May Diocesan Communicator
No. 5/2018Note:  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
25th Annual Meet the Bishop Day Dinner
Religious Freedom Week 2018
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Clergy Attending Steubenville Youth Conference
Call for Singers for the Diocesan Hymn Festival
Diocesan Choir for Ordination
Liturgical Corner – Who can Consume Remaining Precious Blood?
Order your new Chair Missal NOW
 

Department of Evangelization & Education
Parish Evangelization Plans
Hospitality Lecture
Fall Confirmation Registration
See the See
 

Catholic Schools
Fourth Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education
Religion Bee
Save the Date
School Council Minutes
 

Communication Services
Last Chance to Submit Summer Mass Times
Promote your Summer Programs
Catholic Media Conference Sessions for Parishes & Schools
Sacrament & RCIA Photos for The U.P. Catholic
Submitting Calendar Items


Financial Services
Now Available: Standardized Personnel Policies
Save the Date: Retirement Workshop 2018
2018-2019 Benefit Rates
Annual Investment Pool Conference Available Online
2018 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
World Church Combined Collection – June 9/10th, 2018
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
Catholic School Endowment Challenge
Amazing Parish Grants Available
Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award
Legacy of Faith New Grants & Reports Due
Stewardship in the Field
 

Bulletin Announcements
World Church Combined Collection – June 9/10th, 2018
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 – 25th Annual Meet the Bishop Day
Addendum #2 – Religious Freedom Talking Points
Addendum #3 – Religious Freedom Bulletin Insert
Addendum #4 – Religious Freedom Daily Prayers
Addendum #5 – Liturgy Policy
Addendum #6 – Hospitality Lecture Series
Addendum #7 – 2018 4th Annual Midwest Conference
Addendum #8 - Standardized Personnel Policies – Full Version
Addendum #9 – 2018-2019 Benefits Update
Addendum #10 – World Collection Bulletin 2018
Addendum #11 – 2018-19 Amazing Parish Grant Opportunity
Addendum #12 – Complete May Diocesan Communicator (downloadable old-style format)

 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 5-15-18  LOF Faith Formation Grant Notification
  • 5-21-18  Deadline to submit RCIA and sacrament photos to The U.P. Catholic
  • 6-09-18 to 6-09-18 LOF Amazing Parish Grant Request Deadline
  • 6-10-18  World Church Combined Collection
  • 6-15-18  LOF Catholic School Grant Evaluations/Use of Funds Due (2017-18)
  • 6-30-18  LOF Faith Formation Grant Evaluations Due (2017-18)
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler

 
25th ANNUAL MEET THE BISHOP DAY
Meet the Bishop Day Mass & Dinner hosted by the Most Reverend John F. Doerfler and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018.The event will begin with a Mass at St. Louis the King Church, 264 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, at 4 pm ET, followed by a catered dinner in the parish hall.The event is open to individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers. Reservation deadline is May 25, 2018. Please refer to Addendum #1 to register.
 
To register visit: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/calendar/6/2018 or contact MaryAnn Bernier at (906)-227-9115 or via email at: 906-227-9115 or via email at mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK 2018
Serving Others in God’s Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018 will take place from June 22 to 29, 2018.  During Religious Freedom Week, Catholics are encouraged to pray and act each day for religious freedom.  The Pray-Reflect-Act-series aims to help Catholics get involved in promoting religious liberty as the space necessary to serve others in God’s love. 
 
Please refer to Addendum #2 for Talking Points, Addendum #3 for Religious Freedom bulletin insert and Addendum #4 for Daily pray-reflect-act guide that can be provided for parishioners. 


 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
CLERGY ATTENDING STEUBENVILLE YOUTH CONFERENCE
Any priest of the diocese that will be attending the Steubenville Youth Conference July 20-22, 2018, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with students from their parish may send an email to mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org to be included in the group letter of good standing that will be sent to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
 
CALL FOR SINGERS FOR THE DIOCESAN HYMN FESTIVAL
It is not too late to register for the choir that is being formed for the Diocesan Hymn Festival as part of the Inaugural Year of the Cathedral Concert Series. Marking the upcoming release of the Diocesan Hymnal, the Diocese will offer a Hymn Festival, celebrating the joy of hymn singing. There is nothing quite like the experience of hundreds of voices joined together in song, singing music of the Church’s past and present! It will be led by the Cathedral and Diocesan Choirs, and will feature a wide variety of hymns and songs that will be in the Diocesan Hymnal. Please make plans to join us for this exciting concert with audience participation! To register, please click on the following link: https://form.jotform.com/80926202624149. Please sign-up at your earliest convenience. Rehearsal times and locations will be determined around what is convenient for all participants. If you have any further questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg at sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org or call (906) 227-9122.
 
DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR ORDINATION
All parish choirs are invited to join the Diocesan Choir for the Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, which will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Rehearsal begins promptly on June 1 at noon. Plan to arrive early. The registration form may be found here: https://form.jotform.com/81155900824151. Music will be mailed to you when you have submitted your registration form. Please complete this form no later than May 20, 2018. For more information, please contact Samuel Holmberg at sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906)-227-9122.
 
LITURGICAL CORNER – Who can Consume Remaining Precious Blood?
Bishop John has changed this policy to place an individual parish’s practices in the hands of its pastor.  This specific policy as well as the one on the purification of Sacred Vessels is included here (Addendum #5).  For further questions or clarification, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
ORDER YOUR NEW CHAIR MISSAL NOW
This new liturgical book, known officially as Excerpts from the Roman Missal, is coming out shortly from various publishers.  The diocese gets significant discounts due to bulk purchasing.  If you would like to order a copy, please complete this jotform  https://form.jotform.com/80666101524147 .  Specific information about which publisher and pricing is shown on the jotform.  We need more orders to get the volume discount.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9126.

 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
 
PARISH EVANGELIZATION PLANS
May 20th is the deadline for submission of the Parish Evangelization Plans.  These plans are submitted via JotForm and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  The form can also be found on the Diocese of Marquette website, under Forms or on the Evangelization page.  Any questions can be directed to the Department of Evangelization & Education.
 
HOSPITALITY LECTURE
Registration for the 33rd annual Hospitality Lecture is now open.  It will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Ramada Inn, Marquette. Our presenter this year is Dr. Richard McCorry, founder of the Center for Parish Hospitality and he will be speaking on a spiritual process for becoming a more welcoming parish.  A flyer for the event can be found as Addendum #6 or you can register by going to https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/HospitalityLecture  Direct any questions to Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org. or 906-227-9130
 
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION
Registration for the Fall Confirmations will begin on June 1. The registration form can be found by June 1st.  If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130. 
 
SEE THE SEE
November 3, 2018 is See the See at St. Peter Cathedral!  This middle school rally for 6-8 graders will feature Francis Cabildo.  Learn more about him at http://franciscabildomusic.com/


Catholic Schools

FOURTH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Mark your calendars for Our Fourth Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 11, 2018 through June 12, 2018. This year’s theme is “See the Real through Eyes of Wonder”. This year the conference will be held at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette from 8:00am to 3:15pm EST. To see our flyer please click in Addendum #7. To register, please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52733989016161.
 
RELIGION BEE
Thank you for attending the annual Religion Bee. We hope you found it to be informative and interesting. We enjoyed all the students who participated.

SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming Diocesan School Council meeting is Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm 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, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.

 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT SUMMER MASS TIMES
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the May 25 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 Friday, May 11. This is a free service to assist summer travelers.


PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER PROGRAMS!
We know you put a lot of work into constructing the perfect Summer Camp and Parish events.  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 all of your registered parishioners.  For advertising rates and issue dates, contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com or 906-863-7460.
 
CATHOLIC MEDIA CONFERENCE SESSIONS FOR PARISHES & SCHOOLS
Parish & school social media/communication staff (as well as communicators from other Catholic institutions) are welcome to attend this year’s Catholic Media Conference. There is a special track for parish and schools. Sessions deliver practical skills that can be implemented every day, with effective training from the largest Catholic print and media association in North America. The conference is set for June 13-14 in Green Bay, visit www.cmctitletown.com for more information.
 
