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 Faith Formation & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Diocesan Prayer Calendar
Addendum #2 – Spring Study Day Flyer 2017
Addendum #3 – Priest Accountable Reimbursement Report (eff. 1-1-2017)
Addendum #3 - Priest Accountable Reimbursement Report (eff. 1-1-2017) in Excel Format
Addendum #4 – Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #5 – Combined Collections Transmittal Form
Addendum #6 - Complete January 2017 Downloadable Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
DIOCESAN PRAYER CALENDAR
A diocesan prayer calendar is available for 2017, which contains the names of our priests, deacons, women religious, seminarians, parishes and general intercessions. Join us in praying for our dedicated religious, as well as the parishioners of our parishes. Please see Addendum #1.
Bishop John F. Doerfler
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
RITE OF ELECTION
Registration for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is open. Please fill out this form even if your parish will not be attending. You can register by clicking here or at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. Please register no later than Friday, February 13, 2017.
This ritual is always the first Sunday in Lent, thus the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at St. Peter Cathedral. Mark your calendars now for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, and inform any catechumens or candidates in your parish to mark this date on their calendars and plan on attending. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHASTITY SPEAKER COMING TO ESCANABA
Matt Fradd had a profound conversion experience at World Youth Day in Rome. Afterword he committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus and the Church through missionary work. He has served the Church ministering in Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Texas. Matt, the founder of The Porn Effect (www.theporneffect.com) has been a guest on BBC, EWTN, ABC and Catholic Answers Live. Due to a grant from the Legacy of Faith Endowment Foundation, he will be speaking to parents and youth in our diocese on March 2nd and 3rd in the Besse Theater at Bay College in Escanaba as follows:
For more information go to: http://chastityproject.com/seminars/speakers/matt-fradd/ If you have any questions, please contact Kate Swanson at (906)786-7550, ext. 37 or email her at email@example.com.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT AT MARYGROVE
A retreat entitled, “How the Saints Come Limping In” is being offered for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is being held at Marygrove Retreat Center. It will begin at 7 pm on Friday, March 10 and continue through dinner on Saturday, March 11. The cost is $30. Parents and/or sponsors are welcome and encouraged to attend with their youth. Register by calling Marygrove at 906-644-2771.
CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017
Registration for 2017 Spring Confirmations is now open. The link was sent to all parishes via email last month. It can also be found on the home page of the diocesan website (www.dioceseofmarquette.org) in the upper left hand corner. This form should be used for adults who are seeking only the Sacrament of Confirmation and for youth in grades 11 or 12 seeking to be confirmed in the spring of 2017. The form allows the registrant to select the option of registering for the Diocesan celebration of Confirmation at St. Peter Cathedral on Sunday, April 30, 2017 or for one of the spring vicariate celebrations. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 6, 2017. If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
SPRING STUDY DAY-THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA
On Thursday, April 6 the annual Spring Study Day will be held at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.
- Talk for parents: Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-7pm "Parenting the Internet Generation" (free)
- Talk for high-school youth: Thursday, March 2nd, 7:30pm-8:30pm "The Love that Satisfies" ($10.00 tickets sold at St. Anne Church, Escanaba, 906-786-1421 or sold at the door)
- Talk for 7th & 8th grade youth: Friday, March 3rd, 9:30am-12:00 "The Love that Satisfies" (free)
The month of May of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady to the three young children at Fátima, Portugal. During this appearance Our Blessed Mother gave us Heaven's Peace Plan. Come and listen to Fr. Corey Litzner and his team as they share the plan with us and how to live it in our daily lives.
Register today by clicking here or going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. The registration deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017. A flyer for this event can be found as Addendum #2. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or email her at email@example.com
DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
Rite of Election, Sunday, March 5, 2017
Confirmation Retreat at Marygrove in Garden, March 10-11, 2017
Spring Study Day, Thursday, April 6, 2017-The Message of Fatima
Diocesan Confirmation Sunday, April 30, 2017
Hospitality Lecture, Tuesday, May 30, 2017-The New Evangelization via Mary & Elizabeth
THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER COLLECTION
Support your parish by supporting The U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection if it is taken up in your parish on Feb. 11-12. Your donation goes to your parish to help pay its portion of the subscription cost for the diocesan newspaper, which is mailed to all registered Catholic households. If your parish does not take up this collection, you can still contribute by placing your donation in an envelope marked “The U.P. Catholic Newspaper” and dropping it in your parish collection basket or at your parish office.
