August Diocesan Communicator
No. 8/2021

Note:  Please contact Sara Shusta at 800-562-9745 ext. 137 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
Carmelite Silver Tea, September 18, 2021
Baraga Days, September 25-26, 2021

Saint Joseph Summit, September 30 - October 3, 2021

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Liturgical Books with Links

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

 
Department of Evangelization & Education
Fall Confirmations Registration
Catechetical Sunday


Communication Services
Priesthood Sunday
Milestone Wedding Anniversary Mass

 
Financial Services
National Church Combined Collection – August 14/15, 2021
2021 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
Standardized Personnel Policy Change Reminder
54th UPCSA “First Ask” Letter
2021 Parish Governance Report
Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop

 
Department of Stewardship & Development
2021 #iGiveCatholic is Nov 30th
Stewardship E-News
Endowment Fund Distributions

 
Bulletin Announcements
National Church Combined Collection – August 14/15th, 2021
Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Baraga Days 2021

 
Addenda
Addendum #1 - National Collection Bulletin Insert 2021
Addendum #2 - Supplemental Personnel Policies
Addendum #3 - Governance Report 2021
Addendum #4 - Sample Diocesan Annual Appeal Landing Page
Addendum #5 - Milestone Wedding Celebration
Addendum #6 - Baraga Days 2021 schedule

Addendum #7 - Liturgical books with links
Addendum #8 - August 2021 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)

 
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES  
  • 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)
  • 09-30-21       2021 Parish Governance Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 09-30-21       National Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
CARMELITE SILVER TEA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
Each year, the Sisters of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain, MI, sponsor the Carmelite Silver Tea, Craft and Bake Sale which is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the event will be held outdoors in front of the Carmelite Monastery. 
 
The event will include individually packaged beverages and cookies. The Sisters’ bread will be sold, as well as other items from their gift shop. A silent auction, basket raffle, and other raffle prizes will be available. Raffle tickets may be purchased through your parish.   
 
Bishop John highly encourages your support and participation in the event. The Carmelite prayer and contemplate focus on the welfare and fruitfulness of all those engaged in the work of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop John asks for your assistance in helping the Carmelites in carrying on their spiritual mission.

 
BARAGA DAYS, SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2021 
The Bishop Baraga Association and the Diocese of Marquette will be hosting the annual Baraga Days event September 25th and 26th, 2021 at St. Peter Cathedral.
 
Festivities run throughout the day Saturday culminating with dinner (reservations required) and the “Director’s Cut” of “Walking with Baraga: The Joe Gregorich Story” a SECOND documentary on the life of Bishop Baraga. In addition, the producer, Michael O’Neill - award-winning author, EWTN host and creator of the popular docuseries “They Might Be Saints” will present on “Hunting for A Miracle” & Behind-the-Scenes details of this incredible film.
 
Please contact the Bishop Baraga Association at (906) 227-9117 for additional information and to register. See addendum #6 for schedule.

 
SAINT JOSEPH SUMMIT, SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 3, 2021
The Diocese of Orange will present a Saint Joseph Summit, a virtual 72-hour conference featuring presentations themed to St. Joseph by bishops, priests, and prominent lay Catholic evangelists. All are welcome to attend. Information regarding costs for individuals, parishes and groups may be found at:  www.saintjosephsummit.com. Downloadable bulletin ads, social media art and flyers are also available on the website.
 
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
LITURGICAL BOOKS WITH LINKS
As a companion file to the current list of Liturgical Books published in the last Communicator, a document is attached which shows a some of current Liturgical Books linked to their publishers. See addendum #7 for the file. Questions may be directed to Deacon Tom Foye by email at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY & PERSONNEL
Very Rev. Timothy M. Ekaitis
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
Please reference the Master Spreadsheet to check for compliance with the Safe Environment policy. This list should be a complete list of your active employees and volunteers. Please look to ensure it is accurate and, contact anyone who needs to complete any incomplete requirement. Questions can be directed to Martha Tomasi at: mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
As a reminder. 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. 
 

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY RESOURCES
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 19, 2021 and the theme is "Say the Word and My Soul Shall be Healed." 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. They can be found at https://www.usccb.org/committees/evangelization-catechesis/leadership-institute-catechetical-sunday-2021.

