December Diocesan Communicator
No.12/2018
 
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

Inside 

Office of the Bishop
Action Alerts-Sign Up To Keep Informed on Pertinent Issues
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Diocesan Choir for the Transitional Diaconate Ordination

Department of Evangelization & Education
Rite of Election
Spring Confirmation Registration
See the See
Diocesan Fleece Jackets
 

Catholic Schools
2018 Parish Annual Administrative Report (PAAR)
School Council Minutes
 

Communication Services
The U.P. Catholic Newspaper 2019 Publication Dates
Pilgrimage to Greece!
 

Financial Services
Diocesan Office Holiday Hours
Michigan Minimum Wage Increase
Christmas Parish Bonuses
Standardized Personnel Policies Reminder
Employee Personnel Files
Scholarships Available
Annual Investment Pool Video Conference
403B Procedures
Looking Ahead—Maximum Contributions for 2019
UPCSA Help
Mission Combined Collection – January 12th-13th, 2019
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic 2018 Reminder
Legacy of Faith Grant Applications for Faith Formation
Development “In the Field”
My Catholic Giving Guide
U.P. Catholic Foundation News & Events
Stewardship & Development Resources
Goodbye
 

Bulletin Announcements
Pilgrimage to Greece!
Mission Combined Collection
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 - Supplemental Personnel Policies
Addendum #2 – Personnel File Contents
Addendum #3 – Instructions & Forms
Addendum #4 - 403(B) Change Form
Addendum #5 - Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #6 - Combined Collections Transmittal Form
Addendum #7 - 2019-Mission Collection
Addendum #8 – My Catholic Giving Guide
Addendum #9 - Complete Downloadable December 2018 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)


IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 01-01-19 Legacy of Faith – Faith Formation Online Grant Application Available (Stewardship & Development)
  • 01-13-19 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 02-10-19 U.P. Catholic Newspaper Collection (Administration & Finance)
  
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
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

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
 
DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR THE TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE ORDINATION
All parish choirs are invited to sing for the Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate of Michael Kowalewski, which will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Rehearsal begins promptly on June 11 at noon. Plan to arrive early. The registration form may be found here: https://form.jotform.com/83446173460154. Scores will be mailed to you when you have submitted your registration form. Please complete this form no later than January 1, 2019. For more information, please contact Samuel Holmberg at sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906)-227-9122.

  
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
RITE OF ELECTION
Registration for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is now open. Please fill out this form even if your 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, March 10, 2019 at St. Peter Cathedral at 3:30 pm. ET 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. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye at (906) 227-9130 or email her at dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org
 

SPRING CONFIRMATIONS
Registration for the spring Confirmations are now open. An email was sent to all parishes on Thursday, December 6 with the link to register their candidates.  It is https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-registration-Spring2019.
 
The dates are as follows:
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019:  St. Mary Norway Vicariate, St. Mary, Norway 6:00 pm CT
  • Sunday May 5, 2019: Diocesan Confirmation, St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette 3:30 ET
  • Sunday May 19, 2019: Holy Name of Mary Vicariate, Location and time TBA 
The Diocesan Confirmation will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Sunday May 5. It is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.
 
Please note that the Confirmation Application found on the website has been updated. (Click here for Confirmation Application) You will need all the information found on the updated Candidate Application form to register the candidates from your parish. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9130.
 

SEE THE SEE
MARK THE DATE – Saturday November 2, 2019 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!

DIOCESAN FLEECE JACKETS
There have been several inquiries into if we will ever be purchasing diocesan fleeces again. These were purchased about 2 years ago.  The fleeces are 7.7 oz polyester fleece with a full color crest embroidered with "Diocese of Marquette." The link below will take you to the fleeces we purchased before. They are available in both Men's and Ladies.

https://www.logosoftwear.com/product/32158/mens-journey-fleece-jacket

If we purchase 24-30 fleeces the cost would be $37 each. (2XL+$4).  The fleeces will not be available before Christmas.  If you are interested, send an email to ggostomski@dioceseofmarquette.org.  If there is enough interest, an order form will be developed and sent out.
 

Catholic Schools
 
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 clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.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, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
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.
 

PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE
Parishes, please consider running the following announcement in your future bulletins as space allows.  Thank you.  Any questions, please contact Deacon Steve  -  upc@new.rr.com
 
The U.P. Catholic Newspaper and your hosts Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage tracing the missionary journey of the Apostle St. Paul. Travel with us September 18 – 28, 2019 through ancient cities and pastoral landscapes. Includes a 3-night cruise of the magical Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini. Visit the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Discover archaeological treasures like the Acropolis in Athens and the ruins of Delphi. Investigate the dramatic Meteora Monasteries. Explore the biblical town of Corinth. Stop in Philippi, where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe and baptized Lydia, the first Christian. Even see the dungeon where he was held prisoner. Find inspiration throughout as you visit the places where the great apostle lived and preached. For rates, a full itinerary & more information contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette: (906) 228-6355 - laura@holiday-mqt.com.
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

DIOCESAN OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
The Diocesan offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24th-25th, 2018 as well as Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.
 

