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
Prayer Intention Card Mailing from Bishop John
Action Alerts-Sign Up to Keep Informed on Pertinent Issues
54 day Rosary Novena (August 15-October 7, 2018)
Baraga Days 2018
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Clergy Attending Steubenville Youth Conference
Department of Evangelization & Education
See the See
Marriage Mentor Couples
Fourth Annual Midwest Summer Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education
Evaluations and Separation Forms
Save the Date – Principal Meeting
School Council Minutes
Diocesan Directory Listing
World Church Combined Collection – June 9/10, 2018
Standardized Personnel Policies – Effective July 1, 2018
Retirement Workshop 2018
2018 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2018 Parish Governance Report
Mandatory Employment Posters Available on MCC Risk Management Website
Department of Stewardship & Development
IRA Rollover Giving
Six Ways Churches Can Improve Electronic Giving Programs
Legacy of Faith 2018 Catholic Service Award Recipients Announced
2017-18 Legacy of Faith Grant Evaluations due June 30, 2018
Estate Planning Seminars
Development “In the Field”
Ask Bishop Doerfler to Pray For You
Addendum #1 – Standardized Personnel Policy-Full Version
Addendum #2 – Supplemental Personnel Policies – ALL PARISHES
Addendum #3 – Key Points
Addendum #4 – FAQ
Addendum #5 – Governance Report 2018
Addendum #6 - IRA Rollover Giving
Addendum #7 - Complete June 2018 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 6-15-18 Deadline St. Joseph Association Priest Retirement Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
- 6-15-18 Deadline LOF Catholic School Unrestricted Grant Evaluation (Stewardship & Development)
- 6-30-18 Deadline 2017-2018 LOF Faith Formation Grant Evaluations (Stewardship & Development)
- 7-01-18 Standardized Personnel Policies (Main Body) Adopted for all Parishes/Missions (Administration & Finance)
- 7-19-18 Retirement Workshop (Administration & Finance)
- 7-20-18 Diocesan Directory Listing Deadline (Communications)
- 7-31-18 Deadline Parish Annual Financial Report/PAFR (Administration & Finance)
- 7-31-18 Deadline World Church Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
- 8-12-18 National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 9-01-18 Deadline Standardized Personnel Policies (Supplemental) Adopted for all Parishes/Missions (Administration & Finance)
- 9-30-18 Deadline National Church Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
Coming up in mid-June, the fifth 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 include for your convenience.
ACTION ALERTS-SIGN UP TO KEEP INFORMED ON PERTINENT ISSUES
To help keep Catholics informed of pertinent issues on both the State and National level, I encourage Catholics to sign up for notices from the Michigan Catholic Conference and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.These vehicles issue timely notices and information on issues pertinent to the Catholic Church.
If you have not already signed up for these action alerts, I encourage you to do so. I would also ask you to help me spread the word about these valuable resources that help to keep Catholics informed and enable them to take timely action on important issues.
You may sign up for alerts from the Michigan Catholic Conference by following this link: http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/catholic-advocacy-network/
You may sign up for alerts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by following this link: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/home
54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA (AUGUST 15-OCTOBER 7, 2018)
Please join in praying a Novena for Our Nation as an Act of Reparation; calling upon God through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary to heal our country and return it to holiness. The 54 day Novena will take place from August 15 through October 7, 2018, with a Rosary Coast to Coast set to take place on October 7, 2018. The Rosary Coast to Coast is scheduled to take place at 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT and 1 pm PT, to avoid conflict with Sunday Masses.
If you would like to register your parish to participate go to: https://www.novenaforournation.com/ and http://rosarycoasttocoast.com
BARAGA DAYS 2018
Baraga Days 2018 will take in Marquette, MI on Saturday, August 18, 2018 and Sunday, August 19, 2019. On Saturday, events will begin at St. Peter Cathedral with Mass followed by morning events including the showing of the documentary entitled: They Might Be Saints: Bishop Frederic Baraga. A ticketed lunch and afternoon events will take place at St. Louis the King with a Native American Drum Circle and teaching. At 3pm EST Most Rev. John F. Doerfler will conduct a blessing at the Bishop Baraga Educational Center. The day will conclude at St. Peter Cathedral with a Slovenian Mass at 6pm EST followed by a ticketed dinner. On Sunday, there will be a ticketed breakfast from 7-9am at St. Peter Cathedral in the parish hall followed by the Annual Bishop Baraga Association meeting from 9-10am. The event will conclude with the English Mass at 10:30am. For more information or to register please follow the link below: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bishopbaragaassociation/baragadays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the group letter of good standing that will be sent to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
FOURTH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Thank you for coming to our Fourth Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education in Marquette.
All teacher contracts for the 2018-19 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury by July 18, 2018. 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 August 1 - 2, 2018 in Marquette, MI. More information to come.
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.
Registration for the fall 2018 vicariate confirmations is now open. On June 1, an email was sent to those parishes in the vicariates. The link to the form is https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-registration-fall2018
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 23, 2018 – St. Mary Rockland: Our Lady of Peace, Ironwood at 3 pm CT
Sep. 30, 2018 – St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate, St. Joseph & St. Patrick, Escanaba at 3 pm ET
Oct. 7, 2018 – Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate, St. Joseph, Lake Linden at 3 pm ET
Oct. 14, 2018 – St. John Neumann Vicariate, Holy Spirit, Menominee at 2 pm CT
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9130.
