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
Department of Evangelization and Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Solemnity of Christ the King Homily Helps and Intercessions
Addendum #2 – Solemnity of Christ the King Bulletin Insert
Addendum #3 – Moved by Mercy Respect Life Program and Resources Letter from Bishop John
Addendum #4 – 2017 National Convocation of Priests
Addendum #5 – IRS Scam Calls
Addendum #6 – October Census Form 2016
Addendum #7 – Governance Report 2016
Addendum #8 – Personnel File Checklist Revised March 2015
Addendum #9 – May Catholic Giving Guide
Addendum #10 – Completed Downloadable November Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING, NOVEMBER 20, 2016
On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas (“In the first”) to respond to growing nationalism and secularism. He recognized that these related societal ills would breed increasing hostility against the Church. Today reminds us that while governments and philosophies come and go, Christ reigns as King forever. A bulletin insert, homily helps and intercessions are available. Addendum #1 and Addendum #2.
2016-2017 RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM, "MOVED BY MERCY"
The month of October brought the start of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2016-2017 Respect Life Program “Moved by Mercy”. The 2016-17 Respect Life Program “Moved by Mercy” resources will continue to be helpful throughout the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and beyond. Simple, easy-to-use tools equip leaders across the spectrum of Catholic work, ministry, and education to integrate and share the message of mercy regarding life issues throughout the year. You may read a letter from Bishop John Doerfler and access links to helpful resources on the USCCB website here. Addendum #3.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PRIESTS' COUNCILS 49TH ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF PRIESTS--APRIL 24-27TH ANAHEIM
National Federation of Priests’ Councils 49th Annual Convocation of Priests-April 24th – 27th, 2017 Anaheim, CA
Formerly, National Federation of Priests’ Councils Delegate Convention, now Annual Convocation for all Catholic Priests Serving in the United States. The Convocation includes time for prayer, presentations, discussion, fellowship and great food, plus time for relaxation and sight-seeing. Our goal is to nourish your body, mind and soul, and return you to your ministry rejuvenated and encouraged, with a network of contacts to keep you connected and supported. By becoming better priests, brothers with one another in Christ, we can better model for our people the Kingdom of God in our midst, in communion, brotherhood, and solidarity. Please refer to Addendum #4 for information on the Annual National Convocation of Priests 2017.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017
Registration for 2017 Spring Confirmations will be open on-line on December 1, 2016. All parishes with youth seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 2017 need to submit a registration form. This includes those parishes with youth who will be coming to St. Peter Cathedral on Sunday, April 30, 2017 for the Diocesan celebration of Confirmation. A link will be sent via email to all pastors, faith formation coordinators, and parish secretaries no later than December 1, 2016. Please note that this form is different from the application form that was sent out last month for use in the parishes to assist with the gathering of all the necessary information needed to register. If you have any questions regarding the celebration of Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
IMPORTANT DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
Rite of Election, Sunday, March 5, 2017
Spring Study Day, Thursday, April 6, 2017-The Secrets of Fatima
Diocesan Confirmation Sunday, April 30, 2017
SAVE THE DATES
The upcoming Diocesan School Council meeting is Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
The upcoming principal meeting is Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 12:00pm to 3:30pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba. Further information will be forthcoming.
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, email@example.com.
ORDER INFORMATION TO CELEBRATE BISHOP JAMES GARLAND'S 85TH BIRTHDAY
Please join the U.P. Catholic Newspaper in celebrating Bishop James Garland’s 85th Birthday! Ordering information can be found on this links:
Final advertising cut-off is November 17, 2016. If you have trouble working the link or have additional questions, please contact
Deacon Steve directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (906) 863-7460.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIME LISTING
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the December 23 issue listing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses in our parishes and missions. There is no cost to participate in this feature. Please submit Mass times using this form: https://form.jotform.com/62985994717175. The deadline for submitting Mass times is Friday, December 2.
IRS SCAM TELEPHONE CALLS
Please see the information in Addendum #5 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.
OCTOBER CENSUS REMINDER
This is just a reminder that the 2016 October Census was due November 4, 2016. Please complete a separate one for each parish and mission and return completed forms to the Diocesan Offices located at 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette (Attention: Administration & Finance). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101. The 2016 October Census form is included as Addendum #6.
GOVERNANCE REPORT REMINDER
Governance reports were due to the Diocese by September 30th, 2016. For your convenience, a copy can be found on the diocesan website under the Finance and Administration section and in Addendum #7 of this communicator. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Irene at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COLLECTION - NOVEMBER 19/20, 2016
The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up the weekend of November 20th in parishes across the Diocese of Marquette. CCHD was founded to break the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help individuals help themselves. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and community economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact in communities nationwide. Your contribution will defend human dignity and reach out to those living on the margins. Please give to the CCHD Collection.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS COLLECTION - DECEMBER 10/11, 2016
The annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up the weekend of December 11th in parishes across the Diocese of Marquette. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., and it provides support for thousands of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. The Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, Marquette, have received financial assistance made possible by the national appeal. Additionally, religious who serve or have served in the diocese but whose communities are based elsewhere may also benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be generous to this collection.
