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
End Dismemberment Abortion Petition Drive
Official Catholic Directory Yearly Updates
Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
Teaching the Faith
Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts
Resources Regarding Human Trafficking and Pornography Addiction
Relics of Padre Pio, St. Peter Cathedral, October 27, 2019
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Pope Francis Issues New Motu Proprio
Department of Evangelization & Education
RCIA Marital Status Questionnaire
Save the Date for Hospitality Lecture
Save the Dates
2019 Parish Annual Administrative Reports
School Council Updates
Advent & Christmas Season Advertising
Eucharistic Adoration Times Update
2019 Parish Governance Report
Open Enrollment is Coming – October 15th-31st, 2019
Parish Use of Voter Guides
403(b) Procedure Change Information
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
Red Flag Reporting Insights
Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic 2019 Save the Date
Legacy of Faith
Monthly Stewardship Newsletter
U.P. Catholic Foundation – Annual Report
Monthly Stewardship Newsletter
Relics of Padre Pio, St. Peter Cathedral, October 27, 2019
Addendum #1 – Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
Addendum #2 – Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to visit the Diocese of Marquette
Addendum #3 – Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Bulletin Announcement
Addendum #4 – RCIA Candidates – Marital Status Questionnaire
Addendum #5 – 2019 Parish Financial Governance Report
Addendum #6 – Voter Guide for Parishes
Addendum #7 – 403B Contribution Timeline
Addendum #8 – Frequently Asked Questions: 403B
Addendum #9 – Parish Endowments Promo Flyer
Addendum #10 - Complete October Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
END DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION PETITION DRIVE
Thank you for all your efforts in obtaining signatures for the End Dismemberment Petition Drive. A press release went out from Right to Life on September 30 regarding progress on the petition drive to end dismemberment abortion. (It is available at this link on their website: https://rtl.org/end-dismemberment-petition-drive-halfway/). As of now more than 200,000 signatures have been received, with a goal of 400,000 we are over half way there. 340,047 valid signatures are necessary to initiate legislation to ban this abortion procedure.
October is Respect Life Month and this presents parishes with a great opportunity to host signature gatherings. This can be done by parishes that have not yet participated or by parishes whose drives took place during the summer. Additional forms can be obtained by contacting Denise Foye, 906.227.9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, Right to Life is asking that any outstanding petition forms be mailed in as completed so they can be counted.
OFFICIAL CATHOLIC DIRECTORY YEARLY UPDATES
Online updating for The Official Catholic Directory, 2020 Edition, has begun.Individuals who are listed as the OCD Contact for their parish, school or endowment fund received an email on October 1, 2019, with information on deadlines.If you have had a change of staff and are uncertain as to the log in information for your parish, school or endowment fund, please contact Eileen Fanning at OCD at: email@example.com. Questions regarding the portal may also be directed to MaryAnn Bernier, by calling (906)-227-9115 or via email at:firstname.lastname@example.org.(MaryAnn will be out of the office from October 11-20, 2019, returning to the office on October 21st.THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING YOUR UPDATES AND SUBMITTING YOUR INFORMATION IS NOVEMBER 4, 2019.
DIOCESAN DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE
Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society, our diocese, our parishes and our parishioners. I welcome you and your parishioners to join me in celebrating the lives of these men and women who serve in many capacities and have dedicated their lives to contemplative prayer, teaching in our schools, taking care of the poor and the sick and bringing compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society.
Your observance on November 10, 2019, of this Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life in your parish(es) may include the “Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life” (See Addendum # 1-Diocesandayofconsecratedlife), a focus on consecrated life in your homily, promoting vocations to consecrated life and honoring women religious and others who live a consecrated life who serve in your parish(es). Please see the attached Prayers of the Faithful that may be used on the Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life or throughout the year to pray for vocations.
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 October through www.througGodsgrace.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.
