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
October 5 Declared Optional Memorial for Saint Faustina Kowalska
Sisters in Need of Current Sunday Lectionary
Bishop Baraga Association
Venerable Bishop Baraga Birthday Celebration
Department of Evangelization & Education
New Diocesan Contact for Marriage & Family Ministries
End Dismemberment Petition Update
Evaluations and Separation Forms
School Council Minutes
Diocesan Directory Listing
In Response to Covid-19
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
Paycheck Protection Program Recipients to Recall Laid Off Employees
Small Business Administration Loans through CARES Act
Payment Suspensions from April 1-September 30, 2020
2020 Parish Annual Financial Reports (PAFR)
Annual Investment Pool Conference
2020 Parish Governance Report
World Church Combined Collection – June 13th/14th, 2020
Mandatory Employment Posters Available on MCC Risk Management Website
Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic Together Ending Soon!
Legacy of Faith Updates
World Church Combined Collection – June 13/14th, 2020
Addendum #1 – Marriage Preparation Policy
Addendum #2 - Employee Recall Letter – Template
Addendum #3 - Reasonable Assurance Letter Template (Seasonal Employees)
Addendum #4 – Paycheck Protection Program Application Form
Addendum #5– PPP Application Sample
Addendum #6 – Paycheck Protection Program Application Form-Addendum A - Updated-4.7.2020
Addendum #7 – MCC Retirement and Medical Annual and Monthly
Addendum #8 – Governance Report 2020
Addendum #9 - World Collection 2020 Bulletin Insert
Addendum #10 - June 2020 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 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)
- 08-15-20 National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 08-16-20 National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 08-31-20 Parish Annual Financial Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 09-01-20 Supplemental Personnel Policy Change Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- 09-30-20 Parish Governance Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
Very Rev. Daniel Moll
OCTOBER 5 DECLARED OPTION MEMORIAL FOR SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA
On May 18th, 2020, Pope Francis added saint Faustina Kowalska, virgin, to the general roman calendar as an optional memorial. It will be celebrated on October 5th. The prayers are being translated but, in the meantime, prayers from the Common of Virgins or the Common of Holy Men and Women: For Religious may be used during both Holy Mass and Liturgy of the Hours. Specific prayers for this day are currently being translated but are not yet available. Questions may be directed to Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com or (906) 362-2002.
SISTERS IN NEED OF COPY OF CURRENT SUNDAY LECTIONARY
The Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres are in need of a current Sunday lectionary. Do you have an extra copy of the current Sunday lectionary that you are not using? Even if it is not in the best condition, it will be greatly appreciated by the sisters. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact Deacon Tom Foye at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 362-2002.
BISHOP BARAGA ASSOCIATION
VENERABLE BISHOP BARAGA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, June 27th the Bishop Baraga Association will host an outdoor Birthday celebration for Venerable Bishop Baraga from 1 to 3pm.
There will be a brief welcome at 1 pm, music, a scavenger hunt and activities for the kids as well as an opportunity to relax and enjoy good company and beautiful scenery while social distancing.
Please bring a lawn chair. RSVP to email@example.com or 906-227-9117. Please include your cell phone number in case we have to modify the event because of inclement weather or changes in the social distancing guidelines.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
NEW DIOCESAN CONTACT FOR MARRIAGE & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Deacon Steve Gretzinger is our new Diocesan Contact for Marriage & Family Ministries. Pastors & Marriage Mentor Couples may contact Dcn. Steve if they have questions regarding the process of marriage preparation, including training and procedures. The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Policy may be read here:
https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/images/files/File/PolicyManuals/SacramentalPolicies/Marriage%20Preparation%20Policy-Final%2010-16-17.pdf or refer to Addendum #1.
Deacon Steve retains his position as the Advertising Manager of the U.P. Catholic and can be reached at 906-863-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Bishop John is planning on celebrating Vicariate Confirmations this fall.
The dates are as follows:
- St. Mary Rockland Vicariate Confirmation...Our Lady of Peace, Ironwood....3:00pm CT...Sept. 20, 2020
- St. Joseph & St. Patrick Vicariate...St. Joseph & St. Patrick, Escanaba...3:00pm ET...Sept. 27, 2020
- St. John Neumann Vicariate...Location and time TBD....Oct. 11, 2020
- Holy Name of Mary Vicariate...St. Paul, St. Calumet...3:00pm ET...Oct. 18, 2020
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, email@example.com or 906-227-9130.
END DISMEMBERMENT PETITION UPDATE
The period to challenge the sample of signatures (to verify the petition to end dismemberment abortion) ended June 1. As anticipated, Planned Parenthood has filed challenges to the signatures. Here is an update on the process, which also explains how Right To Life is working to “revive” as many signatures as possible with a counter-challenge: https://rtl.org/michigan-value-life-challenge/.
All teacher contracts for the 2020-21 school year are required to be turned into the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury by July 20, 2020. Please send the originals to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855.
