October Diocesan Communicator
No. 10/2021

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
Teaching the Faith
Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts
 

Department of Ministry Personnel
Diocesan Phase of the International Synod of Bishops, Opening Mass: Oct.17th
Safe Environment 5-Year Refresher Training Reminder
 

Department of Evangelization & Education
Students for Life of America
RCIA Candidates’ Marital Status
 

Communication Services
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
Bishop Emeritus James Garland 90th Birthday
 

Financial Services
Open Enrollment is Coming – 10/15/2021-11/4/2021
2021 Parish Governance Report
Reminder: Collection Remittance Deadlines
State Property Tax
$5,000 Maximum for Parish/School Raffles
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
 

Department of Stewardship & Development
Deadline to Register for #IGiveCatholic 2021 is November 3rd
Stewardship E-News
U.P. Catholic Foundation
Parish Endowments
Your Gift Matters
 

Addenda
Addendum #1 - Diocesan Phase of the International Synod of Bishops Opening Mass
Addendum #2 – RCIA Marital Questionnaire Form
Addendum #3 – Open Enrollment Cover Letter,Brochure & Workplace Poster
Addendum #4 – Governance Report
Addendum #5 – State Property Tax Exemption Documentation
Addendum #6 – UPCF Promo Flyer
Addendum #7 - Complete October 2021 Diocesan Communicator (old-style format)
 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
  • 10-14-21          Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop (Administration & Finance)
  • 10-15-21          Open Enrollment Begins (Administration & Finance)
  • 11-04-21          Open Enrollment Deadline: 5 PM (Administration & Finance)
  • 10-29-21          Special Disaster Relief Collection Remittance Deadline (Administration & Finance)  
 
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
 
TEACHING THE FAITH
The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars has made available to clergy a website feature periodic newsletter, free of charge.  Each monthly installment of Teaching the Faith makes use of the scriptural readings for a given Sunday in order to provide clergy with assistance in preparing homilies on doctrinal topics, difficult and perhaps controversial subjects of current importance, and themes in Catholic prayer and spirituality. The website may be found at:  https://www.catholicscholars.org/TTFlist.php.
 

WEEKLY WEEKEND MASS ATTENDANCE COUNTS
Please continue to input your weekly weekend Mass attendance counts (for all Vigil and Sunday Masses combined) each week.  The weekly Mass Attendance counts will give us a baseline for our Mass attendance as we work together to increase Mass attendance through evangelization efforts discussed in Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, entitled:  “Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers”.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop at (906)-227-9115.   Weekly Weekend Mass Attendance Counts Form Link.
 
 
OFFICE OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL
Very Rev. Timothy M. Ekaitis
 
DIOCESAN PHASE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYNOD OF BISHOPS
Pope Francis is opening a synod in Rome the weekend of Oct. 10, 2021 entitled: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Each diocese throughout the world has been asked to open their Diocesan Phase of the International Synod of Bishops on the following Sunday. We are inviting all priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful to attend the opening Mass for the Diocese of Marquette at St. Peter Cathedral on Sunday, October 17th at 3 p.m. (ET). Priests and deacons are asked to dress in alb and diocesan stole. Please see Addendum #1: Diocesan Phase of the International Synod of Bishops Opening Mass or contact Fr. Timothy Ekaitis, Vicar General, for more information at: tekaitis@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT 5-YEAR REFRESHER TRAINING REMINDER
Please continue to utilize the Master Google Spreadsheet to check if your employees, volunteers, and Catechists are up to date with their Safe Environment training. In September 2020, the Safe Environment Policy was updated to include a 5-year refresher training requirement. Since that time, those whose training was completed in or prior to 2016 have been assigned the refresher training. This training must be completed for your employees and volunteers to be in compliance with the policy and be actively involved in your parish. The link to the spreadsheet is here:
 
LINK:   Safe Environment Employees & Volunteers
 
Parishes and schools are in alphabetical order. If you need assistance navigating the spreadsheet, if someone needs their log in information or, if you have updates to the information contained on the spreadsheet, please contact Martha Tomasi at (906) 227-9155 or mtomasi@dioceseofmarquette.org.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
Mark Salisbury
 