RELICS OF PADRE PIO, ST. PETER CATHEDRAL, OCTOBER 27, 2019
Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio will be visiting Saint Peter Cathedral, Marquette, on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm ET. A mass in honor of Saint Pio will be celebrated at 6 pm ET. The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour, will provide books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of the Church. An informational sheet, as well as flyer for your bulletin are available. Addendum 2 - Padrepio1 and Addendum #3 - Padrepio2.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
POPE FRANCIS ISSUES NEW MOTU PROPRIO
Pope Francis issues new Apostolic Letter motu proprio, Aperuit Illis, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God, on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time on September 30, 2019. He requests that this Sunday “be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.” His letter can be found here>https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/09/30/190930c.html. Questions can be directed to Deacon Tom Foye email@example.com.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
Three spring confirmations dates have been set. They are as follows:
Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate April 26, 2020
St. Mary Norway Vicariate, St. Mary Norway May 3, 2020
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate May 17, 2020
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.
Please note use the Confirmation Application found on the diocesan website. (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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
RCIA CANDIDATES MARITAL STATUS
A reminder to Pastors, Pastoral Coordinators and the RCIA team of the importance of determining the marriage situation of the RCIA candidate and the candidate’s spouse which may require an annulment before he/she may enter the Church at Easter. If the candidate or the candidate’s current spouse has been married previously, an investigation into these marriages must be made immediately at the onset of the RCIA in the fall. Annulment applications coming to the Marriage Tribunal after the first of the year cannot be completed by Easter. A questionnaire that may be helpful to you is found in Addendum #4 to this communicator.
SAVE THE DATE - HOSPITALITY LECTURE
Sherry Weddell, author of Intentional Disciples and co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute will be our guest presenter for the 35th annual Hospitality Lecture. It is scheduled for May 5, 2020 in Marquette. More details will be coming!
SAVE THE DATES
2019 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
This is a reminder that the 2019 Parish Annual Administrative Report was due on September 30, 2019. Please fill out the PAAR located at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/paar.
- Diocesan School Council: the upcoming Diocesan School Council Meeting is Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
- Principal Meeting: the upcoming Principal Meeting is Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
Please contact Cassie LaTourneau at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137 with questions on PAAR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATES
All schools are reminded they are to submit their schedules, agendas, updated member list, and minutes from school council meetings and supporting committee meetings to our office. All the above information can be sent to Cassie LaTourneau, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SEASON ADVERTISING
Please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at email@example.com or call (906) 863-7460 for ad rates & publication dates if you wish to place a display advertisement promoting your Parish Mission, Catholic School or Church programs and services. Thank you!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION TIMES UPDATE
The U.P. Catholic occasionally publishes a list of Eucharistic Adoration times for parishes across the diocese. These are also available on the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/adoration. Please review the times listed on the website. If your parish needs to be added to the list or your times need to be corrected, please send the new information or updated times to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
2019 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report was due to the Diocese September 30, 2019. If your parish has not yet submitted a 2019 report, please send your Parish Governance Report to the Diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley or email@example.com. Access to this report is available on the Diocesan website http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms and has been included as Addendum #5. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING - OCTOBER 15TH-31ST, 2019
Just a reminder that Open Enrollment for employee benefits will take occur from October 15th through October 31st, 2019. Parish Bookkeepers will receive Open Enrollment information from Michigan Catholic Conference in early to mid-October. If you have any questions regarding this year’s Open Enrollment, please contact Michigan Catholic Conference at (800) 395-5565 for assistance.
PARISH USE OF VOTER GUIDES
The Internal Revenue Code prohibits charitable organizations, including churches, from participating or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office. Permissible activities include distribution of unbiased voter guides. Please refer to the Voter Guides Addendum #6 when preparing to distribute parish voter guides for the upcoming election. This document is also available on the Diocesan website under Administration/ Policy Manuals/ Diocesan Policies/ Administration & Finance/ Voter Guides.
403(b) PROCEDURE CHANGE INFORMATION
Effective August 30th, 2019, the Diocese instituted a new procedure for individual 403(b) contributions. Data for individual 403(b) withholdings are now automatically sent to Prudential by Paycor and Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) at the time of the payroll processing. Participating parishes and schools are no longer required to manually submit contribution records to the Diocese of Marquette. This new service ensures that all parishes and schools maintain compliance with Federal rules pertaining to the timely remittance of employee withholdings.
