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
Teaching the Faith
Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts
Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
Religious Alliance Against Pornography-Webinar
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Fall Sacred Music Workshops Planned
Baraga Educational Center
Department of Evangelization & Education
National Evangelization Team
RCIA Marital Status Questionnaire
Save the Date
2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report (PAAR)
School Council Minutes
Mass Times Available Online
2018 Parish Governance Report
Special Collection for Natural Disaster Relief – October 13th-14th, 2018
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
Parish Use of Voter Guides
Red Flag Reporting Insights
Department of Stewardship & Development
#IGiveCatholic Giving Tuesday
Development “In the Field”
Estate Planning Seminar
Your Gift Matters
U.P. Catholic Foundation Annual Report: Now Available
Special Collection for Natural Disasters
Addendum #1 – Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life
Addendum #2 – Religious Alliance Against Pornography – Webinar Info
Addendum #3 – RCIA Candidates – Marital Status Questionnaire
Addendum #4 – Use of Voter Guides at Parishes
Addendum #5 - Complete October Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
10-13-18 Special Disaster Relief Collection (Administration & Finance)
11-30-18 Deadline Special Disaster Relief Collection Remitted to Diocese (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
TEACHING THE FAITH
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars has made available to clergy a website featuring 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
WEEKLY WEEKEND MASS ATTENDANCE COUNTS
Please continue to input your weekly weekend Mass attendance counts (for all Vigil and Sunday Masses combined) each week. The weekly Mass Attendance counts will give us a baseline for our Mass attendance as we work together to increase Mass attendance through evangelization efforts discussed in Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, entitled: “Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers”. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.
DIOCESAN DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE
Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society, our diocese, our parishes and our parishioners. I welcome you and your parishioners to join me in celebrating the lives of these men and women who serve in many capacities and have dedicated their lives to contemplative prayer, teaching in our schools, taking care of the poor and the sick and bringing compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society.
Your observance on November 11, 2018, of this Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life in your parish(es) may include the “Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life” (See Addendum #1), a focus on consecrated life in your homily, promoting vocations to consecrated life and honoring women religious and others who live a consecrated life who serve in your parish(es). Please see the attached Prayers of the Faithful that may be used on the Diocesan Day of Consecrated Life or throughout the year to pray for vocations.
RELIGIOUS ALLIANCE AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY-WEBINAR
The Religious Alliance Against Pornography in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is sponsoring a free one hour webinar that will be offered October 16, 2018, at noon EDT, and October 23, 2018, at 8 pm EDT.To register go to: bit.ly/RAAPUnashamed. More information can be found in the flyer in Addendum #2.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
FALL SACRED MUSIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED
The Diocesan Hymnals will be arriving in your parishes within the next few weeks. The Office of Divine Worship will be conducting four Fall workshops across the diocese introducing the new hymnal, recommending additional resources, handing out planning guides and discussing the submission process for adding additional hymns or songs to your parish repertoire. Meeting dates and locations can be seen on the registration form at this link: https://form.jotform.com/82605966824164. Questions can be emailed to Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com.
Rev. Daniel Moll
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.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM
NET dates are still available in the Diocese of Marquette! Contact Kate Veeser at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or even to inquire for more details.
Open dates are:
November Saturday 17, Sunday 18,
April Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Thursday 11, Friday 12, Sunday 14
On July 1, 2018, a new catechist formation policy was put into effect for the diocese. It calls for all parishes to submit a list of their catechists and their emails. If you have not yet done so, please email them to Denise Foye at email@example.com.
The dates for the spring confirmations have been set. They are as follows:
St. Mary Norway Vicariate, St. Mary Norway - May 1, 2019
Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate - May 5, 2019
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate, Location TBD - May 19, 2019
The Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmation will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and it is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral for Confirmation. St. Mary Church of Norway will be the location of the St. Mary Norway Vicariate Confirmation. The location for the Holy Name of Mary Vicariate has 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. Registration for the Spring Confirmations will open in December. If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-9130.
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 #3 to this communicator.
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming Principal meeting is Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
2018 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
This is a reminder that the 2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report was due on August 31, 2018. Please fill out the PAAR online at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/paar Please contact Cassie LaTourneau at email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASS TIMES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Weekend Mass times for all parishes and missions of the diocese are available on the diocesan website. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/searchparishes, and click on the specific parish you’re looking for.
