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B The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana parish Pastoral Council policies and guidelines to be 10 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "Every parish in the Diocese of Evansville is to have a parish pastoral council appro- priate to the parish." That's Synod Goal 5.1 -- approved by the delegates and ratified by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger in November 1993• Education and training for parish councils must be part of the overall package, Bishop Gettelfinger has insisted• The goal is not just to have a parish pastoral council -- but to have a council with a clear idea of its responsibilities and council members who have the skill and training to do the work ex- pected of them in the parish. Synod Goal 5.2 directed the diocese to collaborate with parish leaders, to design such training and to make it avail- able• Preparation for the synod had included extensive work by a group of people who pre- sented a set of proposed poli- cies and guidelines for parish councils. Synod delegates made some modifications, and a "working document" is now about to be published• The "working document" will not become final until parishes work through it, find any bugs • . • 4J or ghtches m it, and make sug- gestions for improving it. The final version will be presented to the bishop in January 1996. Meanwhile, a 14-member task force is also working. The task force members are con- ducting interviews throughout the diocese. They are meeting with pastors or pastoral life co- ordinators, and parish council chairpersons at parishes which already have pastoral councils. Task force members are ask- ing questions about the makeup and effectiveness of each parish council, how mem- bers are chosen and how long they serve, how decisions are made (in theory and in fact), what the role of the council and the responsibilities of the members should be, what training would be most helpful, and several other questions about the relationship of the council to the parish and the pastor or pastoral life coordina- tor. Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor, said the plan is to use the information gath- ered by the task force to design a training package for parish council members. A group of 25 resource peo- ple will be trained to help with the training, Sister Bond said. The resource people will be se- lected soon and trained early this year, probably in March. Sister Bond said she hopes training for parish pastoral council members will be avail- able this summer, providing ample lead time for parishes to work with the guidelines and policies before January 1996. Members of the task force include the following: Earl and Judy Wells, Helen Boettcher, Father Stephen Lintzenich, Executive committee members selected Six members of the Synod Implement Team have been se- lected as members of the team's executive committee. They are Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor; Thomas Cici and Gertrude Hward of Evansville; Steve Lindvall of Otwell; Dr. James Quinn of Wheatland, and Fa- ther James Sauer of Boonville. The executive committee will set the meeting agenda for future meetings of the Synod Implementation Team, make decisions between meetings, act as a clearing house for pol- icy recommendations, and carry out recommendations and tasks from and for the Synod Implementation Team. The work of the Synod Im- plementation Team and its ex- ecutive committee is to prepare the way for a Diocesan Pas- toral Council with its own ex- ecutive committee. Following are profiles of the current executive committee members: • Holy Names Sister Louise Bond is chancellor of the Dio- cese of Evansville. She was se- lected as a member of the exec- utive committee following discussion and agreement that at least one member of the committee should be a member of the bishop's staff. Thomas Cici is a member of Holy Rosary Church, Evans- ville, where he is active in reli- gious education and as a youth group advisor, a Stephen Min- istry Leader and a Eucharistic Minister. He is sales manager at Cici Engineering Sales and Service. Gertrude Howard is a member of St. Anthony Church, Evansville. She serves her parish as vice chairperson of the parish council, liturgy chairperson, core team mem- ber of small basic church com- munity, pastoral facilitator for small basic church community, and chairperson for education youth commission. She is a middle school math teacher. Steve Lindvall is a member of Sacred Heart Church, Vin- cennes. He is active in his parish on the Secretariat of Charismatic Renewal and the Worship Board; he is a cantor, a choir member and a member of a charismatic prayer group. He is an oil producer. Dr. James J. Quinn is a member of St. Francis Xavier (Old Cathedral) in Vincennes. He is on the parish council and on the parish finance commit- tee. He also serves as an usher• He lists his occupation as re- tired physician. Father James Sauer is pastor of St. Clement Church, Boonville. Father Sauer was chairper- son for the Synod Committee on "Living the Faith." Sister Bond and Dr. Quinn were members of the Synod Central Planning Committee. Cici, Howard and Lindvall were del- egates to Synod '93. Two diocesan office names changing Office of Stewardship and Development The name of the diocesan "Office of Development" is being changed, according to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The name change will recog- nize the direction given by the Synod and the work that is al- ready underway in the office under the direction of Justin Clements, he said. The new name is the "Office of Stewardship and Develop- ment." Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry The =Office of Youth Min- istrf' is now being called "The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry." Bishop Get- telfinger announced the change at meetings of the Synod Implementation Team and of the bishop's diocesan staff. The position of director of that office remains vacant. Rick Etienne held the position until last Fall. Etienne coordinated the diocesan pilgrimage to Denver for World Youth Day 1993. He is now working at a brokerage firm. Father Eugene Schroeder, Deacon Robert Hayden, and Sister Louise Bond, all of Evansville; Glenn Gramel- spacher of Jasper; Veronica Weaver of Linton; Father Francis S stadt; Dr. Honesto tersburg, Father of Cannelburg, of Santa Claus ! Fuller of 'Called by Name' program underway throughout di awareness of all members of the Church of the need to in- vite others to consider a lead- ership position in the Church, according to Father David Fleck, diocesan Vocation Team Leader. The program also seeks to invite men and women to consider a vocation to priest- hood or religious life. "This goal is certainly well- founded upon the early prac- tices of the Christian Church when the community would in- vite one of their own to lead them," said Father Fleck in a recent letter to pastors, pas- toral life coordinators and cam- pus ministers. As part of the effort this year, prayer cards are being distributed throughout the dio- cese. "Loving God, in every age you call people to be your own," the prayer begins. "You call each of us by name." Cards asking for names of people who might be called to priesthood or to the religious life are being distributed this weekend -- to be submitted the following weekend. Father Fleck said that the qualities to look for in a person are a sense of prayer, service, integrity, in- telligence and health. The qualities listed on the card are "has a strong faith, is willing to help others, can lead others, has a sense and Bulletin prayers or been prep prayer tions. Synod Goal Diocese of tinue to enCO out persons religious istry. Do you know someone who has the qualities to be a priest or a religious? If so, you are being asked to call that person by name. Parishes and campus min- istry centers throughout the Diocese of Evansville are being asked to participate in the "Called by Name" program -- over three Sundays in Janu- ary. The idea is to increase the i ¸ :