2017 PRIEST ACCOUNTABLE REIMBURSEMENT REPORT FORM
The 2017 Priest Accountable Reimbursement Report Form with the mileage rate of .535 cents, effective January 1, 2017 can be found in Addendum #3 of this communicator. The form is also available on the Diocesan website under Administration/Policy Manuals/Diocesan Policies/Administration and Finance/Forms & Resources. If you have any questions, please contact Irene at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-562-9745, ext. 135, 227-9135.
NEW COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 14/15, 2017
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2017 “Mission Collection” on January 14/15, 2017. This new “Mission Collection” combines four previously separate collections into one and supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Black & Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and the Propagation of the Faith mission. Parish bookkeepers are advised to use the new Collection Counting Sheet (Addendum #4) and to divide unspecified Mission fund donations evenly between the four individual collections. Bookkeepers may then complete the Combined Collection Transmittal Form found in Addendum #5 to include with their payment to the Diocese. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-Mission Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Fund. The scholarships aid graduating high school 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. Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2017.
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, April 26th, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. Video conference services will be available via Zoom (more information on how to register will be emailed directly to parishes and schools).
PARISH SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2017
The annual Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 – so mark your calendars now to attend. This year the workshop will be held at Northern Michigan University in the University Center. An email regarding on-line registration (using JotForm) will be sent to all parishes soon. We look forward to seeing you this spring!
PARISH/SCHOOL FINANCE COUNCIL REPORTING REMINDERS
Questions or concerns regarding the above should be directed to Tim Thomas at email@example.com or (906) 227-9114.
403B CONTRIBUTION LIMITS FOR 2017
The maximum contribution per individual for 2017 is $18,000, unless the employee is aged 50 or older. Those over 50 years of age may allocate an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000 to their 403B account.
- 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.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
NEW PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE
Gift planning at your fingertips! Find out why your gift matters, download brochures on popular gift types, and more. Take a moment and visit our new website, place a link to it on your parish or school website, and help your supporters get their plans in motion.
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FAITH FORMATION
Programs for 2017-18. Applications are due April 1, 2017 for the grant period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Visit www.LegacyofFaith.net for more information. Online submissions preferred.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT: NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
Communications: How is your school doing? Experts agree: fund raising is really about ‘friend raising’ – and to nurture friendship, we must communicate with The Right Message! It is my goal to support and empower all Diocesan schools to meet (minimally) the following goals: 1) Produce biannual newsletters (if not currently generating an annual report this should be included in fall edition) and 2) conduct an annual appeal. Both are vital steps in a comprehensive communication plan necessary for sustaining our schools. Templates for these advancement tools will be forthcoming soon. For those already meeting the minimum, I hope you will consider saying ‘yes’ as we convene a panel training session to offer support to your colleagues! Additionally, move on to the next higher goal of distributing quarterly newsletters!
Tools: Does your school have software designed to promote development efforts? One brand of software that Richard Burke (Senior Executive Consultant with Catholic Schools Management) highly recommends is Little Green Light – a cloud-based donor management software. This program provides excellent support to manage donors, volunteers, members, alumni, events, and fundraising campaigns. Visit littlegreenlight.com for more information, and check out techsoup.org (a nonprofit organization serving nonprofits) for discounted resources. Contact Renée Deroche at 906.227.9161 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NEW COMBINED COLLECTION
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2017 “Mission Collection” This new collection combines four previously separate collections into one. The combined “Mission Collection” supports four different outreach ministries to the Universal Church, as listed below.
Black & Indian Missions
The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan communities throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs. This collection advances causes important to native and African American Catholics.
Catholic Home Missions
“Home Missions” is the name for dioceses and parishes in the United States, including its territories and former territories, which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people.
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care. Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education. The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.
Propagation of the Faith
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,111 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances covering more than half the globe.