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
Time of the Easter Vigil
Lay Ministers Giving Blessings during Communion
Choir Members for the Chrism Mass
Department of Ministry Personnel
Church Items Available from Closing of St. Therese Parish Germfask
Immaculate Conception – Watersmeet Request for an Ambry
Department of Evangelization & Education
Spring Study Day
Hospitality Lecture-Save the Date
See the See
Ash Wednesday Collection
Fourth Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education
Save the Date
Catholic Schools Week
School Council Minutes
Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage, November 2018
Easter Mass times to be published
Advertising for Lenten Missions, Easter & Divine Mercy
Performance Evaluation Forms
Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop 2018
Annual Investment Pool Video Conference
Tamper Evident Collection Bags
2019 Collection Schedule
Red Flag Reporting Insights
Department of Stewardship & Development
U.P. Catholic Foundation – New Website
Catholic School Advancement Webinar
Lumen Christi Award
Faithful Giving Newsletter
Legacy of Faith 2018 Catholic Service Award
Legacy of Faith Grants
Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage, November 2018
Carmelite Silver Tea Dates for 2018
Thank you for Supporting our Seminarians
Addendum #1 – Church Items Available from Closing of St. Therese Parish Germfask
Addendum #2 – Catholic Liberal Arts Education Conference – June 11-12th
Addendum #3 – Tamper Evident Bag Order Form
Addendum #4 – 2019 Collection Schedule
Addendum #5 – A Unique Way to Provide a Secure Tomorrow
Addendum #6 - Complete February Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
Addendum #7 - Shrines of Italy November 6-16, 2018 Bulletin Insert
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 3-15-2018 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Submission Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 3-21-2018 Catholic School Webinar “Communication Plans” (Stewardship & Development)
- 4-1-2018 LOF Grant Applications due for Faith Formation programs
- 5-1-2018 LOF Catholic Service Award nominations due
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.
TIME OF THE EASTER VIGIL
Please be advised that Bishop Doerfler has determined that the Easter Vigil (March 31, 2018) Mass times this year will begin no earlier than 9:00 PM Eastern time and 8:00 PM Central time. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com.
LAY MINISTERS GIVING BLESSINGS DURING COMMUNION
This issue has come up recently and Bishop John would like to standardize this procedure across the Diocese. The Church teaches that these blessings should be discouraged because lay ministers cannot give blessings within a liturgical context. However, this presents a difficulty when people come to the Lay Minister with arms crossed expecting a blessing. Bishop John’s recommendation is for the Lay Ministers to say, “Receive Jesus in your heart!” without making the hand gestures of a blessing. Feel free to adopt this as a parish practice.
A good reference to this question can be found at this link: http://www.madisoncatholicherald.org/guestcolumn/2517-matenaer.html
If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHOIR MEMBERS FOR THE CHRISM MASS
This year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. EST. If any members of your parish choir would like to participate, please fill out the following form and submit your response no later than March 9, 2018: https://form.jotform.com/80245801924151. When your registration has been submitted, you will be sent the music list and the required number of scores to the provided parish address. Rehearsal begins on March 22 at 12 noon. Please make plans to arrive early. If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg at email@example.com or (906) 227-9122. We look forward to having you join us!
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
CHURCH ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM CLOSING OF ST. THERESE PARISH GERMFASK
There are various church items that are available to any parish that is in need of vestments, candle holders, etc. These are items which belonged to St. Therese Parish in Germfask so if you are interested, please contact Fr. Ben Paris at 906-630-5101. Please refer to Addendum #1 if you would like to view some of the items that are available.
Rev. Larry Van Damme
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH- WATERSMEET
Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet is in need of an ambry. If you have an extra, please contact Paulette at Sacred Heart Parish in Ewen. (906) 988-2310
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Registration for the spring confirmations are now open. An email was sent to all parishes in early December with the link to register their candidates. The link to the form is https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/ConfRegSpring dates are as follows:
The Diocesan Confirmation will take place at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on April 15. It is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- April 15, 2018 - Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate; St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette 3:30 pm ET
- April 22, 2018 - Holy Name of Mary Vicariate; Holy Name of Mary, Sault Ste. Marie 4:00 pm ET
- April 29, 2018 - St. Mary Norway Vicariate; Immaculate Conception, Iron Mountain 2:00 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.
