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/communicator.
Office of the Bishop
Teaching the Faith
Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts
Resources Regarding Human Trafficking And Pornography Addiction
Prayer Intention Card Mailing From the Bishop
54 Day Novena - August 15th through October 7th
Department of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Priest & Deacon Letters of Good Standing
Department of Evangelization & Education
Catechetical Sunday Resources
See the See Youth Rally
Evaluations and Separation Forms
School Council Minutes
Rome Sweet Rome
Diocesan Directory Listing
UPCSA Weekend is September 28/29, 2019
Good Shepherd Collection Results
World Church Combined Collection Proceeds Due
National Church Combined Collection – August 10/11th, 2019
2019 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2019 Parish Governance Report
Red Flag Reporting Insights
Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic 2019 Save the Dates
Development in the Field
National Church Combined Collection – August 10/11th, 2019
Ask Bishop John Doerfler to Pray for You
Marian Holy Hour
Addendum #1 – Transform & Inspire Evangelization Summit Flyer
Addendum #2 – Transform & Inspire Evangelization Summit 2019 Poster
Addendum #3a - Ad Limina Bulletin (pdf)
Addendum #3b - Ad Limina Bulletin (jpg)
Addendum #4 – National Church Collection
Addendum #5 – Governance Report 2019
Addendum #6 - Complete July Diocesan Communciator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 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
TEACHING THE FAITH
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.
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. Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts Form Link.
RESOURCES REGARDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION
Human trafficking is on a path to surpass drugs in size in a few short years and who is most at risk are our children. The faith community is the most powerful component, per law enforcement, in fighting this problem. The USCCB Anti-Trafficking office of Migration and Refugee Services is recommending a book for Church ministries entitled “How you can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference”. The book is free as an e-book download from the 15th-19th during the months of July and October through www.throughGodsgrace.com . There are also free power point presentations on human trafficking and pornography addiction. Pornography addiction is considered a contributing factor in creating the demand for sex trafficking victims. Information is also available on how to start a ministry to fight these two problems.
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
The sixth 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 NOVENA - AUGUST 15TH THROUGH OCTOBER 7TH
The 2019 54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Nation will again be from the
August 15th Solemnity of the Assumption through the October 7th Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. You can find more information on the Rosary Coast to Coast website at: https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/novena-for-our-nation-2019/.
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: www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
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.
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
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.
CATHECHETICAL 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.
Have you ever wanted to be inspired and learn how to share your love for Jesus with people around you? REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Evangelization Summit! The Summit will take place October 11-12, 2019 in Escanaba. It will be held 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. There are also promotional materials available for parish use in Addendum #1 and Addendum #2.
SEE THE SEE YOUTH RALLY
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. Registration will open in August!
Please consider running Addendum #3a (pdf format) or Addendum 3b (jpg format) in your next few bulletins. It promotes our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome in conjunction with Bishop John Doerfler’s Ad Limina visit. If you have any questions or need the ad in a different format, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at email@example.com. Thank you!
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 16 issue. Email any changes for your parish’s listing to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 19.
The Communications Department has been notified that the names of several priests of the diocese are being used in an attempt to scam people into purchasing gift cards or provide personal information. Below are two bulletin announcements for your consideration to alert your parishioners.
Scammers are impersonating priests in the Diocese of Marquette, asking parishioners to respond to an urgent request via email or text to buy gift cards for cancer patients (often iTunes or GooglePlay). Please do not respond to these requests. When requests from Father (insert name here) are urgent, the parish office will call you.
It appears that Father (insert name here) has been the target of a phishing emailing and texting scam. Staff and several parishioners have received emails and/or texts appearing to be Father (insert name here) and it is not. DO NOT REPLY TO ANY TEXT OR EMAILS before you talk to Father (insert name here) directly. Your privacy and safety are always our concern.
UPCSA WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 28/29, 2019
The theme of the 52nd U.P. Catholic Services Appeal is “Transformation through Community”. 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. Bulletin Inserts (double sided, full sheet) 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 in early September, as soon as the goals can be calculated and approved. Contact Wendy Negri at email@example.com 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 May 13/14th, 2019 and to date parishes have reported a total of $86,665 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 2019 World Church Collection on June 8/9th, 2019. Parishes are reminded that the deadline to submit funds from this collection to the Diocese is July 31st, 2019. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-World Church Collection.”
NATIONAL CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION-AUGUST 10/11TH, 2019
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2019 National Church Collection on August 10/11th, 2019. 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 #4 National Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
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, Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement, and 2019-2020 Budget for each parish submission. Please contact Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 #5. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Please take a moment to read the information below from Red Flag Reporting. It offers great perspective on an issue that puts organizations and their employees at risk.
We encourage you to speak directly with management when you have any concerns regarding unethical behavior, safety concerns or theft, but Red Flag Reporting is also in place for when you don’t feel comfortable approaching management directly or you are not sure who to contact. This service is to protect us all. Keep in mind that Red Flag Reporting is not for general HR questions or for emergency situations. For emergency situations call 9-1-1.
Ever Wonder Why People Commit Fraud?
For most of us, sacrificing our integrity for a quick "pay day" is out of the question. Never-the-less, people are caught stealing from their employer daily, often resulting in a loss of reputation, freedom, jobs and relationships. Why do they do it?
Pressure - individuals who steal are often under financial pressure, ranging from funding a habit, to paying for medical bills, to "keeping up with the Joneses," and more.
Opportunity - those facing pressure, and willing to cross the line from ethical behavior to illegal behavior, will watch for opportunity. If there is a perceived lack of "eyeballs watching" or checks and balances in place, many will make the irreversible step into illegal activity.
Rationalization - typically before, and sometimes after, the person who does decide to act unethically will rationalize his or her behavior. No matter what they think, it is never "borrowing" or victim-less.
Remember, we are here to help protect your organization, your co-workers and you. Whether you identify financial, personnel, safety or other concerns, contact your management team or contact us (anonymously or not) at: www.RedFlagReporting.com or 1-877-647-3335
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
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, 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.
#iGIVECATHOLIC 2019 SAVE THE DATES
August 27th – Getting Ready for #iGiveCatholic 3:00 PM ET/ 2:00 PM CT the first of two training webinars. Preregistration required at www.igivecatholic.org/info/trainings.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
- August 19th – ONBOARDING EMAIL from GiveGab to DOM Organizations: Activate your page August 19 – October 31
- December 3rd – #iGiveCatholic 2019
- UPCF distributions and LOF grants will be paid by July 15th. If you have any outstanding reports or other requirements, please submit ASAP.
- Take a look at the campaign videos for St. Albert the Great and Holy Name Catholic School!
- Multiply the Mission Campaign www.mtucatholic.org/campaign
- Now’s the Time Campaign www.holynamecrusaders.com/highschool
NATIONAL CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - AUGUST 10/11TH, 2019
This collection combines three special causes that aid the Church in America.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Over 43 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring the permanent and positive change to their communities. In addition, 25 percent of funds collection remain in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. Last year local grants were given to the St. Francis Connection Center and Catholic Social Services’ Re-entry and Recover Facility in Escanaba.
National Retirement Fund for Religious
Like many Americans, religious communities face rising retirement and health-care costs and often struggle to provide for elderly members. Please support the Retirement Fund for Religious collection at Mass.
Catholic University Collection
Your contributions will strengthen the work of our top scholars. Located in Washington D.C., the University provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition to almost 7,000 students.
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.
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!