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 Chancellor and Divine Worship
Immaculate Conception (December 8th) is a Holy Day of Obligation
Diocesan Hymnals – Required Use date is The First Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, 2018
Department of Evangelization & Education
National Evangelization Team
2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report (PAAR)
School Council Minutes
Christmas Mass Times Listing
IRS Scam Phone Calls
Diocesan Office Address Update
2018 Parish Governance Report
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
Looking Ahead—Maximum Contributions for 2019
Standardized Personnel Policies Reminder
Department of Stewardship & Development
Time to Begin Your #IGiveCatholic Promo
Why Recreate the Wheel?
Development “In the Field”
Legacy of Faith
U.P. Catholic Foundation News & Events
#iGiveCatholic Giving Tuesday
Addendum #1 - Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Internal Revenue Service
Addendum #2 - Supplemental Personnel Policies
Addendum #3 - #iGiveCatholic Logo
Addendum #4 – #iGiveCatholic Bulletin Insert
Addendum #5 - Complete downloadable November 2018 Communicator
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
11-27-18 #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (DECEMBER 8TH) IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
Despite the fact that this year, December 8th falls on a Saturday, the feast of the Immaculate Conception remains a Holy Day of Obligation. This is because Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, is the Patroness of the United States. In the time frame, from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9, we are obligated to attend two separate Masses for two distinct obligations: We are obligated to attend one Mass, in order to fulfill our obligation for the Holy Day (The Immaculate Conception), as well as another Mass, in order to fulfill our Sunday obligation (The Second Sunday of Advent).
Rev. Daniel Moll
To clarify which Masses will be for the Immaculate Conception, and which will be for the Second Sunday of Advent:
DIOCESAN HYMNALS - CHANGE OF REQUIRED USE DATE
The hymnals arrived in Marquette on 10/29/2018 and should be distributed to all parishes soon. The required use date has been changed by Bishop John to the second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19-20, 2019. If you wish to use them before this dated you may do so. If you have any questions or need more information please contact Samuel Holmberg at sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette or 906-227-9122.
- Friday, December 7 (at 4 p.m. or after) - Saturday, December 8 (before 4 p.m.): The Immaculate Conception
- Saturday, December 8 (at 4 p.m. or after) - Sunday, December 9 (all day): The Second Sunday of Advent
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM
NET dates are still available in the Diocese of Marquette! Contact Kate Veeser at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or even to inquire for more details.
Open dates are:
Tuesday, April 9th or Thursday, April 11th.
The dates for the spring confirmations have been set. They are as follows:
St. Mary Norway Vicariate, St. Mary Norway.....May 1, 2019
Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate.......May 5, 2019
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate, Location TBD......May 19, 2019
The Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmation will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and it is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral for Confirmation. St. Mary Church of Norway will be the location of the St. Mary Norway Vicariate Confirmation. The location for the Holy Name of Mary Vicariate has yet to be determined.
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. Registration for the Spring Confirmations will open in December. If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye, email@example.com or 906-227-9130.
2018 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINSTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
This is a reminder that the 2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report was due on August 31, 2018. Please fill out the PAAR online at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/paar 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.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES LISTING
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the December 21 issue listing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses in our parishes and missions. There is no cost to participate in this feature. Please submit Mass times using this form: https://form.jotform.com/62985994717175. The deadline for submitting Mass times is Friday, November 30.
IRS SCAM PHONE CALLS
Please see the information in Addendum #1 regarding scam telephone calls from people posing as IRS agents.
DIOCESAN OFFICE ADDRESS UPDATE
If you use the Plus 4 Zip Code, please note that the address for the diocesan office is: Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851.
2018 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report was due to the Diocese September 30, 2018. If your parish has not yet submitted a 2018 report, please send your Parish Governance Report to the Diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley or firstname.lastname@example.org. Access to this report is available on the Diocesan website http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $18,500, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age are allowed an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000. Since there still are several months left in 2018, 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 Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
LOOKING AHEAD-MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2019
The maximum contribution for 2019 will increase to $19,000, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age will be allowed an additional “catch-up” contribution of $6,000.
STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICIES REMINDER
All parishes and missions are reminded that supplemental personnel policies were due to the Diocese by September 1, 2018. Parishes with policy changes that included adding or deleting MCC-administered benefits should contact Michigan Catholic Conference as soon as possible to ensure these benefit changes are processed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
If you are unsure of whether your parish completed its supplementary personnel policies, please contact Irene McCauley to verify that your policy was received and approved. All parishes must submit parish supplemental policy drafts to email@example.com before implementing new policies at their parishes. 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. Parish bookkeepers are reminded that all parish employees must also sign policy acknowledgement forms to be recorded in employee personnel files.
A copy of the supplemental personnel policies can be found on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies and in Addendum #2 of this Communicator.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
TIME TO BEGIN YOUR #iGIVECATHOLIC PROMO
#iGiveCatholic 2018 is Tuesday, November 27, it’s time to start promoting it to your members and friends. Take advantage of the national momentum, and make sure your parish is seen on your website, Facebook, parish app, pulpit and bulletin announcements. Use the #IGiveCatholic logo Addendum #3, bulletin insert Addendum #4 and bulletin announcement on the weekends of Nov 17-18 and 24-25 to inform and inspire giving.
Even if your parish did not register by the Oct 31 deadline, it will still be listed among the Diocese of Marquette ministries on the giving platform, so that your supports can find you. The Diocese will receive gifts on behalf of your parish.
For assistance, contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY RECREATE THE WHEEL?
You can help other parishes get inspired and optimize their time and efficiency by sharing what you do. We are looking for a few samples of recent parish annual reports to parishioners to feature on the Stewardship & Development resource website page. Have one? Please email a copy to email@example.com.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
LEGACY OF FAITH
See all the ministries that received LOF grants. Making Things Happen newsletter now available at www.LegacyofFaith.net.
- Congratulations to Sacred Heart Catholic School in L’Anse, Father Marquette Catholic Academy, and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy on reaching their goal for the Catholic School Endowment Challenge! For more information, visit the Stewardship & Development resource page dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources
- Capital campaigns have recently been approved for St. Ignatius Loyola, Houghton (construction of Faith Formation Center), St. Albert the Great, Houghton (capital construction, ministry, endowment and operations) and Holy Name School, Escanaba (operations endowments to reopen Holy Name Catholic High School).
U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION NEWS & EVENTS
Click here to meet our 10 seminarians on this 1-minute video. Learn more foundation news at www.upcatholicfoundation.org.
#iGIVECATHOLIC GIVING TUESDAY
Support our parish by participating in #iGiveCatholic on Tuesday, November 27th.
Follow these three steps to participate:
Visit http://marquette.igivecatholic.org on November 27th
Search for your parish, school or other favorite Catholic ministry
Donate $25 or more