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Office of the Bishop
Department of Evangelization & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Religious Alliance Against Pornography
Addendum #2 – RCIA Marital Questionnaire
Addendum #3 –Complete October Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
TEACHING THE FAITH
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars has made available to clergy a website feature periodic newsletters, free of charge. Each monthly installment of Teaching the Faith makes use of the scriptural readings for a given Sunday in order to provide clergy with assistance in preparing homilies on doctrinal topics, difficult and perhaps controversial subjects of current importance, and themes in Catholic prayer and spirituality. The website may be found at: https://www.catholicscholars.org/TTFlist.php
Bishop John F. Doerfler
RESPECT LIFE MONTH
“Be Not Afraid” is the theme for the upcoming Respect Life Program, which will begin anew in October (Respect Life Month) and continue through September, 2018. The 2017-2018 topics include the death penalty, end of life considerations, missionary discipleship, conscience, what to do when a friend is considering abortion and top reasons to oppose assisted suicide. The USCCB is offering materials which can be viewed at: www.usccb.org/respectlife and are available for purchase through links on that page or by calling 866-582-0943. Additional, online only resources such as bulletin inserts and social media graphics will continue to be posted in the same location.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
The NCCW is currently seeking Catholic women’s groups and Catholic women interested in joining the council. Kathleen Penno, the Detroit Province Director for the NCCW will be coming to Marquette in the near future. If you or women of your parish are interested in learning more about the National Council of Catholic Women, please send an email to email@example.com. Names of parishes or women interested in learning more will be sent to the NCCW.
RELIGIOUS ALLIANCE AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY-UPCOMING WEBINARS
A webinar entitled “Parents, Kids and Pornography: The Attack on a Generation” will focus on the use of pornography by youth within our faith communities, along with practical steps that parents and religious leaders can implement to protect our youth. An anonymous survey at a Catholic high school indicated that 70% of the students reported viewing pornography several times per week or more, while only 11% of the students reported that they did not view pornography. Internet pornography has indeed become an “attack on a generation,” which is negatively impacting the majority of youth both in our parishes and in other faith communities. The webinar is scheduled for November 7, 12 pm EST and November 16, 8 pm EST. The webinar will last an hour and is free. Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2087824531865963009?source=RAAP For more information see the webinar flyer: Addendum #1 Religious Alliance Against Pornography.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
RCIA CANDIDATES MARITAL STATUS
A reminder to Pastors, Pastoral Coordinators and the RCIA team of the importance of determining the marriage situation of the RCIA candidate and the candidate’s spouse which may require an annulment before he/she may enter the Church at Easter. If the candidate or the candidate’s current spouse has been married previously, an investigation into these marriages must be made immediately at the onset of the RCIA in the fall. Annulment applications coming to the Marriage Tribunal after the first of the year cannot be completed by Easter. A questionnaire that may be helpful to you is found in Addendum #2 to this communicator.
The dates for the spring confirmations have been set. They are as follows:
- Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate: April 15, 2018
- Holy Name of Mary Vicariate: April 22, 2018
- St. Mary Norway Vicariate: April 29, 2018
The Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and it is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral for Confirmation. The locations of the other two celebrations have yet to be determined.
Please note that the Confirmation Application found on the website has been updated. (http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/diocesanconfirmation) You will need all the information found on the updated Candidate Application form to register the youth from your parish. If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
SEE THE SEE
Last call for See the See! We need to order materials so we need to know who is coming. If you are planning to attend the Jr. High youth rally let Greg know today! email@example.com 906-227-9125
Please consider including the intention below in your Universal Prayers.
For married men and women, who through adoption, have opened their hearts to children, and welcome them into their family.
403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $18,000, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age are allowed an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000. Please note that maximum contributions per individual will increase to $18,500 in 2018 and the additional “catch-up” contribution limit will remain at $6,000. Since there still are several months left in 2017, it is a good time to evaluate your individual contributions to your 403(b) plan. Are you maximizing the amount you can contribute? Are you sure you will not exceed the maximum contribution amount by year end? If you have questions, please feel free to contact Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
2017 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report was due to the Diocese by September 30, 2017. If your parish has not yet submitted a 2017 report, please send your Parish Governance Report to the diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley as soon as possible. Access to this report is available on the Diocesan website under Administration, Forms, Parish Annual Reports, 2017 Parish Governance Report. Please contact Irene McCauley with questions concerning 2017 Parish Governance Reports, email@example.com or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF - OCTOBER 21ST-22ND, 2017
As we pray for those afflicted by natural disasters in the Caribbean, southern United States, and Mexico, Bishop Doerfler asks that all parishes and missions in the diocese take up a special collection during the weekend of October 21st-22nd, 2017. This collection will assist Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services with their long-term recovery efforts to recover and rebuild communities devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes. Please send this collection payable to “Diocese of Marquette: Natural Disaster Relief” to the diocesan offices no later than November 30th, 2017.
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Thank you for your continued support of these causes.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEGACY OF FAITH REMINDERS
Approved parish faith formation & CSS grants for 2017-2018 are scheduled for payment in November. Please ensure previous grant requirements are met, so as not to delay your payment of new grants. A few helpful reminders:
ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR
This informative 1-hour seminar for diocesan parishes and schools includes a power point slide presentation, informational materials, and tips for advertising the seminar. It is presented by the pastor/school principal and a qualified estate planning attorney. Contact your Stewardship & Development Department today to book a seminar! firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Acknowledge support from Legacy of Faith and use the logo whenever possible.
- Mark your parish calendar to complete and submit grant evaluation reports by the due date.
- Grant funds can be expended only for the purpose of the approved grant project.
- If you are new to LOF grants, place contact Angie for a brief welcome and orientation.
- Visit LegacyofFaith.net for more info, or email Angelina Juidici at email@example.com.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ADVANCEMENT
Tell those interested in learning about applying for grant funds (staff and volunteers) to mark their calendars for the training webinar on Tuesday, December 5 at 10 am on Identifying and Applying for Grant Funds. Session will be available via Zoom and recorded as a resource for future viewing via our website.
YOUR GIFT MATTERS
Passing on the Catholic faith is the greatest legacy than we can leave! As good stewards, each of us plays an important role in preserving and extending our Catholic heritage in our own parish and in the diocese through weekly gifts and planned giving. Not sure how to begin planning? Visit dioceseofmarquette.org/planmygift and read about gift planning options that can fit your goals and situation. Download the FREE Personal Estate Planning Kit today!
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF
As we pray for those afflicted by natural disasters in the Caribbean, southern United States, and Mexico, our bishop, Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, asks that all parishes and missions in the diocese take up a special collection during the weekend of October 21st-22nd, 2017. This collection will assist Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services with their long-term recovery efforts to recover and rebuild communities devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes. We are called to take action to strengthen Catholic channels of grace and solidarity in these vulnerable regions. Please keep all affected communities in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.