September 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.
Office of the Bishop
Prayer Intention Cards
Department of Evangelization & Education
Live Virtual Midweek Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience
RCIA Marital Status Questionnaire
Sacraments and RCIA Photos – Last Call
In Response to Covid-19
PPP Loan Forgiveness
Payment Suspensions from April 1 – September 30, 2020
2020 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2020 Parish Governance Report
Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop
Parish Use of Voter Guides
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic 2020 Registration Open
Faithful Giving Newsletter
Legacy of Faith
Stewardship & Development Resource Page
Ask Bishop John Doerfler to Pray for You
Addendum #1 – RCIA Candidates – Marital Status Questionnaire
Addendum #2 - Governance Report 2020
Addendum #3 – Voter Guides for Parishes
Addendum #4 - September 2020 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- September 1, 2020 Supplemental Personnel Policy Change Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- September 5, 2020 Diocesan Priests’ Retirement/Good Shepherd Collection (Administration & Finance)
- September 6, 2020 Diocesan Priests’ Retirement/Good Shepherd Collection (Administration & Finance)
- September 30, 2020 2020 Parish Governance Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- September 30, 2020 National Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
- October 13, 2020 Annual Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop (Administration & Finance)
- October 15, 2020 Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
PRAYER INTENTION CARDS
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.
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
LIVE VIRTUAL MIDWEEK WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE
Work weekends? Retired? Know a priest or religious who would enjoy growing in their vocation? Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting a live virtual MIDWEEK experience Sept. 15-16. Apply today for only $19 (priests/religious are free) with discount code Covid19 at esharing.org. Need a weekend date? Check out wwme.org for a listing of all live virtual experiences being offered.
Questions? Contact Andy & Jeanne Folfas at 937-886-5196.
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY RESOURCE
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2020. The 2020 theme will be "I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you." 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 which can be found at https://www.usccb.org/committees/evangelization-catechesis/leadership-institute-catechetical-sunday-2020.
RCIA CANDIDATES MARITAL STATUS
A reminder to Pastors, Pastoral Coordinators and the RCIA team of the importance of determining the marriage situation of the RCIA candidate and the candidate’s spouse which may require a declaration of nullity before he/she may enter the Church. If the candidate or the candidate’s current spouse has been married previously, an investigation into these marriages must be made. A questionnaire that may be helpful to you is found in Addendum #1 to this communicator.
SACRAMENTS AND RCIA PHOTOS - LAST CALL
Sacraments will publish soon. Please send photos of First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA groups for publication in The U.P. Catholic’s annual Sacraments and RCIA issue as soon as possible. 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 email@example.com or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
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.
PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS
While many of you are eager to apply for PPP loan forgiveness as soon as possible, we are advising that you wait. At the moment, many lenders are not ready to process the applications, and several are developing tools to make the process more efficient. In addition, if repayment is deemed necessary (for all, or a portion of the loan), payments are not required until 10 months after the covered period.
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)
PAFR submissions were due to the Diocese by August 31, 2020. 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 2020-21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
2020 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2020 and has been included in Addendum #2. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at email@example.com or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
PARISH & SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP
We have tentatively rescheduled the annual Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop on October 13, 2020, as a virtual event through Zoom. Registration details will be sent to all parishes and schools in the coming weeks. Please contact Emily Fust, firstname.lastname@example.org (ph. 906-225-1141), if you have any questions.
PARISH USE OF VOTER GUIDES
The Internal Revenue Code prohibits charitable organizations, including churches, from participating or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office. Permissible activities include the distribution of unbiased voter guides. Please refer to the Voter Guides Addendum #3 when preparing to distribute parish voter guides for the upcoming election. This document is also available on the Diocesan website under dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies.
403(B) RETIREMENT PLAN MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS
Please be aware the maximum contribution per individual is $19,500 unless the employee is age 50 or over. Members over 50 years of age are allowed an additional "catch-up" contribution of $6,500. Since there still are several months left in 2020, it is a good time to evaluate your individual contributions to your 403(b) plan. Are you maximizing the amount you can contribute? Are you sure you will not exceed the maximum contribution amount by year end? If you have questions, please feel free to contact Irene at email@example.com or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
#IGIVECATHOLIC 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN
Click here for detailed instruction on how to register your page for #iGiveCatholic 2020.
Need help? Contact Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! The deadline to register is October 30th.
FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Response to the new issue of Faithful Giving has been tremendous! Share this link on your parish Facebook page and add it to your website! Learn more about estate planning and request our free brochure, Give Your Family the Gift of Peace of Mind.
Have a parish stewardship story we can cover in our monthly e-newsletter? Let us know! Click here to see the latest issue. Share in whole or in part on your own parish website, Facebook page, or emails to parishioners. Invite followers to subscribe here. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organization.
LEGACY OF FAITH
Join us in recognizing David Guenther or St. Paul, Negaunee, this year’s Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award recipient. Click here to watch the short video. Feel free to share!
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE PAGE
Check out all the stewardship & development resources available on our website: capital campaign basics, increased offertory program, parish planned giving program, recorded webinars, recent Faithful Giving newsletter, My Catholic Giving Guide and more. Don’t see what you are looking for? Let us know so we can meet your needs. Visit https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipdevelopment/stewardshipresources.
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
Many people of the diocese have been impacted by the pandemic which has lead to parishioners feeling disconnected, stressed or experiencing feelings of despair. Bishop John Doerfler invites you to send your personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will prayer for your intentions for the next year. Printable and electronic prayer intentions cards may be found on his web page at: https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bishop.