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Office of the Bishop
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Department of Evangelization and Education
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
Addendum #1 – Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation Info and Registration
Addendum #2 – Milestone Wedding Registration Form
Addendum #3 – See the See Flyer
Addendum #4 – Safe Environment Live Training Sessions 2016
Addendum #5 – Governance Report 2016
Addendum #6 – Summer Census Form 2016
Addendum #7 – Summer Census 2016 Memo & Parish
Addendum #8 – Photo-Recording Release Form
Addendum #9 – Complete Downloadable August 2016 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, SEPT. 9, 2016
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and USCCB President issued a statement responding to the racially-charged shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. The statement concluded: “In the days ahead, we will look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence.” Archbishop Kurtz welcomes dioceses across the United States to join him in a Day of Prayer for Peace In our Communities on September 9, 2016, the feast of St. Peter Claver.
COMMEMORATING THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LUTHERAN REFORMATION
For many years, Lutherans and Catholics have been studying together and praying together in an attempt to bridge the gap between the old labels of division called Protestant and Catholic. In late October this year, Pope Francis will commemorate the beginning of the Reformation as he prays in a Lutheran Cathedral in Sweden. An Important theological conference is taking place from September 25 – 27th at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. All Catholics and Lutherans are welcome to be a part of this conference. Please include in your parish bulletins, Addendum #1 for the Reformation Conference Schedule and Registration. If you have any questions, contact information: call 906-228-2300; email: email@example.com; website: www.nglsynod.org.
ELECTION YEAR GUIDELINES FOR CATHOLIC PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS
The following are “Dos and Don’ts” to help assist Catholic entities during the 2016 election season:
Share Catholic Social Teaching and apply these values to legislation, public issues, and ballot issues.
Advocate for or against a particular ballot proposal.
Conduct a non-partisan voter registration drive.
Encourage Catholics to vote after evaluating candidate positions carefully and having developed their conscience.
Check with the diocesan attorney if there are questions about appropriate activity.
Only invite selected candidates to address a church-sponsored group.
RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM
“Moved by Mercy” is the theme for the upcoming Respect Life Program, which will begin anew in October (Respect Life Month) and continue through the September 2017.
Distribute partisan campaign literature or unapproved election material.
Endorse/oppose candidates and political parties while acting as a representative of the Church.
Use organizational resources to participate in political activities or provide financial support for candidates, political parties, or PACs.
Conduct a voter registration slanted toward one candidate or political party.
The goal of the Respect Life Program is to equip and form leaders to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of all human life. The USCCB has been producing new materials each year to help assist parishes and schools in presenting the Gospel of Life in a positive way. These materials are viewable at www.usccb.org/respectlife.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (UPDATE)
The Solemnity of the Assumption this year is not a Holy Day of Obligation because it falls on a Monday, however, that day is still a solemnity and the readings and prayers for the solemnity must be used. The vigil may be celebrated.
NEW ORDER OF CELEBRATING MATRIMONY
As noted in last month’s Communicator, there is a newly translated ritual for weddings which must be used after January 1, 2017 and can be ordered through the Diocese at a significant (35%) discount. The cost including shipping to our office for the white leather bound English version will be $25.00 from Liturgical Press. Orders can be placed at https://form.jotform.com/62076356886165
The deadline to place this order and get the discount is September 1. You may direct any questions to Deacon Tom Foye firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9126.
DIOCESAN LITURGICAL COMMISSION
A Diocesan Liturgical Commission is being formed this fall. If you know of anyone who would like to be involved, please pass their name and contact information to Deacon Tom Foye, email@example.com. We are looking for people involved in their parishes as either liturgical or sacred music ministers.
ANNUAL MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Marquette Diocese and the Knights of Columbus will give special recognition to couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or 51st and above wedding anniversary anytime during this year. They and their families are invited to the Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 30th at 2 p.m. (ET) at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette with a meal to follow.
Widows and widowers who would have celebrated a milestone anniversary this year are also invited and encouraged to attend, as are newlywed couples married from September 1, 2015 through October 1, 2016.
If you plan to attend, please fill out and return the registration form as soon as possible so that plans can be finalized. Those celebrating their Golden Anniversary (50th) this year are also asked to include, if possible, a recent photograph for publication in The U. P. Catholic diocesan newspaper. Registration form Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Please refer to Addendum #2 for registration.
