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
Teaching the Faith
Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts
Prayer Intention Card mailing from the Bishop
54 Day Rosary Novena and Rosary Coast to Coast
Baraga Days 2018
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Priest & Deacon Letters of Good Standing
Department of Evangelization & Education
Fall Evangelization Workshops
Fall Confirmation Registration
See the See
Marriage Mentor couples
Evaluations and Separation Forms
Save the Date – Principal Meeting
2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report (PAAR)
School Council Minutes
Diocesan Directory Listing
UPCSA Weekend is September 29/30, 2018
Good Shepherd Sunday Collection Results
World Church Combined Collection Proceeds Due
National Church Combined Collection – August 11/12th, 2018
Standardized Personnel Policies – Effective July 1, 2018
Retirement Workshop 2018
2018 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2018 Parish Governance Report
Department of Stewardship & Development
Development “In the Field”
Giving Tuesday - #iGiveCatholic Informational Webinar
Ask Bishop John Doerfler to Pray for You
Addendum #1 – National Collection 2018
Addendum #2 – Standardized Personnel Policy-Full Version
Addendum #3 – Supplemental Personnel Policies – ALL PARISHES
Addendum #4 – Key Points
Addendum #5 – FAQ
Addendum #6 – Governance Report 2018
Addendum #7 - Complete July 2018 Downloadable Diocesan Communicator
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
7-01-18 Standardized Personnel Policies (Main Body) Adopted for all Parishes/Missions (Administration & Finance)
7-19-18 Retirement Workshop (Administration & Finance)
7-20-18 Diocesan Directory Listing Deadline (Communications)
7-31-18 Deadline Parish Annual Financial Report/PAFR (Administration & Finance)
7-31-18 Deadline World Church Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
8-12-18 National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
9-01-18 Deadline Standardized Personnel Policies (Supplemental) Adopted for all Parishes/Missions (Administration & Finance)
9-30-18 UPCSA Weekend (Administration & Finance)
9-30-18 Deadline National Church Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
TEACHING THE FAITH 1
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars has made available to clergy a website feature periodic newsletters, free of charge. Each monthly installment of Teaching the Faith makes use of the scriptural readings for a given Sunday in order to provide clergy with assistance in preparing homilies on doctrinal topics, difficult and perhaps controversial subjects of current importance, and themes in Catholic prayer and spirituality. The website may be found at: https://www.catholicscholars.org/TTFlist.php
Bishop John F. Doerfler
WEEKLY WEEKEND MASS ATTENDANCE COUNTS
Please continue to input your weekly weekend Mass attendance counts (for all Vigil and Sunday Masses combined) each week. 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”. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
The fifth annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office was sent in mid-June 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 private chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year. Please encourage your parishioners to respond. A bulletin announcement is include below for your convenience.
54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA (AUGUST 15-OCTOBER 7, 2018)
Please join in praying a Novena for Our Nation as an Act of Reparation; calling upon God through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary to heal our country and return it to holiness. The 54 day Novena will take place from August 15 through October 7, 2018, with a Rosary Coast to Coast set to take place on October 7, 2018. The Rosary Coast to Coast is scheduled to take place at 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT and 1 pm PT, to avoid conflict with Sunday Masses.
If you would like to register your parish to participate go to: https://www.novenaforournation.com/ and http://rosarycoasttocoast.com
BARAGA DAYS 2018
Baraga Days 2018 will take place in Marquette, MI on Saturday, August 18, 2018 and Sunday, August 19, 2018. On Saturday, events will begin at St. Peter Cathedral with Mass followed by morning events including the showing of the documentary entitled: They Might Be Saints: Bishop Frederic Baraga. A ticketed lunch and afternoon events will take place at St. Louis the King with a Native American Drum Circle and teaching. At 3pm EST Most Rev. John F. Doerfler will conduct a blessing at the Bishop Baraga Educational Center. The day will conclude at St. Peter Cathedral with a Slovenian Mass at 6pm EST followed by a ticketed dinner. On Sunday, there will be a ticketed breakfast from 7-9am at St. Peter Cathedral in the parish hall followed by the Annual Bishop Baraga Association meeting from 9-10am. The event will conclude with the English Mass at 10:30am. For more information or to register please follow the link below: www.bishopbaraga.org/baragadays.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
PRIEST & DEACON LETTERS OF GOOD STANDING
Priests or Deacons of the diocese that will be traveling outside of the Diocese of Marquette should request a Letter of Good Standing prior to their departure. As the letter needs to be signed by the Chancellor, the request should be submitted as soon as possible. To submit a Priest Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at: Priest Letter of Good Standing Request Form.
