September Diocesan Communicator
No. 9/2021 

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 
Carmelite Silver Tea, September 18, 2021
Baraga Days, Marquette, September 25-26, 2021
Respect Life Month (October)
Saint Joseph Summit, September 30-October 3, 2021
 

Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Priest & Deacon Letters of Good Standing
Consecrate Your Parish To St. Joseph
 

Department of Ministry Personnel
Prayer Requests & Health Updates
 

Department of Evangelization & Education
Fall Confirmations
Catechetical Sunday
RCIA Marital Status Questionnaire
 

Communication Services
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
 

Financial Services
Special Disaster Relief Collection
State Property Tax Exemptions
$5,000 Maximum for Parish/School Raffles
2021 Parish Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
2021 Parish Governance Report
Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic 2021 Registration Open
Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award Announcement
Stewardship E-News
Stewardship & Development Resource Page
Yoopers for Seminarians
 

Bulletin Announcements
Special Collection for Haiti
 

Addenda
Addendum #1A - Mass of Thanksgiving for Physicians & Healthcare Providers Bulletin/Insert
Addendum #1 – Baraga Days 2021
Addendum #2 – Prayers for the Consecration to St. Joseph
Addendum #3 - RCIA Candidates - Maritial Status Questionnaire
Addendum #4 - Property Tax Exemption
Addendum #5 - Parish Governance Report
Addendum #6 - Complete September 2021 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)


IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 09-30-21          2021 Parish Governance Report Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 09-30-21          National Church Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
  • 10-14-21          Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop (Administration & Finance)
  • 10-29-21          Special Disaster Relief Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)
 
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR PHYSICIANS & HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
You are cordially invited to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for Physicians, Healthcare Providers and their spouses.  The Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette.  The event will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 5:15 pm ET* at St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette.  Physicians, healthcare providers and their spouses are invited to a reception with light meal at 6:15 pm ET in the parish hall.  At 7 pm ET, Father Robb Jurkovich, Chaplain of OSF St. Francis Hospital, will share a brief reflection.  The registration link may be found on the event posting at:  https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/calendar/10/2021.  Questions?  Contact the Office of the Bishop at:  (906)-227-9115 or email:  mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org .  *The public is welcome to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving.  Refer to Addendum #1A for a bulletin insert.
 
 
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, MARQUETTE, SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2021
Bishop Baraga days will be held in Marquette, the weekend of September 25-26, 2021.  Tours of the Baraga Chapel and St. Peter Cathedral will be available, as well as tours of the Baraga Educational Center, Museum & Prayer Garden.  The Baraga Educational Center is located at 615 S. Fourth Street, Marquette.  The weekend will also include praying of the rosary in the prayer garden, “Stories and Songs of the Ojibwe” presented by Danny Gardeau and the Teak Lake Drum Circle, music, re-enactments from Bishop Baraga’s life, a presentation on the canonization process and a dinner.  Michael O’Neill, will present the 2nd EWTN Documentary “Walking with Baraga:  The Joe Gregorich Story”.   See the Schedule of Events found at: Addendum #1[Baraga Days 2021].  Additional information can be found at:  https://bishopbaraga.org/
 
RESPECT LIFE MONTH, OCTOBER
As part of the Year of Saint Joseph, the USCCB is highlighting this great saint’s example as a defender of life.  A printed poster and prayer card illustrating Saint Joseph’s loving care and protection of the Christ Child and Blessed Mother are available to order. 
 
The poster and prayer card are also available to download, along with many other digital resources, at www.respectlife.org/respect-life-month .  The website offers an action guide, explanation of Respect Life Month, a sample timeline of preparation steps, bulletin and pulpit announcements, prayers, action ideas and activities.  The website also features homily notes, a bulletin insert, graphics and ministry-specific toolkits for clergy, faith formation settings, youth ministry, Catholic education and Catholic media.   
 
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
 
PRIEST & DEACON LETTERS OF GOOD STANDING
Priests or Deacons of the diocese that will be traveling outside of the Diocese of Marquette should request a Letter of Good Standing prior to their departure.  As the letter needs to be signed by the Chancellor, the request should be submitted as soon as possible.  To submit a Priest Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at:  Priest Letter of Good Standing Request Form.
 
