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
Diocesan Tribunal Office
Department of Evangelization and Education
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Addendum #1 – 403B Processing Instructions
Addendum #2 – 403B Parish-Schools Remittance Worksheet
Addendum #3 – Good Friday Collection
Addendum #4 – Collection Bag Order Form
Addendum #5 - Complete Downloadable March 2016 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
DIOCESAN MISSION STATEMENT
The Diocesan Mission statement was approved at the February 10th, 2016 Department Directors Meeting: “We, the Diocese of Marquette, united in Word and Sacrament and in communion with the universal Catholic Church, witness to and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ for all people in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”
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 EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
There is still time to register for the annual diocesan celebration of Confirmation. You can access the registration form 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:
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.
- Youth who will be in the 11th or 12th grade during the 2015-2016 school year;
- Young adults in college who are seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation;
- 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 you have any questions please contact Denise Foye: (800)562-8745 ext. 130 or (906)227-9130, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 31st annual Hospitality Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Our presenter is Sr. Sara Butler, M.B.S.T., professor emerita of dogmatic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein. Her presentation for the day is entitled, “The Year of Mercy: A Message about God's Love”. Sr. Sara served two terms on the International Theological Commission, is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and the U.S. Bishops’ Doctrine Committee, and an author of over 50 scholarly articles and the book, The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church. She is currently the director of the New Evangelization at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center in Philadelphia.
Registration form for this event will be posted to the diocesan website in mid-March. An email will also be sent to all parishes at that time. Direct any questions to Denise Foye: email@example.com, or 800-562-9745 ext. 130, 906-227-9130.
Registration is now open 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. Questions have been posted at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/images/files/RELIGIONBEE2016.pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 13-14 at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba. To view the flyer, please click on this link http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/images/files/2016%20Catholic%20Liberal%20Arts%20Summer%20Conference%20Flyer.pdf. To register, please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/51385549942163.
SAVE THE DATE - SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP
This year we are excited to offer a separate workshop for the school secretaries and bookkeepers – this workshop will be specific to school employees. The workshop will be held on July 28th to better fit in our school schedules. A registration form will be sent out in May. Contact Kristi with any questions or if you have ideas for information to cover. (906) 227-9138 or email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2016. Photos may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
As a reminder, you need to send the diocese notification whenever there is any type of change by employees at your location for the 403B Prudential Retirement Plan. Please see the instructions and form in Addendums #1 and Addendum #2. Questions can be directed to Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9135.
PRUDENTIAL 403B RETIREMENT PLAN
An effective way to reduce your taxable income and save for retirement is to open a Prudential 403B retirement account. If you are interested in exploring this option contact Pam at email@example.com or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135 to get an informative booklet on the plan. 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. Remember that the parish/school bookkeepers and participants are responsible for monitoring these maximums.
TAMPER EVIDENT COLLECTION BAGS
For those parishes/missions that utilize security bags, re-orders can be placed utilizing the updated order form which can be found in Addendum #3. Use of tamper evident collection bags is strongly recommended; therefore for any parish that has not yet started to use these bags, the diocese will provide you with a one year supply. Please contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
2016-2017 BENEFIT AND INSURANCE RATE INFORMATION
These figures are not yet available, but will be emailed as soon as possible and will be included in the April Communicator.
ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION
Make plans now to promote the annual Good Shepherd Collection scheduled to be taken up the weekend of April 16/17 in all parishes. Materials to promote the collection were emailed to all pastors, associate pastors, and pastoral Coordinators on March 7th.
INVESTMENT POOL CONFERENCE
The annual investment pool conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 4th beginning at 4:00 pm ET. This year the conference will be conducted through an on-line meeting forum (we will be using Zoom). To register for the conference click on this link Click to register for the Annual Investment Pool Conference.
SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2016
Please mark Wednesday, April 27th as the day that you will attend the annual Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop held in Marquette at Northern Michigan University (University Center). To register click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52734287226964. 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.
HOLY LAND/NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COLLECTION
The annual Holy Land and National Communications collection is to be taken up on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. Please send this collection to the diocesan office payable to: “Diocese of Marquette—Holy Land/National Communications Collection” no later than May 1, 2016. A bulletin announcement promoting this collection can be found in the Bulletin Announcements section.
In addition, the Franciscans of the Holy Land are offering resources to help encourage attendance at the Good Friday liturgy and to publicize the Holy Land portion of the Good Friday collection. Visit http://www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday-resources for various collection resources, including posters, prayer cards and bookmarks that can be downloaded or ordered. The Franciscans have also produced several promotional videos that parishes can use for free and that can be linked to parish websites or any other digital outlet.
Please see Addendum #4 for an announcement that can be duplicated and included in your bulletins.
SYRIAC CATHOLIC DIOCESE SPECIAL COLLECTION REMINDER
Proceeds from the Syriac Catholic Diocese special collection were due to the diocese by March 1. If your parish is still holding funds from this collection, please remit immediately to the diocese. Make check payable to “Diocese of Marquette Syriac Catholic Diocese.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE & LEGACY OF FAITH
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Reminder – April 1 deadline for LOF grant applications for parish faith formation programs Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net. Online submissions only. Thank you.
LEGACY OF FAITH 2016 CATHOLIC
Reminder – May 1 deadline to nominate someone from your parish for the 2016 LOF Catholic Service Award. Visit http://dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for more information and easy online submission form.
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP HOUR
Reminder – second Tuesday of each month from 2-3pm Eastern is “stewardship hour.” Please keep your parish councils & committees informed of these learning opportunities.
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. Extra copies are available and can be sent to your parish upon request.
SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Now you can double the value of your donation! A dollar-for-dollar match, up to $100,000 is available for all qualifying gifts received by December 31, 2016. Qualifying donations must be new gifts of $1,000 or more, or raised through special fund raising events designated for the program. The income generated from the seminarian endowment will assist in educating men in formation for the priesthood to serve the Diocese of Marquette. firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLY LAND/NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COLLECTION
On Good Friday, March 25th, our parish will take up the annual Holy Land and Communications collection. Your support of the Holy Land portion of the collection supports Christians in the land made holy by the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land house and feed the poor, provide religious formation and education, maintain shrines and parishes, and conduct pastoral ministry. The communications portion of your contribution supports the ministry of the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign, which communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of your donation to the communications portion of the collection remains in our diocese to support local communication efforts, like The U.P. Catholic newspaper, the diocesan weekly news podcasts on the diocesan website and the annual Good News Awards that honor local media professionals for the positive stories they write and programs they produce.