April Diocesan Communicator
No. 4/2020

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

Inside 


Department of Evangelization & Education
Faith Formation
Hospitality Lecture-Canceled
Small Group Discipleship-Canceled
Summer Faith Formation Opportunities
 

Catholic Schools
Save The Date
6th Annual Midwest Conference Canceled
Religion Bee
School Council Minutes
 

Communication Services
In Response to Covid-19
 

Financial Services
Layoff and Work Reduction Guidance Following “Stay Home” Executive Order 2020-21
Small Business Administration Loans through CARES Act
Payment Suspensions from April 1 – September 30, 2020
Cancelled: Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop 2020
2020-21 Benefit & Insurance Rate Information
Postponed: St. Joseph Association (Good Shepherd Sunday) Collection
Annual Investment Pool Conference
Diocesan Directory Changes
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic to Support Your Parish
How To Promote Online Giving
Legacy of Faith Deadline Extensions
Stewardship E-News
Development in the Field
Yoopers for Seminarians
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 – Guidance for Reduction
Addendum #2 – UIA Form
Addendum #3 – FFCRA or Act Employee Rights Non-Federal Poster
Addendum #4 – Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form
Addendum #5 – Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Sample Form
Addendum #6 – PPPAF - Addendum A
Addendum #7 – Michigan District Lenders
Addendum #8 – Paycheck Protection Program
Addendum #9 - Benefit & Insurance Rate Information for 2020-21
Addendum #10 - Downloadable April 2020 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 

IMPORTANT DATES & DATELINES
06-13-20          World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
06-14-20          World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
06-16-20          Annual Investment Pool Video Conference (Administration & Finance)
07-31-20          World Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
Faith Formation
 
HOSPITALITY LECTURE-CANCELED
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hospitality Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 has been cancelled.
 

SMALL GROUP DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING-CANCELED
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Small Group Discipleship training scheduled for June 12 and June 13, 2020 has been cancelled.
 

SUMMER FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Parishes across the diocese host summer faith formation opportunities for our youth.  They will be published in the May 22nd edition of the UP Catholic.  If you would like to have your parish’s event be included please send the following information via email to:  Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org
Name of event
Date and location of event
Sponsoring parish(es)
Contact information 
To ensure publication in the UP Catholic, provide the requested information no later than May 4

Catholic Schools
 
SAVE THE DATE
The April 16, 2020 Principal Meeting at the Diocesan Offices from 10:00am – 3:30PM has been canceled dur to the COVID-19. Office staff will reach out to the principals about upcoming meetings via email.
 

6TH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE
The 6th Annual Midwest Conference has been canceled due to the COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!
 

RELIGION BEE
The Religion Bee has been canceled due to COVID-19. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!
 

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
 
IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
“Check out what the Diocese of Marquette is doing in response to COVID-19, at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/response. Here you will find livestream Masses as well as directives and recommendations from Bishop John Doerfler, information for parishes on how to set up livestreams for priests wishing to broadcast when they celebrate private Masses, spiritual resources, links to Catholic radio and diocesan social media, parish/school financial assistance information, donation information, health information and more.”
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

LAYOFF AND WORK REDUCTION GUIDANCE FOLLOWING "STAY HOME" EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21
The effects of coronavirus around Michigan have caused many employers to close operations, and either reduce staff hours or lay off staff.  The parishes and schools of the Diocese of Marquette are facing the same difficult decisions. Please refer to the memo found in Addendum #1 for guidance on how to take these steps. If you have questions regarding this guidance, please email Tim (tthomas@dioceseofmarquette.org) and Carol Parker (cparker@dioceseofmarquette.org). 
 
Parishes are also reminded to inform employees that have been laid off or are working reduced hours that they should use the Addendum #2 unemployment notice form to file claims. Please note that employees must use the federal identification number provided on this form instead of their parish identification number in order to file claims.
 
Employers should also note that the government has set a deadline of April 1, 2020 that triggers FFCRA benefits in some cases. Additional information on FFCRA benefits can be found in Addendum #3.  Note: There are six ways to qualify for the FFCRA benefits, but the current stay at home directive from the governor is not one of the six.
 


SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOANS THROUGH CARES ACT
Parishes and schools in need of financial assistance may now apply for CARES Act funding from the Small Business Administration. Please find the necessary form to complete these applications attached Addendum #4. This information can also be found by visiting the diocesan website at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/response and clicking on the Parish-School Financial Assistance tab. Please also find the attached sample application form (Addendum #5).
 
Please note that parishes and schools must also include the attached Addendum A (Addendum #6) to loan applications.
 
