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/communicator.
Office of the Bishop
Department of Ministry Personnel
Department of Evangelization & Education
Department of Stewardship & Development
Addendum #1 – Personnel File Checklist
Addendum #2 – Proactive Prevention Against Workplace Harassment
Addendum #3 – Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #4 – Combined Collections Transmittal Form
Addendum #5 – 2018 Mission Collection Print-out
Addendum #6 – 403(B) Instructions & Forms
Addendum #7 – 403(B) Change Form
Addendum #8 – Pilgrimage to Rome!
Addendum #9 – Complete December Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
Important Dates & Deadlines
- 01-01-18 Legacy of Faith – Faith Formation Online Grant Application Available (Stewardship & Development)
- 01-13-18 & 01-14-18 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF VENERABLE BISHOP BARAGA: Honoring his Life, Commemorating his Death
Bishop John Doerfler and the Bishop Baraga Association extend an invitation to all priests, deacons, women religious and parishioners to attend the 150th Anniversary event of Venerable Bishop Baraga: Celebrating his life, commemorating his death. The two day event will be held Friday January 19 and Saturday January 20, 2018 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.
Bishop John F. Doerfler
See the following links for the schedule of events and online registration form:
Diocese of Marquette Clergy who wish to concelebrate at the Masses may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For specific questions please contact Len McKeen at the Bishop Baraga Association at (906) 227-9117.
NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH
Since 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking month and is observed annually on January 11th. Additionally on February 8th, the Church commemorates the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossa Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan. On this day, Catholic all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen and help empower survivors.
Education opportunities and materials such as prayer services, reading materials, book resource list and video information can be obtained by contacting Connie Ozanich, Association (email@example.com) or Sr. Rita Ann Teichman, CSJ, (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
CRS RICE BOWL RESOURCES AVAILABLE
This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl invites you, your parish family and community to journey alongside the Good Samaritan to reflect on the question: Who is my neighbor? Resources and CRS Rice Bowl Promotional Kits can be found at: www.crsricebowl.org/crsplatodearroz.org. Important resources include: A planning timeline, letters to parishes and schools, advertisement information, answers to frequently asked questions and a certificate of appreciation. If you have any questions you may contact CRS at: email@example.com.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
If there are any parishes that have unused statuary in good condition, please contact Dcn. Tom Moseley at St Christopher Parish, (906) 226-2265. This parish is looking to upgrade what little statuary we have. Thank you.
Rev. Larry Van Damme
PRESIDER'S CHAIR AVAILABLE
St. Joseph Parish, Perkins, is giving away a presider’s chair that is in very good condition. If interested, call the church office at (906) 359-4552.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
RITE OF ELECTION
Registration for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is now open. Please fill out this form even if you parish will not be attending. You can register by clicking here.
This ritual is always the first Sunday in Lent, thus the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at St. Peter Cathedral at 3:30 pm. Mark your calendars now for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, and inform any catechumens or candidates in your parish to mark this date on their calendars and plan on attending. An email with the link to register was sent to all parishes on Wednesday, December 6. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at (906) 227-9130 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the spring confirmations are now open. An email was sent to all parishes on Monday, December 4 with the link to register their candidates. It is https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/ConfRegSpring2018
The dates are as follows:
April 15, 2018 - Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate
April 22, 2018 - Holy Name of Mary Vicariate
April 29, 2018 - St. Mary Norway Vicariate
The Diocesan Confirmation will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on April 15. It is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral to celebrate the Sacrament of 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. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, email@example.com or (906) 227-9130.
MARK THE DATE - See the See
Saturday November 3, 2018 is the date for the next See the See. Mark your calendars and begin talking with your middle schoolers now to prep for next year. Ask kids who went this year to talk about the day, show others their stuff and tell their favorite parts!
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME!
The U.P. Catholic newspaper and your hosts, Deacon Steve and Jackie Gretzinger, cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage to the beautiful SHRINES OF ITALY.
Join us Nov. 6-16, 2018. Highlights include Rome, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Tomb of Padre Pio, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Mary Major and so much more. For rates, a full itinerary and more information, contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette at: (906) 228-6355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please consider running Addendum #8 in your parish bulletin as space allows.
THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER 2018 PUBLICATION DATES
The U.P. Catholic publishes 18 times a year and includes special sections such as Easter and Christmas Mass times and the annual report. The schedule is in the Advertising Media Kit available on the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/mediakit or under the “Media” main drop down menu.
DIOCESAN OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
The Diocesan offices will be closed from Monday, December 25th, 2017 through Monday, January 1st, 2018 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.
IRS FORM 941 INSTRUCTIONS
The Internal Revenue Service routinely requests Form 941 from employers to report employee withholding details. If your parish unit receives a Form 941 in the mail, please send all correspondence to Pam Kleeman at Paycor, 4811 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45212-2163. Pam is available to answer additional questions at (513) 338-2384 or email@example.com.
MICHIGAN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
Effective January 1, 2018, Michigan workers will see an increase in the minimum wage rate from $8.90 to $9.25 per hour. The increase is the third and final scheduled increase approved in 2014.
CHRISTMAS PARISH BONUSES
Just a reminder that all holiday bonuses are considered taxable income per IRS regulations. Any bonuses for parish/school employees must be recorded in Paycor.
