February Diocesan Communicator
No. 2/2020
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/communicator.

Inside 

Office of the Bishop
Chrism Mass
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Call for Singers
Time of the Easter Vigil
New Order of Baptism of Children
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
 

Department of Evangelization & Education
Rite of Election
Spring Confirmations
Spring Study Day
Hospitality Lecture
National Evangelization Team
Save the Date
 

Catholic Schools
Save the Date
6th Annual Midwest Conference
Religion Bee
School Survey
School Council Minutes
 

Communication Services
Easter Mass Times to be Published
Lent, Easter & Divine Mercy Advertising
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Poland
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
 

Financial Services
Contact Department of Administration & Finance for Hiring Assistance
Webinar: Energy Savings Opportunity & Cash Positive Financing
Extended Deadline for Parish Annual Financial Reports
Performance Evaluation Forms
Tamper Evident Collection Bags
Scholarships Available
Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop 2020
Annual Investment Pool Conference
Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection – February 26th-March 1st, 2020
Collection Remittance Deadlines
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
New Secure Act
Legacy of Faith News
Faithful Giving Newsletter
Stewardship E-News
 

Bulletin Announcements
Collection for the U.P. Catholic Newspaper – Feb. 15th/16th, 2020
Collection for Diocesan Catholic Schools – February 26th – March 1st, 2020
Sirvientes De Cristo Mission
Youth Encounter - March 13-15, Fortune Lake in Crystal Falls
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 – Order of Baptism of Children
Addendum #2 – Faculties to Confirm
Addendum #3 – Spring Study Day Flyer
Addendum #4 – Catholic Liberal Arts Summer Conference Flyer
Addendum #5 – Pilgrimage to Poland Flyer
Addendum #6 – DOM Performance Evaluation (completed by supervisor)
Addendum #7 – DOM Performance Evaluation (completed by employee)
Addendum #8 - Church Collection Bag Order Form
Addendum #9 – How to Seal XT Closure Bags
Addendum #10 - A Tax-Saving Way to Help your Parish Using your IRA
Addendum #11 - Downloadable February 2020 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 02-16-20 U.P. Catholic Newspaper Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 02-26-20 Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 02-28-20 Mission Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 03-01-20 Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 03-15-20 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Submission Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 04-30-20 Diocesan Catholic Schools Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 05-03-20 Marquette Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 05-07-20 Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop (Administration & Finance)
  • 06-13-20 World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 06-13-20 World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 06-14-20 Marquette Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 06-16-20 Annual Investment Pool Video Conference (Administration & Finance) 
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
CHRISM MASS, APRIL 2, 2020
This liturgy is scheduled at 3:00 PM EDT, at Saint Peter Cathedral. A memorandum from the bishop will been sent to the priests, deacons and women religious by email and will include a registration / attendance form to be completed on-line. Please look to your email for this memorandum in February 2020.
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Very Rev. Daniel Moll

 
CALL FOR SINGERS
We encourage your parish choirs to participate in the annual Chrism Mass on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:00pm EST and the Diocesan Confirmation Mass on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:30pm EST at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette! You can register by clicking here. Please submit your response no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. Upon receipt of your registration, the Diocese will send you the music packet(s). The rehearsals begin promptly at 12 noon the day of both Masses. All preparation in advance is done at your home parish or on your own. Please plan to arrive early. If you have any questions, please contact Samuel Holmberg at (906) 227-9122 or sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org.  
 

TIME OF THE EASTER VIGIL
Please be advised that Bishop Doerfler has determined that the Easter Vigil (April 12, 2020) 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 tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

NEW ORDER OF BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
This can be used after The Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, 2020 but must be used after Easter, April 12, 2020.  For more information, please see Addendum #1.
 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TRAINING
Diocesan training is available in your Vicariate.  The Office of Divine Worship has put together a one-hour training presentation for these ministers.  Email or call if you would like to schedule a session in your area.  There is no cost to you for this program.  Please contact Deacon Tom Foye at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or call (906) 227-9126.
 

FACULTIES TO CONFIRM
Father Dan Moll has provided information regarding the specific faculties priests have in regard to Confirmation and the situations requiring the permission of the bishop to confirm.  If you have any questions regarding the information provided in the document, please contact Fr. Dan at:  dmoll@dioceseofmarqutte.org or call 906-227-9154.  Addendum #2 - Faculties to Confirm.
 

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.
 
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:  www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
 
RITE OF ELECTION
The deadline to register for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is Friday, February 14. You can register by clicking here.  Please fill out this form even if your parish will not be attending.
 
This ritual is the first Sunday in Lent, thus the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at St. Peter Cathedral at 3:30pm ET.  Please inform any catechumens or candidates in your parish to mark this date on their calendars and plan on attending. Direct any questions to Denise Foye at dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9130.
 

SPRING CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The dates are as follows:
 
Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmation
          St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette     3:30pm ET    April 26, 2020
St. Mary Norway Vicariate
          St. Mary & St. Joseph, Iron Mtn.    4:00pm CT   May 3, 2020
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate
          St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ignace       3:00pm ET    May 17, 2020
 
The Diocesan and St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmation is open to all who wish to come to the Cathedral for Confirmation. 
 