FALL SACRED MUSIC INITIATIVE MEETINGS
The Office of Divine Worship will be conducting four Fall meetings across the Diocese to introduce Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music, "Sing to the Lord All the Earth!". Meeting dates and locations can be seen on the registration form at this link: https://form.jotform.com/61815375751157 . Questions can be emailed to Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
FALL VICARIATE GATHERINGS
In support of Bishop John’s vision of evangelization for the diocese, all are invited to gather with others from your vicariate to begin visioning how evangelization can take root in parishes/missions/schools throughout the diocese.
The gatherings will take place throughout the month of September in each of our vicariates from 6 pm – 8 pm local time. It begins with a presentation on “Praying to Form the Heart of an Evangelist” followed by a discussion of our dreams and the work in our parishes (best practices). CLICK HERE for a schedule of the gatherings and to register for the session of your choice. For more information contact Denise Foye email@example.com or (906)227-9130.
SEE THE SEE - JR HIGH RALLY
Saturday October 29, Catholic 6-8 graders are invited to St. Peter Cathedral for a great day of fun, faith and music. Ben Walther is our presenter, and he will talk about who Jesus is and who we are. The theme “IMUR” (pronounced I AM, You are) will look at our relationship with Jesus. The cost is $35 per person and all information to register is found on the Youth Ministry page of the Diocese of Marquette website www.dioceseofmarquette.org/youthministeries. A flyer for promotional use at your parish can be found in Addendum #3.
Pastors are recommending mentor couples to serve their parish in marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, and accompanying newly married couples as they learn to live the sacrament. Pastors can submit recommendations by CLICKING HERE. Training for the mentor couples will begin in Spring 2017.
SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT (SAR)
School Principals, Bookkeepers, and Secretaries: Please work together to complete this year’s School Annual Report (SAR). The report is due no later than September 30, 2016. Contact the Director of School Finance, Kristi Flohe, with any questions – (906) 227-9138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of all signed tuition contracts for 2016-2017 are due to Kristi Flohe by August 30, 2016. If you have not yet submitted these, please do so as soon as possible.
Locally approved school budgets must be submitted to the diocesan offices each year for review and approval. If you have not yet sent in your budget, please do so as soon as possible. It can be emailed to Kristi at email@example.com.
DIOCESE CAN ASSIST YOUR SCHOOL
Did you know the diocese can assist your school with…
Call or email Kristi Flohe for more information or assistance – (906) 227-9138 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Interviewing and hiring new employees
- Payroll processing
- Job descriptions
- Determining pay rates and raises
- Training new employees
- Scholarship calculations
- Paycor questions
- PDS questions
Reminder – as stated in the Budget and Finance Policies, effective July 1st, 2015:
Reports on the dispersal of financial assistance funds musts be submitted to the Diocesan Director of School Finance, Kristi Flohe, before the start of the school year. For assistance, or if you need the diocesan-approved scholarship formula, please contact Kristi at email@example.com or 906-227-9138.
All 2016-17 teacher contracts should be sent to the diocesan offices for review by Superintendent, Mark Salisbury. Contracts are due ASAP. Please send them to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming principal meeting is Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MINUTES
All schools are reminded they are required 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.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT LIVE TRAINING SESSIONS - 2016
The 2016 fall dates have been set for the Safe Environment Live Training sessions in your area. Please see the attached schedule in Addendum #4 for specifics. Contact your local training site to sign up for a class. Comments or questions can be directed to Martha Tomasi at the diocese office in Marquette: (906) 227-9155 or email@example.com.
UPCSA KICK OFF
Bishop Doerfler will again send a direct mail to all registered households in early September to kick off the UP Catholic Services Appeal. Like last year, the mailing will include a personalized cover letter from the Bishop, a “Gifts at Work” newsletter and a personalized pledge card and reply envelope for parishioners to return to their parish. The early ask by the Bishop is NOT intended to take the place of the parish appeal, but to enhance and unify the parish effort with the Bishop’s leadership and message.