To submit a Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at:
Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request Form
The forms may also be found at: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
All teacher contracts for the 2018-19 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury by July 18, 2018. Please send the originals to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
EVALUATIONS AND SEPARATION FORMS
Teacher evaluations are due to the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury as soon as possible. Any staff members leaving at the end of the school year must also have a separation form completed and sent to the Catholic Schools Office.
SAVE THE DATE - PRINCIPAL MEETING
The upcoming Principal meeting is August 1 - 2, 2018 in Marquette, MI. More information to come.
2018 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
The 2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report is now available online on the Diocesan website at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/paar PAAR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31, 2018. Please contact Cassie LaTourneau at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137 with questions on PAAR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
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.
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
FALL EVANGELIZATION WORKSHOPS
As called for in Bishop John’s pastoral letter, Transforming Fire, the Department of Evangelization & Education will be offering the Fall Evangelization Workshops in each vicariate. The focus this year is on fostering a personal encounter with Jesus and deepening a life of prayer. The workshops will assist pastors and their teams to gain a better understanding of a personal encounter with Jesus. There will also be time to share parish best practices in these areas.
The workshops will all take place from 6:30-8:30 pm local time. The places and dates for these gatherings are as follows:
To register go to: https://form.jotform.com/81365196924970
- Precious Blood, Stephenson, Wednesday, September 5
- St. Mary School, Sault Ste. Marie,Thursday, September 6
- St. Michael, Marquette, Tuesday, September 18
- St. Sebastian, Bessemer, Wednesday, September 19
- St. Thomas, Escanaba, Thursday, September 26
- Immaculate Conception, Iron Mountain, Thursday, September 27
- Resurrection, Hancock, Thursday, October 4
Registration for the fall 2018 vicariate confirmations is now open. The link to the form is https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-registration-fall2018
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 23, 2018 – St. Mary Rockland: Our Lady of Peace, Ironwood 3 pm CT
Sep. 30, 2018 – St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate, St. Joseph & St. Patrick, Escanaba 3 pm ET
Oct. 7, 2018 – Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate, St. Joseph, Lake Linden 3 pm ET
Oct. 14, 2018 – St. John Neumann Vicariate, Holy Spirit, Menominee 2 pm CT
The deadline to register is September 7, 2018.
Please note that the Confirmation Application found on the website has been updated. (http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/diocesanconfirmation) You will need all the information found on the updated Candidate Application form to register the youth from your parish. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9130.
Would you like to have a team of God-fearing, faith filled, energetic young adults come to your parish or school and evangelize your middle or high school students? NET dates are available for your parish or school retreat! Contact Kate (Swanson) Veeser at email@example.com or 786-7550, ext. 37 to reserve your date.
November 2018: (more of an option for high-school retreats): Thursday 15, Monday 19, and Tuesday 20
April 2019: Friday 5, Saturday 6, Sunday 7, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Thursday 11, Friday 12, and Sunday 14
The Retreat Contact Instructions can be found at www.netusa.org/rcp with the password 1819rcp. Please complete and return the Retreat Information Sheet (RIS). Dates are only reserved once I receive your RIS. First come, first served. Thank you for understanding.
Thank you for all the work you do for young people and for the role you play in challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.
SEE THE SEE
The annual middle school youth rally See the See is on the calendar for Saturday November 3, 2018. Information can be found on the Diocese of Marquette website and will be sent directly to parishes.
MARRIAGE MENTOR COUPLES
Couples invited by their pastor to be Marriage Mentor Couples can be trained in the Prepare/Enrich pre-marriage assessment by contacting Greg Gostomski at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 906.227.9125.
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 17 issue. Email any changes for your parish’s listing to email@example.com. The master list was emailed to all pastors and secretaries at the end of June. Please reference the email for your parish’s listing. Changes are due no later than Friday, July 20.
UPCSA WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 29/30, 2018
The theme of the 51st U.P. Catholic Services Appeal is “Transformation through Encounter”. UPCSA materials will be distributed to churches in August or early September. Included are tri-fold brochures to be distributed with the pledge cards and authorization cards. Single-fold Bulletin Inserts should be placed inside the parish bulletins on UPCSA weekend. The “record of pledges” spreadsheet, used to transmit your parish member pledge and payment info to the diocese, will be emailed to your parish by late August. The UPCSA handbook, containing timelines, sample letters, and other useful information you need will be available on our website by September at www.dioceseofmarquette.org. UPCSA goals will be emailed to parishes by early September, as soon as they can be calculated and approved. Contact Wendy Negri at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1.800.562.9745 ext. 104 with any UPCSA questions or to arrange for pick-up of your materials if someone from your parish will be in the Marquette area in August.