Would you like to have a team of God-fearing, faith filled, energetic young adults come to your parish or school and evangelize your middle or high school students? NET dates are available for your parish or school retreat! Contact Kate (Swanson) Veeser at 786-7550, ext. 37 or at email@example.com to reserve your date.
November 2018 (more of an option for high-school retreats): Thursday 15, Friday 16, Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Tuesday 20 March 2019: Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31.
(*there MAY be a possibility of an evening retreat on Wednesday 14 or Wednesday 27...let me know if you would like me to look into it.)
The Retreat Contact Instructions can be found at www.netusa.org/rcp with the password 1819rcp. Please complete and return the Retreat Information Sheet (RIS). Dates are only reserved once I receive your RIS. First come, first served. Thank you for understanding.
Thank you for all the work you do for young people and for the role you play in challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.
SEE THE SEE
The annual middle school youth rally See the See is on the calendar for Saturday November 3, 2018. Information can be found on the Diocese of Marquette website and will be sent directly to parishes.
MARRIAGE MENTOR COUPLES
Couples invited by their pastor to be Marriage Mentor Couples can be trained in the Prepare/Enrich pre-marriage assessment by contacting Greg Gostomski at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 906.227.9125.
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 17 issue. Please email any changes for your parish’s listing to email@example.com. The master list will be emailed to all pastors and secretaries by the end of June. Please reference the email for your parish’s listing. Changes are due no later than Friday, July 20.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 9/10TH, 2018
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette took 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.”
STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICIES - EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018
Bishop Doerfler decreed that all employees of the Diocese, parishes and cemeteries, Bishop Baraga Association, and Marygrove Retreat Center must adopt the Standardized Personnel Policies (see Addendum #1) by July 1, 2018. The Diocese has additionally clarified that all above mentioned entities must adopt the main body of these Standardized Personnel Policies effective July 1, 2018 and adopt individual supplemental policies by September 1, 2018.
A copy of the supplemental personnel policies was emailed to all parishes and missions on June 8th, 2018 and can be found in Addendum #2. A draft of these supplemental policies must be submitted to the Diocese before being implemented by each individual parish. Please submit final supplemental policy drafts to Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org for Diocesan review.
Once supplemental policies are approved by the Diocese, copies will be returned to the parish and must be signed by the pastor and parish finance council to take effect. All parish employees must also sign policy acknowledgement forms that may be recorded in employee personnel files.
Please refer to Addendum #3 and Addendum #4 for key points and frequently asked questions regarding the supplemental portion of the Standardized Personnel Policies. Parishes may contact the Administration & Finance department with any additional questions, (906) 227-9101.
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. To register, please visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/layretirementworkshop. Please contact Laura Murawski at email@example.com or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 101 with any additional questions. It’s never too early to plan for your future; please consider joining us at the Retirement Workshop this summer!
2018 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2018 Parish Annual Financial Report is now available online on the Diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
2018 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2018 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.
MANDATORY EMPLOYMENT POSTERS AVAILABLE ON MCC RISK MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Just a reminder that all state/federally-mandated employment posters are available on the Michigan Catholic Conference website. These posters can be found at http://www.micatholic.org/risk-management/information-and-forms/ and are updated routinely. For more information regarding employment posting requirements, please contact Michigan Catholic Conference’s Risk Management department at 1 (800) 395-5565.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
IRA ROLLOVER GIVING
Those aged 70½ or older can give tax-favored charitable gifts for regular offertory, UPCSA, or other gifts to the Church from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Help your parishioners learn how by using Addendum #6.
SIX WAYS CHURCHES CAN IMPROVE ELECTRONIC GIVING PROGRAMS
Electronic giving programs are gaining popularity in our parishes. Whether you currently offer e-giving or plan to implement one in the near future, this article suggests ways to successfully enhance church online giving. (Shared with permission)
LEGACY OF FAITH 2018 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Join us in congratulating Barbara Edwards of Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse and Mike & Cathy Prokopowicz of St. Anthony Parish in Gwinn. Recipients will be honored at their home parish and the parish will receive a $250 LOF grant for faith formation.
2017-18 LOF EVALUATIONS DUE JUNE 30, 2018
Grant Evaluations are an important part of the grant making program. They provide a measure of accountability and fuel our story-telling about your ministry! 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
Practical and useful information on estate planning is presented within a stewardship context. Contact Terri to schedule the seminar at your parish or school. Call 227-9108 or toll free 1/800/562-9745 ext #108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
– update on some of the parishes & schools receiving assistance from the Dept. of Stewardship & Development:
A Catholic Extension grant has been approved to help fund 350th Anniversary celebrations for St. Mary Parish, Sault Ste. Marie.
St. Albert the Great and St. Ignatius of Loyola parishes in Houghton recently completed capital campaign feasibility studies to test cases for enhancing ministry. Study reports will help them to fine-tune their case and focus on the most compelling needs.
Catholic Campus Ministry at NMU has established an endowment fund in the U.P. Catholic Foundation. First gifts have been received in support of the Catholic School Endowment Challenge. For more information, contact your Catholic school or visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipdevelopment.
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.