UPCSA WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 24/25, 2016
The theme is “Love Powers Our Mission”. UPCSA materials will be distributed to churches in August. Included are tri-fold brochures to be distributed with the pledge cards and authorization cards. Single-fold Bulletin Inserts should be placed inside the parish bulletins on UPCSA weekend. The “record of pledges” spreadsheet, used to transmit your parish member pledge and payment info to the diocese, will be emailed to your parish by late August. The UPCSA handbook, containing updated timelines, tips, sample letters and other useful information you need, will be available on our website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org by the end of August. UPCSA goals will be emailed to parishes in early September, as soon as they can be calculated and approved. Contact Wendy Negri at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800.562.9745 ext. 104 with any UPCSA questions. If you become aware of someone from your parish who will be in the Marquette area in August, please contact Wendy Negri to arrange for pick-up of your materials.
PARISH ANNUAL REPORTS AND FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE REPORTS
PAR submissions were due to the Diocese by July 31, 2016. If your parish has not yet submitted a 2016 report, please send your PAR to the Diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley as soon as possible. The Annual Financial Governance Report in Addendum #5 is due to Irene at the Diocese by September 30th, 2016. Please include a copy of the financial statements that were provided to your parishioners with the submission of your Governance Report. Access to these forms is available on the diocesan website under: Administration/Offices/Finance & Administration/PAR. Please contact Irene at email@example.com or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with any additional questions.
SUMMER CENSUS FORM
The 2016 Summer Census form and memo (listing those parishes/missions required to take the count) are included as Addendum #6 and Addendum #7. Please count all people present at Mass (during the month of August), regardless of age, and return completed forms to the diocesan offices located at 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette (Attention: Angelina Juidici) by Friday, September 2, 2016. Please complete a separate one for each parish and mission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101.
SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT (SAR)
Please see this information on this in the Department of Evangelization and Education Section.
2016-17 SCHOOL BUDGETS
Please see this information on this in the Department of Evangelization and Education Section.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
Please be advised that the collection for the Catholic University of America is scheduled to be taken up during the weekends of September 4/11th in the Diocese of Marquette. The Catholic University of America is unique among universities in the United States – even among Catholic universities. Established by the Vatican and the U.S. bishops in 1887, it is the national university of the Catholic Church. It is proud to have nearly one third of the U.S. bishops as alumni, along with over 12,400 living priests and religious from around the world. In Washington, DC the university provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students through its 12 schools – that include arts & sciences, music, engineering, philosophy, social work, law, and business in addition to ecclesiastical degrees in canon law and theology. Your support will enable Catholic University to expand its impact in preparing the next generation of leadership for our Church and nation.
Development Office & Legacy of Faith
LEGACY OF FAITH REMINDERS
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
The summer issue of “Faithful Giving” is now posted on the diocesan website. This biannual newsletter on gift and estate planning tells the stories of people living lives of Catholic stewardship. View it by clicking here.
- Acknowledge support from Legacy of Faith and use the logo whenever possible.
- Complete and submit grant evaluation reports by the due date.
- Grant funds can be expended only for the purpose of the approved grant project.
- Approved grants for 2016-17 will be paid in November.
- Visit www.legacyoffaith.net for more info, or contact Angie email@example.com.
ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR
This informative 1-hour seminar for diocesan parishes and schools includes a power point slide presentation, informational materials, and tips for advertising the seminar. It is presented by the pastor/school principal and a qualified estate planning attorney. Contact your development office today to book a seminar! firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out all the development resources available to diocesan parishes on our website: capital campaign basics, creating & growing endowments, increased offertory program, parish planned giving program, electronic offertory A Quick Guide to Getting Started, sample parish annual stewardship reports, parish presentations, and more. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/parishdevelopmentresources.
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 FREE learning opportunities. Feedback from priests and lay who have watched the webinars is very positive: “affirming,” “very inspiring,” “I will share this with our Evangelization Committee.”
July 12: “Healing Prayer & the Mercy of Jesus” Recording
August 9: “The Soul of the Evangelist” Registration
September 13: “Healing People to Forgive the Church” Registration
Do you have a great couple of photos that you could share with the development office to use for marketing purposes? The people in the photo must be willing to sign a photo release form. See Addendum #8. Action shots depicting a sacrament or other church ministry are ideal. Some examples:
Please send digital photos only to email@example.com.
- Priest baptizing someone
- A child receiving communion for the first time
- A couple being married
- Priest/deacon blessing someone
- Catechist teaching
- Youth ministry action shot
- Registering a new parishioner
- Giving someone a tour of your church or school