To submit a Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request, complete the online form at: Deacon Letter of Good Standing Request Form.
The forms may also be found at:  www.dioceseofmarquette.org/forms 
 
CONSECRATE YOUR PARISH TO ST. JOSEPH
On Sunday, October 31, 2021, at the 10:30 am Mass at St. Peter Cathedral, Bishop John will consecrate the Diocese of Marquette to St. Joseph.  You can also consecrate your parish by using the same prayers.  These are found here (Addendum #2).  A personal consecration can be done by following the book which can be purchased at https://www.consecrationtostjoseph.org/introduction.html.
Please direct any questions to Deacon Tom Foye at tfoye@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL 
 
PRAYER RERQUESTS & HEALTH UPDATES
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.
 
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
FALL CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration for the Fall Confirmations is open.  They are scheduled as follows: 
 
  • St. Mary Rockland Vicariate; Our Lady of Peace Ironwood, Sept. 12, 3pm CT  
  • 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
 
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
 

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 #3 to this communicator.
 
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES
John Fee
 
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 news@dioceseofmarquette.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

SPECIAL DISASTER RELIEF COLLECTION
Bishop Doerfler has called for a voluntary special collection following the devastating earthquake and damage from Tropical Storm Grace in Haiti. Proceeds from this collection will fund the humanitarian, long-term recovery and significant Church needs arising from the disasters through Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pastors are asked to consider how best to conduct the special collection in their parishes with consideration of parish UPCSA strategies. Parishes may to hold the collection no later than October 2nd-3rd and remit proceeds payable to “Diocese of Marquette: 2021 Disasters Collection” by October 29th, 2021.
 
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an announcement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Thank you for your support of this cause.
 

STATE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
The State of Michigan will require additional information to classify parish and school properties as tax-exempt starting in 2022. If you receive a notice from your local assessor, please complete the property tax-exemption checklist document and provide documents included in Addendum #4 to meet the State’s requirements. Please contact the Administration & Finance department with any questions.
 

$5,000 MAXIMUM FOR PARISH/SCHOOL RAFFLES
The IRS requires tax-exempt organizations to withhold 25% of raffle winnings over $5,000 and report this amount on Form W-2G. Parishes and schools are advised to limit raffle winnings to no more than $5,000 to avoid tax liability. Federal reporting requirements apply to cash winnings and noncash prizes whose value exceeds $5,000. If you are interested in holding a small raffle for your parish or school, please visit the State of Michigan charitable gaming website at www.michigan.gov/cg/ for more information.
 

2021 PARISH ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (PAFR)
PAFR submissions were due to the Diocese by August 31st, 2021. Access to this form is available on the Diocesan website dioceseofmarquette.org/pafr. Please note that reports must include a Statement of Financial Position/Balance Sheet, Statement of Revenue & Expense/Income Statement, and 2021-2022 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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 

2021 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report is due September 30th, 2021, and has been included in Addendum #5. 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
The Diocesan Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop will take place in person this year on October 14th, 2021, at St. Louis the King Parish in Marquette. Registration details will be sent to all parishes and schools soon. We hope parish and school staff will consider attending this event to network and learn about relevant diocesan and parish processes. If you have questions, contact Jamie Feldhusen at jfeldhusen@dioceseofmarquette.org or call 906-225-9101.

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 2021, 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 imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
 
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Terri Gadzinski 
 
#IGIVECATHOLIC 2021 REGISTRATION OPEN
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 organization
 

LEGACY OF FAITH CATHOLIC SERVICE AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Congratulations to our 2021 Catholic Service Award Recipients!
  • Denise Herron of St. Michael, Marquette
  • Deacon Thomas and Mrs. MaryAnn McClelland of St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ignace
  • John Roberts of Holy Family, Ontonagon 

STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE PAGE
Visit https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipdevelopment/stewardshipresources.
 

YOOPERS FOR SEMINARIANS
Click here to read the Summer issue. Use the following link to invite parishioners to subscribe - https://form.jotform.com/201834917579164.
 
 
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS 
 
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HAITI
As we pray for those afflicted by the recent earthquake in Haiti that stuck on Saturday, August 14, our bishop, Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, asks that all parishes and missions in the diocese take up a special collection. This collection will support the USCCB Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund. Funds collected will be for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church as well as the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and/or Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. May Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patroness of Haiti, intercede for us that this special appeal will be successful and provide for the needs of the people and the Church in Haiti.
 
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