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 May 21. Also, please include the name of the parish and city. Photos may be sent by e-mail to news@dioceseofmarquette.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
 
SUBMITTING CALENDAR ITEMS
The U.P. Catholic invites all parishes and missions to submit events for possible publication in the newspaper’s calendar. Events can be submitted to news@dioceseofmarquette.org, or by mail to Events - The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. Submission deadlines for upcoming issues:
May 25 issue: Submit items by May 11
June 22 issue: Submit items by June 6
July 20 issue: Submit items by July 3
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas
 
NOW AVAILABLE: STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICIES
Employees of the Diocese of Marquette, parishes and cemeteries, the Bishop Baraga Association, and Marygrove Retreat Center will adopt the new Standardized Personnel Policy template in Addendum #8 effective July 1, 2018. Please look out for more information on policy implementation from the Administration & Finance department in the coming weeks. These policies are also available on the diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies.
 
SAVE THE DATE: RETIREMENT WORKSHOP 2018
Please mark your calendars now to attend a special Retirement Workshop held on July 19th, 2018 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette! The workshop will provide employees with the resources they need to begin retirement planning and will include topics such as retirement health benefit options, applying for Social Security, accessing MCC lay employee pensions, and managing 403B/Roth IRA funds. More information on presentation times and how to register will be available later this spring. It’s never too early to plan for your future; please consider joining us at the Retirement Workshop this summer!
           
2018-2019 BENEFIT RATES 
For your convenience, in Addendum #9 you will find 2018-2019 benefit rates. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Administration & Finance Department at the Diocese if you have any questions.
 
ANNUAL INVESTMENT POOL CONFERENCE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Thank you for all that attended the Annual Investment Pool Video Conference on May 2nd, 2018. We will be posting a recording of this year’s conference and materials on the Diocesan website on May 15th, 2018 for those who were unable to attend at the scheduled time. Please share this information with your parish leaders and visit the Finance page of the Diocesan website to access this recording, www.dioceseofmarquette.org/finance.

2018 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2018 Parish Annual Financial Report will be available online on the Diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr on May 15th, 2018. PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by July 31, 2018 and must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement attachment for each parish submission. Please contact Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
 
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION – JUNE 9/10TH, 2018
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2018 World Church Collection on June 9/10th, 2018. The World Church Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund, the Holy Land & National Communications collection, and the Peter’s Pence collection (Collection for the Holy Father). Parish bookkeepers are advised to divide unspecified World Church fund donations evenly between the three individual collections using the Collection Counting Sheet. Bookkeepers may then complete their Combined Collection Transmittal forms to include with their payment to the Diocese. These collection resources can be found at dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-World Church Collection.”
 
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection.  Parishes may also print and use the Addendum #10 World Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
 
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
A new endowment challenge invites all nine Catholic schools to grow endowment funds in the U.P. Catholic Foundation. The challenge for each school to raise money to receive a $100,000 gift from the diocese will help to incentivize major gifts for endowment growth for the long term. Kick Off webinars took place in April. For more information, visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipdevelopment/stewardshipresources.
 
AMAZING PARISH GRANTS AVAILABLE
Legacy of Faith recently released a request for proposals for parishes to attend the October 2018 conference in Milwaukee. Apply by June 8. See Addendum #11.

LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Thank you to parishes that submitted nominations by May 1! Nominations are currently under review. The award winners and their pastors will be notified in June.

LOF NEW GRANTS & REPORTS DUE
New Faith Formation grant approvals will be announced by May 15, and grants will be paid July 2018.
Catholic School prior year grant reports are due June 15, 2018
Parish faith formation prior year grant evaluations are due June 30, 2018Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for grant report forms.
 
STEWARDSHIP IN THE FIELD
St Michael & St Christopher, Marquette are hosting a “Parish Stewardship Morning” on Saturday May 12. Parishioners are invited to “bring a friend” to learn about estate planning, stewardship and funeral planning, all within the context of our Catholic faith. Sponsored by Legacy of Faith. Contact Terri to schedule one at your parish.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS 
25th ANNUAL MEET THE BISHOP DAY
Meet the Bishop Day Mass & Dinner hosted by the Most Reverend John F. Doerfler and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018.The event will begin with a Mass at St. Louis the King Church, 264 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, at 4 pm ET, followed by a catered dinner in the parish hall.The event is open to individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers.Reservation deadline is May 25, 2018.
 
To register visit: or contact MaryAnn Bernier at (906)-227-9115 or via email at: mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
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