2018 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report was due to the Diocese September 30, 2018. If your parish has not yet submitted a 2018 report, please send your Parish Governance Report to the Diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley or email@example.com. Access to this report is available on the Diocesan website http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF
OCTOBER 13TH-14TH, 2018
As we pray for those impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and southeastern United States, Bishop Doerfler asks that all parishes and missions in the Diocese take up a special collection for ongoing disaster relief during the weekend of October 13th-14th, 2018. Proceeds from this collection will be forwarded to the Office of National Collections for distribution to relief agencies such as Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services that provide both emergency response aid and assistance with long-term recovery efforts to rebuild communities devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes. Please send this collection payable to “Diocese of Marquette: 2018 Disasters Collection” to the diocesan offices no later than November 30th, 2018.
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 support of this special collection and for your continued prayers for those affected by environmental disasters.
403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $18,500, unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age are allowed an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,000. Since there still are several months left in 2018, 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 email@example.com or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
PARISH USE OF GUIDES
The Internal Revenue Code prohibits charitable organizations, including churches, from participating or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office. Permissible activities include distribution of unbiased voter guides. Please refer to the Voter Guides Addendum #4 when preparing to distribute parish voter guides for the upcoming election. This document is also available on the Diocesan website under Administration/ Policy Manuals/ Diocesan Policies/ Administration & Finance/ Voter Guides.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Please take a moment to read the information below from Red Flag Reporting. While we strive for a safe work environment, we should remain alert!
The Joint Commission recently identified numerous ways to address violence against health care workers. No matter what industry we work in, there are lessons for all of us:
While not something we want to think about, workplace violence is a reality. Taking proactive steps and speaking up when necessary will help to protect your co-workers and you. If a situation is an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you have concerns about unethical or non-emergency unsafe behavior that does not require an immediate response, contact your management or us. We are here to help.
- Make sure you know the definition of workplace violence and your mechanisms for reporting incidents (9-1-1 for active issues). The importance of reporting all violence should not be understated. For perspective, OSHA defines workplace violence as "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors."
- Re-familiarize yourself with training on how to respond to emergency situations.
- While perhaps beyond the scope of a workplace initiative, be proactive and take self-defense training. Also, learn about de-escalation skills. Both may benefit you even outside of a work situation.
- Take advantage of counseling should you be exposed to workplace violence. Do not leave a wound untreated.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
#IGIVECATHOLIC GIVING TUESDAY
#iGiveCatholic 2018 is Tuesday, November 27, and preparations are underway! It is a 24-hour exciting event promoting Catholic philanthropy world-wide. Folks who have left the U.P. but may still want to support a church or ministry will be able to donate easily using the power of online media messaging and e-giving. This opportunity is a gift from our diocese, to all ministries choosing to participate. You just need to activate your profile page! On August 16, GiveGab, the new #iGiveCatholic web provider, emailed a link to primary contact persons (pastors, principals etc.) instructing how to log in to your page. This can be forwarded to another person to manage the page, or an additional user can be added to have access to the page.
Here’s a great how-to register article. If you missed the email, did not receive one (check your spam and junk mail folders) or have questions about filling in your profile page, please contact Renée Deroche at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 373-9707.
NOTE: Registration closes Oct. 31! As you plan for the giving day, lots of good info and training opportunities can be found on the #iGiveCatholic Trainings page.
DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
Catholic School Endowment Challenge initiatives are underway at all our schools. Learn more here.
PARISH STEWARDSHIP MORNING
Book this informative seminar for your vicariate, parish, or school. It includes estate planning, a stewardship reflection and funeral planning. email@example.com.
YOUR GIFT MATTERS
Passing on the Catholic faith is the greatest legacy than we can leave. Many people are not sure how to begin planning. Add this informative link to your website: www.dioceseofmarquette.org/planmygift.
U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT: NOW AVAILABLE!
Visit www.upcatholicfoundation.org to view the foundation’s 2017-18 Annual Report. The report includes audited financial statements, a list of funds and distributions, highlights of a few beneficiaries and giving opportunities to help grow the funds. Click here to learn more!
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR NATURAL DISASTERS
As we pray for those afflicted by natural disasters in the Carolinas and southeastern United States, 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 13th-14th, 2018. This collection will assist Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services in providing both emergency assistance and long-term recovery support for those affected by the Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that occur this year. 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.