hazards that can occur at any of facilities at any time during our harsh Michigan winters.  This Webinar will also include a tour of their risk control website that contains an enormous amount of information and many useful tools you can apply to and use at your respective location. 
 
This Webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 21 and is scheduled for one hour (one for a morning session and one for an afternoon session) please register for one or the other.  This will be a live session with a national risk control consultant at Travelers’, Dawn Safine.  All pastors, principals and maintenance staff have been sent an email which contains the Meeting Invitation to register for this Webinar.  For additional questions please contact Pam at perickson@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9135.
 

GOVERNANCE REPORT
This report was due September 30th. For your convenience, a copy can be found on the diocesan website under the Finance and Administration section and in Addendum #9 of this communicator.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cassie at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
 

OCTOBER CENSUS FORM
The 2015 October Census form for ALL parishes is now available and is included as Addendum #10.  Please count all people present at Mass; regardless of age, and return completed forms to Cassie at the diocesan offices by Friday, November 6, 2015.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cassie at clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
 

IMPORTANT OFFICIAL CATHOLIC DIRECTORY FORMS
The 2015 Official Catholic Directory forms were due September 29th.  It is 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 clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
 

UPCSA THANK YOU FROM BISHOP DOERFLER
See related UPCSA Thank You from Bishop Doerfler in the bulletin announcement section.
 
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
 

PAYMENT OF LOF 2015-2016 GRANTS
Payment of Legacy of Faith approved grants for 2015-2016 to parishes and Catholic schools is scheduled for early November. Submit evaluations with a due date of 10/31/2015 or sooner to avoid delayed payment. Grant extensions may be requested for extenuating circumstances. Please email written request to Terri Gadzinski at tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

LEGACY OF FAITH CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARDS
Congratulations to our 2015 recipients! They are Rudolph Schmitt of Sacred Heart Parish, Calumet and James Newnum of Holy Redeemer Parish, Menominee. These individuals have inspired many through their longtime service and commitment to carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church in word and action. A special thank you to parishes that responded to the call for nomination. Nominations submitted for the first time in 2015 and not awarded will be re-considered in 2016. 
 

BOOK A PARISH ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR
It’s easy! Contact us to schedule this 1½ hour seminar for your parish or school. This pre-packaged program is presented within a stewardship context, is informative, and invites people to remember the Church in their planning. It is presented by the pastor/school principal and a local qualified estate planning attorney.  The diocesan development office will assist with scheduling the seminar, securing a qualified attorney, and provide sample publicity materials and participant handouts. Contact Terri at 227-9108 or toll free 1/800/562-9745 ext #108 or email tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
See related “Did You Know?” in the bulletin announcement section, to get people thinking about estate planning.
 
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
CMA WHITE MASS & DINNER
The Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will host an event on Friday, October 30, at St Anne's Parish in Escanaba with a 5:30 pm ET Mass followed by a catered dinner in the parish hall.  All people involved in the medical field in any way, such as: doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, religious and clergy, nurses, nurses' aides, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, laboratory and radiology personnel, dietary, housekeeping, administration, etc. and their spouses are encouraged to attend this evening of renewal in your mission to care for God's people in body, mind and spirit.
 
Guest speakers at the dinner will be Dr. Robin Goldsmith, an anesthesiologist from Wisconsin who will give a brief overview on the history of the Catholic Medical Association, and Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD an Internal Medicine physician from Nashville, TN who will give a talk entitled Truth, Medicine and The Eucharist. 
 
The White Mass is a tradition in the Catholic Church that serves to honor those involved in healthcare for their dedication and service to the care and healing of the people of God. It is usually held in October to coincide with the feast day of St. Luke, patron of physicians and surgeons. The public is invited to attend the Mass, dinner and talks.    Please see bulletin announcement for more information. 
 
Please RSVP by October 27th if you will attend dinner. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Dr. Michael DeGroot at madegroot33@gmail.com 906 233-0357 or St. Anne Parish Office at 906 786-1421. A free will offering will be accepted.
 

THANK YOU FROM BISHOP DOERFLER 
Since 1967, the Upper Peninsula Catholic Services Appeal has made an extraordinary impact on the work of this local Church and the future generations of Jesus’ disciples. Thank you to those of you who joined me in making a generous financial offering to the 2015 UPCSA. Any funds raised are carefully spent; it is money for God’s work and we use it accordingly. If you have not yet made an offering to your parish for UPCSA, please do so soon. Your parish needs your support. You are in my prayers; please keep me in yours. Thank you.
 
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette
 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT (OCTOBER 17/18)
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.
 

ESTATE PLANNING
Did You Know? Over half of Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan. In order to raise awareness about the importance of estate planning, Congress declared the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. If you do not have an estate plan, set up a meeting with an attorney to discuss your current wishes. If you have a Will, it’s a good idea to review it each year for any changes that may need to be made because of a change in your life or that of a beneficiary. Please remember the Church in your Will or other estate plan.
 

"DYNAMIC DEACON" TO SPEAK ON CATHOLIC FAMILIES
Ministry Personnel Services of the Diocese of Marquette will host a talk by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers - known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” - is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. Deacon Harold speaks to people of all ages and from all walks of life who desire to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. The title of his talk is “Catholic Families: The Model for a Culture of Love and Life.” The public is invited and tickets are not required but a free-will offering will be accepted.
 
 
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