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
Mass Stipends Mass Intentions
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Pope Francis adds Our Lady of Loreto to the General Roman Calendar as an Optional Memorial – December 10th
Immaculate Conception is Not a Holy Day of Obligation
New Deacon Training Videos now on Youtube.com
Department of Evangelization & Education
Save the Dates
Diocesan Trip to Poland
Retreat Listing on Diocesan Website
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
IRS Scam Phone Calls
Diocesan Office Address Update
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop 2020
Mission Combined Collection – January 11TH-12TH, 2020
Department of Stewardship & Development
Just 2 Weeks Away! #iGiveCatholic: December 3, 2019
Legacy of Faith
Monthly Stewardship Newsletter
Why Recreate the Wheel?
Development in the Field
Mission Combined Collection – January 11th-12th, 2020
Addendum #1 – #iGiveCatholic Letter from Bishop John
Addendum #2 – Bulletin Poland
Addendum #3 - IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Using Taxpayer Advocate Service Numbers
Addendum #4 - Governance Report 2019
Addendum #5 - Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #6 - Combined Collections Transmittal Form
Addendum #7 - #iGiveCatholic Logo
Addendum #8 - #iGiveCatholic Promotional Flyer
Addendum #9 - Complete November Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 12-3-19 #iGiveCatholic 2019
- 1-11-20 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 1-12-20 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
MASS STIPENDS-MASS INTENTIONS
Just a reminder: Any parish that has more Mass intentions and Mass stipends than they can satisfy in a year should send the Mass intentions and corresponding Mass stipend check to the diocesan office c/o: MaryAnn Bernier, Office of the Bishop, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. You will receive a letter acknowledging our acceptance of the responsibility to see that the Mass intentions are celebrated. The Mass intentions and stipends will be distributed to senior priests of the diocese who celebrate Masses or may be distributed to parishes who are in need of Mass intentions. (Canon 953 No one is permitted to accept more offerings for Masses to be applied by himself than he can satisfy within a year).
Our diocese is getting ready to participate in #iGiveCatholic for the second year. What I like about this giving day is that gifts go directly to our parishes and ministries to support the mission. Please see Addendum #1 for my letter of encouragement. Use it as a bulletin insert, pulpit announcement, and/or post it to your website or social media. Thank you!
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
POPE FRANCIS ADDS OUR LADY OF LORETO TO THE GENERAL ROMAN CALENDAR AS AN OPTIONAL MEMORIAL - DECEMBER 10TH
The prayers are being translated but, in the meantime, prayers from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, II Advent may be used (Option 2 of the Collect should be selected). Likewise, readings from the Lectionary, Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be used in place of the daily Mass readings, specifically 707-7, 709-5, 711-1, 712-4.Questions may be directed to Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 226-9126.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IS NOT A HOLY DAY
Immaculate Conception is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year because it is transferred from Sunday to Monday, December 9th.
NEW DEACON TRAINING VIDEOS NOW ON YOUTUBE.COM
These have been developed as a training tool for Deacon Candidates and Deacons of the Diocese of Marquette. The series of five videos can be seen on youtube.com by searching for “Deacon Liturgical Training”. Questions or comments may be directed to Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com or (906) 226-9126.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
The spring confirmations dates have been set. They are as follows:
Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate
St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette 3:30pm ET April 26, 2020
St. Mary Norway Vicariate
St. Mary & St. Joseph, Iron Mtn. time TBA May 3, 2020
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate
St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ignace 3:00pm ET May 17, 2020
The Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmation 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.
SAVE THE DATES
April 2, 2020-Spring Study Day
May 5, 2020-Hospitality Lecture
Sherry Weddell, author of Forming 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!
Everett Fritz, author of The Art of Forming Young Disciples will present a model of ministry based on small group discipleship.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND
Please consider placing Addendum #2 or the following message in your future bulletins as space allows. Thank you!