Please use the Confirmation Application found on the diocesan website. (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.  Register by clicking here.  If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130.
 

SPRING STUDY DAY
This annual event will be held on Thursday, April 2 at St. Peter Cathedral.  Our speaker this year is Joe Trembley, Director of Parish Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.  He will speak to us about the first and most important step of evangelization:  You and your relationship with Jesus and how you can share that relationship with others. You can register now by clicking here.  A flyer for this event to be used as a bulletin insert can be found as Addendum #3. Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 227-9130.
 

HOSPITALITY LECTURE
The 35th annual Hospitality Lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.  Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples and co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute will be our guest presenter.  You can register now by clicking here.  Please direct any questions to Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906)227-9130. 
 

NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM
NET dates are still available in the Diocese of Marquette! Contact Katelyn McKeen at katelyn.mckeen.youthministry@gmail.com  sign up or even to inquire for more details.
 
Open date for 2020 is: 
  • Friday, March 27
SAVE THE DATE
  • June 12/13, 2020-Small Group Discipleship Training
Everett Fritz, author of The Art of Forming Young Disciples will present a model of ministry based on small group discipleship. 

Catholic Schools
 
SAVE THE DATE
  • March 12, 2020: Principal Meeting at the Diocesan Offices from 10:00am – 3:30PM.
  • March 12, 2020: Diocesan School Council Meeting at the Diocesan Offices and via Zoom from 4:00pm – 5:30pm 
6TH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE
Mark your calendars for our 6th Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education on June 15, 2020 through June 16, 2020. 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/ggostomski2003/MidwestConference2020.
 
RELIGION BEE
Mark your calendars for the annual Catholic Schools Religion Bee on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba, MI from 9:30am – 1:40pm ET. To see the Religion Bee questions or to register click on this link www.dioceseofmarquette.org/religionbee.
 

SCHOOL SURVEY
The School Surveys will be available from January 17th and February 10th. All responses received are totally confidential and anonymous. Please see your local Catholic school for the link.
 

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
 
EASTER MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the March 27, 2020 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 Friday, March 6. Please submit your Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times here: https://form.jotform.com/200155527662149.
 

LENT, EASTER & DIVINE MERCY ADVERTISING
Please contact Dcn. Steve at ads@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 863-7460 for ad rates & publication dates if you wish to place a display advertisement promoting your Parish Mission, Fish Fry, Lenten, Holy Week, Triduum or Divine Mercy Services.
Thank you!
 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND
As you have room in your future bulletins, please consider running the following announcement. Feel free to edit for space as needed.  A ready-made image is located on Addendum #5. If you have any questions please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger at ads@dioceseofmarquette.org. Thank you!
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Celebrate the 100th Birthday of St. John Paul ll and the 20th anniversary of St. Faustina’s Canonization by joining the Diocese of Marquette, Fr. Ryan Ford, Dcn. Steve & Jackie Gretzinger on a Religious & Cultural Pilgrimage to Poland on October 5 – 13, 2020. Spend time in worship where St. Faustina lived. Visit Auschwitz, the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors, as well as the resilience of the human spirit. Be amazed as we stroll the Wieliczka salt mines. Gaze upon the world-famous Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery. Learn about the young life of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II in Wadowice. Celebrate Mass in Warsaw and Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland. So much more, please see our ad in the U.P. Catholic Newspaper or visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/989418. Contact Laura Chapman (906) 228-6355 Email: laura@holiday-mqt.com, Holiday Travel Vacations - 1440 W Ridge St. Ste B, Marquette, MI.
 

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. Be sure to list names (left to right) front row, second row, third row, back row, etc. Photos may be sent by e-mail to news@dioceseofmarquette.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

CONTACT DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE FOR HIRING ASSISTANCE
Parishes and schools are encouraged to contact the Administration & Finance department for hiring assistance. Diocesan staff will be available to assist pastors, pastoral coordinators, and/or school principals with hiring procedures as well as providing advertising services for open positions.
 
Please remember that we are not to ask about the following during the hiring/interview process:
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Medical information
  • Disability
  • Religion (unless the position requires that the applicant is Catholic) – Please ask HR first
  • Height or weight
  • Race, ethnicity, or color
  • Marital or family status
  • Pregnancy
  • Citizenship 
Those interested in hiring assistance should contact Tim Thomas at tthomas@dioceseofmarquette.org or (906) 225-1141, ext. 114.
 

WEBINAR: ENERGY SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY & CASH POSITIVE FINANCING
Parishes are invited to take part in an online webinar to learn more about a company providing significant energy savings and cash positive financing. The webinar will be held on March 20th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time and will be hosted by Travis Jones of Jones Consulting Services. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about this free initial energy cost savings assessment, zero-cost initial investment for the installation of the company’s energy savings HVAC and lighting equipment systems, and customized payback period, which allows clients to realize immediate savings while managing operational energy costs.
 
