March Diocesan Communicator
No. 3/2017
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. 

Inside 

Office of the Bishop  
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship  
Department of Ministry Personnel  
Department of Evangelization and Education
 
Catholic Schools  
Communication Services  
Financial Services  
Department of Stewardship & Development  
Bulletin Announcements  
Addenda
Addendum #1 – O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust
Addendum #2 – O’Brien Vrba Scholarship
Addendum #3 – K of C Pilgrimage of Silver Rose
Addendum #4 – Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women Convention Info & Registration
Addendum #5 - NFPC Annual National Priests Convocation
Addendum #6 – 32nd Annual Hospitality Lecture Series
Addendum #7 – Church Collection Bags Form
Addendum #8 – Complete Downloadable March 2017 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)

 
  OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler

 
 
O'BRIEN-VRBA SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
Father Phillip Kaim, Pastor of Holy Family in Rockford, Illinois, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust.  Father Kaim has asked us to assist in spreading the word to our Catholic faithful about this scholarship fund that is available to college juniors, seniors and graduate students of rural areas in the five states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.  Kindly see the attached letter and summary and perhaps share this in your parish bulletins.  Father Kaim has also supplied a jpg ad for bulletins.  Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Alexis M. Lundeen at (216)-222-2799 or email at Alexis.Lundeen@pnc.com (Addendum #1:OOTB1, Addendum #2:OOTB2).
 

SILVER ROSE-SPECIAL DEVOTIONAL TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
The Silver Rose devotional to Our Lady of Guadalupe is now being organized for the year.  Please see the attached letter and history of the Silver Rose Devotional from the Knights of Columbus, District Deputy Michael Prokopowicz.  (Addendum #3: OOTB3)
 

DETROIT PROVINCE COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN CONVENTION
The Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women will host a convention April 21-22, 2017, at the Holiday Inn near U-M, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  All women of the Diocese of Marquette are invited to attend.  A flyer, schedule of events and registration form is available (Addendum #4: OOTB4).
 
 OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll

TIME OF THE EASTER VIGIL
Please be advised that Bishop Doerfler has determined that the Easter Vigil (April 16th, 2017) Mass times this year will begin no earlier than 9:00 PM Eastern time and 8:00 PM Central time. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

THE DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR CHRISM MASS
It is not too late to register for the Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass. 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. The deadline has been extended to March 15. If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg, Diocesan Director of Sacred Music, at (906) 227-9122 or sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Larry Van Damme  
NFPC ANNUAL PRIESTS' CONVOCATION
The National Federation of Priests’ Councils 49th Annual Convocation is scheduled for April 24th-27th in Anaheim, CA.  The Convocation is open to all US bishops, priests and seminarians.  For more information, refer to Addendum #5-NFPC Annual National Priests Convocation.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017
The deadline to register for the 2017 Spring Confirmations is fast approaching. You can register by going to the home page of the diocesan website (www.dioceseofmarquette.org) and clicking on the “Holy Spirit” window 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, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.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. 
 
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. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130.
 

HOSPITALITY LECTURE
The arrangements for the 32nd Annual Hospitality Lecture have been completed and registration is now open.  Our presenter this year is Denise Bossert, writer of the syndicated column “Catholic by Grace” which is published in 63 diocesan newspapers including The U.P. Catholic”.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 30 at the Ramada Inn of Marquette.  The charge for the lecture is free but an optional lunch is being offered for $15.  Register by clicking here or going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.   A flyer for this event can be found as Addendum #6.  Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

FAMILY MINISTRY
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): For laws and a culture that recognize the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society.
 

MENTOR COUPLE TRAINING
Training for mentor couples in the Prepare/Enrich™ inventory will take place at 3 locations this spring.
 
Thursday, March 30       St. Joseph, Sault Ste. Marie
Friday, March 31            St. Mary Queen of Peace, Kingsford
Saturday, April 1            St. Michael, Marquette
                       9:30am – 4:30pm Local Time
 
SEE THE SEE - MARK THE DATE!
Mark Saturday November 4, 2017 on your calendar!  6-8 grade students, plan to be at See the See.
 

