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
Mass Stipends and Mass Intentions
Parish in need of Processional Cross & Censer Stand
Office of the Chancellor and Divine Worship
Training Materials for Deacons
Christmas Mass Times 2021
Department of Ministry Personnel & Safe Environment
Trauma Healing Institute Resources
Children’s Safe Environment Training Reminder
Department of Evangelization & Education
RCIA Marital Status Questionnaire
Spring Study Day-Save the Date
Christmas Mass times published in The U.P. Catholic
Sacraments and RCIA Photos
Parish & School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop Thank You
ERC Frequently Asked Questions
Diocesan Office Address Update
2021 Parish Governance Report
403(b) Retirement Plan Maximum Contributions
State Property Tax Exemptions
$5,000 Maximum for Parish/School Raffles
Mission Combined Collection – January 8th-9th, 2022
Department of Stewardship & Development
#iGiveCatholic Advanced Giving Begins Nov 15
Win Cash for Your Parish on #iGiveCatholic Day
Connect Offertory Giving to Parish Ministry
Mission Combined Collection – January 8th-9th, 2022
Addendum #1 – Why Plan a Funeral
Addendum #2 – RCIA Questionnaire Form
Addendum #3 - ERC Questionnaire
Addendum #4 - ERC FAQs
Addendum #5 - Governance Report 2021
Addendum #6 – State Property Tax Exemption Documentation
Addendum #7 - Collection Counting Sheet & Deposit Summary
Addendum #8 - Combined Collections Transmittal Form(Revised) - 11.4.2021
Addendum #9 – Mission Collection 2022B
Addendum #10 - #iGive Catholic Logo
Addendum #11 - #iGive Catholic Bulletin Insert
Addendum #12 - #iGiveCatholic Bishop’s Letter of Support
Addendum #13 - Complete November Diocesan 2021 (old-style format)
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
- 11-30-2021 #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday (Stewardship & Development)
- 01-01-2022 Legacy of Faith Grant Application Opens
- 01-08-2022 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 01-09-2022 Mission Combined Collection (Administration & Finance)
- 03-06-2022 Rite of Election, St. Peter Cathedral 3:30 pm (Evangelization & Education
- 04-07-2022 Spring Study Day, St. Peter Cathedral (Evangelization & Education)
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
Bishop John F. Doerfler
MASS STIPENDS AND MASS INTENTIONS
Just a reminder: Any parish that has more Mass intentions and Mass stipends than they can satisfy in a year should send the Mass intentions and corresponding Mass stipend check to the diocesan office c/o: MaryAnn Bernier, Office of the Bishop, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855 You will receive a letter acknowledging our acceptance of the responsibility to see that the Mass intentions are celebrated. The Mass intentions and stipends will be distributed to senior priests of the diocese who celebrate Masses or may be distributed to parishes who are in need of Mass intentions. (Canon 953 No one is permitted to accept more offerings for Masses to be applied by himself than he can satisfy within a year).
PARISH IN NEED OF PROCESSIONAL CROSS & CENSER STAND
St. Mary, Trout Lake, is in need of a processional cross and censer stand. If your parish has an extra and would be willing to donate it to St. Mary, Trout Lake, please contact Kathy Treml via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR AND DIVINE WORSHIP
Rev. Daniel Moll
TRAINING MATERIALS FOR DEACONS
At the Deacon Conference this year, there was interest in several training materials.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES 2021
This year, Christmas falls on a Saturday while the feast of the Holy Family is on Sunday. Due to the fact that the Nativity of the Lord is a higher ranking feast than Holy Family, the Saturday night Vigil Mass should be canceled to avoid any confusion over one Mass satisfying both obligations.
- The Funeral Brochure, Why Plan a Funeral, can be found in Addendum #1.
- Deacon Training Videos are on youtube.com if you search youtube for “Deacon Liturgical Training” or click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/results search_query=Deacon+Liturgical+Training.
- An excellent book on all the Rites a Deacon can do is the “Guide for Deacons” and it can be ordered from LTP at this link: https://ltp.org/products/details/ELDEA/guide-for-deacons.
