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8 Januaq  .... The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Seeking to improve support for marriage and By PTtUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "Pope John Paul lI commands a tremendous awe and mys- , tery," said Dr. Honesto Fenol of Petersburg. He, his wife Rose, and their daughters, Mary Rose and Jo Ann, traveled to Brazil in September for the Second World Conference on Famil>: The Fenols were part of a del- egation from the Diocese of Evansville. Also making the trip were Jim and Diane Collins, and Father Michael Allen. Jim Collins is the director of Catholic Charities in the diocese. Father Allen is associate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper. One-hunched-fifteen nations were represented at the gather- ing, according to Dr. Fenol. He said that some 2,000 delegates from around the world met for several days of conferences. "There were speakers from various countries who shared their faith, insights and admo- nitions advocating the strength- ening of the family, following the designs of God and making Christ the center of families," Dr. Fenol said. Dr. Fenol, Father Allen and other members of the Brazil contingent reported their expe- riences late last year to Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, who encouraged them to share their enthusiasm for marriage and family life in a way which would benefit the diocese. Further discussion led to a meeting of priests, religious and laity at St. Joseph Church in Jasper Jan. 14. At that meeting plans were tentatively made for a diocesan convening, to be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Petersburg, April 25. The theme of the Petersburg gathering will be the same as the theme of the pope's world assembly in Brazil: "The Family: Gift, Commitment and Hope for the Future." Father Allen said that the pur- pose of the pope's visit, and of the Petersburg gathering, will be to help improve the support that parishes offer to marriage and family throughout the diocese. Planning for parish future to begin in five deaneries in September By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor. How will 44 priests take care of the sacramental needs of 73 parishes early in the next mil- lennium? That was the question asked not too long ago when a task force began meeting to dis- cuss "Future Parish Staffing." By the end of 1997, members of many parishes in the Wash- ington Deanery had experi- enced an answer to that ques- tion. St. Patrick Church, Coming, and St. Michael Church, Daviess County, are now chapels. Their families are now members of a larger parish community which includes St. Peter, Montgomery, and All Saints Church, Cannel- burg. Father Lowell Will is the pastor. St. Mary Church, Barr Town- ship, is now a chapel. Church records and property are now part of St. Joseph Church, Bramble. The parish in Bramble, along with other churches in the area are served by Fathers Leo Kiesel and Tom Kessler, from a central office in Loogootee. A phone call to the parish office in Loo- gootee will be answered with the greeting, "Catholic Church- es of Martin County." The Washington Deanery is the first of the seven deaneries in the'diocese to adopt a plan for parish staffing. The Evans- ville East Deanery has begun meeting to develop a plan that will fit the unique needs of the parishes within its boundaries. And in September, the other five deaneries will move forward into their planning processes. What will this mean for Catholics in the Diocese of Evansville? How have other dioceses met similar strains on the number of priests? What are the experiences of parishioners who share clergy with one or more other faith communities? In the coming year, the Mes- sage will answer some of the questions being raised as plan- ning continues toward the future. For some parishes, the future is already here. During the coming year, arti- cles and features in the Message will focus on parish clusters, use of chapels, new ministries, the strain and the grace in the lives of the people of God in south- western Indiana. for the Catholic Moment, weekly newspaper of the Catholic Church in Northcentral Indiana. Writing, editing skills, page layout and graphics. QuarkXpress, Photoshop. Experience preferred. Will train college grad with relevant degree. Write Editor, RO. Box 1603, Lafayette, IN 47902. Please include a cover letter with your r6sum6. III Lani. A. George Attorney at Law m Certified Public Accountant Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning. 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