February Diocesan Communicator
No. 2/2016
 
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

Inside 


Office of the Bishop
Messages from Pope Francis
      2016 Day of Peace
      2016 World Day of the Sick
Men for All Seasons Conference
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass
Revised Liturgical Policies
 

Diocesan Tribunal Office
Beginning Process to the Nullity of Marriage Application
 

Department of Ministry Personnel
NFPC Annual Priests’ Convocation
Upright Piano Available
 

Department of Evangelization and Education
 
Evangelization & Educatoin
Spring Study Day
Diocesan Confirmation
Children’s Safe Environment
Austin Computing Solutions Invoices
See the See Youth Rally
Upcoming Dates
 
Catholic Schools
Ash Wednesday
Save the Date-Religion Bee
School Council Minutes
 
Communication Services
Easter Mass Times to be Published
Deacon Appreciation Issue


 
Financial Services
Performance Evaluation Forms
Annual Investment Pool Video Conference
403B Contribution Limits for 2016
Scholarships Available
Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop
Tamper Evident Collection Bags
Collection for Diocesan Catholic Schools
Collection for Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
Collection for the UP Catholic Newspaper
Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund Collection
 
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Legacy of Faith 2016 Catholic Service Award
Legacy of Faith Grants
Faithful Giving Newsletter
Monthly Stewardship Hour
 
Bulletin Announcements
Collection for Diocesan Catholic Schools
Collection for Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
Collection for the UP Catholic Newspaper
Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund Collection
 
Addenda
Addendum #1 - Overcome Indifference and Win Peace
Addendum #2 – World Day of the Sick Message from Pope Francis
Addendum #3 – Annual National Priests’ Convocation Federation of Priests' Councils
Addendum #4 -  Piano Photo
Addendum #5 – U.P. Catholic Celebrating Permanent Deacons Advertising Form
Addendum #6 - Tamper Collection Bag Order Form

Addendum #7 -  Complete February Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
BISHOP JOHN SHARES THE FOLLOWING MESSAGES FROM POPE FRANCIS:
 
2016 DAY OF PEACE
To read Pope Francis’ full message entitled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” click here:  Addendum #1-PopeFrancisWorldDayofPeace2016
 
2016 WORLD DAY OF THE SICK
The twenty fourth World Day of the Sick offers an opportunity to draw particularly close to friends who are ill and their caregivers.  To read Pope Francis’ full message on World Day of the Sick click here:  Addendum #2-World Day of the Sick - Pope Francis
 
MEN FOR ALL SEASONS CONFERENCE
The Diocese of Green Bay in conjunction with Esto Vir and Norbertine Center invite all men of the diocese to attend the Men for All Seasons Conference, March 5th, 2016, at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.  For more info and to register:  www.gbmensconference.com
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORHSIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR THE CHRISM MASS
Parish choirs are welcome to join the Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass, which will be celebrated on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Rehearsal begins promptly on March 17 at noon. The registration form may be found here: https://form.jotform.com/60315417017143. Music will be provided when you have submitted your registration form. Please complete this form no later than February 29. For more information, please contact Samuel Holmberg at sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906)-227-9122.
 
REVISED LITURGICAL POLICIES
All of the formal Liturgical Policies of the Diocese of Marquette have been updated and are effective on March 1st, 2016.  They can be accessed on the website at the following link:  http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/liturgicalpolicies.
 
DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL OFFICE
Msgr. Peter Oberto
 
BEGINNING PROCESS TO THE NULLITY OF MARRIAGE APPLICATION
The libellus is the legal document required by the law of the church prior to beginning the process for declaring a marriage null. Please be sure to mail the Libellus along with the application form. No work can be done on any case until this document has been signed and returned to the Tribunal Office. To obtain both the “Nullity of Marriage Application” and the “Libellus of the Petitioner” forms, please refer to the following link: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/marriagetribunal/applyforannulment.
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Larry Van Damme
 
NFPC ANNUAL PRIESTS' CONVOCATION
The National Federation of Priests’ Councils 48th Annual Convocation is scheduled for April 18th-21st in Indianapolis.  The Convocation is open to all US bishops, priests and seminarians.  The NFPC is offering a 10% discount to non-members if they register before March 1st.  For more information, refer to Addendum #3-NFPC Annual National Priests Convocation.
 