GOOD SHEPHERD COLLECTION RESULTS
All parishes took up a collection for the St. Joseph Association on April 21/22nd, 2018 and to date parishes have reported a total of $94,579 for this annual collection. If you have not yet submitted your parish collection amount, please do so as soon as possible to benefit the retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION PROCEEDS DUE
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette took up the 2018 World Church Collection on June 9/10th, 2018. Parishes are reminded that the deadline to submit funds from this collection to the Diocese is July 31st, 2018. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-World Church Collection.”
NATIONAL CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION -AUGUST 11/12TH, 2018 RESULTS
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2018 National Church Collection on August 11/12th, 2018. The National Church Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the National Retirement Fund for Religious, and the Catholic University Collection. Parish bookkeepers are advised to divide unspecified National Church fund donations evenly between the three individual collections using the Collection Counting Sheet. Bookkeepers may then complete their Combined Collection Transmittal forms to include with their payment to the Diocese. These collection resources can be found at dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-National Church Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Parishes may also print and use the Addendum #1 National Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICIES - EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018
Bishop Doerfler decreed that all employees of the Diocese, parishes and cemeteries, Bishop Baraga Association, and Marygrove Retreat Center must adopt the Standardized Personnel Policies (see Addendum #2) by July 1, 2018. The Diocese has additionally clarified that all above mentioned entities must adopt the main body of these Standardized Personnel Policies effective July 1, 2018 and adopt individual supplemental policies by September 1, 2018.
A copy of the supplemental personnel policies was emailed to all parishes and missions on June 8th, 2018 and can be found in Addendum #3. A draft of these supplemental policies must be submitted to the Diocese before being implemented by each individual parish. Please submit final supplemental policy drafts to Irene McCauley at email@example.com for Diocesan review.
Once supplemental policies are approved by the Diocese, copies will be returned to the parish and must be signed by the pastor and parish finance council to take effect. All parish employees must also sign policy acknowledgement forms that may be recorded in employee personnel files.
Please refer to Addendum #4 and Addendum #5 for key points and frequently asked questions regarding the supplemental portion of the Standardized Personnel Policies. Parishes may contact the Administration & Finance department with any additional questions, (906) 227-9101.
RETIREMENT WORKSHOP 2018
Registration is still open for the Retirement Workshop held on July 19th, 2018 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette! The workshop will provide employees with the resources they need to begin retirement planning and will include topics such as retirement health benefit options, applying for Social Security, accessing MCC lay employee pensions, and managing 403B/Roth IRA funds. To register, please visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/layretirementworkshop. Please contact Laura Murawski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101 with any additional questions. It’s never too early to plan for your future; please consider joining us at the Retirement Workshop this month!
2018 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2018 Parish Annual Financial Report is now available online on the Diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr. PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by July 31, 2018 and must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet, Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement attachment, and 2018-19 Budget for each parish submission. Please contact Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
2018 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2018 and has been included in Addendum #6. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Check out all the stewardship & development resources available to diocesan parishes on our website: capital campaign basics, increased offertory program, parish planned giving program, Electronic Offertory: A Quick Guide to Getting Started, sample parish annual stewardship reports, My Catholic Giving Guide and more.
Check out the page on the diocesan planned giving website with the most visits – IRA Charitable Rollover http://dioceseofmarquette.planmygift.org/ira-charitable-rollover.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
An update on some of the parishes & schools receiving assistance from the Dept. of Stewardship & Development:
GIVING TUESDAY #IGIVECATHOLIC INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 21st 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET and participate in our FREE webinar regarding this exciting new development support from our Diocese as a gift to all churches, schools and ministries in our community! Click the link to join the webinar https://zoom.us/j/6574956914
- St Francis De Sales, Manistique, for quickly meeting their Roof Capital Campaign.
- St. Joseph, Perkins, for approval of 1:1 match grant from Catholic Extension to help the parish complete their Century Old Stained Glass Window Restoration Campaign.
- Bishop Baraga Association, for approval of 1:1 match grant from Catholic Extension to help them complete the capital campaign for the development of the Baraga Educational Center.
Recording will be available after the webinar at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources.
SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (Giving Tuesday/#iGiveCatholic)
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
A direct mailing was sent to all registered households from Bishop John Doerfler in mid-June. 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 private chapel, where he will pray for your intentions for the next year.