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
Joining the Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass
Wireless Microphone Frequency Changes
New Optional Memorial for Pope Saint Paul VI – May 29th
Department of Ministry Personnel
Catholic Rural Life – Thriving in Rural Ministry Program
Department of Evangelization & Education
Totus Tuus Parish Registration
Spring Study Day
2019 Evangelization Summit
Save the Date
5th Annual Midwest Summer Conference
School Council Minutes
Advertising for Lenten Missions, Easter & Divine Mercy
Easter Mass Times to be Published
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
Minimum Wage Increase
Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop 2019
Annual Investment Pool Video Conference
2019-2020 Priests’ Remuneration Schedule
St. Joseph Association (Good Shepherd Sunday) Collection
Collection Remittance Deadlines
Tamper Evident Collection Bags
Department of Stewardship & Development
Last Call for LOF Faith Formation Grants
Amazing Parish Conference Grants
Nominations Open for LOF 2019 Catholic Service Award
U.P. Catholic Foundation Website
Faithful Giving Newsletter
Good Shepherd Sunday Scheduled Bulletin Announcements
Bulletin Insert #1 – For Weekend of April 27th/28th, 2019
Bulletin Insert #2 – For Weekend of May 4th/5th, 2019
Bulletin Insert #3 – For Collection Weekend – May 11th/12th, 2019
Bulletin Insert #4 – Two weeks following Collection Weekend – May 25th/26th, 2019
(Note: all Addenda are located at the end of this document).
Addendum #1 – Catholic Rural Life Press Release
Addendum #2 – Continuing the Legacy Thriving in Rural Ministry
Addendum #3 – Totus Tuus Parish Registration Form 2019
Addendum #4 – DOM Catholic Schools Summer Conference
Addendum #5 – Michigan Minimum Wage Poster
Addendum #6 – Remuneration Schedule for Priests
Addendum #7 – Bulletin Inserts
Addendum #8 – Connover Church Order Form
Addendum #9 – How to Seal XT Closure Bags
Addendum #10 – UPCF Website Promotional Flyer
Addendum #11 - Complete March 2019 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
JOINING THE DIOCESAN CHOIR FOR THE CHRISM MASS
This year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 3:00pm EST. We encourage your parish choirs to participate in this annual Mass! To sign-up to sing in the Diocesan Choir, please complete the following form and submit your response no later than April 1, 2019: https://form.jotform.com/90715671519159. Once your registration has been submitted, you will be sent the music list and the required number of scores. Chrism Mass rehearsal begins promptly on April 11 at 12 noon. Please plan to arrive early.
WIRELESS MICROPHONE FREQUENCY CHANGES
FYI: If you use wireless microphones during your liturgies, their frequency may require changes due to a new law. See the below article for details. http://www.bpnews.net/51019/churches-must-abandon-600mhz-wireless-sound-systems.
NEW OPTIONAL MEMORIAL FOR POPE SAINT PAUL VI - MAY 29TH
On January 26th, 2019, Pope Francis has established a new optional memorial for Pope St. Paul VI. Currently, there are no new prayers for this feast but the Common of Pastors: For a Pope can be used for this celebration at both Mass and Liturgy of the Hours. For more information you can go to http://www.usccb.org/paulvi.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
CATHOLIC RURAL LIFE (CRL)
Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a 95 year old organization dedicated to applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America. We are the only national Catholic non-profit whose mission is focused on rural.
CRL is excited to announce the launch of a new program, Thriving in Rural Ministry. The purpose of the program is to strengthen pastoral leadership in rural parishes and to help pastors thrive in their rural communities.
Please see Addendum #1 & Addendum #2 for the official press release and an article that Jim Ennis, Executive Director of CRL, wrote for our most recent magazine. You are welcome to share one or both.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Annie Huntington, Project Coordinator of CRL, at Annie@CatholicRuralLife.org or 651-962-5839 if you are interested in speaking more with Jim Ennis about the program.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
TOTUS TUUS HOST PARISH REGISTRATION
There is still time to register your parish to host Totus Tuus this summer. Due to a generous grant from Legacy of Faith the cost to bring to become a host parish is $1000.
