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4 December 9, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Changes to diocesan collections set for 2017 Beginning this January, parishioners may notice a change in collections. On the weekend of Jan. 15, 2017 a combined Mission Appeal for Propagation of the Faith, Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, Catholic Home Missions, and Black and Indian Missions will be taken up. Those contributing will have the option of desig- nating how their donation is allocated among the included missions. To aid those in need, the United States Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has 10 annual collections supporting the Churchs mission, the world church and the national church. In the Di- ocese of Marquette, each of these collections have previously been taken up separately throughout the year along with three diocesan-wide local collections. The USCCB collections are now combined into appeal categories. The Mission Appeal is slated to continue on the second full weekend of January. The World Church Appeal benefiting Catholic Relief Services Overseas Fund, Holy Land and National Communications, and Peters Pence is set for the second full weekend of June. The National Church Appeal supporting Catho- lic Campaign for Human Development, National Retirement Fund for Religious, and Catholic Uni- versity will be the second full weekend of August. Along with these national collections, three local collections will continue. On the second weekend of February, or at the discretion of the parish, The U.P. Catholic Newspaper collection will be taken up. This collection is optional and for the benefit of parishes. All funds from it re- main with the parish to offset the cost of provid- ing The U.P. Catholic Newspaper to all registered parishioners. The Marquette Diocesan Catholic Schools collection is set for Ash Wednesday or the first Sunday of Lent. The Marquette Diocesan Priests Retirement collection will be Good Shepherd Sunday, which is the fourth Sunday of Easter. Every three years a collection is taken up for the Archdiocese of Military Service. The next is slated for 2019. Many parishes participate in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program. This is an optional Lenten initiative and not a collec- tion. In a letter to pastors and pastoral adminis- trators Bishop John Doerfler said, Each of us is called to proclaim our faith and encourage others to grow closer to our Lord. As disciples of Christ, we are to follow His example. Jesus chose to be in solidarity with those who are poor and hungry to demonstrate Gods mercy and love. Bishop Doerfler gave his thanks for the gener- osity that has been extended to the collections and said, Your prayers and generous support for each collection provides life-giving and hope-filled outreach that builds up the Catholic Church, both near and far. Editor's note: Please see the "My Catholic Giv- ing Guide" insert in this issue of The U.P. Cath- olic. Along with tips for best practices in giving, it has a worksheet to help you plan annual giving. It includes parish offertory, U.P. Cath- olic Services Appeal, parish capital campaign planning as well as a listing of all the annual collections and other ministries in the diocese. The complete 2017 collection schedule for the Diocese of Marquette. Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org Congratulations Father Chris Gardiner! Love, Your Parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Munising and St Therese Mission in AuTrain. Welcome as the newest citizen of the United States of America (and long-time Yooper) May God richly bless all of your days as an American!

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