Once copies are completed, signed, and reviewed, the applications should be sent to a local SBA Participating Lender.  Please click here to find a participating lender in your area or use the attached list of Michigan lenders (Addendum #7) (as of April 6, 2020).
 
Note: to complete the “average monthly payroll” field, parishes and schools will first need to access the “I have 2019 Payroll Costs” report from Paycor. 1099 employees should be removed from calculations.
 
Parishes and schools will then need to add monthly health and retirement costs to calculate total monthly payroll spending. Please use the spreadsheet showing health and retirement costs (Addendum #8) for diocesan parishes and schools for your calculation.
 
If you have any questions regarding your parish/school Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application or need to review your application before review before submitting them to your SBA Participating Lender, please contact Tim Thomas at: tthomas@dioceseofmarquette.org, Carol Parker at: cparker@dioceseofmarquette.org, John Waldo at: jwaldo@dioceseofmarquette.org, or Irene McCauley at: imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org for additional assistance.
 
The diocese is also working on a supplemental lending program that will provide low interest to funds to parishes and schools in need during the closure. More information on this program will be provided as soon as it is available.
 

PAYMENT SUSPENSIONS FROM APRIL 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Parishes and schools experiencing financial strain from the effects of the coronavirus may defer payments for needy parish loans, hymnal loans, rents, UPCSA balances, U.P. Catholic subscriptions, and service agreements between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020.
 
Please note that diocesan staff will continue to bill during this period. Parishes and schools are asked to continue payments for these debts and services if they are able to do so.
 

CANCELLED: PARISH AND SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP 2020
Due to the continuing stay at home directives and recommendations, the Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop, scheduled to take place on May 7, 2020, has been cancelled.  We are considering rescheduling this event for later in the year and will provide more information as the current situation progresses.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. 
 

2020-21 BENEFIT AND INSURANCE RATE INFORMATION
An estimation of the 2020-21 Benefit and Insurance rate information can be found in Addendum #9. Michigan Catholic Conference will release final insurance rate information to parishes and schools by early May 2020.
 

POSTPONED: ST. JOSEPH ASSOCIATION (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) COLLECTION
The annual Good Shepherd Collection to benefit the St. Joseph Association will be postponed. The collection was originally scheduled to be taken up the weekend of May 2nd/3rd in all parishes.
 
We will provide more details concerning the new collection date and promotional schedule in the coming weeks. Please contact Irene McCauley with any additional questions at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

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.
 

DIOCESAN DIRECTORY CHANGES
There have been several changes in diocesan staff in the last year. Please refer to the Diocesan Directory for updated contact information. This can be found on the diocesan website under the Administration, Directories section.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski

#IGIVECATHOLIC RE-OPENS ONLINE GIVING PLATFORM
Some of our parishes have their own online giving already set up. Some do not. Either way, all can reap the benefits of #iGiveCatholic as an online giving option. In cooperation with iGiveCatholic and GiveGab (the platform provider) we are working to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible. Visit the diocesan website response page for parish giving resources. Visit https://marquette.igivecatholic.org/ to find your parish, school or ministry, and past the direct link to your parish page into e-communications.
 
IMPORTANT: We urge all parishes to enter their own bank account data, so that donations can be deposited directly to your account. If you have not yet entered your parish bank account data into the GiveGab system, please know that the diocese is currently your fiscal sponsor. You will need to complete this JotForm and contact Angelina at ajuidici@dioceseofmarquette.org to “unlock” your bank account page so it can be changed.
 

HOW TO PROMOTE ONLINE GIVING
The weekly offertory is the financial lifeline for parishes. For ideas on how to promote online giving during COVID-19, click here. Be sure to regularly check the diocesan website response page for the latest “donate” tools and tips. https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/response/responsedonate.
 

LEGACY OF FAITH DEADLINE EXTENSIONS
  1. Grants for Faith Formation: Due May 1. Click here for the notice.
  2. Catholic Service Award Nominations: Due June 1. Click here for more info.
  3. Catholic Missionary Disciples Grants: Click here to learn more, and here to apply. Contact Angelina ajuidici@dioceseofmarquette.org for more information.
 
STEWARDSHIP E-NEWS
Click here to see our March newsletter. Re-post in whole or in part on social media and website. Invite followers to subscribe here. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organization.

DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD
  • A beneficiary designation on an IRA benefits two Catholic Schools. Meet Marie Theoret and read the story about this legacy of Catholic faith and education.
  • Holy Name Catholic School Meets Challenge, Receives $100,000. Click here to read the full story. 

YOOPERS FOR SEMINARIANS
Click here for the latest issue!
 
 
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