Celebrate the 100th Birthday of St. John Paul ll and the 20th anniversary of St. Faustina’s Canonization by joining the Diocese of Marquette, Fr. Ryan Ford, Dcn. Steve & Jackie Gretzinger on a Religious & Cultural Pilgrimage to Poland on October 5 – 13, 2020. Spend time in worship where St. Faustina lived. Visit Auschwitz, the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors, as well as the resilience of the human spirit. Be amazed as we stroll the Wieliczka salt mines. Gaze upon the world-famous Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery. Learn about the young life of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II in Wadowice. Celebrate Mass in Warsaw and Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland. So much more, please see our ad in the U.P. Catholic Newspaper or visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/989418. Contact Laura Chapman (906) 228-6355 Email: email@example.com, Holiday Travel Vacations - 1440 W Ridge St. Ste B, Marquette, Michigan.
RETREATS LISTING ON DIOCESAN WEBSITE
The diocesan website now has a listing of retreats. These include Youth Encounter, Wise Men Retreat, Catholic Charismatic Retreat, as well as March for Life. Parish bulletin editors are encouraged to visit this page for possible inclusion in your bulletins. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/retreats.
SACRAMENTS AND RCIA PHOTOS
Please send photos of First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA groups for publication in The U.P. Catholic’s annual Sacraments and RCIA issue. Be sure to list names (left to right) front row, second row, third row, back row, etc. Photos may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
IRS SCAM PHONE CALLS
Please see the information in Addendum #3 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.
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 #4. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
PARISH AND SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2020
The annual Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 2020—so mark your calendars now to attend. Additional registration details will be sent to all parishes in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you this spring!
MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 11TH-12TH, 2020
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2020 Mission Collection on January 11th-12th, 2020. The Mission Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: The Black & Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and the Propagation of the Faith Mission. Parish bookkeepers are advised to use the Collection Counting Sheet Addendum #5 and to divide unspecified Mission fund donations evenly between the four individual collections. Bookkeepers may then complete the updated Combined Collection Transmittal Form found in Addendum #6 to include with their payment to the Diocese. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-Mission Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an advertisement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY! #iGIVECATHOLIC DECEMBER 3, 2019
Promote your giving day! Advanced giving starts Nov 19. Giving ends at 12 midnight Dec 3. Take advantage of the national and diocese momentum, and make sure your organization is seen on your website, Facebook, parish app, pulpit and bulletin announcements. Use the #IGiveCatholic logo Addendum #7, bulletin insert Addendum #8 and bulletin announcement on the weekends of Nov 23-24 and Nov 30-Dec 1 to inform and inspire giving.
Click here to see our diocese’s webpage. Search & find your parish/school page! Watch the progress on the real-time leaderboard on Dec 3. Even if your parish did not register by the Oct 31 deadline, the Diocese has created one for you so that your supports can find you.
Use Addendum #1 as a bulletin insert.
For assistance, contact Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEGACY OF FAITH
Click here to watch short videos on LOF funded programs that are making a big impact. Click here to watch short videos of this year’s LOF Catholic Service Award Recipients.
MONTHLY STEWARSHIP NEWSLETTER
Click here to see our October newsletter. Subscribe here if you didn’t get it. Like what you see? Use your bulletin, website and social media to invite member subscriptions. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organization.
WHY RECREATE THE WHEEL?
Check out our sample parish annual reports to parishioners Have a report to share? Email it to email@example.com.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
Support our parish with an online gift for #iGiveCatholic on Tuesday, December 3rd. Follow these three steps:
- A planned giving educational seminar was held at SJP II Catholic Academy in Menominee, in cooperation with the three local parishes and the Menominee Catholic Educational Fund. Guests learned about stewardship and giving through a variety of gift types.
- An informal “Development Roundtable” was held at St. Albert the Great in Houghton. This informal group of clergy and laity that meets 3x/year for learning & fellowship. Next roundtable is April 1 at Holy Name School in Escanaba.
Advanced giving starts Nov 18. Giving ends at 12 midnight Dec 3, 2019. Watch the real-time leaderboard on the website on Dec 3, share your story on social media to inspire others.
- Visit https://marquette.igivecatholic.org on Dec 3
- Search for your parish, school or other favorite Catholic ministry
- Donate $25 or more
MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 11TH-12TH, 2020
Black & Indian Missions
The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan communities throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs. This collection advances causes important to native and African American Catholics.
Catholic Home Missions
“Home Missions” is the name for dioceses and parishes in the United States, including its territories and former territories, which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people.
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care. Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education. The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.
Propagation of the Faith
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,150 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances covering more than half the globe.