To join this meeting online, please use the following link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/jonesconsultingservicesllc. Participants may also dial-in to this webinar by calling (563) 999-2090 and entering access code: 165528#.
 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS
The deadline for the 2020 Parish Annual Financial Report has been extended to August 31st, 2020 due to a change in the UPCSA goal calculation procedure. The report form will be available online on the diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr on June 15th, 2020. Please contact Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with any questions on PAFR changes in 2020.
 

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FORMS
The Standardized Personnel Policy requires all parishes and diocesan entities to conduct annual evaluations with all employees. Completed evaluation forms should be saved in each individual employee’s personnel file and will be noted in future parish audits. Please find Diocese of Marquette Performance Evaluation forms for supervisors and employees at http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms. These forms have also been included as Addendum #6 and Addendum #7 of this communicator.
 

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 quality of tamper-evident containers. 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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org
 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Looking for financial assistance with your college education?  Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 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, 2020.
 

PARISH AND SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2020
The annual Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 2020—so mark your calendars now to attend.  This year the workshop will be held at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. An email regarding online 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 June 16th, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET.  Additional registration details will be sent to all parishes in the coming months.
 

MARQUETTE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS COLLECTION - FEBRUARY 26TH/MARCH 1ST, 2020
Parishes may hold the Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools collection on February 26th (Ash Wednesday) or March 1st (first Sunday of Lent). Please find a bulletin insert for this collection in the Bulletin Announcement section of this communicator.
 
While not a diocesan collection, parishes are also encouraged to participate in the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten initiative in 2020. Materials and information can be found at crsricebowl.org.
 

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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org with questions regarding parish remittance deadlines. 
 
Parishes held the Mission Collection on January 12th, 2020 to support the Black & Indian Mission, Catholic Home Mission, Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and the Propagation of the Faith.  Please remit collection funds to the Diocese no later than February 28, 2020.
 
On February 16th, parishes will hold 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 2020 will be held February 26th (Ash Wednesday) or March 1st (first Sunday of Lent). Please remit funds to the Diocese no later than April 30, 2020.
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
 
NEW SECURE ACT
Many people find the new SECURE Act (which stands for “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) went into effect in January 2020. It makes changes to retirement saving. Key things to know for planning charitable gifts to the Church are covered in Addendum #10. Use this flyer as an insert in your parish bulletin!
 

LEGACY OF FAITH NEWS 
  1. Grants for Faith Formation are Due April 1. Parishes interested in applying for grants for faith formation programs, please use the application at www.LegacyofFaith.net and submit by April. For assistance, contact Angelina ajuidici@dioceseofmarquette.org .
  2. Nominations Open for 2020 Catholic Service Award. Parishes are encouraged to nominate a parishioner for the 2020 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.

FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Just in Time for Valentine’s Day, the latest issue reminds us of the primacy of love in many scripture passages, and shows us how estate planning is an act of love. Request our free brochure “Your Personal Planning Road Map” that breaks down the estate planning journey into simple steps. Put the link on your parish/school website, Facebook and social media.
 

STEWARDSHIP E-NEWS
Click here to see our January newsletter. Many parishes are engaging their parishioners by re-posting all – or even one article - from the newsletter on their social media. Invite followers to subscribe here. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organization.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
COLLECTION FOR THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER - FEBRUARY 15TH/16TH, 2020
Support your parish by supporting The U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection on February 15th-16th, 2020. Your donation goes to your parish to help pay its portion of the subscription cost for the diocesan newspaper, which is mailed to all registered Catholic households. If your parish does not take up this collection, you can still contribute by placing your donation in an envelope marked “The U.P. Catholic Newspaper” and dropping it in your parish collection basket or at your parish office.
 

COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - FEBRUARY 26TH-MARCH 1ST, 2020
The Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools collection is February 26th (Ash Wednesday) or March 1st, 2020 (first Sunday of Lent). Funds from this collection support all our Catholic Schools in their mission to teach our Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum, which forms our children both spiritually and academically. Your support provides critical tuition assistance for families who might not otherwise be able to send their children to a Catholic school. An envelope has been provided for registered parishioners to participate in this year’s collection. We thank you in advance for your generous support of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Marquette!

SIRVIENTES DE CRISTO MISSION
Sirvientes de Cristo Mission Group will be traveling to LaPaz, Honduras May 25th through June 10th to serve the people of the La Granja barrio. This signup deadline is February 20th. For more information, contact Tim Bishop 906-280-8923 or Julie Bishop 906-280-1315.

YOUTH ENCOUNTER - MARCH 13-15, FORTUNE LAKE IN CRYSTAL FALLS
Open to students ages 16-20, Youth Encounter is a retreat put on by young people for young people. Youth Encounter is a system to build a Christian community among the youth: a community that offers support, growth in faith, and encouragement to be a positive influence in their environment.

To learn more or to register, visit www.YouthEncounter906.com.
 
 
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