EVALUATIONS AND SEPARATION FORMS
Teacher evaluations are due to the Catholic Schools Office, attention Mark Salisbury as soon as possible. Any staff members leaving at the end of the school year must also have a separation form completed and sent to the Catholic Schools Office.
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.
DIOCESAN DIRECTORY LISTING
The U.P. Catholic newspaper is planning to run the Diocesan Directory of Services in the August 14 issue. Please email any changes for your parish’s listing to email@example.com. The master list will be emailed to all pastors and secretaries by the end of June. Please reference the email for your parish’s listing. Changes are due no later than Friday, July 17.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM RECIPIENTS TO RECAL LAID OFF EMPLOYEES
Parishes and schools that received funding from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans must offer jobs back to employees that were laid off. As such, these employees will no longer be eligible for unemployment compensation. Parishes and schools should bring employees back as soon as PPP funds are received and ensure that employees are paid as normal for the eight weeks following receipt of funds. Employers should use the Addendum #2 letter template to send to laid off employees.
Under Michigan law, unemployment benefits are denied to seasonal employees who have been given a "reasonable assurance" of returning to their position at the start of the next season. Please use the Addendum #3 template to send to seasonal staff to meet the requirements of the “reasonable assurance” notice. Seasonal employees should only be paid through the original date employment was supposed to cease (e.g. if the plan was for a DRE to end seasonal employment at a particular date and not scheduled to be paid again until Fall). If any employee files for unemployment outside of the regular seasonal term, employers need to protest this claim to the Unemployment Insurance Agency.
Please contact Tim Thomas with any questions at: email@example.com.
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.
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 #7) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Carol Parker at: email@example.com, John Waldo at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Irene McCauley at: email@example.com for additional assistance.
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.
2020 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2020 Parish Annual Financial Report will be available online on the Diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr on June 15th, 2020. PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31st, 2020 and must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement attachment for each parish submission. Please contact Irene McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
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. Please use the following link to register for this event: https://form.jotform.com/70323169336151.
2020 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2020 and has been included in Addendum #8. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 13/14TH, 2020
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2020 World Church Collection on June 13/14th, 2020. The World Church Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund, the Holy Land & National Communications collection, and the Peter’s Pence collection (Collection for the Holy Father). Parish bookkeepers are advised to divide unspecified World Church fund donations evenly between the three individual collections using the Collection Counting Sheet. Bookkeepers may then complete their Combined Collection Transmittal forms to include with their payment to the Diocese. These collection resources can be found at dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies. Please make checks out to “Diocese of Marquette-World Church Collection.”
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Parishes may also print and use the Addendum #9 World Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
MANDATORY EMPLOYMENT POSTERS AVAILABLE ON MCC RISK MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Just a reminder that all state/federally-mandated employment posters are available on the Michigan Catholic Conference website. These posters can be found at http://www.micatholic.org/risk-management/information-and-forms/ and are updated routinely. For more information regarding employment posting requirements, please contact Michigan Catholic Conference’s Risk Management department at 1 (800) 395-5565.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
#IGIVECATHOLIC TOGETHER ENDING SOON!
The #iGiveCatholic Together platform will close for donations on June 30, 2020 (to prepare the site for Giving Tuesday 2020 on Dec 1). Parishes that have been receiving offertory donations via this emergency platform should consider adding an online donations option on the parish website at this time. Contact Terri for assistance and suggested vendors. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since late March, 37 parishes & organizations have received gifts on this platform, with an average gift amount of $88.21.
LEGACY OF FAITH
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The next Development Roundtable is June 24 at 4PM Eastern and will be conducted as a Zoom meeting. Professionals from two fundraising firms that are currently doing parish work in our diocese will be guest speakers. All clergy and laity in our diocese interested in fundraising and development as ministry are welcome. Email Terri at email@example.com to be added to the list to receive email invitations.
- New Faith Formation grants for next fiscal year have been approved. Click here to view the complete list.
- Catholic Service Award Nominations: Nominations were due June 1 and are currently under review. The award winners and their pastors will be notified soon.
- Catholic School grant reports from current fiscal year are due June 15, 2020
- Parish faith formation grant reports from current fiscal year are due June 30, 2020. If your parish was unable to complete its LOF funded program, please click here to learn more about your options. Contact Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Catholic Missionary Disciples Grants are still available! Click here to learn more, and here to apply.
WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 13/14TH, 2020
Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Funds will help six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world.
Holy Land & National Communications Collection
The political, religious, and military challengers in the Holy Land are more complex than ever. The wars, unrest, and instability have been especially hard on Christians. The Holy Land Collection offers hope to the Holy Land Christians in these times of hardship. The National Communications collection helps connect people to Christ, here and around the world, through the internet, television, radio, and print media. A portion of the funds collected will remain here in the Diocese of Marquette to support our local efforts.
Peter’s Pence Collection (Collection for the Holy Father)
The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests to aid the neediest throughout the world—those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, and natural disasters. It likewise provides the faithful with a tangible opportunity to not only empower the weak, defenseless, and voiceless, but also sustain those who suffer.