To register your parish submit the completed the registration form found as Addendum #3 and include a $500 non-refundable deposit made out to “Diocese of Marquette” ASAP. The check and registration form should be sent to:
Diocese of Marquette
c/o St. Albert the Great University Parish
411 MacInnes Drive
Houghton MI 49931
The entire balance is due no later than May 1, 2019. Please direct any questions to Fr. Ben Hasse, (906) 290-2434 or email@example.com.
SPRING STUDY DAY
Registration for this annual event is now open. It will be held on Thursday, April 11 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Our speaker this year is Fr. Ryan Ford, pastor of St. John and St. Joseph parishes in Ishpeming. His presentation is entitled, "Proclaiming the Gospel in the Power of the Holy Spirit". An email went to all parishes, pastors, deacons, and faith formation coordinators with registration details and a flyer to advertise this event. You can register by going to https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/spring-study-day-2019. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 227-9130.
Registration for the spring Confirmations are open. To register go to https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-registration-Spring2019.
The dates are as follows:
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.
- 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, Holy Name of Mary, 3:30 ET
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, email@example.com or (906) 227-9130.
2019 EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT
October 11-12, 2019 are the dates for Transform & Inspire the Diocese of Marquette Evangelization Summit. The event will feature two keynote speakers, Marcel LeJeune founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples, and Craig Pohl, founder of Catholic Event Finder, and Director of the New Evangelization, Diocese of Lansing. The event will feature keynotes, interactive sessions, Adoration, praise & worship, Mass, networking time and so much more. Registration materials will be coming soon!
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming Diocesan School Council meeting is Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET at the Diocesan Offices and via Zoom.
The upcoming principal meeting is Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm ET at the Diocesan Offices.
5TH ANNUAL MIDWEST SUMMER CONFERENCE
Mark your calendars for our 5th Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 11, 2019 through June 12, 2019. 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 on Addendum #4. To register, please click on this link https://form.jotform.com/52733989016161.
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Holy Spirit Catholic School in Norway, MI from 8:30am – 12:40pm CT. To see the Religion Bee questions or to register click on this link www.dioceseofmarquette.org/religionbee.
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.
ADVERTISING FOR LENTEN MISSIONS, EASTER & DIVINE MERCY
If your parish or school would like a display advertisement in The U.P. Catholic to promote Lenten services, parish missions, school programs, Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday activities, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at email@example.com or (906) 863-7460 for issue cut-off dates and advertising rates.
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the April 19, 2019 issue listing Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times at all parishes and missions. There is no cost to participate in this feature. Deadline for submission is March 29. Please submit your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times here: https://form.jotform.com/70333342912145.
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 15. Also, please include the name of the parish and city. Photos may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
Effective March 29, 2019, Michigan’s minimum wage will increase from $9.25 to $9.45. The increase is the first of several scheduled increases designed to increase the Michigan minimum wage to $9.87 by 2021. Please see Addendum #5 for a required poster that outlines general requirements relating to Michigan’s minimum wage laws.
PARISH AND SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2019
The annual Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, 2019—so mark your calendars now to attend. This year the workshop will be held at St Peter Cathedral in Marquette. An email regarding on-line registration (using JotForm) will be sent to all parishes at the end of March. We look forward to seeing you this spring!
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. Please follow the following link to register for this event: https://form.jotform.com/70323169336151.
2019-2020 PRIESTS' REMUNERATION SCHEDULE
The Remuneration Schedule for 2019-2020 for Priests can be found in Addendum #6. This information has also been uploaded to the diocesan website under the Administration, Policy Manuals Section.
ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION
Make plans now to promote the annual Good Shepherd Collection scheduled to be taken up the weekend of May 11th/12th in all parishes. Materials to promote the collection can be found in Addendum #7 and will be emailed to all pastors, associate pastors, and pastoral coordinators on March 15th, 2019. Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for announcements which can be placed in upcoming parish bulletins to promote this collection.
COLLECTION REMITTANCE DEADLINES
Several diocesan collections are held in the early part of the new year. Please be sure to mark collection remittance deadlines on your calendar to ensure parishioner donations are transferred to individual organizations promptly for maximum impact. Please contact Irene McCauley at email@example.com with questions regarding parish remittance deadlines.
On February 10th, many parishes held the optional U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection. Parishes should retain the proceeds of this collection to offset the expense of providing the newspaper to their parishioners. Please do not mail a check to the diocesan office for funds collected.
The Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection 2019 was held on March 6th (Ash Wednesday) or March 10th (first Sunday of Lent). Please remit funds to the Diocese no later than April 30, 2019.
TAMPER EVIDENT COLLECTION BAGS
The diocese will make available a one year supply of tamper evident collection bags to any parish that has not previously implemented this procedure. Parishes that have instituted this process have indicated they appreciate the extra level of security for their weekly and special collections. Our independent auditors also strongly endorse this procedure. If you are currently using these bags and need to order more, please see the new order form in Addendum #8. Connover Packaging also redesigned the closure on its bags in the past year to improve the tamper-evidency. Please see Addendum #9 for a printable instruction sheet for first-time users or new collection volunteers. For more information or to get your initial supply contact Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
LAST CALL FOR FAITH FORMATION GRANT APPLICATIONS
April 1st deadline to submit Legacy of Faith grant application for parish faith formation programs. Visit www.LegacyofFaith.net to access our online application. Check out the Making Things Happen newsletter to see all the ministries that received grants in 2018!
AMAZING PARISH CONFERENCE GRANTS
Apply for 2019 or 2020 conference. Legacy of Faith grants are available for parishes that have not previously attended ($3,000) AND for returning parishes with new, first time conference attendees ($250/new attendee). Contact Angelina email@example.com.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2019 LOF CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Watch the 1-minute video! Parishes are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2019 LOF Catholic Service Award. Deadline is May 1. The award recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church and provides a $250 LOF grant for parish faith formation.
U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION WEBSITE
Learn who is on the board, benefits, recent impact on parishes and Catholic schools and more. Online giving available to any fund of the UPCF, plus resources for professional advisors. Link it to your website, post it on social media, forward to parishioners, supporters and friends. Visit www.upcatholicfoundation.org. Use the promotional flyer in Addendum #10 for your parish/school newsletter or in parish bulletin.
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
In the latest issue learn how Michael & Laura of Menominee make tax-free donations to their Church through their IRA. Request our free brochure “One of the Most Important Talks You’ll Ever Have” for 12 questions to help your parents get a good handle on their estate planning. Spread the word by adding the link to your website and share it in your parish planned giving communications.
Bulletin Insert #1
For weekend of April 27th/28th, 2019
The Diocese of Marquette is blessed with many senior (retired) priests (those who are no longer assigned to a parish). These men make Christ, the Good Shepherd, present, and continue to give of themselves in countless ways of service for which we are grateful.
As is the case with many pension plans in today’s world, our priests’ retirement program is not fully funded. On Good Shepherd Sunday, May 11th/12th, our diocese will take up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement and help remedy the shortfall in the St. Joseph Association. I hope you will consider using the envelope provided in your packets.
Bulletin Insert #2
For weekend of May 4th/5th, 2019
Retired priests of the Diocese of Marquette receive health and automobile insurance and a monthly pension from the St. Joseph Association, the diocesan priest retirement fund. Diocesan priests live independently during their retirement, and they use their pension for basic needs, such as food, housing and transportation. Parish assessments, plus growth in the St. Joseph Association, have fallen short of what is needed to provide necessary benefits to our retired priests.
All parishes and missions in the Diocese of Marquette will participate in a special collection on May 11th/12th help “bridge the gap.” It is essential that we ensure adequate retirement and health coverage in the years ahead for our priests. Please return your collection envelope during next weekends’ Masses.
Bulletin Insert #3
For collection weekend – May 11th/12th, 2019
This weekend all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Marquette are holding a Good Shepherd Sunday special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund, called the St. Joseph Association. This collection directly benefits priests of the Diocese of Marquette and is completely separate from the annual December collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, which supports retired clergy and sisters of religious orders across America.
Please prayerfully reflect on how you can best help support our own priests’ retirement and return your envelope in the collection or drop it off at the parish.
Bulletin Insert #4
Two weeks following collection weekend – May 25th/26th, 2019
On Good Shepherd Sunday, our parish and all parishes and missions throughout our diocese took up a special collection to support our priests’ retirement fund, known as the St. Joseph Association. Collectively, our parishioners have raised $ AMOUNT to date. We truly appreciate your support. If you were unable to use your envelope last weekend, you may still support our retired priests by returning your envelope in today’s collection or by dropping it off at the parish office.