Bookkeepers may note that the new procedure involves a delay in withholding withdrawals from parish accounts. Individual employee 403(b) withholdings will be withdrawn from parish accounts after MCC reconciles the latest payroll data received from Paycor. This information is sent to MCC each Friday and includes any payroll occurring between Friday and Thursday of the current week. Please refer to the attached flowchart Addendum #7 for an illustration of the timeline for this process.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document (Addendum #8) for more details about this procedural change. Please contact Irene McCauley with any additional questions regarding the 403(b) program 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 $19,000, 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 2019, 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.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Please take a moment to read the information below from Red Flag Reporting. It is a healthy reminder on how we can maintain a healthy work environment.
RESPECT: IT'S A REASONABLE REQUEST
We spend a large portion of our lives at work and it is called “work” (not “fun”) for a reason. Never-the-less, while it may be work it is not unreasonable to want to enjoy our workday. A large cause of dissatisfaction in the workplace: a lack, or perceived lack, of respect.
Here are 5 easy steps to follow to demonstrate respect in the workplace. When people follow them when interacting with you, you will feel better about your situations. We you follow them when interacting with others, you will know you have done the right thing.
While not exhaustive, this list is practical. Simple actions lead to significant results.
- Listen: not only to what people are saying but how they are saying it and why they are saying it. Without quickly dismissing the ideas of others, or moving immediately into our own pressing concerns, we may uncover valuable insights on how to improve processes or situations.
- Encourage Others: Related to listening is encouraging others to constructively voice ideas and concerns. Generally speaking, we as humans want to make a positive difference! Many people who have been doing a job for an extended period of time will have ideas on how to make improvements.
- Be Friendly: We all have feelings. When people are friendly to us, it comes more naturally for us to be friendly to them. When people are unkind to us, well none of us enjoy that and it sometimes shows! If both friendliness and unfriendliness are contagious, which would you rather have spreading through the workplace?
- Facts Matter: When something irks you, make sure you have all the facts. Sometimes we jump to conclusions and, as a result, mischaracterize the intentions of those who offended us. There is a place for emotions, but we also need to be sure are emotions are well-placed.
- Praise Others: Someone comes up with a great idea? Celebrate it rather than just thinking “that’s her job.” We all appreciate a pat on the back. On the flipside, don’t be defensive about well-intentioned constructive feedback. Such feedback, if responded to, will just make each of us a more valuable employee.
Remember, if you have concerns about unethical or non-emergency unsafe behavior, contact your management or us. We are here to help.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
#IGIVECATHOLIC 2019 SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars: December 3rd is Giving Tuesday. Need help setting up your page? Contact Angelina at email@example.com to get started today!
LEGACY OF FAITH
Click here to watch the short video of 2019 Catholic Service Award recipients Sally and the late Cliff Luft of St. Michael, Marquette. Beautiful and inspiring testimony!
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP NEWSLETTER
In case you missed the email, click here to see the September newsletter. Use the bulletin announcement to promote subscriptions to this e-news in your parish bulletin or on your website.
U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION - ANNUAL REPORT
Check out the foundation’s annual report! Learn who is on the board, benefits, recent impact on parishes and Catholic schools and more. Online giving available to any fund of the UPCF, plus resources for professional advisors. Link it to your website, post it on social media, forward to parishioners, supporters and friends. Visit www.upcatholicfoundation.org/financials.
Interested in how an endowment for your parish could enhance ministry and provide a lasting opportunity for parishioners to support the parish forever? See Addendum #9 for a quick snapshot of the cumulative value of endowment growth and benefits. Use this handout to start the discussion at your next Parish Finance Council meeting!
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP NEWSLETTER
Not receiving the informative and interesting monthly e-news from Terri Gadzinski, diocesan stewardship & development director? Subscribe at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipdevelopment. This communication is sent once/month and is a 5-minute read that informs, inspires and engages the Catholic faithful throughout the U.P.
RELICS OF PADRE PIO, ST. PETER CATHEDRAL, OCTOBER 27, 2019
Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio will be visiting Saint Peter Cathedral, Marquette, on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm ET. A mass in honor of Saint Pio will be celebrated at 6 pm ET.
The Carmelite Silver Tea was a huge success and the sisters are very grateful for all those who contributed in one way or another. Silver Tea drawing winners:
Diamond Ring - Marie Ball
Diamond Necklace - Jacob Blanchard
IPad - Janet Swanson
Yeti Cooler - Diane Westrich
Quilt - Jessie Quick
$300 - Scott Howard
$200 - Laura Tarenski