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
9 Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 16-24, 2016
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, February 8th, 2016
24th World Day of the Sick, February 11th, 2016
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Rite Of Election And Call To Continuing Conversion, February 14th, 2016
Chrism Mass, March 17th, 2016
Time Of The Easter Vigil
Department of Ministry Personnel
Small Pews Needed
Safe Environment Training
Department of Evangelization and Education
Rediscover Jesus Free Lent Program
Rite of Election
Spring Study Day Registration
See the See
Save the Date-Religion Bee
Save the Date-Principal Meeting
School Council Minutes
School Annual Report (SAR)
Email or Mail Address Changes
Special Collection for Syriac Catholic Diocese
Annual Collection for Black & Indian Mission
Annual Investment Pool Video Conference
Capital Campaign Tracking
Parish/School Finance Council Reporting Reminders
2016 Priest Accountable Reimbursement Report Form
403B Contribution Limits for 2016
Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Legacy of Faith Grants
Free Catholic Stewardship Webinars
Special Collection for Syriac Catholic Diocese
Black & Indian Mission Collection: January 31
Addendum #1 – Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 24th World Day of the Sick 2016
Addendum #2 – Priest Accountable Reimbursement Report
Addendum #3 – Stewardship Webinars
Addendum #4 - Complete January 2016 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
9 DAYS FOR LIFE: PRAYER, PENANCE AND PILGRIMAGE, JANUARY 16-24, 2016
On January 22 our nation will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 57 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence. Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 16, 2016, through Sunday, January 24, 2016. More information can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING FEBRUARY 8TH, 2016
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.
24TH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Pope Francis invites us to take this opportunity to draw particular close to those amongst us that are ill and to those who care for them. Pope Francis invites you to read his message, which he has based on the theme: “Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5) A copy of the message of His Holiness, Pope Francis can be read in Addendum #1 for the (24thWorldDayOfSickMessageFromPopeFrancis.pdf)
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
RITE OF ELECTION AND CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
This liturgy within the RCIA is scheduled at 3:30 pm EDT at St. Peter Cathedral. For further details, please see the Evangelization and Education section below.
CHRISM MASS, MARCH 17, 2016
This liturgy is scheduled at 3:00 PM EDT, at Saint Peter Cathedral. A memorandum from the bishop has been sent to the priests and deacons by email and includes a registration / attendance form to be completed on-line. Please look to your email for this memorandum.
TIME OF THE EASTER VIGIL
Please be advised that Bishop Doerfler has determined that the Easter Vigil (March 26th, 2016) Mass times this year will begin no earlier than 9:00 PM Eastern time and 8:00 PM Central time. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Larry Van Damme
SMALL PEWS NEEDED
Fr. Rick Courier from St. Anthony Parish in Wells is looking for several small pews to use in the assisted living chapel. If necessary would be willing to cut them down. Also, looking for small altar and ambo. Please contact Fr. Courier at 906-786-4627 if you have any of the above.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
In 2003, all dioceses in the United States were required to institute safe environment programs. One component of these programs, is training for all children and youth in Catholic Schools and parish Faith Formation programs.
In the past, training in the Diocese of Marquette included children in grades K-8. Many parishes did not have high school faith formation and for those parishes with high school youth ministry, it was decided to accept the Michigan Model taught in public schools as their training.
With Confirmation now in high school, parishes will continue to have, or be re-establishing, high school faith formation to prepare for the sacrament. It was decided to reassume our responsibility to train our youth ourselves, and more importantly, with training based on Catholic teaching. We will be using the high school component of the Formation in Christian Chastity program, whose elementary components are being used for our parish K-8 children.
Implementation is planned for fall 2016. Specifics on program implantation will be sent to faith formation coordinators and safe environment coordinators.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
REDISCOVER JESUS FREE LENT PROGRAM
Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic are offering a free on-line Lent Program using his book Rediscover Jesus which many parishes distributed at Christmas. Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through the 40 days of Lent, participants will receive daily inspirational emails with a short video from Matthew and one of our incredible Dynamic Catholic Team members. After Matthew introduces one of the forty chapters in his new book, one of the team members will share a brief, personal reflection that will encourage you to integrate the chapter into your life.
For more information on the program and parish resources including a bulletin announcement, flyer, and a poster can be found at the following link: http://dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever/#parishresources
RITE OF ELECTION
It is time to register for The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion which will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at St. Peter Cathedral. Please fill out the registration form even if your parish will not be attending. You can access the registration form by clicking here.
