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\\; Primary Cntinued from previous page ities do we as individuals have for addressing the alienation of individuals and groups from our parish, from our Church ? L If our structures ' inhibit such efforts, what responsiblhty do we nave to review those church and public structures? 3, Is there a danger that we can become so preoccupied with healing iff::[ionciling the individual that we fail to address the root causes for n and injury? to 2osHwW can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville reach out in healing 17o are alienated or feel excluded from the different levels of status ira1 situation, sexual orientation, education, economic or social 5. What resources are available to assist in healthcare ministry? 6. How can healthcare ministry be integrated into diocesan and parish structures? F. Living the faith "Living the faith" en- COmpasses both total Catholic education and An example of learning Spirituality. Total Mom and Dad went to Mass every day. Catholic education fo- They gave money to the Church; they gave esupon both learning their time, too -- and they worked at every to alfage&;rgo n the faith summer picnic, parish and school event. CoraplishhupS'oa ac- They never had to explain their faith to through our Cat'nice us. They lived it. U.. ls, our religious ed- ............. wcatl in programs, youth and adult education prorammin , and throb h dy u spiritual formation The focus of Spirituali@ is livinthe faith dag;-to - th I_ What are the basic beliefs of the faith and how can the Catholics of e D!ocese of Evansville live them ? Cote t'h w can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville effectively communi- one teachings of the Catholic faith tradition to everyone of all ages? son ;o How can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville challenge every per- why thux.pers, hal evaluation (and/or decision) of what they believe and "4".j oelmve it  . . "v'n ai h" and how can the , . . What are the manifestations of a "Ll 1 g fit :hld  of the?iocese of Evansville assist each other to live their faith in Y yes . "o es o Evansville inte rate reli ions ., 5. HcJw can Cath hcs o the Dl c e uucati- .  o f _ ,f g g . u, ann spiritual formation? G. Evangelization--Outreach 1 is wit- person of ;t. Jesus sent to carry to all the the inactive lcs, and those ics whose fires of low. As we still ,onsibility and to reach I I I iii Questions for consideration I went to another church to hear a choir sing at Christmas some years ago. There were pencils and papers in every pew, invit- ing newcomers to give their names and ad- dresses so the pastor and somebody from the congregation could welcome them. Why doesn't our church do something like that? i ii ii I I Im II I I y, we must make certain that we ourselves understand and we must strive to find new ways to carry this Good News who are unchurched, to heal and comfort the alienated, and to the apathetic and inactive Catholic to find life once again in the esus' disciples we must be more accepting of all of God's people those seeking a church home will feel welcome among us. We es must remain converted, how else could we expect to share the ewsof the life of faith? Spo  How do Catlmlics of the Diocese of Evansville reach out and re- 2  the inactive Catholic and to the unchurched? feel We w do present policies and procedures help or hinder people to 3 i men into oar Church? gelizt;[ w. can diocesan leaders bring about the understanding that even. ,t "T,] is the responsibility of the total Church? lizoti'n! nat is the most effective and practical means of promoting ,evange total,, o _Hew can the Diocese of Evansvdle implement the Bishops Pas- Strn,^ j, evangelization, "Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and ,,egy J0r Catho)ic Evangelization in the United States? H. Administration and management The operatm , , h " n of the Urch m t decade w.,l he coming  Some typical comments from the rectory ut necesmta o h and theolo and Pastoral..,__ . ' !e ] I studied philos p y . gY gialitv a'mmng, CO)le- | now they want me to run a business: to thZ u u accountability ersonal A'Y..aY of the faithful I T ,,,,' t ordained to he a "'lalv..l , "e ...... t e P SUrae trYe S;onClr cs. as- | manager, g , side h si umes I ............ rover-" " si,,,_, y" de, we will see a need for Y'.-teadership styles. Such diversity must subordinate itself to the Prom- col!aboration and networkin to share arish and institutional ,,es, to cl g P futu__.rA ,,,,v evelop needs assessments, and to do strategic planning for the which. - e must collaborate through research to surface those resources "must be shared and used fo the benefit of all. lab 1._In what ways can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville enable more ,,,en ana women to be responsible for the business management of our parishes? 2. What are elements of a curriculum to reinforce and support our lay leaders to meet the management needs of the Church? 3. How will diocesan leaders enhance a system of placement, account- ability, and health promotion of our ordained ministers? 4. How will diocesan leaders maintain a comprehensive pastoral plan for the diocese and parish? 5. How will diocesan leaders develop a systematic" approach to oar ad- minNtrative resources: personnel, finances, and facilities? 6. How will diocesan leaders strengthen unity within parishes, collabo- ration between parishes and diocese, and interaction with the larger Church? I. Stewardship Stewardship is a way of life, a gift from God, an all encompassing concept: care of our earth, care of our neighbor, and care of ourselves. We are account- able for the good use and maintenance of the gifts of God's abundance with which we have been graced. Stewardship chal- iii iii iii i ii iii i iiJ i iii i A sign of stewardship Around the country, the stewardship movement is under way to get people in- volved in their parishes and church organi- zations, if people commit their time and tal- ent, they will want to give their money too. Iustin Elements, Development Director i ] I IIH I, , i | i]l|l|l, I lenges us to make the Gospel message of Jesus Christ come alive in us and in those we meet. As good stewards, we are charged with the responsibility to seek out and serve those in need. The Bishops' pastoral, "Stewardship: A Disciple's Response," challenges us to pray for the grace of stewardship. 1. How can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville develop the scrip- tural foundation for stewardship and the understanding that stewardship is a "faith commitment" ("Stewardship: A Disciple's Response ")? 2. How will Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville accept and nurture the grace of stewardship as integral in their on-going formation? 3. How will Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville as individuals, as parishes, as a diocese establish the proper priorities in the use of the Church "s resources? 4. How will Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville be accountable for the care of all of our resources  prayer, time, health, relationships, the earth  both as individuals and as a diocese? The Catholic family is the basic community of the! Church just as the family is the basic community of larger society. In today s Church and world, this family assumes many forms: it may be young or mature; it may be an J. Family i1| ii ii 1 An anecdote: two families Karl: came: tO my house:::almost every dey:i one ser. I coUldn,t go tO::his house: , :: cause my parents mademe stay at work, Besides, his father used to to stay away, lllll Ill l t II "empty nest" filled only with loneliness for those left behind; it may be whole, broken, changing, hurting, or healing. The Catholic family is the "domestic church" within which members first experience life, love, and faith. When the Catholic family struggles or weakens, the whole church suffers. 1. What can Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville do to value "family" as the primary community of the Church? 2. What are the current support systems for families? 3. How can parishes and diocesan organizations maintain current sup- port systems? 4. What else needs to be developed to safeguard the family unit? 5. How can families better minister to one another? III I I I I I I II III I I B III I III IIII IIIIII II III