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 Ministry Personnel
Department of Evangelization and Education
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Addendum #1 – Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Flyer
Addendum #2 – Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Itinerary
Addendum #3 – PAR Letter and Form
Addendum #4 – PAR Checklist 2016
Addendum #5 – Governance Report
Addendum #6 – Summer Census Form 2016
Addendum #7 – Summer Census 2016 Memo & Parish List
Addendum #8 – Marriage Enrichment Day July 16, 2016
Addendum #9 – Complete Downloadable June 2016 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE, AUGUST 23RD-25TH, 2016
Bishop John cordially invites you and your parishioners to the Diocesan Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. The pilgrimage will take you to the three Marian Shrines of Wisconsin: The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. A bulletin insert, as well as bulletin announcement are available. Addendum #1: Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Flyer and Addendum #2: Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Itinerary.
ACTION ALERTS-SIGN UP TO KEEP INFORMED ON PERTINENT ISSUES
To help keep Catholics informed of pertinent issues on both the State and National level, I encourage Catholics to sign up for notices from the Michigan Catholic Conference and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. These vehicles issue timely notices and information on issues pertinent to the Catholic Church.
If you have not already signed up for these action alerts, I encourage you to do so. I would also ask you to help me spread the word about these valuable resources that help to keep Catholics informed and enable them to take timely action on important issues.
You may sign up for alerts from the Michigan Catholic Conference by following this link:
You may sign up for alerts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by following this link:
DIRECT MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
Coming up in mid-June, the third annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office will be direct-mailed to all registered households. Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year. Please encourage your parishioners to respond. A bulletin announcement is attached for your convenience.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
CLERGY ATTENDING STEUBENVILLE YOUTH CONFERENCE
Any priest of the diocese that will be attending the Steubenville Youth Conference July 22nd-24th, 2016, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with students from their parish may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the group letter of good standing that will be sent to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Larry Van Damme
NEW SAFE ENVIRONMENT POLICY FOR THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE
After consultation with the Presbyteral Council and the Independent Review Board for the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler has decreed that the updated Safe Environment Policy shall succeed all former policies as of May 1, 2016.
Please read carefully this updated policy and make it available to all persons as described on page 9 of the policy, and to anyone else who may have interest in it or who may enable safer ministerial environments because of their reading and understanding of it. This updated Safe Environment Policy can be accessed on the diocesan website by going to the Administration link and then clicking on Policy Manuals.
Any questions pertaining to the new Safe Environment Policy can be directed to Ms. Martha Tomasi at 906 227-9155 or MTomasi@DioceseOfMarquette.org. The Policy can be found on the Diocese of Marquette website: http://dioceseofmarquette.org/safeenvironmentpolicies.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Training for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is being held from August 22- August 27th at Holy Name School in Escanaba from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Each day will begin with Mass at 8 am at St. Anne’s. Carolyn Kohlhass will be the trainer for this event. For more information or to register email Kate Swanson: email@example.com.
DIOCESAN EVANGLIZATION SUMMIT
On Saturday, August 27 the Diocese of Marquette will be hosting a Diocesan Evangelization Summit at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. All the Catholic faithful and particularly ecclesial movements from across the diocese such as the Knights of Columbus, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Third Order Secular Carmelites, and others are invited to come be renewed in their zeal to evangelize and learn new strategies to do so at this event. Fr. Ryan Moravitz of the Diocese of Duluth will lead us in reflecting on the ways we are able to proclaim, celebrate, and live Jesus Christ who is alive in the gospel and alive in the Church today! The cost of the daylong event is $15 and registration is now open. You can register by going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. For more information contact Denise Foye at 906-227-9130, 800-562-9745 ext. 130, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday October 29, 2016 should be marked on your calendar! See the See, the middle school youth rally, open to all Catholic 6-8 graders takes place that day. Imagine fantastic music, cool speakers, THE BISHOP, engaging talks, food and more food. Start talking to your middle schoolers now!
