August Diocesan Communicator
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
End to Dismemberment Abortion Petition
Prayer Intention Card Mailing from the Bishop
Carmelite Silver Tea, September 21-22, 2019
54 Day Rosary Novena-August 15th through October 7th
 
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
New Order of Baptism of Children
Saint Peter Cathedral installs new Adoration Tabernacle
 
Department of Ministry Personnel
Protecting God’s Children 2019
 
Department of Evangelization & Education
Catholic Schools
Save the Dates
2019 Parish Annual Administrative Report (PAAR)
Teacher Contracts
School Council Updates
 
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
Fall Confirmations
Catechetical Sunday
 
Communication Services
Priesthood Sunday is September 29, 2019!
 
Financial Services
52nd UPCSA “First Ask” Letter
2019 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2019 Parish Governance Report
 
Department of Stewardship & Development
Faithful Giving Newsletter
#iGiveCatholic 2019 Save the Dates
Legacy of Faith
Monthly Stewardship Newsletter
Yoopers for Seminarians
 
Bulletin Announcements
Ask Bishop John Doerfler to Pray for You
 
Addenda
Addendum #1 – Saint Peter Cathedral Installs New Adoration Tabernacle
Addendum #2 – Protecting God’s Children Classroom Schedule
Addendum #3 – Topics at the Summit
Addendum #4 – Governance Report 2019
Addendum #5 - Complete August Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 9-30-2019  Parish Governance Report Submission Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 9-30-19 National Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
END TO DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION PETITION
A citizen’s petition drive to initiate legislation to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure is currently underway.This petition drive, operating under the committee name Michigan Values Life, is organized by the Right to Life of Michigan and is supported by Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC). In a July 1 letter sent to all pastors and pastoral coordinators, Bishop John strongly encouraged parish participation in the overall effort to gather signatures. Parishes seeking assistance with their petition drive should contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906.227.9130.For more information please go to http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/michigan-values-life/
 
PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
The sixth annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office was sent in mid-June to all registered households. Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will pray for the intentions for the next year. Please encourage your parishioners to respond. A bulletin announcement is included below for your convenience.
 
ANNUAL CARMELITE SILVER TEA - SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2019
The annual fundraiser to benefit the Carmelite Sisters will be held at the Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain, MI on Sept. 21st and 22nd from noon to 3pm.  The Silver Tea is a 65-year-old tradition, and is the only organized fundraiser held throughout the year.  The Sisters rely solely on alms (donations) for their support!  Craft and bake sale items along with the Sisters famous homemade bread will be available for sale.  The Silver Tea table will include sandwiches, candies, bars, coffee and tea.  The tea is open to the public and all are welcome.
 
Tickets for the main drawing are a suggested donation of $1 or 6 tickets for $5.  They can be purchased at any Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Marquette or at the Monastery on the corner of M95/US 2.
 
54 DAY NOVENA-AUGUST 15TH THROUGH OCTOBER 7TH
The 2019 54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Nation will again be from the
August 15th Solemnity of the Assumption through the October 7th Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  You can find more information on the Rosary Coast to Coast website at:  https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/novena-for-our-nation-2019/.

 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll

 
NEW ORDER OF BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
The Holy See has approved a new translation for the Rite of Baptism which is now named the Order of Baptism of Children, Second Edition.  It can be used any time after the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2, 2020 but must be used by Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.  It will be published by several companies, however, none have been disclosed at this time.
 
SAINT PETER CATHEDRAL INSTALLS NEW ADORATION TABERNACLE
Due to the diminishing number of adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Peter Cathedral has been concerned about security of the Blessed Sacrament when no adorers were present and the monstrance was vailed.  To solve this issue, they have installed an Adoration Tabernacle which can be seen in Addendum #1.  If any parishes are interested in this solution, please contact Jim Dowling at (906) 250-4454.
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Rev. Michael Woempner
 
PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN CLASSROOM SCHEDULE 2019
The 2019 Protecting God’s Children classroom schedule has been finalized. Anyone who is considering volunteering or working in any Catholic school or parish in the diocese must have this training, along with the diocesan criminal background check completed prior to working or volunteering in any capacity. Anyone who wishes to attend the training, as opposed to completing the training online, must pre-register at www.virtusonline.org. Questions can be directed to Martha Tomasi at: mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9155. The schedule is attached as Addendum #2.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury

Catholic Schools
SAVE THE DATES
  • Principal Meeting: the upcoming Principal Meeting is Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
  • Literacy Meeting: the upcoming Literacy Meeting is Wednesday, August 21 – Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Iron Mountain, MI at Bishop Baraga Catholic School. This meeting is open to Catholic school educators. For more information, please contact your principal.
  • Formative Assessment Training: the upcoming Formative Assessment Training is Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Manistique, MI at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School for educators. For more information, please contact your principal.
  • Diocesan School Council: the upcoming Diocesan School Council Meeting is Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices.
  • Principal Meeting: the upcoming Principal Meeting is Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in Marquette, MI at the Diocesan Offices. 
2019 PARISH ANNUAL ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (PAAR)
The 2019 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 September 30, 2019.
 
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.
 
