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
UPCSA Bishop’s Partners in Service (BPS) Mass, June 23, 2019
Prayer Intention Card Mailing from Bishop John
Action Alerts-Sign Up to Keep Informed on Pertinent Issues
Letter to a Suffering Church (book by Bishop Robert Barron)
Carmelite Silver Tea
Respect Life Sunday Talk
Department of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Clergy Attending Steubenville Youth Conference
Department of Evangelization & Education
Fall Confirmation Registration
Catechetical Sunday Resources
See the See
5th Annual Midwest Summer Conference
Evaluations and Separation Forms
School Council Minutes
Order Information for Bishop Garland’s Jubilee Ads
Diocesan Directory Listing
2019 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2019 Parish Governance Report
Mandatory Employment Posters Available on MCC Risk Management Website
Department of Stewardship & Development
Legacy of Faith 2019 Catholic Service Award Recipients Announced
Legacy of Faith – Grants & Evaluations
Six Ways Churches Can Improve Electronic Giving Programs
Development in the Field
Birthday Celebration for Venerable Frederic Baraga!
Ask Bishop John Doerfler to Pray for you
Yoopers for Seminarians
Marian Holy Hour
Addendum #1 – Bishop’s Partners in Service Memo
Addendum #2 – Value of the Vulnerable
Addendum #3 - Governance Report 2019
Addendum #4 - Complete June Diocesan Communicator
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 6-15-19 Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 6-20-19 Final U.P. Catholic Advertising cut-off for Bishop Garland's Jubilee Ads (Communications)
- 7-19-19 Changes to Diocesan Directory Listing Cut-off (Communications)
- 7-31-19 Parish Annual Financial Report Submission Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 7-31-19 World Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 8-10-19 to 8-11-19 National Church Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 9-30-19 Parish Governance Report Submission Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 9-30-19 National Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
UPCSA BISHOP'S PARTNERS IN SERVICE (BPS) MASS, JUNE 23
Invitations from Bishop John have been direct mailed to over 1,200 parish families who made leadership gifts to UPCSA, to attend a special Mass of Thanksgiving on June 23. Pastors recently received an email from the Bishop’s office naming their parishioners who are members of BPS and are encouraged to attend with them. BPS members represented just 15% of all UPCSA contributors and gave over half of the appeal income.
A light reception will follow the mass in the parish hall, where Bishop John will present a brief Q&A program and special drawings to be held, including six BPS members to dine with the Bishop at his residence on September 22nd. Please refer to Addendum #1(BPSMEMO) which is the memo to all priests and pastoral coordinators which was sent from the Bishop on April 18, 2019 via email and U.S. mail.
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
Coming up in mid-June, the sixth 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 private chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year. Please encourage your parishioners to respond. A bulletin announcement is included for your convenience.
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: http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/catholic-advocacy-network/
You may sign up for alerts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by following this link: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/home
LETTER TO A SUFFERING CHURCH (BY BISHOP ROBERT BARRON)
Per the May 19th email from Bishop John Doerfler, he sends his recommendations to you in regard to a new book by Bishop Robert Barron, Letter to a Suffering Church, regarding the crisis in the Church. Bishop John encourages to order it in bulk to give away to your parishioners. When you order a box of 50 books, the cost is a one dollar per book with free shipping.
Here is a link where you can order the book: https://store.wordonfire.org/products/letter-to-a-suffering-church-box-of-50
Bishop John hopes that you and your parishioners find this resource helpful.
CARMELITE SILVER TEA, SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2019
Each year, the Sisters of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain, MI, sponsor the Carmelite Silver Tea, Craft and Bake Sale which is scheduled for September 21-22, 2019. I highly encourage your support and participation in the event. As you know, the Carmelite Monastery is a cloistered community of Sisters that dedicate their lives to prayer, a ministry which is foundational for the Church’s apostolate. Carmelite prayer and contemplation focus on the welfare and fruitfulness of all those engaged in the work of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. As they continue to support the people of the Upper Peninsula through their prayers, I ask for your support of this event to assist them in carrying on their spiritual mission. Your efforts to sell or purchase tickets for the Carmelite Silver Tea would be greatly appreciated.
RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY TALK, "THE VALUE OF THE VULNERABLE"
Pope St. John Paul II made to all people of good will: “… in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness.”
In observation of Respect Life Sunday, Healing the Culture has provided a five minute talk that may be presented prior to the start of Mass or upon the conclusion of Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The talk is being given to you in advance so you may plan for the appropriate resources, and if you choose to do so, order the accompanying pew cards. See Addendum #2 Value of the Vulnerable.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
5TH ANNUAL MIDWEST SUMMER CONFERENCE
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education. We hope to see you again next year!
All teacher contracts for the 2019-20 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury by July 18, 2019. 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.
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.
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION
Registration for the Fall Confirmations is now open. You can register by going to https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-reg-Fall2019. If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY RESOURCES
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2019. The 2019 theme will be "Stay With Us." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
The USCCB offers several resources to assist parishes as they acknowledge their catechists and families in this important ministry in the Church. Both the downloadable and those for purchase can be found at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/index.cfm
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2019 Evangelization Summit! The Summit will take place October 11-12, 2019 in Escanaba. It will take place at Bay College and Holy Name Catholic School. Save the date cards are circulating throughout the diocese. Two fantastic keynote speakers, interactive workshops, break out sessions, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Praise & Worship. CLICK HERE to register.
SEE THE SEE
Saturday November 2, 2019 is See the See! This one day rally for Catholic 6-8 graders will be held in Marquette. Hip hop and Jesus?!? Is this for real? Check out our speaker at http://www.connorflanaganmusic.com.
