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C 14, 1994 The Message Monthly --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Where's the fi re? Comedian Jonatha ...... - ionate flame of the S irit that il 01tr ,^1. . n winters / am , P - f- m about being pulled over / R,, .TTT.QTTI lumined and energized the early tree - ,lg oy an eager, new state | CLEMENTS Christians has generally cooled n,P er. e young officer ap- ] Development Director I over the centuries. Some parish .h,ned.Winters ' car, signaled for / communities appear to be little m roll down his window then / more than a pile of cold ashes bellowed gruffl- "O .... ' , the --,, y: r, tlub, where s However, in the Diocese of ,, ,fie. to which Winters ever Evansville, there is reason to be tmnY man--replied sweetly" "In your e es, hopeful The delegates at our recent Diocesan Sti, as you might have guessed, VqinterYgot a Synod were unquestionably moved by the Spirit ,,'_ ucet! when they passed Synod Goal 1.3: TO ESTABLISH fire?" That's a good question for ask ourselves from time to time. m your mind that moment, described in en Jesus's disciples burst forth from roora having just received the fire of the Suddenly their faith was flaming in- couldn't wait to spread the Good Jesus. ! silnilar modern day image that comes to Otre Dame football team exploding at the start of an important stadium, each player touch- at the bottom of the locker room stairs a champion today." A recent for sneakers describes that me- athletes: they have the "fire apostles were not wearing Nikes or designer sandals on that first certainly had the fire in the with the courage of the Spirit, they their faith. Grateful for were consumed with de- everyone, and sacrifice everything if Undoubtedly many Catholics who are intensely de- Church; their faith blazes hearts. But it seems that the pan- THE DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE AS A TOTAL STEWARDSHIP DIOCESE. This decision, which was later ratified by Bishop Gettelfinger, has the potential for creating a quantum leap forward for the Catholic Church in southwestern Indiana. It can help all of us stir the embers of our faith and rekindle the fire of that first Pentecost. A few pastors and parishes in our diocese have already embarked on their journey toward total stewardship. Thanks to their prophetic vision and inspiration, the Diocesan Development Office had anticipated Synod Goal 1.3 and is presently en- gaged in developing a model for parish stewardship conversion. It has been given the lengthy title of: The Five Parishes Stewardship Conversion Pilot Project. About a year ago, the pastors of several di- verse parishes within the greater Evansville area were asked if they and their parishes might be ready and willing to participate in a parish stew- ardship conversion pilot project. The goal of this project was described as twofold: 1) to develop each parish into a total stewardship parish and, 2) to create a model for parish stewardship conversion which could be used throughout our diocese. After consultations with parish councils and other local leaders, these five parishes agreed to join the pro- ject: St. Agnes, Evansville; St. Anthony, Evansville; St. Benedict, Evansville: Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt, and St. Philip, Mount Vernon. Each parish selected eight to l0 people, indi- viduals or couples, who were called to serve as a special Parish Stewardship Committee. These five committees came together for the first time on Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, for a steward- ship mini-retreat. During the retreat, the commit- tees were introduced to a model for parish stew- ardship conversion that has been developed over a period of 20 years by St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, Kansas, under the inspired leadership of its pastor, Father Thomas McGread. Since the July retreat, the five parish committees continue to meet monthly to encourage one another and share ideas. During the retreat, the five committees began the process of creating a common Vision State- ment for a Total Stewardship Parish.which would guide their efforts. Here is the final draft of this Statement which was adopted by the five commit- tees during their joint meeting in August: "Total Stewardship Parish is ALIVE/It is a prayerful, welcoming, Eucharist-centered community with a common vision: GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL. Its members are committed to furthering the word and work of Christ by caring for each other and all of God's creation. In gratitude, they joyfully give back a portion of their God-given gifts of Time, Talent, and. Treasure." What a beautiful and powerful description of the essence and spirit of a parish that would call itself a "Total Stewardship Parish!" Any parish, and indeed any diocese, that truly lives this vision would be an exciting, caring, magnificent commu- nity of believers. Even the casual observer or occa- sional visitor would know immediately: HERE'S the fire! AriA to CPC at the process that led to a new name and a new focus I the first arti- reviewed Bishop's an Appeal in 1982. at the to a new Parishes and a new 0tr annual fund are 1992, five tgs Were held diocese to about The lnual Dioce- ;Otal of 121 repre- parishes of these for these asking : to these Positive Itages of tn your aspects/li. of ADA n your Scontinue es, what s exercise SUgges. I al dioce- each and Very clear recommendations were expressed: 1) continue the campaign, and 2) change the name. Immediately after the fifth meeting Bishop Gettelfinger appointed an "ADA Task Force" to address the many is- sues that had been articulated. Task Force members had at- tended one of the five regional meetings and had recent per- sonal leadership experience with their parish Bishop's Fund/ADA campaigns. Task Force members were: - Father John Boeglin, St. Celestine, Celestine - Amy Cox, St. Rupert, Red Brush - Dr. Honesto Fenol, Sts. Peter and Paul, Petersburg Sister Mary Terence Knapp, O.S.B., St. Nicholas, Santa Claus - Jim Krodel, St. Mary, Sulli- van - Bill Weinert, Holy Rosary, Evansville - Cindy Weinzapfel, Holy Family, Jasper - Father Ronald Zgunda, St. Mary, Washington. Diocesan Development Di- rector Justin Clements served as convener and facilitator for all meetings. The first step for the task force was to collect and sum- marize the information from the five regional meetings under this general heading: Blocks/Obstacles/Barriers to a Successful Campaign. All of the data from the five meetings seemed to fit into one of these categories: A The name of the campaign B. Timing of the campaign C. Education about diocesan programs and services D. The budget process and parish goals E. Stewardship/fundrais- ing/campaign mechanics F. communication (input, di- alogue, consultation) and atti- tudes Because those who attended the May -- June meetings strongly recommended that the campaign be continued, the Task Force focused on ways to reduce or eliminate any imped- iments to a successful cam- paign within the categories mentioned above. The driving question was: "What can we recommend that will help all parishes be more successful with their annual campaigns?" After several meetings the task force produced a total of 24 preliminary recommenda- Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744" 1 III I II II lUl I RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIB CHARBROILED STEAOK COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN SEAFOOOS SALAD BAR ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FOR J. X/R CATNG NF.E0S, CALL ( 1 482-2640 ]  Hwy. lS2S. I I I tions to improve the campaign. These recommendations were presented to parish campaign leaders during a second series of five regional meetings in January 1993, at the same lo- cations as the earlier May June meetings. Forty-four parishes were represented by 81 people who attended these meetings. The purpose of this second series of gatherings was to solicit feedback about the Task Force's 24 recommenda- tions before submitting them to Bishop Gettelfinger for his approval. All information pre- sented at these meetings was subsequently mailed to every pastor and parish campaign chairperson who did not attend one of the meetings along with a request for their input. Task Force members met one final time in February 1993, to review the feedback from the January meetings and to formulate their final list of 19 recommendations for Bishop Gettelfinger. The bishop, in turn, sought counsel from the Council of Priests and his personal staff before adopt-- lag the final ADA Task Force recommendations. 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