During the next weekend, Saturday is the feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, while Sunday is the Epiphany. The normal obligation for the Marian feast day is waived. The Vigil Mass on Saturday night should be the Mass of the Epiphany, and like it normally does, meets the Sunday obligation. If you have a Saturday morning Mass, it should be for the Marian feast. Questions can be directed to Deacon Tom Foye at email@example.com or (906) 227-9126.
DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY PERSONNEL & SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Very Rev. Timothy Ekaitis
TRAUMA HEALING INSTITUTE RESOURCES
The Trauma Healing Institute has many free resources to assist in a biblical approach to healing after traumatic events from disasters to Covid-19. These can be used personally, by caregivers, in the parish, or small groups. You can find their resources at https://traumahealinginstitute.org/resources. The “Beyond Disaster Booklet” may be of particular interest as you seek to fulfill Pope Francis’s call for the Church to be a field hospital that must heal wounds prior to teaching Gospel truths or their won’t take lasting root.
Reminder: Children’s Safe Environment training materials should be taught in the fall of each year. This is so children, who missed the lesson due to illness or weather, have time to make up the lesson before the end of the year. Reminder: Children’s Safe Environment Materials are to be taught in the classroom and not send home for the parents to instruct. Some of the 1-4 materials do state the lesson is to be sent home. This was only allowed in 2020 when social distancing was in place and Zoom classes were being held. Materials on the Diocesan website will be updated to reflect this information shortly. https://dioceseofmarquette.org/childrenssafeenvironment.
DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELIZATION & EDUCATION
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.
SPRING STUDY DAY-SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars for Spring Study Day, April 7, 2022. Our presenter this year is Christopher Carstens, the Director of Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin and a visiting faculty member at Mundelein Seminary and the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein, Illinois. More details coming soon!
The spring Confirmation Masses have been scheduled as follows:
St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette, 3:30pm ET, May 1, 2022
St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate Confirmations
St. Louis the King, Marquette 7:00 pm ET, April 30, 2022
St. Mary Norway Vicariate Confirmations
St. Mary, Norway 1:00 pm CT May 15, 2022
St. Mary & St. Joseph, Iron Mtn., 4:30 pm CT, May 15, 2022
Holy Name of Mary Vicariate
Holy Name of Mary, 3:00 pm ET, May 22, 2022
The Diocesan Confirmation is open to all adults, youth younger than grade 11 who have permission from the bishop to be confirmed, and youth from vicariates other than St. Peter Cathedral Vicariate, St. Mary Norway Vicariate, and Holy Name of Mary Vicariate.
Registration will open in early December. Parishes will be notified by email.
If you have any questions please contact Denise Foye, 906-227-9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE U.P. CATHOLIC
The U.P. Catholic is planning to publish a special section in the December 17 issue listing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses in our parishes and missions. Please submit Mass times to email@example.com. The deadline for submitting Mass times is Friday, December 3, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.
PARISH & SCHOOL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER WORKSHOP THANK YOU
Thank you for attending the Parish and School Secretary/Bookkeeper Workshop last month! We hope you found this year's topics informative and interesting. Jamie Feldhusen sent out presenter information to all parish secretaries and bookkeepers on October 29, 2021. Please contact Jamie at email@example.com with any additional questions regarding workshop materials.
ERC Frequently Asked Questions
The Diocese encourages parish and School bookkeepers who have not already applied for ERC funding to do so as soon as possible by contacting Brian Locker at Paycor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please see more details about the application process and Frequently Asked Questions in Addendums #3 and Addendum #4. Parishes who have already received ERC income are advised to book funds as follows:
However, bookkeepers should consult with their pastors and Parish Finance Councils to make sure this is the way they want the funds represented on the Income Statement. For any other ERC questions, please contact Casey Banks at 906-227-9105 or email@example.com.