Faith Formation Coordinator Training Sunday, June 19 -Thursday, June 23
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training, Monday, Aug. 22-Friday, Aug. 26
Diocesan Evangelization Summit, Saturday, Aug. 27
Catechetical Sunday, Prayer: The Faith Prayed, Sept. 18
See the See, Saturday, Oct. 29
2016 PAR (Parish Annual Report)
This year’s Parish Annual Report is moving online! A comprehensive online form has been developed and can be found on the Diocesan website under the Administration, Offices, Administration and Finance, PAR section. PAR submissions are due to the Diocese by July 31, 2016 and must include Balance Sheet and Income Statement attachments. We strongly encourage parishes to utilize this online form to promote a more efficient reporting system. For your convenience, hard copies of the PAR and the PAR Checklist can also be found in Addendum #3 and Addendum #4, as well as on the Diocesan website. The Governance Report is due September 30, 2016 and has been included in Addendum #5. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
SUMMER CENSUS FORM
The 2016 Summer Census form and memo (listing those parishes/missions required to take the count) are included as Addendum #6 and Addendum #7. 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: Angelina Juidici) by Friday, September 2, 2016. Please complete a separate one for each parish and mission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101.
UPCOMING COLLECTION IN THE DIOCESE
Peter’s Pence Collection (Collection for the Holy Father)
The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world—those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer. A bulletin announcement is available below.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
LEGACY OF FAITH CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
The 2016 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award recipients are Deacon John Cadeau of Most Holy Name of Jesus/Blessed Kateri, Baraga and Janet Pattan of St. Joseph, Perkins. Recipients will be honored at their home parish over the summer. Each parish also receives a $250 LOF grant for faith formation in honor of the recipient. Please feel free to extend congratulations and gratitude to these individuals for their faithful witness to the faith and service to the Church!
CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP AND PLANNED GIVING BROCHURE
Click here to view the NEW & UPDATED brochure. Parishes and schools may put a link to this resource on their own websites. If you would like a few hard copies to give to planned gift prospective donors, please contact Terri at email@example.com.
NEED TO INCREASE YOUR PARISH OFFERATORY?
A “how-to” manual is available on our website for a 3-week offertory program that focuses on helping a parish to meet its short and mid-term budgetary needs, and speaks very directly about the budgetary needs of the parish. This manual can be accessed directly here. This and other parish development resources can be found at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/parishdevelopmentresources.
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP HOUR
Reminder – second Tuesday of each month from 2-3pm Eastern is “stewardship hour.” Please keep your parish councils & committees informed of these FREE learning opportunities. Feedback from priests and lay who have watched the webinars is very positive: “affirming,” “very inspiring,” “I will share this with our Evangelization Committee.”
SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Fr. Ben Hasse, seminarians and Terri Gadzinski give an informative and lively program on the diocesan vocations program and 2016 Seminarian Endowment Challenge. Book them today at your parish. Available dates are July 10 and Aug 7. Contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
Special thanks to St. Michael, Marquette for hosting a reception to raise money for the 2016 Seminarian Endowment Challenge. Parishioners are honoring their pastor, Fr. Greg Heikkala, with gifts to the endowment, in celebration of his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood and 10 years of service as Diocesan Vocations Director.
YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE, AUGUST 23RD-25TH, 2016
Bishop John cordially invites you to the Diocesan Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. The pilgrimage will take you to the three Marian Shrines of Wisconsin: The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. See insert and itinerary for more details in Addendum #1 and Addendum #2.
UPCOMING MARRIAGE RETREAT WEEKEND, JUNE 24-26, 2016
Married and hurting? Do you feel distant from your spouse? Fight frequently? Want to turn things around but don’t know where to start? Retrouvaille can help! Our Catholic-based organization is a lifeline for marriages in trouble. Find out more about our program – which starts with a weekend retreat June 24-26, 2016, in Garden, Mich. – at www.HelpOurMarriage.com. Questions? Call (414) 502-7685 or email email@example.com.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT DAY, JULY 16, 2016
Come learn communication skills to help build your relationship and resolve conflicts peaceably! For more information, refer to Addendum #8.
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
Watch for a direct mailing from Bishop John Doerfler to arrive in the mail soon. Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year.
PETER'S PENCE COLLECTION (COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY FATHER)
The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world—those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer. This collection will take place the weekend of June 25th & 26th.