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February 15, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .Bishop's Forum 11 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER Twenty-two months have sped by since my or- dination as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville. Amid the flurry of interviews and multiple opportunities to speak of "my plans" for the diocese in those early moments, I indicated my hope that within eighteen months there would be a Diocesan Synod. To date that has not been ac- complished, however, the intent has not diminished. Each diocese is to hold a periodic synod. Our last one was in 1974. Because the universal church law was under revision most dioceses awaited the arrival of the revision which was completed in 1983. It is known as the Code of Canon Law. The Code of 1917 called for each diocese to hold a synod every 10 years. The revised code calls for a synod to be held at the discretion of the diocesan bishop Some may wonder what a "synod" is since the experience would not be in the memory of so " many members of our diocese, in fact in my almost Preparations for diocesan synod thirty years of priesthood, 1 have not experienced one. Simply stated, a synod is a meeting, an assembly of representatives of the church gathered to deliberate about matters affecting the lives of its members. Because matters of policy and regulation typically result from such meetings, it has some characteristics of a legislative assembly. The lawmaker, however, is ultimatly the diocesan bishop. A synod is much more than a legislative assembly. It has a richness of character in that it flows from people of faith, it is a way for a com- munity of believers to keep alive the mission to which its members are all called. It must be about the living and spreading of the Gospel of Jesus. The synod gives order to the institutional life of our church. It can also challenge its members by making clear the expectations of the community for each of its members. SYNODAL PLANNING COMMITTEE A synod required much planning. For this 991 reason I have appointed a three member committee to be responsible to plan our synod. Each of the three symbolically represent what I envision to be the three traditional groups constituting the com- munity we know as the diocese, namely the laity, the religious and the clergy. Mr. Ken Krasavage of St. John the Baptist Parish in Newburgh is the layman. Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, O.S.B., prin- cipal of Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School in Evansville is the religious. Father John Kane, pastor of St. Ferdinand in Ferdinand is the clergyman. Each has made a committment to serve in this capacity. This committee will design the process leading up to and including the conduct of the synod. Included in the planning task are the calen- dar and schedule. The committee's work begins immediately. Next time I will continue with a discussion on what I have chosen to call the synodal process. i Fifth and sixth grade basketball Fifth and sixth grade basket- ball at Holy Rosary School, Evansville, Feb. 2 results are reported by Steve Schlachter: Holy Rosary Gold 31, Holy Rosary Green 20; Good Shepherd 28, St. Theresa White 21; Christ the" Kirig "47, Evansville Christian 4; St. Theresa Red 45, St. Benedict Blue 11; Holy Spirit 32, St. Benedict White 8. Results Feb. 9: Holy Rosary Green 32, St. Benedict Blue 17; Holy Spirit 29, St. Theresa White 20; Good Shepherd 33, Evansville Christian 9; St. Theresa Red 50, St. Benedict White 9; Holy Rosary White 46, Christ the King 20. Final standings: Holy Rosary White, 10-0; Good Shepherd, 9-1; St. Theresa Red, 8-2; Holy Spirit, 7-3; St. Benedict White, 6-4; St. Benedict Blue, 4-6; Christ the King, 4-6; Holy Rosary Green, 3-7; St. Theresa White 1-9; Evansville Christian 0-10. Z  This application and fee are to be sent to Camp Ondessonk Office, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, IL 62221. The $45.00 registration fee must accompany this it'll' 0 =" appicatin.Thebaancefthefee'$1`istbepajd4weksprirtthecampersarrivaatndessnk($94rgistratinfefrtwweekcamprswith   balance of $220.00.) Registration fees cannot be refunded, but may be transferred to another camper for a $5.00 service charge, Complete information on bill-  )  O p ] e s in 2 an: d2tes will matamledzIth co 2 f i 2 at i2nof re2ervatio2s.: LEAS 2 D 2 NJT 2TAP L 2 C2EC:S 20:PLICATI2N = ..........  T FU S | Name Birth Date Present Grade  Company i 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 Address  Schoo WorkPhone LINTON, INDIANA 47441 City Home Phone i (L.O : State/Zip School  State Church : [] MALE [] FEMALE [] I am applying for ONE week [] I am applying for TWO weeks ,, I HAUBSTADT I ELECTRIC l ,,. I I'.P| Industrial, Commercial | I I | L-.J and Residentleq I TONY NAZARIO P.O. Box 405 II I 812-768-5207 Haubatadt, IN 47639 I ...... : AP.ROV.LOFP..TORO.O,."'.OWV'ROC'' -,Ed L. Lee g I hereby approve this application for my son or daughter to attend Camp Ondossonk and in consideration of the benefits to be derived, expressJy waive any IIii and all claims against the Catholic Diocese of Bellevllle, camp Ondessonk, the Department of Outdoor Education, or its representatives on account of acctdent M or J[Lt' or sickness or injury or other damage that may be incurred to the above mentioned child or his or her property in connection with and incident to this camp. r i lOl North Meridian Street ,' I SIgnature'of p=en, or Lal O.e,a. O=e S" Washington. 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