TEACHER CONTRACTS
All teacher contracts for the 2019-20 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. 

SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATES
All schools are reminded they are to submit their schedules, agendas, updated member list, and minutes from school council meetings and supporting committee meetings to our office.  All the above information can be sent to Cassie LaTourneau, clatourneau@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION
Register NOW for the Fall Confirmations.  The deadlines to register are as follows:
 
St. Mary Rockland Vicariate Confirmation                      August 30
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate Confirmation             September 9
Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate Confirmation                   September 16
St. John Neumann Vicariate Confirmation                      October 14
 
Register at: https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/confirmation-reg-Fall2019.  If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130. 
 
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY RESOURCES
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2019. The 2019 theme will be "Stay With Us." 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.
 
The USCCB offers several resources to assist parishes as they acknowledge their catechists and families in this important ministry in the Church.  Both the downloadable and those for purchase can be found at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/index.cfm.
 
EVANGELIZATON SUMMIT
The 2019 Evangelization Summit is an opportunity to gather with other Catholics who are committed and excited to share the Good News of Jesus Christ! This two-day gathering will feature two keynote speakers, break-out sessions, interactive workshops, Praise & Worship music, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass with Bishop John Doerfler.  For an overview of topics see Addendum #3.
 
SEE THE SEE
Hip hop and Jesus?!?  Is this for real?  Has Greg lost his mind? 
Saturday November 2, 2019 is See the See!  WITNESS is the theme for this one-day rally for Catholic 6-8 graders held in Marquette.  Check out our speaker at http://www.connorflanaganmusic.com.  Registration is open!
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY IS SEPTEMBER 29, 2019!
Please note that Priesthood Sunday is now in September. 
The U.P. Catholic newspaper plans to publish this year’s Priesthood Sunday issue on September 20th.  If your organization, parish or school is interested in placing an appreciation advertisement for your pastor and/or other priests, please use this link: https://form.jotform.com/ggostomski2003/Priesthood-Sunday-2019.
If you have problems with the link or need additional information, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at 906-863-7460 or upc@new.rr.com.  Ad requests received after August 30th will be placed in the next available issue.  
More tips and ideas to celebrate Priesthood Sunday can be found at http://www.priestsunday.org. Thank you!
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

52ND UPCSA "FIRST ASK" LETTER
Bishop Doerfler will again send a direct mailing to all registered households in early September to kick off the U.P. Catholic Services Appeal. The first ask mailing will include a personalized cover letter with attached pledge card, an authorization card for credit card or ACH payments, a Gifts at Work newsletter, and a reply envelope for parishioners to return the pledge card to their parish. The “second ask” message from parishes will be completed during UPCSA weekend (September 28/29, 2019) and the “third ask” from the diocese will be mailed by December 6th, 2019.  You will receive an email in early October regarding your options for the 3rd ask to parishioners.  Any questions can be directed to Wendy Negri at wnegri@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
2019 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
PAFR submissions were due to the Diocese by July 31, 2019. Access to this form is available on the Diocesan website dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr. Please note that submissions must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet, Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement, and 2019-2020 Budget for each parish submission. Please contact Irene McCauley immediately if your parish has not yet submitted a Parish Annual Financial Report. Irene can be reached at mailto:imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 
2019 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2019 and has been included in Addendum #4. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski

FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
The summer issue of “Faithful Giving” is now available online. Read Father Al Mott’s testimony about what planned giving means to him. Share this link on your parish Facebook page and add it to your website!
 
#iGIVECATHOLIC 2019 SAVE THE DATES
August 19th – ONBOARDING EMAIL from iGiveCatholic with your logon on credentials. Activate and edit your page Aug 19-Oct 31
 
August 27th – Getting Ready for #iGiveCatholic 3:00 PM ET/ 2:00 PM CT the first of two training webinars. Preregistration required at www.igivecatholic.org/info/trainings.

December 3rd is the giving day!
 
LEGACY OF FAITH
Click here to watch the short video of 2019 Catholic Service Award recipients Bob & Sandy Jurkovich of St Peter Cathedral. Watch for upcoming releases of two more vides on Doreen Parker of Holy Family, Ontonagon and Sally and the late Clifford Luft, St Michael, Marquette.
 
Thanks to all who submitted their LOF grant evaluations! A couple of impact highlights:
  1. 5 bus loads of young people from our diocese recently attended Steubenville for a faith-filled and fun retreat. Sixty priests (6 from our diocese) heard about 1,300 confessions!
  2. St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden received funding to purchase technology for religious education classroom. “My students range in age from 5-8, with quite varied ability and reading levels.  With the enhanced technology of a Smart TV and DVD player the students were able to be more focused on their lessons.  And because of this equipment the next generation of Catholics can be educated and ready to be a missionary for Him.” 

MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP NEWSLETTER
In case you missed the email, click here to see the July newsletter. 
 
YOOPERS FOR SEMINARIANS
Click here to see the latest issue.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
A direct mailing was sent to all registered households from Bishop John Doerfler in mid-June.Helping to fulfill one of his primary obligations, to pray for the people of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler invites parishioners to send personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will pray for your intentions for the next year.
 
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