Direct any questions to Denise Foye at email@example.com, (800)562-8745 ext. 130 or (906)227-9130.
Registration for the annual diocesan celebration of Confirmation is now open. You can access it by clicking here. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at St. Peter Cathedral at 3:00 pm ET. All are welcome to this Mass which is specifically celebrated for the following groups of people who have not yet been confirmed:
1.Youth who will be in the 11th or 12th grade during the 2015-2016 school year;
2.Young adults in college who are seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation;
3.Those adults in our RCIA programs who have been baptized and raised Catholic, that is, people who have received both the Sacrament of Baptism and Holy Communion. Previously, the bishop granted faculties to confirm at the Easter Vigil those people who have been baptized and raised Catholic. Now, the Bishop, as the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation, would like those who have been baptized and raised Catholic to come to the Cathedral so that he can confirm them.
If anyone is requesting to be confirmed that does not meet the above criteria, please refer them to your pastor as any special requests must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Bishop by the pastor.
The registration form was emailed to all pastors, faith formation coordinators, and parishes the first week of January. If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org, (800)562-8745 ext. 130 or (906)227-9130.
SPRING STUDY DAY REGISTRATION
Spring Study Day this year is on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Our presenter is Fr. Tim Ferguson who will be speaking on Mercy. The registration form will be sent to all parishes the first week of February.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: IMPORTANT DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
Rite of Election, Sunday, February 14, 2016
Spring Study Day Thursday, March 17, 2016
Diocesan Confirmation Sunday, April 10, 2016
Hospitality Lecture, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Faith Formation Coordinator Training Sunday, June 19 -Thursday, June 23, 2016
Diocesan Evangelization Summit, Saturday, August 27, 2016
See the See, Saturday, October 29, 2016
SEE THE SEE
See the See, the Middle School rally for 6-8 grade Catholic youth will take place Saturday October 29, 2016. See the See will become an annual event rather than alternating years with P2K. The high school youth rally, P2K will be discontinued to free time and resources to minister to high school youth in other ways.
SAVE THE DATE-RELIGION BEE
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Menominee. Further information will be forthcoming.
SAVE THE DATE-PRINCIPAL MEETING
The upcoming principal meeting is Thursday, January 14th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm ET phone conference.
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.
SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT (SAR)
School Principals, Bookkeepers, and Secretaries: Please work together to complete this year’s School Annual Report (SAR). The report was due no later than September 30, 2015, and any Diocesan disbursements for the 2015-2016 school year will be held if your school does not submit the required paperwork. Contact the Director of School Finance, Kristi Flohe, with any questions – (906) 227-9138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMAIL OR MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES
If you have a change to your email or mail address, please contact Sheila Wickenheiser, by emailing, email@example.com or calling 906-227-9131. In order for the diocese to have complete & accurate records, please include your name, position title, parish/school, and the old and new address.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR SYRIAC CATHOLIC DIOCESE
As we prepare to inaugurate the Year of Mercy and to celebrate the kindness and generous love of God our Savior, Bishop John Doerfler is asking that all parishes and missions take up a special collection to provide pastoral support for the Syriac Catholic Diocese on the weekend of January 16-17, 2016. This collection is for the benefit of the Syriac Catholic Diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance in the U.S. and Canada. The continuing affliction of our sisters and brothers in faith in the countries of the Middle East is having a devastating impact on the Syriac Catholic Church. See attached Bulletin Announcement.
Please send one check for all collection proceeds no later than March 1, 2016. Make check payable to “Diocese of Marquette: Syriac Catholic Diocese.”
ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR BLACK & INDIAN MISSION
Please be advised that the annual collection for the Black and Indian Mission is scheduled to be taken up during the weekend of January 30/31, 2016 in the Diocese of Marquette. After the collection is completed, please send a check to: “Diocese of Marquette-Black and Indian Mission Collection.” Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins promoting this collection.
ANNUAL INVESTMENT POOL VIDEO CONFERENCE
Please mark your calendars now to attend the Annual Investment Pool Video Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Wednesday, May 4th from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. Various video conference sites will be available (more information on site locations and how to register will be emailed directly to parishes and schools).
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TRACKING
PARISH/SCHOOL FINANCE COUNCIL REPORTING REMINDERS
- Capital Campaign revenues and expenditures should be formally tracked by the Parish to demonstrate that all campaign dollars were used for their intended purpose. Questions or concerns regarding the above should be directed to Tim Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9114.