 
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY
Priesthood Sunday this year will be celebrated on September 26th. Due to Covid-19 many parishes & schools are still limited on showing their affection for their Pastors with a big reception, handshakes & hugs. The U.P. Catholic Newspaper plans to publish it's Priesthood Sunday issue on September 17th.  If your Parish is interested in placing an appreciation advertisement for your pastor and/or other priests, please use this link: https://form.jotform.com/212204241336138.
 
If the link doesn’t work for you or you need additional information, please contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger directly at (906) 863-7460 or ads@dioceseofmarquette.org. Ad requests received after August 26th will miss the Priesthood Sunday issue and be placed in the next available issue. Thank you!

 
MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th or above anniversaries, as well as newlyweds are invited along with their families to the annual Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration. Due to last year’s cancellation, those celebrating last year and this are included. Golden anniversary couples are additionally invited to submit information and photos for publication in The U.P. Catholic newspaper. The celebration will be at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, beginning with Mass at 3:30 p.m. ET. Please see Addendum #5 for a printable registration form.
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Tim Thomas
NATIONAL CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION – AUGUST 14/15, 2021
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will take up the 2021 National Church Collection on August 14/15, 2021. The National Church Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the National Retirement Fund for Religious, and the Catholic University Collection. Parish bookkeepers are advised to divide unspecified National 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-National 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 National Church Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Please email imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org to request a copy of this flyer in JPG format. We appreciate your attention to this very important matter.
 

2021 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
PAFR submissions will be due to the Diocese by August 31, 2021. PAFR submissions must include Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet), Statement of Revenue & Expense (Income Statement), and 2021-2022 Budget attachments for each parish submission. Please get in touch with Irene McCauley with questions on PAFR submission requirements or for general form assistance. Irene can be reached directly at (906) 227-9135.
 
STANDARDIZED PERSONNEL POLICY CHANGE REMINDER
All parishes and missions are reminded that changes to the supplemental portion of the Standardized Personnel Policy are due to the Diocese by September 1, 2021. Any parishes planning to make changes to benefits administered by Michigan Catholic Conference (including short-term or long-term disability benefits, as well as health, dental, vision, or life insurance coverage) should also contact MCC by no later than September 1 to ensure that these changes are processed for January 1, 2022. Please call 800-395-5565 to report offering changes to MCC Benefits.
 
If you are unsure whether your parish submitted changes to its supplementary personnel policies, please contact
Irene McCauley to verify that your policy was received and approved. All parishes must submit parish supplemental policy drafts to the Diocese before implementing new policies at their parishes. Once the diocesan staff approve supplemental policies, copies will be returned to the parish for approval by the pastor and parish finance council before taking effect.
 
Parish bookkeepers are also reminded that all parish employees must also sign policy acknowledgment forms to be recorded in employee personnel files. 
 
A copy of the supplemental personnel policies can be found on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/administrativepolicies and in Addendum #2 of this Communicator.
 

54th UPCSA "FIRST ASK" LETTER
Bishop Doerfler will again send a direct mailing to all registered households just after Labor Day in September to kick off the U.P. Catholic Services Appeal. The first ask mailing will include a personalized cover letter with attached pledge card, an authorization card for credit card or ACH payments, a Gifts at Work newsletter, and a reply envelope for parishioners to return the pledge card to their parish. The “second ask” message from parishes will be completed during UPCSA weekend (September 25/26, 2021) and the “third ask” from the diocese will be mailed by December 1st, 2021.  You will receive an email in early October regarding your options for the 3rd ask to parishioners.  Any questions can be directed to Wendy Negri at wnegri@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
2021 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30, 2021 and has been included in Addendum #3. Completed reports or questions should be sent directly to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or at 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.

PARISH & SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP
We look forward to hosting our annual Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop in mid-October this year. Additional registration details will be sent to all parishes soon. Please contact Emily Fust at (906) 225-1141, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski
#IGIVECATHOLIC IS NOV 30TH
For the 4th consecutive year, we are pleased to offer the gift of a diocese-wide platform for #iGiveCatholic to all parishes, schools and Catholic ministries at no direct cost to you. The growth of the giving day in our diocese since 2018 is phenomenal - # of donors is up by 176%, # of gifts up by 464% and $ donated up 176%.   
 