SPRING STUDY DAY
Registration for Spring Study Day is now open. It is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 9:45-2:30 pm at St. Peter Cathedral. The topic for this year’s presentation is “Practical Ways to Evangelize” presented by Fr. Corey Litzner and his team. To register click here. The registration deadline is March 12. Direct any questions to Denise Foye, 906-227-9130 or email@example.com.
HOSPITALITY LECTURE-SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendar for the 33rd annual Hospitality Lecture which will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Ramada Inn, Marquette. Our presenter this year is Dr. Richard McCorry, founder of the Center for Parish Hospitality. More information on this event will be coming soon!
SEE THE SEE 2018
Save Saturday November 3, 2018 on the calendars of your 6-8th graders! This annual rally for youth includes fun activities, great speakers and music, plus Mass with the Bishop!
ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION
On Ash Wednesday, February 14 or the first weekend of Lent, February 17-18, the annual Catholic School Collection will occur. Funds from this collection support all nine of our Catholic Schools in our mission to assist students and families to encounter Jesus Christ, to form disciples of Christ and provide an excellent academic formation.
FOURTH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
Mark your calendars for Our Fourth Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 11, 2018 through June 12, 2018. This year’s theme is “See the Real through Eyes of Wonder”. 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 in Addendum #2.
SAVE THE DATE
The upcoming Principal meeting is Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:30pm ET.
The upcoming Diocesan School Council meeting is Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET at the Diocesan Office.
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Father Marquette Catholic Academy in Marquette, MI. Further information will be forthcoming.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Thank you everyone who helped make Catholic Schools Week great!
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.
SHRINES OF ITALY PILGRIMAGE, NOVEMBER 2018
Andrew Brown of Collette Travel will be at St. Christopher Church, 2372 Badger Street, Marquette, MI 49855 on Tuesday, March 6th at 6pm to share more about our 2018 Pilgrimage to Italy. The Catholic Diocese of Marquette and your hosts Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage to the beautiful Shrines of Italy, November 6-16, 2018. For presentation details, a full itinerary & to reserve your spot, please contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette (906) 228-6355 - email@example.com. Please RSVP to attend the presentation on March 6th.
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the March 30, 2018 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 9. Please submit your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times here: https://form.jotform.com/70333342912145.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 863-7460 for issue cut-off dates and advertising rates.
PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FORMS
It is recommended that employers conduct annual evaluations for all employees. Please feel free to utilize Diocesan evaluation forms when conducting your employee annual evaluations at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 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 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 (via email) to Irene McCauley at email@example.com. Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2018. Please see the Bulletin Announcements section to promote this scholarship opportunity.
PARISH SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2018
The annual Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 – so mark your calendars now to attend. This year the workshop will be held at Northern Michigan University in the University Center. An email regarding on-line registration (using JotForm) will be sent to all parishes soon. 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 May 2nd, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. More information regarding the conference will be emailed to you soon.
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 have strongly endorse this procedure. If you are currently using these bags and need to order more, please see the new order from in Addendum #3. For more information or to get your initial supply contact Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 COLLECTION SCHEDULE
Please see the Diocesan Collection Schedule for 2019 included in Addendum #4. This schedule and corresponding sample envelopes have been mailed to parish-identified envelope companies. If you have any questions about the 2019 Collection Schedule or are planning to switch envelope companies, please contact Irene McCauley at email@example.com.
RED FLAG REPORTING INSIGHTS
Please take a moment to read the information below from Red Flag Reporting. Recent news events are certainly disturbing and the below provides practical insights.
