June Diocesan Communicator
No. 6/2021

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
Action Alerts-Sign Up to Keep Informed on Pertinent Issues 
Prayer Intention Card Mailing from the Bishop
Change of Pastor and Use of Parish Funds
 

Department of Ministry Personnel
New Vicar General
Prayer Requests & Health Updates
Safe Environment Notice
Annual Deacon Conference
 

Department of Evangelization & Education
Fall Confirmation Registration
Seasons of Hope
Small Group Discipleship Training
 

Communication Services
Bishop John’s 30th Jubilee
 

Financial Services
Annual Investment Pool Virtual Conference
2021 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
World Church Combined Collection – June 12/13th, 2021
2021 Parish Governance Report
Mandatory Employment Posters Available on MCC Risk Management Website
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
Legacy of Faith Grants & Deadlines
Stewardship E-News
Development Roundtable
Faithful Giving Newsletter
2021 #iGiveCatholic Timeline
The U.P. Catholic Foundation: Rooted in Faith
 

Bulletin Announcements
Ask Bishop John to Pray for You
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 - World Collection Bulletin Insert 2021
Addendum #2 - Governance Report 2021
Addendum #3 - June 2021 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 6/12/2021      World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 6/13/2021      World Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 6/15/2021      St. Joseph Association Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 6/29/2021      Annual Investment Pool Virtual Conference (Administration & Finance)
  • 7/31/2021      World Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 8/14/2021      National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 8/15/2021      National Church Collection (Administration & Finance)
  • 8/31/2021      Parish Annual Financial Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 9/1/2021        Supplemental Personnel Policy Change Deadline (Administration & Finance)
 
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
ACTION ALERTS-SIGN UP TO KEEP INFORMED ON PERTINENT ISSUES
To help keep Catholics informed of pertinent issues on both the State and National level, I encourage Catholics to sign up for notices from the Michigan Catholic Conference and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.  These vehicles issue timely notices and information on issues pertinent to the Catholic Church. 

If you have not already signed up for these action alerts, I encourage you to do so.  I would also ask you to help me spread the word about these valuable resources that help to keep Catholics informed and enable them to take timely action on important issues.

You may sign up for alerts from the Michigan Catholic Conference by following this link: http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/catholic-advocacy-network/.

You may sign up for alerts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by following this link: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/home.
 

PRAYER INTENTION CARD MAILING FROM THE BISHOP
Coming up in mid-June, the annual “Prayer Intention Card” mailing from the Bishop’s Office will be direct-mailed 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 for your convenience.
 

CHANGE OF PASTORS AND USE OF PARISH FUNDS
Just a reminder, parish funds may not be used to host a going away party, offer a monetary going away gift or purchase a going away gift for a pastor who will be leaving the parish. In addition, special collections may not be taken for this purpose nor be used to assist a pastor with financial needs. Pastors may receive gifts (monetary or physical) directly from parishioners if they choose to offer them freely.
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY & PERSONNEL

NEW VICAR GENERAL
Fr. Tim Ekaitis has been appointed Vicar General, effective July 1, 2021. Please feel free to contact him regarding priest personnel issues at (906) 227-9107 or tekaitis@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

PRAYER REQUESTS & HEALTH UPDATES
Please continue to keep our senior priests in your prayers as they are very special to us. If you know of a priest, deacon, Women Religious or seminarian in need of prayers, please e-mail the information to Martha Tomasi, Department of Ministry Personnel, Mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org. Fr. Mike Woempner, Vicar for Senior Priests can be reached at (906) 774-6122 or padre53179@gmail.com. Please contact Fr. Mike or Martha Tomasi if you have a concern about a senior priest.
 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT NOTICE
There will not be in-person Protecting God’s Children training in the Fall of 2021. The training is available as an on-line course. Accommodations can be made for those without access to a computer or internet service. Please remember that all employees, including clergy and, most volunteer positions require a completed background check and the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training prior to an offer of employment can be made or actively volunteering.  If you have an employee or a volunteer that needs to complete the training or, if you have any questions, please e-mail Martha Tomasi at mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

ANNUAL DEACON CONFERENCE
The annual Deacon Conference will be held October 15th – 17th. This is a Friday through noon on Sunday at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Our speaker will be Fr. Ryan Ford. Deacons who wish to register for the conference or, for more information, please contact Martha Tomasi at (906)227-9155 or e-mail her at mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Registration for the Fall Confirmations are now open.  They are scheduled as follows:  
 
St. Mary Rockland Vicariate
          Our Lady of Peace Ironwood, Sept. 12, 3pm CT  
Registration deadline - Sept. 1

St. John Neumann Vicariate
St. John Neumann, Spalding, Sept. 19, 2pm CT
Registration deadline - Sept. 10

St. Joseph-St. Patrick Vicariate 
St. Joseph-St. Patrick Escanaba, Oct. 3, 2pm
All Saints, Gladstone, Oct 3, 6 pm
Registration deadline - Sept. 24

Most Holy Name of Jesus Vicariate
St. Paul Calumet, Oct. 10, 3pm
Registration deadline - Oct. 1
 
You can register by going to:  https://form.jotform.com/DioceseofMarquette/confirmationRegistration-Fall2021
If you have any questions regarding Confirmation, contact Denise Foye, dfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org or 906-227-9130. 
 

