July Diocesan Communicator
No. 7/2017
 
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 Evangelization & Education   Catholic Schools  
Communication Services
Financial Services  
Department of Stewardship & Development
Bulletin Announcements  
Addenda
Addendum #1 – Governance Report 2017
Addendum #2 – Complete July Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 

Important Dates & Deadlines
7-21-17 Deadline to Submit Changes for Diocesan Directory List
7-31-17 Deadline Parish Annual Financial Report (Administration & Finance)
8-31-17 Deadline Parish Annual Administrative Report (Administration & Finance)

 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
DIOCESAN WEEKLY 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. 

 
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
The fourth annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office was sent in mid-June 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
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
NEW LITURGICAL QUERY FORM
On the Diocesan website at the Divine Worship page, there is a link to a new jotform for the submission of liturgical questions, issues or concerns.  Please feel free to use it or pass it along to a parishioner.
 

INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Recently we have been informed that a group identifying itself as, “The Pilgrim Virgin Statue Foundation,” has been misrepresenting itself as the custodians of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  The authentic statue has been placed under the auspices of the Blue Army, which is formally known as The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.  They require the approval of the diocesan bishop as a prerequisite for all statue tours.  If your parish is contacted by “The Pilgrim Virgin Statue Foundation,” please refer them to the bishop’s office.  Information on the Marquette Diocesan Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA can be found at: https://wafusa.org/marquette/
 
DEPARTMENT OF FAITH FORMATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
NET DATES AVAILABLE
The NET (National Evangelization Team) is available to lead retreats around the Diocese of Marquette.  The NET Team and ministered in our diocese of decades!  They offer excellent retreats geared for High School Confirmation.  You could sponsor your own retreat, or collaborate with other parishes in your town/area/vicariate.  The available dates are as follows:
 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
 
Contact Kate Swanson at kswanson@holynamecrusaders.com for more information or to register for a NET retreat.
 

MARRIAGE MINISTRY
Please consider including the intention below in your Universal Prayers.
 
For young people preparing to enter Marriage, and for all whom the Lord is calling to another state in life.  Let us pray to the Lord.
 

SEE THE SEE
Saturday November 4, 2017 is See the See, the Jr. High youth rally!  Ben Walther will be returning to lead the day’s talks, music, and general fun.  Bishop John will be there, Greg will be there, and you should be there too!  Registration materials will be available in August on the Youth Ministry webpage of the diocesan website.  Check out the video from last year’s event.
 

FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION
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
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

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
 
If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130.
 

FALL VICARIATE EVANGELIZATION GATHERINGS-SAVE THE DATE
To assist parishes in the formation of a parish evangelization plan as called for by Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, the Department of Evangelization & Education will be conducting workshops in each vicariate for pastors and their leadership teams.  The workshop will include recommendations on how to develop the plan along with the template to be used to submit parish plans to the diocese.  The dates for these gatherings are as followed:
 
Thursday, September 21 -------- St. Ignatius Loyola -------- Houghton

Tuesday, September 26 -------- Precious Blood -------- Stephenson

Thursday, September 28 --------  St. Joseph -------- Sault Ste. Marie

Tuesday, October 3 --------  St. Charles Borromeo --------  Rapid River

Thursday, October 5 --------  St. Mary Queen of Peace -------- Kingsford

Wednesday, October 11 --------  St. Peter Cathedral --------  Marquette

Thursday, October 12 --------  St. Sebastian -------- Bessemer
 
The workshops will be held from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm local time.  Watch for more information and how to register.
 

Catholic Schools
 
TEACHER CONTRACTS
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.
 

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
 
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 11 issue. Please email any changes for your parish’s listing to news@dioceseofmarquette.org. The master list was emailed to all pastors and secretaries, please reference the email for your parish’s listing. Changes are due no later than Friday, July 21.
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

UPCSA WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 23/24, 2017
The theme of the 50th anniversary U.P. Catholic Services Appeal is “Go Into My Vineyard”.  UPCSA materials will be distributed to churches in August or early September.  Included are tri-fold brochures to be distributed with the pledge cards and authorization cards.  Single-fold Bulletin Inserts should be placed inside the parish bulletins on UPCSA weekend.  The “record of pledges” spreadsheet, used to transmit your parish member pledge and payment info to the diocese, will be emailed to your parish by late August.  The UPCSA handbook, containing timelines, sample letters and other useful information you need, will be available on our website by September at www.dioceseofmarquette.org.  UPCSA goals will be emailed to parishes by early September, as soon as they can be calculated and approved.  Contact Wendy Negri at wnegri@dioceseofmarquette.org  or at 1.800.562.9745 ext. 104 with any UPCSA questions or to arrange for pick-up of your materials if someone from your parish will be in the Marquette area in August. 
 

GOOD SHEPHERD COLLECTION RESULTS
Results from the recent collection are still coming into the diocese; to date parishes have sent in or reported $97,313.47 for this annual collection.  If you have not yet submitted your collection amount please send in your amount as soon as possible to benefit the retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette.
 

2017 PAFR (PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT) AND PAAR (PARISH ANNUAL ADMINSTRATIVE 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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org 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 clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.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#1 as well as on the Diocesan website under Administration, Forms, Parish Annual Reports, 2017 Parish Governance Report. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
 
PARISH RESOURCES
Check out all the stewardship & development resources available to diocesan parishes on our website: capital campaign basics, creating & growing endowments, increased offertory program, parish planned giving program, Electronic Offertory: A Quick Guide to Getting Started, sample parish annual stewardship reports, parish presentations, and more.
 

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 tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org
 

DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD
St. Michael, Marquette conducted the diocesan Increased Offertory Program in May. As of the end of June, 10% of the parishioners have responded and regular offertory has increased by 28.61%. Click here to view the program manual.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ADVANCEMENT
  • Next training opportunity (offered live at Diocesan Office and via ZOOM) will be on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. Topic: Communication/Marketing Analysis for Sustainability
  • Were you busy last month when the topic Volunteers: Recruiting, Engaging, Retaining was offered? No problem – session was recorded and handouts are available. Contact Renée Deroche at (906) 227-9161 or rderoche@dioceseofmarquette.org if you would like copies. 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
A direct mailing was sent to all registered households from Bishop John Doerfler in mid-June.  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.
 
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