UPRIGHT PIANO AVAILABLE
A parish family, from Immaculate Conception Parish in Iron Mountain, has an upright piano that they would like to donate to a parish or school.  It is 103 years old but it has been all checked out by Thunder Island Music in Iron Mountain.  The piano has new pads and ivory, etc.  To view a snapshot of the piano, click on Addendum #4.  If you need more information, please contact Dan Formolo at 906-396-2431.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
SPRING STUDY DAY REGISTRATION
Spring Study Day this year is on Thursday, March 17, 2016.  Our presenter is Fr. Tim Ferguson.  His presentation is entitled, Recipients of Mercy, Dispensers of Mercy.  Fr. Tim will explore the concept of mercy, starting with St. Thomas Aquinas and Bl. Columba Marmion. He will focus on how to develop a heart full of mercy, patterned after the Sacred Heart of Jesus, full of Divine Mercy for humanity.
 
The registration form was sent to all parishes last week.  You can also access the form by going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.  If you have any questions or need assistance registering electronically contact Denise Foye at (800)562-8745 ext. 130 or (906)227-9130 or dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org
 
DIOCESAN CONFIRMATION
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 dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org, (800)562-8745 ext. 130 or (906)227-9130.
 
CHILDREN'S SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The information and lessons for Children’s Safe Environment are available on the Diocese of Marquette website. These lessons are taught as part of the ongoing effort to maintain a safe environment. This training must be done each year. Parish and Catholic School reports are due to the Office of Youth Ministry by April 30, 2015. Any questions should be directed to Greg Gostomski at (906)227.9125, 800.562.9745 ext. 125, or ggostomski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
AUSTIN COMPUTING SOLUTIONS INVOICES
Each parish and school received an invoice from Austin Computing Solutions.  This is in connection with our Safe Environment Program. The Diocese utilizes an online database for background checks and save environment audit purposes. The Diocese of Marquette pays all the initial fees for this service. The invoice that you received is a maintenance fee for your parish/ school records for your employees and volunteers.  The parishes and schools are responsible for the $.50 per person annual fee.  Any questions should be directed to Greg Gostomski at (906)227.9125, 800.562.9745 ext. 125, or ggostomski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
SEE THE SEE YOUTH RALLY
In consultation with Bishop Doerfler, it was decided last month to discontinue, P2K, the high school rally, and hold See the See the rally for 6-8 graders annually.  The next rally is scheduled for Saturday October 29, 2016.  Information will be available in March.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: IMPORTANT DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
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
 
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
 
ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION
The annual Diocesan Catholic School Collection will be taken up on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 or the first Sunday of Lent, February, 14, 2016. Funds from this collection are used by all schools to provide tuition assistance to help send a child to one of our nine Catholic Schools.  
 
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. To register please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/53344334808153.

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, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
  
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the March 18, 2016 issue listing Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times at our parishes and missions.  There is no cost to participate in this feature. Please send your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass schedule by e-mail to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org or postal mail to: The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. The deadline for submitting Mass times is Friday, February 26.
 
DEACON APPRECIATION ISSUE
Every other year the U.P. Catholic Newspaper publishes a special issue highlighting the many services our Deacons provide. This special issue publishes on April 1, 2016 (No fooling.) Our ad deadline is March 11, 2016. Please see Addendum #5 or contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com if your parish or school would like to place an ad. Thank you!
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas
 
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FORMS
It is recommended that all employees have an annual performance evaluation.  The link below contains a copy of the two forms currently used at the diocesan office for evaluations.  Please feel free to utilize these forms when conducting your employee annual evaluations http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.
 
ANNUAL 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). 
 
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.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
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 ajuidici@dioceseofmarquette.org.  We will also provide the opportunity for you to submit questions (confidentially) at the workshop. 
 
TAMPER EVIDENT COLLECTION BAGS
The diocese will make available a one year supply of tamper evident collection bags to any parish that has not previously implemented this procedure. Parishes that have instituted this process have indicated they appreciate the extra level of security for their weekly and special collections. Our independent auditors have strongly endorse this procedure.  If you are currently using these bags and need to order more, please see the new order from in Addendum #6.  For more information or to get your initial supply contact Pam at perickson@dioceseofmarquette.org
 
COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Our Diocesan Catholic schools are an irreplaceable vehicle for passing on the faith to our children and forming future leaders in our Church and the community.  This special collection is to help secure the financial stability and viability of our Catholic schools.  An envelope for 2016 was included in your envelopes for this year’s collection.  Individuals have the option to contribute on Ash Wednesday, February 10th or on the 1st Sunday of lent, February 14th.  Please be generous to assist in educating our children. 
 