403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2016
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $18,000, 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 is time left in 2016, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
LOOKING AHEAD-MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017
The maximum contribution for 2017 will remain the same as last year at $18,000, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Then an additional “catch-up” contribution of $6,000 will be allowed.
EMPLOYEE PERSONNEL FILES
Just a quick reminder, in Addendum #8 there is a checklist of items that should be maintained in all employee personnel files. Year end is a good time to review your files to ensure you all of the necessary documentation.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Red Flag Reporting has shared some thoughtful insights. Please take a moment to read the below.
Enjoy Your Workday!
At a time when some in society feel that new divides in our social fabric are developing along racial, political and religious lines, while others fear that political correctness is out of control to the point that a contrary opinion immediately results in one being negatively branded, here are a few thoughts on getting along at work:
We encourage you to speak with management, or Red Flag Reporting if you prefer, when you have any concerns regarding unethical behavior, safety concerns or theft – this service is in place to protect all of us. We utilize Red Flag Reporting because your safety, your work environment, our good name and the viability of our organization are very important to us.
- Remember that violence, threats and bullying are never acceptable. Furthermore, they are a sure-fire way to lose, not gain, respect.
- Treat others with the same level of respect that you would like. Want everyone to think like you? It’s not going to happen.
- Know that differing opinions are not invalid opinions. We are all refined by a lifetime of unique experiences. Sometimes we are further refined when we listen to other points of view.
- Smile, shake hands and care. We are more likely to work well together, and overlook differences, when we know and trust each other.
Remember, when you do contact Red Flag Reporting you can choose to remain completely anonymous.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
COMING SOON: COMBINED COLLECTIONS
Reminder that the first combined collection takes place on January 15, 2017. Parishes are asked to inform parishioners about the upcoming change from single to combined collections and guide them in planning accordingly. The January 15 “Mission Collection” combines Black & Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and Propagation of the Faith.
The new combined collection schedule for 2017 will be published in the December 9 issue of The U.P. Catholic Newspaper, along with related stories. “My Catholic Giving Guide,” a helpful 1-page resource from the diocese, will be inserted into the same issue. This guide places giving within a gospel framework and includes a fill-in-the blank worksheet for planning donations for the year ahead. This guide will help people to plan their response to the combined collections, rather than simply giving the same amount to the combined collection that they otherwise would have given to each individual collection. See Addendum #9 for a copy of the guide. Please use the “My Catholic Giving Guide” Bulletin Announcement on Dec 11 and encourage people to look for and use the guide. The 2017 combined collection schedule can be viewed at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/collectionsschedule.
HOW PARISHES CAN USE "MY CATHOLIC GIVING GUIDE"
- Use the Dec 11 Bulletin Insert provided – print in bulletin and announce after Mass.
- Post “My Catholic Giving Guide” on your parish website.
- Print copies to pass out at upcoming Parish meetings. Prayerfully review the guide together and discuss other ways to promote it in your parish. Lead by example. Go through the motions of filling out your own “My Catholic Giving Guide” and encourage your parish staff, volunteers and leadership to do the same.
- Print extra copies to have available in the back of church, or use it as a bulletin insert.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
STEWARDSHIP BULLETIN REFLECTIONS
Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. offers weekly stewardship bulletin reflections based on the scripture readings. You can subscribe to get updates delivered to your inbox at: Stewardship Bulletin Reflection: November 13, 2016. Good for printing in your bulletin, reflection before meetings, and homily helps.
MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP HOUR
Legacy of Faith sponsors “stewardship hour” on the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3pm Eastern. Please keep your parish councils & committees informed of these FREE learning opportunities. Click the links below to watch a recording of last month’s session, or register to join an upcoming live webinar.
LOF GRANT EVALUATION
Grant Evaluations are easy and an important part of the grant making program. They help the board to assess the effectiveness of the program, guide future funding decisions that the board makes, and provide a measure of accountability. Submitting the evaluation enables your parish to receive future grants in a timely manner.
PAYMENT OF LOF GRANTS FOR 2016-2017
Approved grants for the 2016-2017 year will be paid by November 15th. Grant payments will be held for parishes with incomplete evaluations from the prior grant year, and released upon receipt of a complete evaluation.
CATHOLIC ANSWERS TO PRESENT AT CATHEDRAL SPEAKER SERIES
Trent Horn from Catholic Answers will be presenting a two day lecture series in November 2016. These lectures on will be free to the public. Mr. Horn specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. He holds a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is the author of Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity.
Mr. Horn has been invited to present at the Cathedral speaker series at St. Peter Cathedral on the following subjects and dates:
November 11: 7 p.m. How to talk about Marriage & Same-sex unions
MY CATHOLIC GIVING GUIDE
(SUGGESTED USE IN DECEMBER 11, 2016 BULLETIN)
November 12: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Answering Atheism
November 12: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Persuasive Pro-life
November 12: 7:00 p.m. How to talk about tough moral issues
From the very beginning Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need. A helpful guide for prayerfully planning our gifts is now available from our diocese. “My Catholic Giving Guide” is a one page worksheet that places giving within a gospel framework and includes a fill-in-the blank worksheet for planning your donations for the year ahead. A copy of “My Catholic Giving Guide” is available in the December 9 issue of the U.P. Catholic Newspaper, along with related stories.