A welcome packet email was sent to all parishes, schools and organizations on August 6th from Angelina. If you didn’t receive it, contact Angelina at ajuidici@dioceseofmarquette.org
  • August 16th – All organizations must register Aug 16 – Nov 3 to activate their page. Simple, step-by-step instructions will be emailed on August 16th to all pastors and #iGC admins on file. Enter your bank information right away to get verified to receive donations directly to your bank account.
  • August 24th – Getting Ready for #iGiveCatholic 2021 Webinar – Click here to register
  • November 3rd – Final Steps to Success for #iGiveCatholic 2021 Webinar – Click here to register
  • November 30th – #iGiveCatholic 2021
Platform transaction fees have been reduced this year, as has the minimum donation amount from $25 to $20. A limited supply of offering envelopes is available for those not wanting to give online – contact Angelina if you are interested in receiving a small supply.
 
Those who plan a specific project and promote it stand a better chance of advancing their cause and receiving donations. Parishes may use #iGiveCatholic to boost their UPCSA response - see Addendum #4 for a sample landing page for a parish fundraising for their diocesan annual appeal. Use the giving day to enhance and expand any current fundraising going on in the parish/school/ministry and take advantage of the wide-spread local and national media coverage on this day.
 
Use this timeline to help you stay on task and prepare for Giving Tuesday on November 30th.

STEWARDSHIP E-NEWS
Click here to see the latest issue. invite your parishioners to subscribe, use this link: https://dioceseofmarquette.flocknote.com/Stewardship/notes. We do not share subscriber emails outside of our organizationr
 

ENDOWMENT FUND DISTRIBUTIONS
In July 2021, the UP Catholic Foundation distributed over $500,000 from 24 different endowment funds. Does your parish have a fund? Learn more www.upcatholicfoundation.org.
 

 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
NATIONAL CHURCH COMBINED COLLECTION – AUGUST 14/15, 2021
This collection combines three special causes that aid the Church in America.
 
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
In the United States, one in eight people lives in poverty. With this collection, you support programs that address the root causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those struggling across the country. In addition, 25 percent of funds collection remain in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. Last year local grants were given to the St. Francis Connection Center and Catholic Social Services’ Re-entry and Recover Facility in Escanaba. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and those working on the margins. Learn more at: usccb.org/cchd/collection.
 
National Retirement Fund for Religious
Like many Americans, religious communities face rising retirement and healthcare costs and often struggle to provide for elderly members. Please support the Retirement Fund for Religious collection at Mass. Learn more at: retiredreligious.org.
 
Catholic University Collection
Your contributions will strengthen the work of our top scholars. Located in Washington D.C., the University provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition. Please support this institution in preparing students to impact the Church, the nation, and the world. Learn more at: collection.catholic.edu.


MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Couples celebrating their 25th, 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th or above anniversaries, as well as newlyweds are invited along with their families to the annual Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration. Due to last year’s cancellation, those celebrating last year and this are included. Golden anniversary couples are additionally invited to submit information and photos for publication in The U.P. Catholic newspaper. The celebration will be at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, beginning with Mass at 3:30 p.m. ET. Registration deadline is Aug. 24. Please visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/mwa for a printable registration form.

BARAGA DAYS, SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2021
The Bishop Baraga Association and the Diocese of Marquette will be hosting the annual Baraga Days event September 25th and 26th, 2021 at St. Peter Cathedral.
 
Festivities run throughout the day Saturday culminating with dinner (reservations required) and the “Director’s Cut” of “Walking with Baraga: The Joe Gregorich Story” a SECOND documentary on the life of Bishop Baraga. In addition, the producer, Michael O’Neill - award-winning author, EWTN host and creator of the popular docuseries “They Might Be Saints” will present on “Hunting for A Miracle” & Behind-the-Scenes details of this incredible film.
 
Please contact the Bishop Baraga Association at (906) 227-9117 for additional information and to register. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/baragadays2021schedule for schedule.
 
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