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 Ministry Personnel
Department of Evangelization & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Committee on the Protection on Children and Young People
Addendum #2 – Fulfillling our Pledge to Protect and Heal
Addendum #3 – How You Can Help Address Child Abuse Overseas
Addendum #4 – Helping Partners Develop or Strengthen their Organizational Child Protection Policies
Addendum # 5 – Governance Report 2017
Addendum # 6 – Complete and downloable June 2017 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
Important Dates & Deadlines
- 6-15-17 Deadline LOF Catholic School Unrestricted Grant Evaluation (Stewardship & Development)
- 6-22-17 Catholic School Webinar “Volunteer Recruitment, Engagement & Retention” (Stewardship & Development)
- 6-30-17 Deadline 2016-2017 LOF Faith Formation Grant Evaluations (Stewardship & Development)
- 7-31-17 PAFR due to Diocesan Office
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
WEEKEND MASS ATTENDANCE COUNTS
Bishop John has requested that all parishes submit a total weekly weekend Mass Attendance count (for all Vigil and Sunday Masses combined) each week, beginning the first weekend of July, 2017. The weekly Mass Attendance counts will give us a baseline for our Mass attendance as we work together to increase Mass attendance through evangelization efforts discussed in Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, entitled: “Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers”. The pastoral letter is due to be released on Pentecost. An email reminder will be sent to the pastors, secretaries and bookkeepers prior to the start of the weekly Mass attendance count requirements, which will include a link to the online form that will be used to collect the data. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler
FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM (JUNE 21-JULY 4, 2017)
Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Find resources at: www.fortnightforfreedom.org Daily reflections, Daily and Sunday Homily Helps, Talking Points & helpful documents were sent to all active and senior priests, active and senior deacons, parish secretaries & bookkeepers and women religious on May 8, 2017.
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
Coming up in mid-June, the fourth annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office will be direct-mailed to all registered households. Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year. Please encourage your parishioners to respond. A bulletin announcement is attached for your convenience.
CHILD PROTECTION RESOURCES FOR "PARISH TWINNING/SISTER-TWINNING/SISTER-PARISH" PROGRAMS
Dioceses and eparchies across the United States have endeavored to fulfill the Charter’s “Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal” for many years. Though there is always more to do, we have made great progress in our efforts to effectively prevent abuse, respond to allegations, and bring healing to victims/survivors. The Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, has created a series of three new resources that provide our dioceses with the opportunity to share what we have learned with parishes in the developing world. Specifically, these resources offer our dioceses/eparchies guidance on how to introduce the topic of child abuse to diocesan “parish-twinning” or “sister-parish” programs in other countries. Please see Addenda 1-4 for more information: Addendum #1; Addendum #2; Addendum #3; and Addendum 4.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
The chaplain at the prison is looking for a crucifix/corpus that would be used in the chapel. If anyone has a wall-sized crucifix/corpus you would be willing to donate or sell at a modest price to the prison, please contact Deacon Dennis Maki. We will need to remove it after each service so it shouldn’t be too large. Just the corpus would be okay too – a cross will be made at the prison to fit the corpus.
Reverend Larry Van Damme
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
This fall, there will be five vicariate confirmations celebrated in the diocese at the following times and locations:
St. Mary, Rockland Vicariate ----- Sun. Sept. 17 ---- Our Lady of Peace, Ironwood, 3:00 pm CT
Parishes can now register youth who are seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation at one of these celebrations by going to www.dioceseofmarquette.org or this link: https://form.jotformpro.com/ggostomski2003/ConfirmationRegistrationFall2017
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate ---- Sun. Oct. 1 ---- All Saints, Gladstone, 3:00 pm ET
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate ---- Sun. Oct. 1 ---- St. Anne, Escanaba, 6:30 pm ET
Most Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate ---- Sun. Oct. 8 ---- Resurrection, Hancock, 3:00 pm ET
St. John Neumann Vicariate ---- Sun. Oct. 22 ---- St. John Neumann, Spalding, 2:00 pm CT
If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, email@example.com or 906-227-9130.
RETREAT AT MARYGROVE
A retreat is being held at Marygrove from Sunday evening, June 25 through lunch on Thursday, June 29. Cathryn Torgerson will be presenting a series of talks on the Goodness of God, using lessons from Scripture culminating in our ultimate destiny at the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb. Ms. Torgerson holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, has worked for many years in parish ministry, focusing on evangelization and catechesis with adults and teens
This retreat will be open to all parish workers, Faith Formation Coordinators – catechists, youth group leaders, RCIA team members, paid or volunteer, clergy or lay – all will benefit from Cathy’s infectious joy and brilliant insights into the Story of Faith. There will be time for group discussion, as well as liturgical and private prayer, along with opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance.