#NoMore – How to Respond to a Harasser
Hardly a day goes by without hearing about another prominent person being held accountable for improper workplace behavior. While your organization certainly has taken such issues seriously (or Red Flag Reporting wouldn’t be in place), many wonder “what should I do if I find myself in the midst of being harassed?” Here are some practical steps to consider, as quoted from HR Daily Advisor:
While not exhaustive, this list is pragmatic. Simple actions lead to significant results. If you have concerns about unethical or non-emergency unsafe behavior, contact your management or us. We are here to help.
- Use strong body language. Look the harasser in the eyes; speak in a strong, clear voice. Show assertiveness and strength through your voice, facial expressions, and body language.
- Project confidence and calm. Even if you do not feel that way, it is important to appear calm, serious, and confident.
- Do not apologize, make an excuse, or ask a question. You do not need to say sorry for how you feel or what you want. Be firm.
- You do not need to respond to diversions, questions, threats, blaming, or guilt-tripping. Stay on your own agenda. Stick to your point. Repeat your statement or leave.
- Decide when you’re done. Success is how you define it. If you said what you needed to say and you’re ready to leave, do so.
As a reminder, our client code for filing a report is 8005629745.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATON - NEW WEBSITE
The U.P. Catholic Foundation website is now available. Learn who is on the board, what the benefits are, how to establish a fund, and more. Supporters can make a gift online and professional advisors can access information to assist their charitably-inclined clients. Place a link to it on your parish or school website, mention it when promoting giving, and forward the website link to your friends and family. Visit www.upcatholicfoundation.org today.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT WEBINAR
Communication Plans, Wed, March 21 from 10 – 11 am. Open to all. Click the link to join the webinar - https://zoom.us/j/944531443. Recording will be available after the webinar at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources.
LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD
Who do you know that demonstrates exemplary service to the poor and fostering the Catholic faith? One nomination can be submitted from our diocese. Please forward nominee suggestions to Terri firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information. Past nominees from the Diocese of Marquette include:
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Click here to view latest issue of newsletter on gift and estate planning. Put the link on your parish/school website and share in bulletins/newsletters!
- 2017 Michael Malnar, Alpha Omega Residential Rehab Facility Dir ($1,000 award received)
- 2015 St Francis Connection Center ($10,000 award received)
- 2012 Room at the Inn ($10,000 award received)
LEGACY OF FAITH 2018 CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD
Parish Pastoral and/or Finance Councils are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2018 LOF Catholic Service Award. Nominations due May 1st. The award recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church and provides a $250 LOF grant to the parish for faith formation. Nominations must include a letter of support from the pastor. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/catholicserviceawards for easy online submission form.
LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS
Applications for parish faith formation programs for 2018-2019 are due April 1 for the grant period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Visit www.LegacyofFaith.net. Online submissions preferred.
BULLETIN OR NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
Use Addendum #5 in a parish/school newsletter or in parish bulletin to help educate your supporters about a unique way to give.
Looking for financial assistance with your college education? Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 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 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 (via email) to Irene McCauley at email@example.com. Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2018.
SHRINES OF ITALY PILGRIMAGE, NOVEMBER 2018
Andrew Brown of Collette Travel will be here on Tuesday, March 6th at 6pm to share more about our 2018 Pilgrimage to Italy. The Catholic Diocese of Marquette and your hosts Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage to the beautiful Shrines of Italy, November 6-16, 2018. For presentation details, a full itinerary & to reserve your spot, please contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette (906) 228-6355 - firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP to attend the presentation on March 6th.
SAVE THE DATE: CARMELITE SILVER TEA DATES FOR 2018
The Carmelite Silver Tea for 2018 will be held on September 15-16, 2018.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR SEMINARIANS
A huge thank you to everyone from the Marquette, Gwinn, Negaunee and Ishpeming parishes that responded to the 2017 Seminarian Endowment Challenge. An event was held at St Michael parish last November, raising more than $16,000 to qualify for a matching grant from Catholic Extension. These donations provide the much needed funds for form and educate seminarians for the Diocese of Marquette for the long-term. For more information, visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/seminarians.