ORDER INFORMATION FOR BISHOP GARLAND'S JUBILEE ADS
Please join the U.P. Catholic Newspaper in celebrating Bishop James Garland’s 35th Jubilee of Episcopacy and the 60th Jubilee of his Presbyterate Ordination.
Ordering information can be found on this link:
Final advertising cut-off is June 20, 2019.
If you have trouble working the link or have additional questions, please contact Deacon Steve directly at email@example.com or call (906) 863-7460.
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 16 issue. Please email any changes for your parish’s listing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The master list will be emailed to all pastors and secretaries by the end of June. Please reference the email for your parish’s listing. Changes are due no later than Friday, July 19.
2019 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2019 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, 2019 and must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement attachment 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.
2019 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2019 and has been included in Addendum #3. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
MANDATORY EMPLOYMENT POSTERS AVAILABLE ON MCC RISK MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Just a reminder that all state/federally-mandated employment posters are available on the Michigan Catholic Conference website. These posters can be found at http://www.micatholic.org/risk-management/information-and-forms/ and are updated routinely. For more information regarding employment posting requirements, please contact Michigan Catholic Conference’s Risk Management department at 1 (800) 395-5565.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEGACY OF FAITH 2019 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Join us in congratulating Doreen Parker of Holy Family Parish in Ontonagon, Sally and the late Clifford Luft of St. Michael Parish in Marquette, and Robert and Sandy Jurkovich of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Recipients will be honored at their home parish this summer and the parish will receive a $250 LOF grant for faith formation.
LEGACY OF FAITH - GRANTS & EVALUATIONS
SIX WAYS CHURCHES CAN IMPROVE ELECTRONIC GIVING PROGRAMS
Electronic giving programs are gaining popularity in our parishes. Whether you currently offer e-giving or plan to implement one in the near future, this article suggests ways to successfully enhance church online giving. (Shared with permission)
- New Faith Formation grants have been approved. Click here to view the complete list.
- Catholic School prior year grant reports are due June 15, 2019
- Parish faith formation prior year grant evaluations are due June 30, 2019
- Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for grant report forms
- Amazing Parish Conference Grants Available: Apply for 2019 or 2020 conference. Legacy of Faith grants are available for parishes that have not previously attended ($3,000) AND for returning parishes with new, first time conference attendees ($250/new attendee). The pastor and up to 4 parish leaders may attend. Contact Angelina email@example.com.
All Parishes, missions, schools and Catholic ministries are invited to participate in 2019 #iGiveCatholic. Mark your calendars for Dec 3, 2019, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, for this second annual diocesan giving day. What will your parish raise money for this year? Early planning and promotion is key to success. Registration for diocesan participants begins in August. More information will be forthcoming. See last year’s outcomes & results at https://marquette.igivecatholic.org/.
DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD
The communication goal for the Department of Stewardship & Development is to generate responses to diocesan priorities by creating a greater awareness of the vision and mission of the diocese. To that end, we are assisting our diocesan vocations director to create a culture of vocations within the diocese by stepping up the story-telling. A new direct mail newsletter, “Path to the Priesthood,” is part of a comprehensive and strategic development plan. The inaugural issue was mailed to over 17,000 households last month. Yoopers for Seminarians helps to inform and engage the faithful in the formation and support of seminarians by supporting the publication and distribution of vocations communications efforts. Please help spread the word in our parish communities! Use the bulletin announcement below (see Bulletin Announcements Section)!
- Email from Terri Gadzinski
You may have noticed some newsy emails coming from Terri the past few months. These are designed to create a greater awareness of the work of this department and draw attention to the various people and ministries that we serve. Our vision is to call every Catholic to be a faithful steward!
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR VENERABLE FREDERIC BARAGA!
Join us for a Birthday Celebration for Venerable Frederic Baraga!
Saturday June 29, 2019 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the
Baraga Educational Center
615 S. Fourth Street
The Baraga Educational Center will be open to the public for tours and we will have birthday cupcakes on the porch to celebrate this saintly man!
Everyone is welcome!
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
A direct mailing will be 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.
YOOPERS FOR SEMINARIANS
All households should have received a newsletter in the U.S. mail last month – an informative and interesting publication to help you get to know our seminarians. The newsletter is part of a comprehensive and strategic plan to create a culture of vocations throughout the Diocese of Marquette. YOOOPERS FOR SEMINARIANS will support the publication and distribution of the newsletter and other vocations communications efforts, which will inform and engage the faithful in the formation and support of seminarians. Join today at www.YoopersForSeminarians.org.
MARIAN HOLY HOUR
The Carmelite Nuns invite you to their annual Marian Holy Hour in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to be held at the Monastery Chapel from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on July 14th, 15th and 16th. The Holy Hour each evening will include Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Reflection on Our Lady, Rosary and Litany. Father Vinko Mamic, O.C.D., a Discalced Carmelite priest from Croatia who will be here in the United States this summer visiting different Carmels, will conduct this year’s Triduum (three days of Marian Holy Hour). If you wish to come a little earlier, the Nuns will be singing some Eucharistic and Marian hymns at around 6:50 p.m. each evening.
Scapulars, rosaries, leaflets, CD's and holy cards will be available for the taking. Enrollment in the Brown Scapular will be offered on the evening of the 16th for anyone who wishes to be enrolled --- which means acceptance of Mary as Mother. Wearing the Scapular is a sign of belonging to Mary, whom we desire to imitate and who will lead us to Jesus. God bless you!