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 Chancellor and Divine Worship
Priest & Deacon Letters of Good Standing
54 Day Rosary Novena and Rosary Coast to Coast
Baraga Educational Center
Funeral, Wedding & Baptism Compensation for Deacons
Department of Evangelization & Education
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
Fall Evangelization Workshops
RCIA Candidates Marital Status
See the See
Fourth Friday Count
Save the Date
2018 Parish Annual Administrative Reports
School Council Minutes
Priesthood Sunday is October 28, 2018
UPCSA Kickoff Mailing Error
UPCSA Weekend is September 29/30, 2018
Standardized Personnel Policies Reminder
2018 Parish Governance Report
Department of Stewardship & Development
Development “In the Field”
Stewardship & Development Resource Page
Please Return UPCSA Donations to Parish Office
National Council of Catholic Women
Addendum #1 – RCIA Marital Questionnaire
Addendum #2 – Supplemental Personnel Policies
Addendum #3 – Governance Report 2018
Addendum #4 – Bishop’s Ambassador Expansion Letter
Addendum #5 - Complete September 2018 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
9-30-18 UPCSA Weekend (Administration & Finance)
9-30-18 Deadline National Church Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
9-30-18 Deadline to Submit Parish Governance Reports (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
PRIEST & DEACON LETTERS OF GOOD STANDING
Priests or Deacons of the diocese that will be traveling outside of the Diocese of Marquette should request a Letter of Good Standing prior to their departure. As the letter needs to be signed by the Chancellor, the request should be submitted as soon as possible. To submit a Priest Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at: Priest Letter of Good Standing Request Form.
Rev. Daniel Moll
To submit a Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at:
Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request Form
The forms may also be found at: http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms
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 EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Effective October 1, 2018 the Baraga Educational Center will be open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET. Evenings and weekends are available by appointment. We will continually evaluate our hours during the first year of operation and make adjustments as necessary. Please have patience as we grow. The Baraga Educational Center is located at 615 S. 4th Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
FUNERAL, WEDDING AND BAPTISM COMPENSATION FOR DEACONS
The customary offering for Funerals and Weddings of $50.00 also applies to deacons who celebrate the wedding liturgy outside Mass and the funeral liturgy outside Mass. It is not permitted to request more than the customary offering, but more may be accepted if it is freely offered. No one may be denied a funeral or wedding because of an inability to make an offering. There is no suggested offering for baptisms, but they be may accepted if freely offered.
Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Dan Moll with any questions regarding the declaration of marriage nullity process or the tribunal. His direct number is 906-227-9154.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 16, 2018. The 2018 theme will be "Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
FALL EVANGELIZATION WORKSHOPS
There are still several Fall Evangelization Workshops that will be held this fall. As called for in Bishop John’s pastoral letter, Transforming Fire, the Department of Evangelization & Education will be offering the Fall Evangelization Workshops in each vicariate. The focus this year is on fostering a personal encounter with Jesus and deepening a life of prayer. The workshops will assist pastors and their teams to gain a better understanding of a personal encounter with Jesus. There will also be time to share parish best practices in these areas.
The remaining workshops will all take place from 6:30-8:30 pm local time.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR THE WORKSHOP AT ST. SEBASTIAN IN BESSEMER HAS BEEN CHANGED.
The places and dates for these gatherings are as follows:
To register go to: https://form.jotform.com/81365196924970
- St. Michael, Marquette: Tuesday, September 18
- St. Sebastian, Bessemer: Tuesday, September 25*
- St. Thomas, Escanaba: Thursday, September 26
- Immaculate Conception, Iron Mountain: Thursday, September 27
- Resurrection, Hancock: Thursday, October 4
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 #1 to this communicator.
SEE THE SEE
Registration is open for See the See, November 3, 2018. This annual rally for Catholic youth in grades 6-8 features presenter Francis Cabildo, a speaker, singer and songwriter from Southern California. Forms to register are found at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/youthministries.
All teacher contracts for the 2018-19 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury as soon as possible. Please send the originals to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
FOURTH FRIDAY COUNT
All schools are reminded that the Fourth Friday Count Form will be emailed to them on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Please take up the count of each student who is present at the school on Friday, September 14, 2018 and send it electronically to Cassie LaTourneau at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Diocesan School Council Meeting
The upcoming Diocesan School meeting is Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices and via zoom.