COLLECTION FOR SOLIDARITY FUND FOR THE CHURCH IN AFRICA
(optional collection)
The US Catholic Bishops’ national collection to aid the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa is scheduled for Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  The church in Africa nearly tripled during the papacy of John Paul II, growing from 55 million to 144 million members.  70% of Africans live on less than $2.00 per day.  Please be generous to aid the poor people of Africa.
 
COLLECTION FOR THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER
(optional collection)
Please be advised that the collection for The U.P. Catholic newspaper will be held during the weekend of February 14, 2016. This is an optional collection that assists the parishes in providing the diocesan newspaper to their registered parishioners.  Although you are free to retain the proceeds of this collection, the newspaper staff would appreciate it if you would send a check for this collection to the diocese so that we could evaluate its effectiveness.  If you do this, the diocese will credit your parish's U.P. Catholic subscription account.
 
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES OVERSEAS FUND COLLECTION
A special collection will take place the weekend of March 6, 2016 to assist CRS in their mission.  Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.  To learn more about the work of Catholic Relief Services, visit their website at:  www.crs.org. A bulletin announcement is available below.
 
 
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE & LEGACY OF FAITH
 
LEGACY OF FAITH 2016 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Parish Pastoral and/or Finance Councils are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2016 LOF Catholic Service Award. Nominations are due by May 1st. The award recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church and provides a $250 LOF grant to the parish. Nominations must have the pastor’s support. Visit http://dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for more information and easy online submission form. 
 
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Grant applications for parish faith formation programs for 2016-2017 are now being accepted. Applications are due April 1, 2016 for the grant period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. Online submissions only. Thank you.
 
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER 
Check out our NEW LOOK for “Faithful Giving,” the biannual newsletter on gift and estate planning. Click here to view it. Consider putting a link to the newsletter on your parish website or sharing it in your parish bulletin.
 
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP HOUR
Catholic Stewardship monthly webinar series from Our Sunday Visitor helps parish leaders and parishioners learn new ideas for parish ministry. Participate in live webinars the second Tuesday of each month, or view the recorded webinar afterwards. Funded by a grant from Legacy of Faith and made available to all parishes, missions and schools in the diocese at no cost.
 
Jan 12 “The 7 Pillars of Effective Evangelization,” Recorded webinar  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7090817929610790913
 
Feb 9 “Stewards of our Talents & Strengths” Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7894165103795592961
 
March 8 “Working for God” Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8217992168896576769
  
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Our Diocesan Catholic schools are an irreplaceable vehicle for passing on the faith to our children and forming future leaders in our Church and the community.  This special collection is to help secure the financial stability and viability of our Catholic schools.  An envelope for 2016 was included in your envelopes for this year’s collection.  Individuals have the option to contribute on Ash Wednesday, February 10th or on the 1st Sunday of lent, February 14th.  Please be generous to assist in educating our children. 
 
COLLECTION FOR SOLIDARITY FUND FOR THE CHURCH IN AFRICA
(optional collection)
The US Catholic Bishops’ national collection to aid the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa is scheduled for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2016.  The church in Africa nearly tripled during the papacy of John Paul II, growing from 55 million to 144 million members.  70% of Africans live on less than $2.00 per day.  Please be generous to aid the poor people of Africa.
 
COLLECTION FOR THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER
(optional collection)
As Catholic publications throughout the country celebrate Catholic Press Month in February, here are some interesting facts about your diocesan newspaper. The U.P. Catholic is mailed to more than 18,500 Catholic households in the Diocese of Marquette and beyond.  The U.P. Catholic is supported by several sources of revenue:  a parish media fee that amounts to $4.25/registered household/year, a diocesan subsidy, subscription fees from readers that are not affiliated with a U.P. parish, advertising, a portion of the national Catholic Communication Campaign collection taken up on Good Friday, and a grant from the national Catholic Home Missions Appeal collection taken up in April.  You can help your parish with its subscription expense by placing a donation in The U.P. Catholic envelope provided in your parish packet if your parish takes up the optional collection for the diocesan newspaper (usually the second Sunday if February). If you don’t have a parish envelope for this purpose, you can still help your parish out by placing a contribution in your own envelope with The U.P. Catholic written on it and putting the envelope in the collection basket or giving it to your parish office. Happy Catholic Press Month!
 
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES OVERSEAS FUND COLLECTION
A special collection will take place the weekend of March 6, 2016 to assist Catholic Relief Services in their mission.  Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.  To learn more about their work, visit their website at:  www.crs.org
 
 
 
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