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January27,1989 i View Point I i i The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I I i i i i i By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Prayer networks offer a sense of belonging and support Affairs of the heart may seem too emotional and frought with danger for some, for others they are the wellspring of feelings of oneness and em- pathy. This holds true in prayer as well as in poetry. Prayer reaches its most selfless heights in giv- ing thanks and adoration to our God for his goodness, for his being. It takes a big heart and a generous personality to remain at such a stage of union with God. At the same time many of our prayers are more in the nature of petitions, pleas that our needs be heard and answered by God. No wonder. Any one of us could fill a notebook with a list of people or issues that we would like to he improved or helped. We usually don't write them down, we simply speak those requests to God in our prayer. The addition of prayers of petition during the Mass has helped many of us focus on specific needs. This element of the liturgy has allowed us to see our real lives as intimately involved with worship of God. We have also realized the importance of peti- tions having supportive prayer of hundreds of peo- ple at one time. Feeling that the whole community is praying the same way I am gives a terrific sense of belonging and support. Comfort and gratitude are other reactions when we know and experience the loving support of fellow parishioners. A number of parishes have formed prayer net- works. How many I do not know. Parish prayer networks work like this. One or two persons, minimally, volunteer as primary contact persons. Prayer requests are either phoned directly to them, or they are received through the rectory. The head or heads of the chain will then call the next person down the list. That person in turn passes the re- quest to the next person. The petitions themselves may be made anonymously, that is, the caller may or may not give a name and in turn the petition may be quite specific, or generic. The request may involve a specific person to be prayed for and the exact nature of the problem, illness or situation, or the request may simply be for a special intention. The system works easily and simply. People i please patronize Message advertisers! [ ii i :*: FAMOUS BRANDS FOR LESS. , ,.  FURNITURE- CARPET- APPLIANCES HOME OUTFITTERS JASPER - LOOGOOTEE - WASHINGTON NEW STORE OPENING IN VINCENNES i i i i The For a limited time only. Permanent Federal is offering the new discount CD. [t rks like a savings bond, making your cost well below maturity lue because of the interest that accrues in your account. That means, for example, you pay only $3212.65 for a CD that will mature at $5,000. 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If your parish does not yet have such a prayer network functioning, this might be the time for you to come forward and volunteer to organize the system. There are many people around who will help give you further details and suggestions As part of a parish effort here at St. John Church, Newburgh, we are asking people to join in calling, or nudging, family, friends or neighbors to return to the Lord. We have petition cards that they may fill out. We place them on the altar and allow them to remind us of the many needs of our people. We already have hundreds of cards. This is a visible and powerful sign our our dependence on God, It is a sign of our need for help beyond our own resources. God will respond to us. By asking we stand open to a response. i i i i Priests .... Continued from page 5 the people get to do the 'more focus of our efforts." interesting' things." "Many of us became priests "We minister to the expecting to minister to people ministers," he said. on a one-to-one basis," he said, "The people say that they "but now we are recruiters, would-still rather have the trainers and supervisors, and priest," said Father Davidson, Golden jubilarians Mr. and Mrs. Leo G. Helm of Ireland, Ind., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Feb. 5, with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Ireland. A family dinner will be served at noon, followed by an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper. The couple requests no gifts. Mr. Heim and the former Louise P. Giesler iwere married Feb. 7, 1939 in St. Joseph Church, Jasper. They have four children, Patrida Bolmenkamper Jr. of Ireland; Carol Schneider of Jasper; Ronald of Evansville and Mary Gib- son of Orlando, Fla. The couple also has 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. One daughter died in infancy. Mr. Helm is part-owner, president and general manager of the Helm Bros. Lumber Co. in Ireland. i "but the pressure is mounting in the other direction. Priests themselves can't do all that needs to be done." The theology of the Church and a practical consideration of personnel "demand that we take a very serious look at the role of the priest in relationship to the call of all Catholics in the parish to share in the ministry of the Church," said Father Camillns Ellspermann O.S.B., pastor of St. Benedict Church, Evansville. He said the challenge is for priests to define their role among themselves before they can give serious consideration to shared minstry. He said the areas of service must be clarified so that the minstry of the baptized laity does not duplicate the ministry of the clergy. Registration for the follow-up convocation is scheduled for 9 a.m., with an opening prayer at 9:30 a.m. After reports from the seven deaneries in the diocese, the rest of the day is devoted to discernment. Sister Taste, the facilitator, was instrumental in implemen- ting the process for her com- munity at Ferdinand. The same process being used at the con- vocation follow-up will be used by the Benedictine Sisters later this year, to select a new prioress. She said, at the convocation follow-up, she will begin with a presentation "on discernment itself, continue with informa- tion about the discernment pro- cess, and finally she will guide the participants through the process. She said that if each partici- pant can share % piece of wisdom," then "the process will bring it all together." :;:;!:!::!:;::/::!.q;:'.'.':!:::::;.:.,.,,:...:.x-:.:-'.,:..,:. American National Bank Blcknell - Sandborn Vincennes Ddve-ln Fzmllttles. Member F.D,LC. A Full Service Bank i