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
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Department of Evangelization & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Bishop’s Partners in Service-Save the Date
Addendum #2 – Sisters of St. Elizabeth Convent
Addendum #3 – See the See Flyer
Addendum #4 – Bulletin Announcements 2017
Addendum #5 – Annual Update for Benefits 2017-2018
Addendum #6 – Complete Downloadable April 2017 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
BISHOP'S PARTNERS IN SERVICE MASS AND RECEPTION
This is a reminder to all priests and pastoral coordinators that there will be a special Mass and celebration at St. Peter Cathedral to honor our Bishop’s Partners in Service. You are encouraged to invite one or two of your parishioners to join you in this celebration. Please refer to Addendum #1 for the memo to all priests and pastoral coordinators which was sent from the Bishop. You will be receiving an email at the beginning of May with the list of parishioners that will be invited.
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler
DONATING CANDLE WAX
Lakestate Industries employs developmentally challenged individuals in the Marquette area. They use wax from discarded candle ends to make fire starters. If you have candle ends that you would like to contribute, you may drop them at St. Louis the King in Harvey, St. Michael’s in Marquette or at the Diocesan Office (Attn: MaryAnn). Lakestate industries also provides confidential shredding services and preparation for bulk mailings. If you have any questions, contact MaryAnn at (906)-227-9115.
EXPANDED REASON AWARDS
The University Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain, and the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, is offering an initiative that will award 100,000 euros in four prizes for outstanding contributions to the dialogue of faith and reason. The opportunity for the awards is being communicated to Catholic Universities, however, the awards are not limited to Catholic Universities or even Catholic intellectuals. For details, please visit: http://www.expandedreasonawards.org or contact Max Bonilla, SSL, STD, at: email@example.com. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.
SISTERS OF ST. ELISABETH CONVENT - DIOCESE OF MINSK
The Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent from the Diocese of Minsk, Belarus, is a Christian Community that supports the neediest of their area. The Sisters support a large psychiatric hospital, run an orphanage for children with mental and physical disabilities and a rehabilitation center and shelter for the homeless. Please see the attached endorsement by Bishop John Doerfler regarding their ministry. Addendum #2 SistersofStElisabeth.
BISHOP BARAGA ASSOCIATION - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Effective May 1, 2017, the Executive Director position of the Bishop Baraga Association will become full time. Beginning May 1, 2017, regular office hours for the Bishop Baraga Association and Ms. Lenora McKeen, Executive Director, will be Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm ET.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
THE DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR OUR LADY OF FATIMA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
All parish choirs are invited to participate in the procession through Marquette and Mass at St. Peter Cathedral during the Our Lady of Fatima Centennial Celebration on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Register today by clicking here: https://form.jotform.us/70995581484168. If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg at (906) 227-9122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSFER OF THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION TO THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY
As a reminder, this Solemnity has been permanently transferred to the following Sunday in our Region. In 2017, it will be celebrated on Sunday, May 28th.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Registration for the 2017 Spring Confirmations is now closed. Registration for the Fall Confirmations will begin on June 1. If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, email@example.com or 906-227-9130.
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 was in the March communicator. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at 906-227-9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider including the intention below in your Universal Prayers
For an understanding that every person’s dignity and value comes from God’s infinite love for them,
SEE THE SEE YOUTH RALLY
See the See is on November 4, 2017. Make sure to begin promoting with your 6-8th graders now! A flyer can be found in
and not their ability or status in life. Let us pray to the Lord.
SUMMER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE U.P. CATHOLIC
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the May 26 issue listing summer Mass times in our parishes and missions. Please submit your summer Mass schedule by completing the following form: https://form.jotform.us/60895625041154. The deadline for submitting Mass times is May 10. This is a free service to assist summer travelers.
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONS
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The U.P. Catholic is planning on listing Corpus Christi processions in the June 16 issue. If your parish is having a Corpus Christi procession or special service, please send the date, time, parish name and location (if beginning somewhere other than the parish), by e-mail to email@example.com or postal mail to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. Listings should be received by Friday, June 2. Parishes are also welcome to submit photos taken at this year's processions to The U.P. Catholic for possible publication by using the addresses listed above.
SACRAMENTS AND RCIA PHOTOS
Please send photos of First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA groups for publication in The U.P. Catholic’s annual Sacraments and RCIA issue. For Vicariate Confirmations, only one photo of the entire vicariate group should be submitted. Be sure to list names for all photos, (left to right) front row, second row, third row, back row, etc. Deadline for submissions is June 2. Also, please include the name of the parish and city. Photos may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER PROGRAMS!
We know you put a lot of work into constructing the perfect Summer Camp or Parish event. Why not reach out to your “infrequent” parishioners and their children by placing a paid ad in the U.P. Catholic Newspaper? We are mailed directly to over 17,800 Catholic Homes throughout the Upper Peninsula. For advertising rates and issue dates, contact Deacon Steve at email@example.com or 906-863-7460.
INVESTMENT POOL 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.
ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION:
Make plans now to promote the annual Good Shepherd Collection scheduled to be taken up the weekend of May 13/14 in all parishes. Materials to promote the collection can be found in Addendum #4 and will be emailed to all pastors, associate pastors, and pastoral Coordinators on April 25th. Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins promoting this collection.