EMPLOYEE PERSONNEL FILES
Just a quick reminder, in Addendum #1 there is a checklist of items that should be maintained in all employee personnel files. Year end is a good time to review your files to ensure you have all of the necessary documentation.
PREVENTING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT
Recent media coverage of workplace discrimination/harassment underscores the importance of preventative action. The attached article (Addendum #2) from Paycor’s HR Support Center highlights the importance of educating all staff on unacceptable behaviors in the workplace. To report unlawful workplace conduct or for additional resources on this topic, please contact Tim Thomas at (800) 562-9745, Ext. 114.
MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 13th-14th, 2018
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2018 Mission Collection on January 13th-14th, 2018. The Mission Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Black & Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and the Propagation of the Faith Mission. Parish bookkeepers are advised to use the new Collection Counting Sheet (Addendum #3) and to divide unspecified Mission fund donations evenly between the four individual collections. Bookkeepers may then complete the Combined Collection Transmittal Form found in Addendum #4 to include with their payment to the Diocese. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-Mission Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an advertisement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Parishes may also print and use the Addendum #5 Mission Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Fund. The scholarships aid graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a college or vocational education at an accredited degree granting institution. Consideration is based on academic achievement. Applicants must complete the on-line application found at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bbscholarshiplink and mail an Official Transcript and ACT/SAT scores (via postal mail) to: Bessette Scholarship Fund, Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2018.
PARISH SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2018
The annual Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 – so mark your calendars now to attend. This year the workshop will be held at Northern Michigan University in the University Center. An email regarding on-line registration (using JotForm) will be sent to all parishes soon. We look forward to seeing you this spring!
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 May 2nd, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. Various video conference sites will be available (more information on site locations and how to register will be emailed directly to parishes and schools).
In Addendum #6 and Addendum #7, please review the procedures and reporting form for communicating any 403B changes to the diocesan office. Keep in mind that changes are done only once a month and must be communicated no later than the 15th of each month.
LOOKING AHEAD - MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2018
The maximum contribution for 2018 will increase to $18,500, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age will be allowed an additional “catch-up” contribution of $6,000.
If your parish has not yet met its UPCSA goal, and you would like assistance with your follow-up appeal, please contact Terri by phone (800) 562-9745 ext. #108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Terri can provide advice and counsel on how to make the most of your follow-up efforts.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR FAITH FORMATION
Grant application available Jan 1, 2018 at www.LegacyOfFaith.net. Submission deadline April 1, 2018 for faith formation programs implemented July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, 2018. The focus in 2018 will be funding programs that support the parish plan for Evangelization. Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for more info and list of Evangelization Resources. This is not an all-inclusive list, but intended to get you thinking.
LIFE INSURANCE: A POWERFUL, SIMPLE WAY TO SUPPORT THE CHURCH
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to help parishioners grow in stewardship.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD" – sharing good news on parishes & schools receiving assistance from the Dept. of Stewardship & Development:
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT
Were you busy earlier this month when the topic Identifying & Applying for Grant Funds was offered? No problem – the session recording and handouts are available on our Stewardship Resources Page.
SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS - 1:1 Gift Match Available Through Dec. 31st
Visit our Seminarian Page to check out the short one-minute video on our current seminarians! There’s still time to take advantage the 1:1 match for the 2017 Seminarian Endowment Challenge.
- Holy Spirit School, Norway joined the #GivingTuesday global giving movement on the school facebook page and raised nearly $7500. Donations will help update the school’s lighting and become more cost efficient. Congratulations!
- St Michael, Marquette hosted a fund raising event for the Seminarian Endowment on Nov 27 and invited people from all Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming and Gwinn parishes. One of current seminarians joined via Zoom and explained the stages of formation.
- St Anne, Escanaba saves the parish money and empowers parishioner talent by creating an attractive weekly bulletin in-house. Cost is approx $10,000/yr which is offset by $24,000 in ad subscription revenue. Renewal of ads is easy and helps build strong parish relationships with local businesses. May not be for all parishes, but may be worth exploring. Contact Fr. DeGroot at St Anne for more info.
LIFE INSURANCE: A POWERFUL, SIMPLE WAY TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL CHURCH
When the original purpose for a life insurance policy no longer applies—such as educating children now grown or providing financial security for a spouse—your policy can become a powerful and simple way to support our work. There are three ways to give life insurance to the Catholic Diocese of Marquette:
- Name us a beneficiary of the policy. This gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary designation form with the policy holder. You can designate the diocese, a parish or Catholic school, or other diocesan entity as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn't survive you.
- Make an outright gift of an existing policy. You can name us as owner and beneficiary of an existing policy. You may receive a federal income tax charitable deduction and reduce your future estate tax liability. If you continue to pay premiums on the policy, each payment is tax deductible as a charitable gift.
To explore this, and other popular gift types, visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/planmygift.
MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 13th-14th, 2018
Black & Indian Missions
- Make an outright gift of a new policy. You can take out a new policy and irrevocably name the Church as the owner and the beneficiary of the insurance contract. This method may be particularly attractive for the younger donor. Whether you make one single premium payment for the policy or pay annual premiums, each payment is tax deductible as a charitable gift.
The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan communities throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs. This collection advances causes important to native and African American Catholics.
Catholic Home Missions
“Home Missions” is the name for dioceses and parishes in the United States, including its territories and former territories, which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people.
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care. Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education. The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.
Propagation of the Faith
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,111 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances covering more than half the globe.