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 Chancellor and Divine Worship
Department of Evangelization and Education
Development of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Spring Study Day Registration Form
Addendum #2 – Collection Bag Order Form
Addendum #3 – My Catholic Giving Guide
Addendum #4 – Collection Schedule 2018
Addendum #5 Complete Downloadable February 2017 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
CHRISM MASS, APRIL 6, 2017
This liturgy is scheduled at 3:00 PM EDT, at Saint Peter Cathedral. A memorandum from the bishop will been sent to the priests, deacons and women religious by email and will include a registration / attendance form to be completed on-line. Please look to your email for this memorandum.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
Rev. Daniel Moll
THE DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR CHRISM MASS
Registration for joining the Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass is open. This year’s Chrism Mass will take place at St. Peter Cathedral on Thursday, April 6 at 3:00pm. You can register by clicking here. Once your registration has been submitted, you will be mailed the requested number of scores. Please register no later than Wednesday, March 1. If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg, Diocesan Director of Sacred Music, at (906) 227-9122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTAL REGISTER POLICY
A policy for Sacramental Registers was promulgated on January 24, 2017 after reviewing the Guidelines Concerning Sacramental Records (2006). The policy provides detailed norms for the maintenance of sacramental records at the parishes. They are at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/sacramentalregister on the diocesan website. Please direct any questions regarding the policy to Denise Foye, (906) 227-9130 or email@example.com.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION AND EDUCATION
In an effort to support marriage through Sunday liturgy, each month there will be a prayer suggestion for the Universal Prayers (Prayers of the Faithful):
That people may respond to the call to promote the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society. Let us pray to the Lord.
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:
BIBLE STUDY MATERIALS AVAILABLE
St. Sebastian Parish in Bessemer has generously offered to donate their extra bible study program materials to an interested Parish. Included are A Biblical Walk through the Mass student packs, The Bible Timeline Study Materials and Barron’s Catholicism. Please contact Michelle Fink for more information (email@example.com).
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.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT AT MARYGROVE
A retreat entitled, “How the Saints Came 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.
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.
May 2017 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 #1. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or email her at email@example.com.
DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
- 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" (Tickets are free: Carnival Skerbeck is underwriting the highschool portion of the talk).
- Talk for 7th & 8th grade youth: Friday, March 3rd, 9:30am-12:00 "The Love that Satisfies" (free)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION
On Ash Wednesday, March 1 or the first weekend of Lent, March 4-5, the annual Catholic School Collection will occur. Funds from this collection support all nine of our Catholic Schools in their mission to teach our Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum, which forms our children both spiritually and academically. This includes offering tuition assistance for families that otherwise might not be able to send their children.
SAVE THE DATE-RELIGION BEE
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. To register please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/53344334808153.
SAVE THE DATE-THIRD ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Mark your calendars for Our Third Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 12, 2017 through June 13, 2017. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools as Communities of Learners Rooted in Charity and Mission. This year the conference will be held at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba from 8:00am to 3:30pm EST with option evening socials on Monday. To see our flyer please click here. To register please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52733989016161.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Thank you everyone who helped make Catholic Schools Week great!
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, email@example.com.
- 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
LENT / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY ADVERTISING
If your parish or school would like a display advertisement in The U.P. Catholic to promote your Lenten services, missions, school programs, Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday parish activities, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-452-5112 for issue cut-off dates and advertising rates.
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the April 14, 2017 issue listing Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times at our parishes and missions. There is no cost to participate in this feature. Deadline for submission is March 24. Please submit your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times here: https://form.jotform.com/70333342912145.
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 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).
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.
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!
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 #2. For more information or to get your initial supply contact Irene at email@example.com.
UPCOMING COLLECTIONS 2017
Please be advised of the following collections that are coming up.
On February 12th, at the discretion of the parish, the optional U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection may be taken. Parishes should retain the proceeds of this collection to offset the expense of providing the newspaper to their parishioners. Please do not mail a check to the diocesan office for funds collected.
The Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools collection 2017 can be held on March 1 (Ash Wednesday) or March 5 (first Sunday of Lent). Please find bulletin inserts for both the Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools and U.P. Catholic Newspaper collections in the Bulletin Announcement section of this communicator.
My Catholic Giving Guide is a new planning tool for families to prayerfully plan their annual giving, including diocesan collections. A copy of the guide has been included in Addendum #3. Parishes are encouraged to provide this guide to parishioners and upload it to their websites. While not a diocesan collection, parishes are also encouraged to participate in the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten initiative in 2017. Materials and information can be found at www.crs.org.
2018 COLLECTION SCHEDULE
Please see the Diocesan Collection Schedule for 2018 included in Addendum #4. This schedule and corresponding sample envelopes have been mailed to parish-identified envelope companies. If you have any questions about the 2018 Collection Schedule or are planning to switch envelope companies, please contact Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
While Red Flag Reporting is not to be used for emergency situations, they have shared some thoughtful insights on a subject few of us want to think about. Please take a moment to read the information below.
Don’t be a Victim.
Although you should contact 9-1-1 for emergency situations, and not Red Flag Reporting, this quarter we are discussing something that many of us never imagined early in our careers: workplace shootings and attacks. Law enforcement agencies across the country recommend “Run, Hide, Fight” (a term that is trademarked by the City of Houston):
RUN: If you can escape, escape – even if others don’t agree to run. Leave your belongings behind and help others if you can. Stop others from entering the area and call 9-1-1 when you are safe.
We realize that just reading the above can cause the adrenaline to flow. For perspective, the FBI says a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than a workplace attack. But as our parents always said, “better safe than sorry!”
Remember, if you have concerns about unethical or non-emergency unsafe behavior, contact your management or us. We are here to help.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
HIDE: If you can’t escape, hide. Lock or block the door. Silence your phone. Hide behind large objects and remain very quiet.
FIGHT: As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, fight. Try to incapacitate the attacker. Commit to your actions and be physically aggressive. Improvise weapons.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEGACY OF FAITH 2017 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Parish Pastoral and/or Finance Councils are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2017 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 for faith formation. Nominations must include a letter of support from the pastor. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for more information and easy online submission form.
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Grant applications for parish faith formation programs for 2017-2018 are now being accepted. Applications are due April 1, 2017 for the grant period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Visit www.LegacyofFaith.net. Online submissions preferred. Thank you.
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Check out “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.
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.
MY CATHOLIC GIVING GUIDE
This 1-page guide helps parishioners thoughtfully and prayerfully plan their annual giving to the parish, UPCSA, diocesan collections, and more. Click here to view it. Feel free to copy and insert into your parish bulletin, or upload it to your parish website.
ARE YOU LOOKING TO RECRUIT & SCHEDULE VOLUNTEERS?
We all know that people today are busier than ever – and time is a precious resource. In order to make it easy for people to volunteer there are electronic scheduling tools available that many churches and schools are finding very helpful. Some software options to explore (that have free options) include the following:
Grow and manage a base of wonderful volunteers to help support your parish or school using one of these tools!
COLLECTION FOR THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER
Support your parish by supporting The U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection 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.
COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools collection is March 1 (Ash Wednesday) or March 5 (first Sunday of Lent). Funds from this collection support all nine of our Catholic Schools in their mission to teach our Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum, which forms our children both spiritually and academically. Your support provides critical tuition assistance for families who might not otherwise be able to send their children to a Catholic school. An envelope has been provided for registered parishioners to participate in this year’s collection. We thank you in advance for your generous support of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Marquette!