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.
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY CHANGES
There have been several changes in diocesan staff in the last year. Please refer to the Diocesan Directory for updated contact information. This can be found on the diocesan website under the Administration, Directories Section.
2017-2018 BENEFIT AND INSURANCE RATE INFORMATION
An estimation of the 2017-18 Benefit and Insurance rate information can be found in Addendum #5. Michigan Catholic Conference will release final insurance rate information to parishes and schools in late April or early May 2017.
2017-2018 PRIESTS' SALARY SCHEDULE
The Salary Schedule for 2017-2018 for Priests is not yet available, but will be emailed as soon as possible and will be included in the May Communicator.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Red Flag Reporting has shared some thoughtful insights. Please take a moment to read the below.
While bullying and harassment are at times unfortunate characteristics of a school yard, we all hope for greater maturity in the workplace. When experiencing such immaturity in the workplace, here are few tips for taking the higher road:
1. Do not respond in kind. Stay calm and confident.
Of course, a disagreement is not automatically harassment or bullying…don’t forget to exercise common sense! Remember, if you have concerns about unethical or non-emergency unsafe behavior, contact your management or us. We are here to help.
2. Tell the offender than his/her behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
3. Report the offense immediately to a supervisor and remove any sense of power from the offending party promptly.
4. If there are witnesses, identify them and if necessary enlist their help in reporting to management.
5. Take three deep breaths…holding each one. This will help to calm you.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 1
Visit dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for online submission form.
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANT APPLICATIONS
Application deadline was April 1. All applicants will be notified by May 15. Approved grants will be paid by Nov 1, 2017 for faith formation programs taking place July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
An update on some of the parishes & schools receiving stewardship & development assistance from the diocese:
MAKING YOUR WILL & FREE ESTATE PLANNING KIT
Add these helpful phrases and links to your parish or school website!
- Congratulations to the three parishes in L’Anse, Baraga and Assinins on recently kicking off a capital campaign for facility needs; and on receiving a $50,000 challenge grant from Catholic Extension to incentivize early giving to the campaign.
- Congratulations to the Fatima Centennial Celebration Committee on being awarded a $10,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor for advancing the message of Fatima within the Diocese of Marquette.
- Initial on-site development assessment visits have been made to all nine Catholic schools by the diocesan Catholic School Advancement Coordinator, Renée Deroche. Also providing one-on-one LGL development database support to staff and volunteers as needed.
- Catholic School Advancement training opportunities for school principals, staff and volunteers will soon be scheduled. Click here to access the easy online survey to let us know your school’s training needs.
- School advancement training will be provided at the Catholic School Bookkeepers/ Secretaries Workshop. Attendees are asked to complete a short pre-training survey prior to June 28th. Click here.
- Congratulations to Catholic School 7-8th Grade Essay Contest winners: 1st prize ($100) Lisette LaFave - Holy Name; 2nd place ($50) Maggie Menghini Holy Spirit; 3rd place ($50) Allison Korpi - Holy Name. Sincere thanks to all who participated in writing about “Why I Love My Catholic School!”
- View and download your FREE copy of A Guide to Making Your Will.
- Not sure how to begin planning? Download our FREE Personal Estate Planning Kit today!
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 vacation 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!
MARQUETTE DIOCESAN PRIESTS' RETIREMENT COLLECTION, MAY 13/14, 2017
The Week Before the Collection (Bulletin Room Permitting)
The Diocese of Marquette is blessed with many senior priests (those who are no longer assigned to a parish). These men make present Christ, the Good Shepherd, not only in what they do, but in who they are. Many of them continue to give of themselves in countless ways of service for which we are grateful.
During his years of priestly ministry, a diocesan priest is supported mainly by a parish community. The retirement years can be difficult for these men who may dedicate as many as 50 years or more of their lives to caring for and ministering to others. No longer supported by their parish communities, some rely on minimal Social Security benefits and their pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund.
On the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 14th weekend, all parishes and missions in the diocese will take up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund.
The Week of the Collection
Retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette receive health insurance benefits, automobile insurance and a monthly pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund. Diocesan priests live independently during their retirement, and they use their pension for basic needs, such as food, housing and transportation.
Parishes are assessed an annual amount per priest serving at the parish. These assessments, plus other growth in the St. Joseph Association, have fallen short of what is needed to provide necessary benefits to our priests. With a large number of priests nearing retirement, and skyrocketing costs for medical services, prescription drugs, long-term care and gaps in Medicare coverage, there is a pressing need to provide necessary benefits to our priests.
All parishes and missions in the Diocese of Marquette will participate in a special collection the weekend of May 14th to help bridge the gap. It is essential that we ensure adequate retirement and health coverage in the years ahead for our priests. Please return your collection envelope during next weekends’ Masses.
The Week After the Collection
Last weekend, our parish and all parishes and missions throughout our diocese took up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund, called the St. Joseph Association. The St. Joseph Association, pays the monthly pension, health and auto insurance for retired priests of the diocese. Thank you for your support of our retired priests.