DATES IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
  • 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 

Catholic Schools

CATHOLIC SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST REMINDER
Contest is open to middle school students grades 7-8. Cash prizes of $100 (1st place) and two cash prizes of $50 (2nd and 3rd place). Click here for details! Due to the Diocese by March 23, 2017.

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. Questions have been posted at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/images/files/religion_bee_questions_2017.pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.

SAVE THE DATE - THIRD ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE OF 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.

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, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
MEDIA HELP AVAILABLE
The Communications Department offers help to diocesan parishes, missions and schools for responding to media inquiries, or to improve your presence in the local media.
 
When potentially difficult media inquiries are received, you are encouraged to contact John Fee, diocesan director of communications, for help or have the media contact Fee directly. If you refer media to the communications office, please contact the office immediately so we can prepare any necessary materials ASAP to meet media deadlines.
 
Please keep in mind that reporters are often working on tight deadlines. It is better to let them know immediately that you are working to find an answer or to find someone who can help them than to wait until you have everything ready. If you like, you can contact the communications office and have us respond for you.
 
If John Fee is not available, please contact Jamie Gualdoni.
John Fee: Office - (906) 227-9129; Email - jfee@dioceseofmarquette.org
Jamie Gualdoni: Office - (906) 227-9134; Email - jgualdoni@dioceseofmarquette.org
 

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
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES 
Timothy Thomas

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 #7. 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 Irene at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org for further information.
 

2017-2018 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.
 

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 5:00-7:00 pm ET.  Please note that the timing of this conference has changed, but those unable to attend the conference at the scheduled time may access a recording following the meeting. Please follow this link to register: https://form.jotform.com/70323169336151.
 

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. To register, please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52734287226964.
 
 DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
 
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Reminder – April 1st deadline for LOF grant applications for parish faith formation programs. Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net to access our online application.
 

LEGACY OF FAITH 2017 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARDS
Reminder – May 1 deadline to nominate someone from your parish for the 2017 LOF Catholic Service Award. Visit dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for more information and our easy online submission form.
 

2017 SEMINARIAN ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Now you can double the value of your donation! A dollar-for-dollar match, up to $50,000 is available for all qualifying gifts received by December 31, 2017. Qualifying donations must be new or increased 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. Email tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org for more information.
 

NEW PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE
Your gift matters! 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. Start planning your legacy today!
 

FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Click here to view “Faithful Giving,” the biannual newsletter on gift and estate planning. Consider putting a link to the newsletter on your parish website or sharing it in your parish bulletin.
 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - DEVELOPMENT TRACKING CHART
Please take time as we look ahead to the second quarter of 2017 to update your Development Tracking Chart. This tool provides a good framework for tracking strategic planning and management for your Catholic School! 
 

IDENTIFYING ALUMNI WITH FREE JOTFORM ON YOUR SCHOOL WEBSITE
Another important tool is a database for collecting, organizing and tracking ongoing Development efforts. One great place to start is by identifying alumni who are often our best supporters. Does your school website contain an easy to click ‘alumnae info form?’ Consider using a tool from JotForm.com (https://www.jotform.com/form-templates/category/alumni) to collect this info to help build a database of strong support! Contact Renee for help and support rderoche@dioceseofmarquette.org
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FATIMA CELEBRATION
We call Our Lady's message at Fatima, "Heaven's Peace Plan." In the outline of this plan, the Blessed Mother asked for four things: (1) prayer, especially the daily Rosary, (2) sacrifices for sinners, (3) the daily faithful fulfillment of our duties in life according to our vocation and specific situations, and (4) the patient bearing of the trials and sufferings that come our way each day! Our Lady has told us that Jesus wants these things and in fact He needs them for the conversion of sinners. As she reminded the children, "Many souls are lost from God because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them." When a great number of sinners have been converted, then peace will come! 

Please plan on attending our diocesan-wide Fatima Centennial Celebration on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Full day of activities are planned for the whole family. John Preiss, President of Fatima Family Apostolate will be telling us more about the Fatima message. The day begins at 9:00 am and concluding with the 4:00 p.m. Mass. Bishop John Doerfler will be celebrating with us at St. Peter Cathedral. To help us plan for food and to provide everyone with free Fatima information, please register at www.DioceseofMarquette.org/fatima or call 1-800-562-9745 Ext 139.  Many blessings upon you and your family!
 
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