Marriage & Family Life
 
STUDENTS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA
Students for Life of America provide these empowering pro-life resources:
  1. Request FREE Unplanned movie screenings for schools or churches. We have a limited number of scholarships to give away. (Public screening licenses are normally $250!)
  2. Apply for our Diocesan & Church Grant for your trip to Washington D.C. this January. Let us cover a chunk of travel costs to the National Pro-Life March in Washington D.C. and registration for the National Pro-Life Summit the day after.
  3. Inquire about FREE pro-life trainings for youth and adults. Your local Students for Life Regional Coordinator can visit in-person to speak on a wide variety of topics. 
For more information contact Emily Shelcusky at (540) 735.8260 or eshelcusky@studentsforlife.org.
 

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 #2  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.
 

BISHOP EMERITUS JAMES GARLAND 90TH BIRTHDAY
Please join The U.P. Catholic Newspaper as we celebrate the 90th Birthday of Bishop Garland. For more information visit these links:
 
Parishes & Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Marquette:
https://form.jotform.com/212703653195152
 
Businesses & Religious Organizations:
https://form.jotform.com/212704086075150
 
Requests received after October 28th will appear in the next available issue. If you have trouble with the link or have additional questions, please contact Deacon Steve directly at ads@dioceseofmarquette.org or call (906) 863-7460.
 
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Timothy Thomas

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING – 10/15/2021-11/4/2021
Just a reminder that Open Enrollment for employee benefits will occur from October 15 through November 4, 2021. Parish Bookkeepers will receive Open Enrollment information from Michigan Catholic Conference in early October. Please note that all lay employees are required to actively select their benefits for 2022. Employees may enroll online through Employee Self-Serve (ESS) or call a benefits coordinator in the MCC Employee Benefits Department. Please also find open enrollment materials in Addendum #3. If you have any questions regarding this year's Open Enrollment, please contact Michigan Catholic Conference at (800) 395-5565 for assistance.
 

2021 PARISH GOVERNANCE REPORT
The Governance Report was due to the Diocese on September 30, 2021. If your parish has not submitted a 2021 report yet, please send your Parish Governance Report to the Diocese, Attn: Irene McCauley or imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org. This report is available on the Diocesan website http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms and has been included as Addendum #4. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
 

REMINDER: COLLECTION REMITTANCE DEADLINES
Please remember to submit proceeds from diocesan/special collections held in 2021. Your attention to this issue helps the Diocese ensure that parishioner donations are transferred to individual organizations promptly for maximum impact. Please contact Irene McCauley with questions regarding parish remittance deadlines.

Parishes held the World Church Collection on June 13, 2021, to support the Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund, Holy Land & National Communications, and Peter's Pence causes.  Proceeds from this collection were due by July 31, 2021.
 
Parishes held the National Church Collection on August 15, 2021, to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, National Retirement Fund for Religious, and Catholic University causes.  Proceeds from this collection were due by September 30, 2021.
 
Parishes held the Special Disaster Relief Collection no later than October 2nd-3rd, 2021, to support those affected by the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace in Haiti.  Proceeds from this collection are due to by October 29, 2021. Please make checks payable to "Diocese of Marquette: 2021 Disasters Collection."


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 #5 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.
 

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 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 
 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR #IGIVECATHOLIC 2021 IS NOVEMBER 3RD
All parishes have received the gift of a free webpage on the #iGiveCatholic site for the November 30, 2021 giving day.
Click here to register your page for #iGiveCatholic 2021 or contact Angelina at ajudici@dioceseofmarquette.org for assistance! Parishes must register by November 3rd. 


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
 

U.P. CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
Visit www.upcatholicfoundation.org/financials to check out our 2020 Annual Report.
 

PARISH ENDOWMENTS
Parish endowments enhance ministry and provide opportunity for parishioners to support the parish forever. See Addendum #6 - UPCF for a quick snapshot of the cumulative value of endowment growth and benefits. Use this handout as a bulletin insert or to start the discussion at your next Parish Finance Council meeting!
 

YOUR GIFT MATTERS
Link the diocesan Planned Giving website on your own parish website. New content is provided quarterly. Here is the latest:  
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