The cost of the week retreat is $185. To encourage folks to sign up for this first-ever event, we’d like to offer a special: if the parish is willing to pay at least $50 per registrant, Marygrove will reduce the cost of the retreat by $35. So, if the parish pays $50, the retreatant will pay $100. If the parish pays $75, the retreatant will pay $75. If the parish pays $150, the retreatant will not be charged.
If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact me at Marygrove, 906-644-2771, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All teacher contracts for the 2017-18 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury by July 18, 2017. Please send the originals to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
EVALUATIONS AND SEPARATION FORMS
Teacher evaluations are due to the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury as soon as possible. Any staff members leaving at the end of the school year must also have a separation form completed and sent to the Catholic Schools Office.
SAVE THE DATE - PRINCIPAL MEETING
The upcoming Principal meeting is Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
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.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION TIMES UPDATE
The U.P. Catholic occasionally publishes a list of Eucharistic Adoration times for parishes across the diocese. These are also available on the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/adoration. Please review the times listed on the website. If your parish needs to be added to the list or your times need to be corrected, please send the new information or updated times to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
SPRING STUDY DAY TALKS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Videos of Father Corey Litzner’s two talks from this year’s Spring Study are now available for viewing on The U.P. Catholic’s YouTube page, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZqLNisBuhI. Father Litzner presented on the Message of Fatima during Spring Study Day.
2017 PAFR (PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT) AND PAAR (PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT)
This year’s Parish Annual Report is being split into two reports: the PAFR (Parish Annual Financial Report) and PAAR (Parish Annual Administrative Report). The PAFR will incorporate financial data previously required from the Parish Annual Report, while the PAAR will contain administrative data only. Both forms can be found on the Diocesan website under the Administration, Forms, Parish Annual Reports, Parish Annual Report Form, Parish Annual Financial Report or Parish Annual Administrative Report in electronic and fillable pdf versions. We strongly encourage parishes to utilize the electronic versions of these forms to promote a more efficient reporting system.
PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by July 31, 2017 and must include Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue and Expense/Income Statement attachments. Completed PAFR reports and questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
PAAR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31, 2017. Completed PAAR reports and questions should be sent directly to Cassie LaTourneau at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101.
2017 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2017 and has been included in Addendum #5. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEGACY OF FAITH 2017 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Join us in congratulating Judith Boyle of St. Michael, Marquette and Rev. Joseph O. Gouin of American Martyrs, Kingsford. Recipients will be honored at their home parish and the parish will receive a $250 LOF grant for faith formation.
2016-17 LOF EVALUATIONS DUE JUNE 30, 2017
Grant Evaluations are an important part of the grant making program. They help the board to assess the effectiveness of programs, guide future funding decisions, and provide a measure of accountability. Submitting the evaluation enables your parish/school to receive future grants in a timely manner. Online evaluations forms can be found on our website – LegacyofFaith.net.
ESTATE PLANNING SEMINARS
It’s easy to schedule this quality educational seminar! The seminar is 1½ hours long and is done in partnership with the pastor (or school principal) and a qualified local estate planning attorney. Practical and useful information on estate planning is presented within a stewardship context. Contact Terri at 227-9108 or toll free 1/800/562-9745 ext #108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
Update on some of the parishes & schools receiving assistance from the Dept. of Stewardship & Development:
- June 22nd – First in Quarterly Series of Advancement topics – this training opportunity will be offered at the Diocesan office and via Zoom from 10 – 11 am EST for Principals (and others interested) in learning more about “Volunteers: Recruitment, Engagement and Retention” - further your Advancement efforts in 2017/2018 and beyond!
- June 28th - at the School Bookkeeper Workshop a session in the afternoon will address your most frequently asked questions RE: database management, appeals and acknowledgement letter templates.
- Congrats to The Fatima Centennial Celebration Committee on a successful event. The Diocese of Marquette received a generous grant from Our Sunday Visitor to support the May 13th event at St. Peter Cathedral. We wish you success in your continued outreach!
- Kudos to Fr. Jamie Ziminski for personally inviting his parish “Bishop’s Partners in Service” (BPS) members to join him for the annual event and “make a day of it.” The 2nd annual BPS event was held June 11 at St Peter Cathedral. The purpose of the event is to express gratitude for faithful and generous support to the U.P. Catholic Services Appeal.
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
Watch for a direct mailing from Bishop John Doerfler to arrive in the mail soon. Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will pray for your intentions for the next year.
SUMMER MASS TIMES ONLINE
A listing of summer Mass times for all the parishes and missions of the diocese is available online. Travelers may visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/summermasstimes to view the complete list.