SEASON OF HOPE RESOURCE
The pandemic impacted all of us on many levels including our spiritual life.  Scripture tells us that, “after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.” (1Peter 5:10).  Bishop’s call back to Mass is a sign of hope during what has been a time of suffering.
 
The Diocesan Evangelization Council has created a resource for the faithful and parishes entitled Season of Hope as the diocesan church returns to the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  This resource can be found at by clicking here.
 

SMALL GROUP DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING
Everett Fritz, founder and director of St. Andrew Missionaries—an organization dedicated to training and equipping the young people and families offered small group discipleship virtual training for the Baraga County Catholic Churches which built on the diocesan Spring Study Day 2021 presentation. The recordings of the training are available to all in the diocese.  To view them go to the diocesan website faith formation page.  This was made possible through a Legacy of Faith grant.    
 
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
BISHOP JOHN'S 30TH JUBILEE
Please join The U.P. Catholic Newspaper as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bishop John’s Presbyteral Ordination. To place a Congratulations Ad from your Parish or school, visit us at: https://form.jotform.com/211235937426153.
Advertising deadline for the July 16th issue is June 25th.  Please contact Dcn. Steve at ads@dioceseofmarquette.org if you have any questions or problems with the link. Thank you!
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Tim Thomas

ANNUAL INVESTMENT POOL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Please spread the word about the Annual Investment Pool Virtual Conference!  This year’s conference will be held on June 29, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET.  Those interested can use following link to register for this event: https://form.jotform.com/70323169336151.
 

2021 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
The 2021 Parish Annual Financial Report will be available online on the Diocesan website at dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr on June 15th, 2021. PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31st, 2021 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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135 with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance.
 

WORLD CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION - JUNE 12/13TH, 2021
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2021 World Church Collection on June 12/13th, 2021. 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 #1 World Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
 

2021 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2021 and has been included in Addendum #2. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 

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
Terri Gadzinski

LEGACY OF FAITH GRANTS & DEADLINES
  1. Due June 30, 2021: Faith Formation 2020-2021 Grant Evaluations. Click here. If you were unable to use all or part your grant, please contact Angelina for further instruction.
  2. Due June 15, 2021: Catholic School 2020-2021 Grant Report. Click here.
  3. 2021-2022 New Grant Awards: More than $321,00 in grants announced! Click here to see the complete list of 2021 Grantees! Grants will be paid in July 2021. 

STEWARDSHIP E-NEWS
Click here to see the latest issue. Share in whole or in part on your own parish website. Facebook page, or emails to parishioners. Use this link in emails, parish bulletin, website and more to invite your parishioners to subscribe, use this link: https://dioceseofmarquette.flocknote.com/Stewardship/notes. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organization.
 

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE
August 3rd at 11:00 AM ET at St. Anne Parish, Chassell.  We’d love to have you join us for the Diocese of Marquette Development Roundtable summer gathering. The topic for discussion and sharing is upcoming fall appeals in the diocese:
  • U.P. Catholic Service Appeal (September)
  • #iGiveCatholic (November)
  • Other appeals you may be working on this fall. 
Click here to view the invitation and RSVP or email Terri at tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

FAITHFUL GIVING NEWSLETTER
Read our latest issue of Faithful Giving. In memory of Fr. Paul Nomellini, we re-share his joyful giving strategy. Share the link on your parish digital and social media platforms.  Request this issue’s free brochure, Your Loved Ones Are Counting on You. Not on our mailing list? Click here to subscribe!
 

2021 #IGIVECATHOLIC TIMELINE
#iGiveCatholic is December 1st. Click here for a handy 2021 Timeline. Last year in the Diocese of Marquette the # of donors jumped by 33% and the dollars donated nearly doubled from the prior year. The giving day – and online giving – is growing and engaging more people in Catholic philanthropy than ever before. Start planning soon!
 

THE U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION: ROOTED IN FAITH
The UPCF has developed a brand to help people identify the Foundation, learn the mission and build trust. The brand, “Rooted in Faith” takes from the Foundation logo which contains a cross with roots, and aligns with its mission to sustain and grow our Catholic Community in the Upper Peninsula.
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
ASK BISHOP JOHN DOERFLER TO PRAY FOR YOU
A direct mailing will be 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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