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 Evangelization & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Marquette Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Collection – May 13/14th, 2017
World Church Combined Collection – June 10/11th, 2017
Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund
Holy Land & National Communications Collection
Peter's Pense Collection (Collection for the Holy Father)
Note: All Addenda are located at the end of this file.
Addendum #1 – Annual Update for Benefits 2017-18
Addendum #2 – BKWS Evaluation Form 2017
Addendum #3 – Bulletin Announcements 2017
Addendum #4 – Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #5 – Combined Collections Transmittal Form
Addendum #6 – Complete May Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
Important Dates and Deadlines
- 5-15-2017 Deadline registration for Diocesan Choir Member
- 5-17-2017 U.P. Catholic Foundation Board Meeting (Stewardship & Development)
- 5-30-2017 Annual Hospitality Lecture, Denise Bossert, The New Evangelization via Mary & Elizabeth
- 6-2-2017 Diaconate Ordination
- 6-2-2017 Deadline to submit parish Corpus Christi processions to The U.P. Catholic
- 6-2-2017 Deadline to submit Sacrament photos to The U.P. Catholic
- 6-8-2017 U.P. Catholic Foundation Board Meeting (Stewardship & Development)
- 6-11-2017 UPCSA Bishop’s Partners in Service Mass & Reception at St. Peter Cathedral 3:30 PM ET (Stewardship & Development)
- 6-12-2017 – 6-13-2017 Third Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education
- 6-22-2017 Catholic School Webinar Volunteer Recruitment, Engagement & Retention (Stewardship & Development)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
WEEKLY WEEKEND MASS ATTENDANCE COUNTS
Bishop John has requested that all parishes submit a total weekly weekend Mass Attendance count (for all Vigil and Sunday Masses combined) each week, beginning the first weekend of July, 2017. The weekly Mass Attendance counts will give us a baseline for our Mass attendance as we work together to increase Mass attendance through evangelization efforts discussed in Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, entitled: “Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers”. The pastoral letter is due to be released on Pentecost. An email reminder will be sent to the pastors, secretaries and bookkeepers prior to the start of the weekly Mass attendance count requirements, which will include a link to the online form that will be used to collect the data. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler
DONATING CANDLE WAX
Lakestate Industries employs developmentally challenged individuals in the Marquette area. They use wax from discarded candle ends to make fire starters. If you have candle ends that you would like to contribute, you may drop them at St. Louis the King in Harvey, St. Michael’s in Marquette or at the Diocesan Office (Attn: MaryAnn). Lakestate Industries also provides confidential shredding services and preparation for bulk mailings. If you have any questions, contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.
STEUBENVILLE YOUTH CONF. -RE: PRIESTS/DEACONS ATTENDING
Any priests or deacons of the diocese that will be attending the Steubenville Youth Conference in Kenosha the weekend of July 21-23, 2017, may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to the group letter of good standing that will be issued, rather than submit an individual letter of good standing request form. Please send the email by June 1st.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR THE DIACONATE ORDINATION
All parish choirs are invited to join the Diocesan Choir for the Ordination to the Diaconate, which will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Rehearsal begins promptly on June 2 at noon. Plan to arrive early. The registration form may be found here:
Rev. Daniel Moll
https://form.jotform.com/71213309184147. Music will be mailed to you when you have submitted your registration form. Please complete this form no later than May 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Samuel Holmberg at email@example.com or (906)-227-9122.
2ND ANNUAL YOUTH CHOIR CAMP
This year's choir camp is on August 7-11, 2017 from 9am to 5pm. The Diocesan Youth Choir Camp is a unique music experience for youth ages 10-17. Youth will have the opportunity to develop their voices and sharpen their musical skills. There will be outdoor activities, "grill the priest" sessions, games, and more! All are invited to attend the daily Evening Prayer (Vespers) and an end-of-the-week Final Concert. The cost of the day camp is $30 per family and includes daily lunch and materials. Financial assistance and housing are available. Please request a camp registration form at the diocesan office or by contacting Samuel Holmberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906)-227-9122.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
SUMMER FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Parishes across the diocese host summer faith formation opportunities for our youth. They will be published in the UP Catholic at the end of May. If you would like to have your parish’s event be included please email Denise Foye, email@example.com the following information: name of event, date of event, place, sponsoring parish(es), and contact information. To ensure publication in the UP Catholic, provide the requested information no later than May 12.
Register now for the 32nd Annual Hospitality Lecture. Our presenter this year is Denise Bossert, writer of the syndicated column “Catholic by Grace” which is published in 63 diocesan newspapers including The U.P. Catholic”. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 30 at the Ramada Inn of Marquette. The charge for the lecture is free but an optional lunch is being offered for $15. Register by clicking here or going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. A flyer for this event was in the March communicator. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the Fall Confirmations will begin on June 1. If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, email@example.com or 906-227-9130.