MICHIGAN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
Effective January 1, 2019, Michigan workers will see an increase in the minimum wage rate from $9.25 to $10 per hour. The increase is the first of several scheduled increases designed to increase the Michigan minimum wage to $12.05 by 2030.
 

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.

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 included adding or deleting MCC-administered benefits should contact Michigan Catholic Conference as soon as possible to ensure these benefit changes are processed for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
 
If you are unsure of whether your parish completed its supplementary personnel policies, please contact Irene McCauley to verify that your policy was received and approved. All parishes must submit parish supplemental policy drafts to imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org before implementing new policies at their parishes. 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. 
 
A copy of the supplemental personnel policies can be found on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies and in Addendum #1 of this Communicator.
 

EMPLOYEE PERSONNEL FILES
Just a quick reminder, in Addendum #2 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.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Looking for financial assistance with your college education?  Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 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 either 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 or email transcripts to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org.  Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2019.
 

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 April 24th, 2019 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). 
 

403B PROCEDURES
In Addendum #3 and Addendum #4, 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 2019
The maximum contribution for 2019 will increase to $19,000, 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.
 

UPCSA HELP
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 1(800)562-9745 ext. #108 or by email tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org. Terri can provide advice and counsel on how to make the most of your follow-up efforts.
 

MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 12TH-13TH, 2019
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2019 Mission Collection on January 12th-13th, 2019.  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 Collection Counting Sheet (Addendum #5) 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 #6 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 #7 Mission Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.


GOODBYE TO DIRECTOR OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
We say goodbye to our Catholic Schools Director this December. Kristi Flohe resigned her position with the Diocese after six years of exceptional service. She will be pursuing a new opportunity in the Archdiocese of Baltimore working with their Community Schools and will continue consulting with the Diocese for several weeks while Laura Murawski takes on additional school bookkeeping services. Schools are asked to contact Laura with any questions at (906) 227-9101 or lmurawski@dioceseofmarquette.org. We thank Kristi for her service and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
 
#iGIVE CATHOLIC REMINDER
If you represent one of the 29 parishes/ministries that received #iGiveCatholic donations in our diocese, and your pastor/principal/director has not yet thanked your donors – please help them do so!
 

LOF GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR FAITH FORMATION
Grant application available Jan 1, 2019 at www.LegacyOfFaith.net. Submission deadline April 1, 2019 for faith formation programs implemented July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Grants will fund 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.
  

DEVELOPMENT "IN THE FIELD"
  • Inaugural year of #iGiveCatholic in the U.P. resulted in nearly $12,000 donated by 82 people to support 29 different ministries in our Diocese. Great first year – we look forward to helping you grow participation next year.
  • Shout out to the Catholic Schools who have met or exceeded their fundraising goals for the endowment challenge in partnership with the U.P. Catholic Foundation: Sacred Heart, L’Anse, Father Marquette, and SJPII, Menominee. 
MY CATHOLIC GIVING GUIDE
Use the My Catholic Giving Guide (Addendum #8) as a bulletin insert at the beginning of each calendar year to help your people discern God’s plan for their charitable stewardship.
 

U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION NEWS & EVENTS
Click here to read about the Cathedral Concert Series happening at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Stay up to date on foundation news at www.upcatholicfoundation.org.
 

STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
Need help with your Parish Annual Report to parishioners? Look no further than the resource page on our website. We have sample reports and templates to help get you started. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources to learn more!
 

GOODBYE
Renee Deroche, who served as Catholic Schools Advancement Coordinator for the past two years, has resigned her positon to spend more time with her grandchildren. We thank her for her service and wish her well.
 
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE
The U.P. Catholic Newspaper and your hosts Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage tracing the missionary journey of the Apostle St. Paul. Travel with us September 18 – 28, 2019 through ancient cities and pastoral landscapes. Includes a 3-night cruise of the magical Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini. Visit the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Discover archaeological treasures like the Acropolis in Athens and the ruins of Delphi. Investigate the dramatic Meteora Monasteries. Explore the biblical town of Corinth. Stop in Philippi, where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe and baptized Lydia, the first Christian. Even see the dungeon where he was held prisoner. Find inspiration throughout as you visit the places where the great apostle lived and preached. For rates, a full itinerary & more information contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette: (906) 228-6355 - laura@holiday-mqt.com.
 

MISSION COMBINED COLLECTION - JANUARY 12TH-13TH, 2019
Black & Indian Missions
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.
 
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