CR. Miscellaneous Income
DIOCESAN OFFICE ADDRESS UPDATE
If you use the Plus 4 Zip Code, please note that the address for the diocesan office is: Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This report is available on the Diocesan website http://dioceseofmarquette.org/forms and has been included as Addendum #5. Please contact Irene McCauley with any questions at email@example.com or 1-800-562-9745, ext. 135.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-562-9745, Ext. 135.
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 #6 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.
MISSON COMBINED COLLECTION – JANUARY 8TH-9TH, 2021
All parishes in the Diocese of Marquette will be taking up the 2022 Mission Collection on January 8th-9th, 2022. The Mission Collection supports the following outreach ministries to the Universal Church: the Black & Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and the Propagation of the Faith Mission. Parish bookkeepers are advised to use the Collection Counting Sheet in Addendum #7 and to divide unspecified Mission fund donations evenly between the four individual collections. Bookkeepers may then complete the updated Combined Collection Transmittal Form found in Addendum #8 to include with their payment to the Diocese. Please make checks out to "Diocese of Marquette-Mission Collection."
Please see the Bulletin Announcements section for an advertisement that can be placed in your parish bulletins to promote this collection. Parishes may also print and use the Addendum #9 Mission Collection flyer as an optional bulletin insert. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
#IGIVECATHOLIC ADVANCED GIVING BEGINS NOV 15
Advanced giving starts November 15. The giving day is November 30. Online giving is important to the future of our churches. #iGiveCatholic is a special seat for Catholics at the Giving Tuesday table. All parishes, schools and Catholic organizations in our diocese are encouraged to invite their supports to Catholic giving banquet. Think: current & past families/students, those who received sacraments at your parish but now live away, neighbors and friends. Ride the momentum of national media attention by promoting your parish giving day on Facebook and other social media, your parish website, email, bulletin and pulpit announcements.
Here’s a creative idea - ask your parish confirmation classes to make an #iGC video! Post your parish progress on social media throughout the giving day. Get people watching your leaderboard.
Use the #IGiveCatholic logo Addendum #10, bulletin insert Addendum #11, Bishop John’s letter of support Addendum #12 and bulletin announcement on the weekends of Nov 20-21 and Nov 27-28.
Note, even if your parish did not register by the November 1st deadline, we have created a page for your parish so that your supports can find you.
For assistance, contact Angelina at email@example.com.
WIN CASH FOR YOUR PARISH ON #IGIVECATHOLIC DAY
Some friendly competition to help you promote your giving day. The top 3 organizations with the highest percent increase in the number of NEW donors to #iGiveCatholic in 2021 will win $500 (1st prize), $350 (2nd prize) or $150 (3rd prize). Click here for contest details. Special thanks to Catholic Extension for sponsoring.
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CONNECT OFFERTORY GIVING TO PARISH MINISTRY
Parishes are urged by the U.S. Bishops to prepare annual reports of their stewardship to promote an understanding of the relationship between the ministries of the Church and the temporal affairs of the parish. A variety of resources are available on our website, including a list of report components and samples from other parishes in our diocese.
May we share your parish report? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support our parish with an online gift for #iGiveCatholic on Tuesday, November 30th. Follow these three steps:
MISSON COMBINED COLLECTION – JANUARY 8TH-9TH, 2022
- Visit https://marquette.igivecatholic.org on November 30th
- Search for your parish, school or other favorite Catholic ministry
- Donate $25 or more. Advanced giving starts Nov 15. Giving ends at 12 midnight November 30, 2021. Watch the real-time leaderboard on the website, share your story on social media to inspire others.
Black & Indian Missions
The Black and Indian Mission Collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan communities throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs. This collection advances causes important to native and African American Catholics.
Catholic Home Missions
"Home Missions” is the name for dioceses and parishes in the United States, including its territories and former territories, which cannot provide basic pastoral services to Catholics without outside help. Basic pastoral services include Mass and sacraments, religious education, and ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and lay people.
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources and pastoral care. Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education. The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports pastoral projects that foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,111 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Your generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances covering more than half the globe. For more information visit: onefamilyinmission.org.