2016 PRIEST ACCOUNTABLE REIMBURSEMENT REPORT FORM
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- Detailed minutes should be kept to document all key decisions made by Parish/School Finance Councils. The minutes need to clearly indicate the Finance Council’s review and approval of periodic financial statements (balance sheet and income statement as well as budget to actual), check register, annual budget, pay rates, and major expenditures.
- As an additional level of control over cash disbursements, it is recommended all Parish/School Finance Councils receive a detailed check register identifying all disbursement made since the last meeting. The listing should identify the check number, date, payee, and amount.Questions or concerns regarding the above should be directed to Tim Thomas at email@example.com or (906) 227-9114.
rate of 54 cents, effective January 1, 2016 can be found in Addendum #2 of this communicator. The form was also emailed to all pastors, pastoral coordinators, and parish secretaries & bookkeepers in mid-December. If you have any questions, please contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-562-9745, ext. 135, 227-9135.
403B CONTRIBUTION LIMITS FOR 2016
Maximum contribution per individual for 2016 is $18,000, unless the employee is aged 50 or older. Then an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000 is allowed.
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Fund. The scholarships aid graduating seniors who are pursuing a college or vocational education at an accredited degree granting institution. Consideration is based on academic achievement. Applicants must complete the on-line application found at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bbscholarshiplink and mail an Official Transcript and ACT/SAT scores (via postal mail) to: Bessette Scholarship Fund, Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. Application must be received no later than March 15, 2016.
PARISH SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP
The annual Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th – so mark your calendars now to attend. This year the location has been changed to Northern Michigan University Great Lakes Rooms. This professional venue will provide more comfortable seating, enhanced audio and viewing capabilities, professional wait staff to serve the refreshments/luncheon, and eliminate use of diocesan staff to set up, serve and clean up. We feel this change will allow diocesan staff more time to interact with all of you during the event. An email regarding on-line registration (using JotForm) will be sent to all parishes soon. The tentative agenda including important topics covering: UPCSA, PARs, Financial policies, development/grants. Also, new this year will be a fun team building activity (with prizes). If you have any topics you would like us to address at this year’s workshop, please feel to submit them at any time. They can be sent to Angelina Juidici at email@example.com. We will also provide the opportunity for you to submit questions (confidentially) at the workshop.
OFFICE & LEGACY OF FAITH
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FAITH FORMATION
Programs for 2016-2017. Applications are due April 1, 2016 for the grant period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for more information. Online submissions only. Thank you.
FREE CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP WEBINARS
Loaves + Fishes webinars by Our Sunday Visitor educate parish staff and leaders on topics such as Evangelization, Stewardship, Mercy, and more. Participation is open to all parishes and missions in the diocese at NO COST through a Legacy of Faith grant. Watch them LIVE the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern Time or watch the recording, available the following day. See Addendum #3 for a copy of the information that was emailed to all parishes in December.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR SYRIAC CATHOLIC DIOCESE
As we prepare to inaugurate the Year of Mercy and to celebrate the kindness and generous love of God our Savior, our bishop, Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, asks that all parishes and missions in the diocese take up a special collection on the weekend of January 16-17, 2016 to provide pastoral support for the Syriac Catholic Diocese. This collection is for the benefit of the Syriac Catholic Diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance in the U.S. and Canada. The continuing affliction of our sisters and brothers in faith in the countries of the Middle East is having a devastating impact on the Syriac Catholic Church. Thank you.
BLACK & INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION: JANUARY 31
(Please publish this announcement in your parish bulletin)
The Black & Indian Mission collection will be taken up in our parish the weekend of January 30/31. This national collection has been held in parishes throughout the country for 130 years and exists to help diocesan communities build the Church and preach the Gospel of Jesus among the African American, Native American and Alaska Native people of God. The funds collected are distributed as grants to dioceses in the United States, including the Diocese of Marquette, to support and strengthen evangelization programs, such as training catechists in faith formation, assisting teachers to help children learn, sponsoring events to support the Christian life in culturally-appropriate ways, and encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please be generous to this collection at Masses on January 30 and 31. Our Diocese is currently receiving $75,000 from the Black & Indian National Collection, benefitting eight different Native American evangelization programs in the Upper Peninsula:
St. Mary Catholic School, Sault Ste. Marie
St. Isaac Jogues, Sault Ste. Marie
Sacred Heart Catholic School, L’Anse
Holy Name of Jesus/St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Diocesan Native American Ministry
Brimley Native American Ministry
Sacred Heart, L’Anse
St. Ann, Baraga