The upcoming Principal meeting is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
2018 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
The 2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report is now available online on the Diocesan website at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/paar PAAR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31, 2018. Please contact Cassie LaTourneau at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 137 with questions on PAAR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
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.
PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY IS OCTOBER 28, 2018
The U.P. Catholic newspaper plans to publish its annual Priesthood Sunday issue on October 26th. If your organization, parish or school is interested in placing an appreciation advertisement for your pastor and/or other priests, please use this link:
If you have problems with the link or need additional information, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at 906-863-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad requests received after October 4th will be placed in our Nov. 16th issue.
UPCSA KICKOFF MAILING ERROR
Due to an oversight by the printing service responsible for this year’s UPCSA materials, parishioners will receive envelopes directing them to send UPCSA contributions to the main diocesan office rather than to their individual parish. We are asking all parishes to contact their parishioners as soon as possible to ensure UPCSA donations are returned to the parish office. We have included an insert to address this issue in the bulletin section below.
UPCSA WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 29/30, 2018
The theme for our 51st UPCSA is “Transforming Fire Through Encounter”. UPCSA materials have been distributed to churches. 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, has been emailed to your parish. The UPCSA handbook, containing updated timelines, tips, sample letters and other useful information you need, is available now on our website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/upcsa along with other resources. Parishes are also encouraged to promote testimonial “Encounter videos” on the U.P. Catholic Facebook page throughout the UPCSA season. Contact Wendy Negri at email@example.com or at 800.562.9745 ext. 104 with any UPCSA questions.
STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICIES REMINDER
All parishes and missions are reminded that supplemental personnel policies were due to the Diocese by September 1, 2018. Parishes with policy changes that include adding or deleting MCC-administered benefits must contact Michigan Catholic Conference immediately to ensure these benefit changes are processed by July 1, 2019.
A draft of each parish’s supplemental policies must be submitted to the Diocese before being implemented by the parish. Please submit final supplemental policy drafts to Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org for Diocesan review if you have not already done so. A copy of the supplemental personnel policies can be found on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies and in Addendum #2 of this Communicator.
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. Parish bookkeepers are reminded that all parish employees must also sign policy acknowledgement forms to be recorded in employee personnel files.
2018 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2018 and has been included in Addendum #3. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Honor parishioners who have made cumulative endowment gifts of $25,000 or more. View the invitation (Addendum #4) from U.P. Catholic Foundation board president, Patricia Rudden. A Bulletin Announcement is provided for use in parish bulletins and school newsletters.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD" – update on some development activities around the diocese
Please keep those who are doing the asking and those who are doing the giving in your prayers!
- Many of our Catholic Schools are actively raising funds for their endowments in the U.P. Catholic Foundation to help manage operating costs over the long-term.
- St. Joseph, Perkins is implementing Phase 2 of their Century Old Stained Glass Window Campaign and has published an exciting Campaign Progress Report showing the significant work that has been done with the Phase 1 money that was raised.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE PAGE
Check out all the stewardship & development resources available on our website: capital campaign basics, increased offertory program, parish planned giving program, recorded webinars, recent Faithful Giving newsletter, My Catholic Giving Guide and more. Don’t see what you are looking for? Let us know so we can meet your needs. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources.
PLEASE RETURN UPCSA DONATIONS TO PARISH OFFICE
Due to an oversight by the printing service responsible for this year’s UPCSA materials, parishioners will receive envelopes with the direction to send UPCSA contributions to the main diocesan office. Please disregard this return envelope and remember to send your UPCSA donation directly to your parish office for processing. We thank you for your support!
The Bishop’s Ambassadors is a membership organization led perpetually by the Bishop of Marquette. The primary objective is to hand on to future generations the great, living tradition of faith. If you have made, or would like to make, cumulative gift commitments of $25,000 or more to any endowed fund of the diocese, and shared a vision for preserving and fostering the Catholic faith in the Diocese of Marquette through endowment building and grant making, please contact Terri Gadzinski at 906-227-9108 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://upcatholicfoundation.org/bishop-ambassadors/.
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 October 4, 2018, to meet with Bishop John. If you or women of your parish women’s organization are interested in learning more about the National Council of Catholic Women, please send an email to email@example.com or ph: 586-772-1976.