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B The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana FebruarY Pray-ers for the Synod : II PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville LET US PRAY God of life and love, Yousent Your Son to live among us, that we might know and love You, that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, s 9 that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, that others t6o may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. be faithful to Yours, and living Your gospel. pra be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Commissioning ceremonies held at five locations in the Diocese While members of parishes throughout the Diocese of Evansville are involved in Parish Synod Assemblies, some Catholics in the diocese are participating in another, powerful way: they have been commissioned as "Pray-ers for the Synod." Father William Deering, diocesan director of worship, is the chairman of the Synod Liturgy Committee. He and Sister Brenda Fritz, D.C., a member of the liturgy committee, trav- eled during January to five locations around the diocese: the Monastery of St. Clare in Evansville, St. John's Home for the Aged, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville; the Regina Continuing Care Center in Evansville, Seton Resi- dence,f Home for the Senior Sisters of the Daughters of Char- it3") in Evansville, and the infirmary at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. The idea to engage the residents of the monasteries and care facilities came tip at a meeting of the Synod Liturgy Com- mittec,, Father Deering said. Mass was celebrated at each location, and then a commis- sioning ceremony was held. "It was really interesting to watch them 'light up' at the ceremony," said Father Deering "They were engaged in it, and began to feel that they were part of the synod." Sister Mary Rupert Scheessele, O.S.B., and Sister Kelly, O.S.B., pray during Mass celebrated at the Monastery Immaculate Conception. 1 ter to, pei 6 13 t : 1st or to al dr or toi qx th p re ra k 8 ti ll h ( l: Commissioned to pray for the Synod are, seated, from left, Sister Julia Goebel, Sister t Egloff, Sister Antoinette Fischer; standing, from left, Sister Mary Cosmas Kress, Gemma Gettelfinger, Sister Germaine Libs, and Sister Anna Marie Brosmer, all meb eo  ( the Benedictine community at Monastery Immaculate Conception. : }" Parish Pastoral Councils have important, role00 The document proposes the following policy: In the Diocese of Evansville, every parish is to have a parish pastoral coun- cil which unites the parish in a community of leadership and service. According to the proposal, the Parish Pastoral Council is to be a consultative body to the pastor or the pastoral lifo coordinator. The misison of the council includes forming unity, providing recommen- dations for parish priorities and promoting communica- tions and understanding. As envisioned by the com- mittee, a parish pastoral council has the following characteristics: A parish pastoral council is prayerful The council is, first of all, entrusted with particulary parish c o' nity. t' A parish nastoral co : is pastoral. Council rae along with the pastor parish life coordinat0r , the parish staff, are askOa help provide ways t o..,6 the needs of the commt": A parish nastoral CO r . Cotttt is representative. being a gospel witness for its See iJ, By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor The 55-page document sent to parishes for roview states that Parish Pastoral Councils are providing an increasingly important role in the min- istries of parishes in building Christian community. The document was pre- pared by the Parish Pastoral Guidelines Committee. Mem- O bers of the committeee in- cluded the following: Helen Boettcher, Ziba Graham Jr., Glenn Gramelspacher, Rita Hirsch, David Rice, Larry Sievers, Veronica Weaver and Earl Wells. The document sets forth a model for all parishes. The intent is to provide overall guidelines while allowing for appropriate individuality within parishes. 4 l