RETREAT AT MARYGROVE
An exciting opportunity has arisen to serve the needs of your parish. Cathryn Torgerson holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, has worked for many years in parish ministry, focusing on evangelization and catechesis with adults and teens. She has a deep interest in making Sacred Scripture accessible and has worked with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan, taught at Sacred Heart, as well as parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Lansing. She will be presenting a series of talks on the Goodness of God, using lessons from Scripture culminating in our ultimate destiny at the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb.
This retreat will be open to all parish workers, Faith Formation Coordinators – catechists, youth group leaders, RCIA team members, paid or volunteer, clergy or lay – all will benefit from Cathy’s infectious joy and brilliant insights into the Story of Faith. There will be time for group discussion, as well as liturgical and private prayer, along with opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance.
The retreat will begin on Sunday evening, June 25, with registration at 7:00 p.m. and an introductory conference and 8:00 p.m., followed by night prayer. The first substantial conference will be on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. The retreat will wrap up with lunch at noon on Thursday, June 29.
The cost of the week retreat is $185. To encourage folks to sign up for this first-ever event, we’d like to offer a special: if the parish is willing to pay at least $50 per registrant, Marygrove will reduce the cost of the retreat by $35. So, if the parish pays $50, the retreatant will pay $100. If the parish pays $75, the retreatant will pay $75. If the parish pays $150, the retreatant will not be charged.
If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact me at Marygrove, 906-644-2771, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NET DATES AVAILABLE
The National Evangelization Team (NET) leads retreats for Middle and High School students. The team will be in the diocese during the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. They have dates available! The dates are: Friday, November 17th, Wednesday, November 22nd OR Wednesday, January 10th, Thursday, January 11th, Friday, January 12th.
Anyone interested in more information or to sign-up for a retreat can contact Kate Swanson at email@example.com or 906-786-7550, ext. 37.
Please consider including the intention below in your Universal Prayers.
For married couples, that they continue to live their vocation of love as a communion of persons reflecting the love in the Trinity. Let us pray to the Lord.
SAVE THE DATE - THIRD ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Mark your calendars for Our Third Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 12, 2017 through June 13, 2017. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools as Communities of Learners Rooted in Charity and Mission. This year the conference will be held at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba from 8:00am to 3:30pm EST with option evening socials on Monday. To see our flyer please click here. To register please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52733989016161.
SAVE THE DATE - DIOCESAN SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING
The upcoming Diocesan School Council meeting is Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
RELIGION BEE THANK YOU
Thank you for attending the annual Religion Bee. We hope you found it to be informative and interesting. We enjoyed all the students who participated.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONS
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The U.P. Catholic is planning on listing Corpus Christi processions in the June 16 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. Deadline for the listings should be received by Friday, June 2. 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. For Vicariate Confirmations, only one photo of the entire vicariate group should be submitted. Be sure to list names for all photos, (left to right) front row, second row, third row, back row, etc. Deadline for submissions is June 2. Also, please include the name of the parish and city. 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.
2017-2018 BENEFIT RATES
For your convenience, in Addendum #1 you will find 2017-2018 benefit rates. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Administration & Finance Department at the Diocese if you have any questions.
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPERS WORKSHOP THANK YOU
Thank you for attending the annual Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop. We hope you found it to be informative and interesting. Please remember to complete the workshop evaluation form in Addendum #2. if you have not already done so. If you were unable to attend this year’s workshop, please keep an eye on your emails; Cassie LaTourneau will be sending out an informational packet to all parish secretaries and bookkeepers. Please contact Cassie at email@example.com with any additional questions regarding workshop materials.
ANNUAL INVESTMENT POOL CONFERENCE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Thank you for all that attended the Annual Investment Pool Video Conference on April 26th, 2017. We have posted a recording of this year’s conference and materials on the Diocesan website for those who were unable to attend at the scheduled time. Please share this information with your parish leaders and visit the Finance page of the Diocesan website to access this recording, www.dioceseofmarquette.org/finance.
2017 PAFR (PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL FINANCIAL REPORT) AND PAAR (PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT)
This year’s Parish Annual Report is being split into two reports: the PAFR (Parish Annual Financial Report) and PAAR (Parish Annual Administrative Report). The PAFR will incorporate financial data previously required from the Parish Annual Report, while the PAAR will contain administrative data only. Both forms can be found on the Diocesan website under the Administration, Forms, Parish Annual Reports, Parish Annual Report Form, Parish Annual Financial Report or Parish Annual Administrative Report in electronic and fillable pdf versions. We strongly encourage parishes to utilize the electronic versions of these forms to promote a more efficient reporting system.
PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by July 31, 2017 and must include Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue and Expense/Income Statement attachments. Completed PAFR reports and questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
PAAR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31, 2017. Completed PAAR reports or questions should be sent directly to Cassie LaTourneau at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101.
ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION
Just a reminder to parishes to promote the annual Good Shepherd Collection, scheduled to be taken up the weekend of May 13/14 in all parishes. Materials to promote the collection can be found in Addendum #3 and were emailed to all pastors, associate pastors, and pastoral coordinators on April 25th. Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Please send proceeds of this collection payable to “Diocese of Marquette: Marquette Diocesan Priest’s Retirement” to the Diocesan office by Monday, June 19, 2017.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 10/11TH, 2017
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2017 “World Church Collection” on June 10/11th, 2017. This new “World Church” combines three previously separate collections into one and supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund, the Holy Land & National Communications collection, and the Peter’s Pence collection (Collection for the Holy Father). Parish bookkeepers are advised to use the Collection Counting Sheet in Addendum #4 and to divide unspecified World Church fund donations evenly between the three individual collections. Bookkeepers may then complete the Combined Collection Transmittal Form found in Addendum #5 to include with their payment to the Diocese. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-World Church Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEAVE A LEGACY ® MONTH
The Governor of Michigan has proclaimed May 2017 as “Leave a Legacy” month. Click here to view the proclamation. Consider promoting this in your parish bulletin, website, newsletter, Mass announcements, or other parish communications.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
Update on some of the parishes & schools receiving stewardship & development assistance:
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Thank you to all parishes that submitted LOF Faith Formation grant applications! The review process is now complete. In all, 53 grants totaling more than $82,825 were approved, helping to provide quality programs and ensure accessibility for all parishes across the diocese, many which would otherwise not be able to participate.
- Congratulations to St. Joseph, Perkins, on launching their capital campaign this month to restore stained glass windows.
- Best wishes to St Michael, Marquette on conducting an Increased Offertory Program during May.
LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Deadline was May 1. Thank you to parishes that submitted nominations! Nominations are currently under review. The award winners and their pastors will be notified in June.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
- June 22nd – First in Quarterly Series of Advancement topics – this training opportunity will be offered at the Diocesan office and via Zoom from 10 – 11 am EST for Principals (and others interested) in learning more about Volunteers: Recruitment, Engagement and Retention - further your Advancement efforts in 2017/2018 and beyond!
- June 28th at the School Bookkeeper Workshop a session in the afternoon will address your most frequently asked questions RE: database management, appeals and acknowledgement letter templates.
MARQUETTE DIOCESAN PRIESTS' RETIREMENT COLLECTION - MAY 13/14, 2017
THE WEEK OF THE COLLECTION
Retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette receive health insurance benefits, automobile insurance and a monthly pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund. Diocesan priests live independently during their retirement, and they use their pension for basic needs, such as food, housing and transportation.
Parishes are assessed an annual amount per priest serving at the parish. These assessments, plus other growth in the St. Joseph Association, have fallen short of what is needed to provide necessary benefits to our priests. With a large number of priests nearing retirement, and skyrocketing costs for medical services, prescription drugs, long-term care and gaps in Medicare coverage, there is a pressing need to provide necessary benefits to our priests.
All parishes and missions in the Diocese of Marquette will participate in a special collection the weekend of May 14th to help bridge the gap. It is essential that we ensure adequate retirement and health coverage in the years ahead for our priests. Please return your collection envelope during next weekends’ Masses.
THE WEEK AFTER THE COLLECTION
Last weekend, our parish and all parishes and missions throughout our diocese took up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund, called the St. Joseph Association. The St. Joseph Association, pays the monthly pension, health and auto insurance for retired priests of the diocese. Thank you for your support of our retired priests.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 10/11, 2017
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2017 “World Church Collection” on the weekend of June 10/11th, 2017. This new collection combines three previously separate collections into one and supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church:
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES OVERSEAS FUND
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Funds will help six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world.
HOLY LAND & NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COLLECTION
The political, religious, and military challengers in the Holy Land are more complex than ever. The wars, unrest, and instability have been especially hard on Christians. The Holy Land Collection offers hope to the Holy Land Christians in these times of hardship. The National Communications collection helps connect people to Christ, here and around the world, through the internet, television, radio, and print media. A portion of the funds collected will remain here in the Diocese of Marquette to support our local efforts.
PETER'S PENSE 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.