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i SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION FEBRUARY 1994 ii iii i Task force conducts interviews on parish pastoral councils of Evansville SYnod '93 S.N.&.SE BOND, Chancellor f the Synod imple- an ad hoe Parish Task Force pastors, rs, s on a, Operations, Parish pastoral in- r, Boonville; Claus; Wash- Fenol, Weaver, en Boettcher, Lintzenich all of Evansville. After the interviews, the group met at the Catholic Cen- ter on Feb. 5 to review their findings The LEARNINGS can be summarized as follows: There is great diversity in the organization and purpose of councils. Some parishes are strug- gling with the role and purpose of councils Councils have a similar mission -- worship, education, poor, etc People, in general, are sat- isfied with their council opera- tion. The new Parish Pastoral Council Policies and Guide- lines are too lengthy. Many councils only handle maintenance and finance is- sues. Some pastors set the agenda; others are consulted minimally. Clarity is needed on con- sultative vs. decision-making. Many councils use some form of consensus to arrive at recommendations. ward the "Diocese;" availability of talent and leadership that is not being tapped adequately; some council members have been serving for 10 years, gen- uine interest in what some training and formation could offer, and how far along some younger, smaller parishes seem to be. Recommendation From the consultation, the group recommended a plan to respond to individual parish needs, some form of general in- service, and the availability of audio-video resources. The process needs to be on-going for the continuing development of council leadership. Pastors and others who were consulted recommended in-ser- vice in eight areas: leadership, consensus, purpose of councils, planning, evaluating or writing a mission statement, how to run meetings, communication skills, and conflict manage- ment. 'Surprises' Surprises included the var- ied size 'of parish pastoral councils from 4 to 45 persons; big differences between rural Pi Schroeder, and city parishes, hostility to- In response to the concerns nning, budgeting, underway raided in the consultation re- garding the length of the Parish Pastoral Council Poli- cies and Guidelines, two docu- ments are currently being pre- pared The first is the revised, long edition for pastors and pastoral life coordinators; the second is a shorter edition con- taining the essentials. The shorter edition will be avail- /,Process is now plan- efforts for ral Planning. fully imple- Years 1995- of the process in- )n of CUrrent 2) annual needs assessment by requesting in-put from parish pastoral councils and other consultative bodies; 3) direction setting and pri- oritization by the Diocesan Pastoral Council; 4) action planning and pro- gram development by the Bishop's Staff; 5) presentation of the Dioce- able in March The group will reconvene at the Catholic Center on Satur- day, Feb. 26. At that time they will review the "Action Plans" drafted by Father Lintzenich and Sister Louise Bond. A full report on the "Action Plans" will be distributed in March. Attitudes In the area of attitudes it was recommended that some- thing move be beyond done to complacency,instill hope re- -- : educate hearts, dream, pray, and hope together for the fu- ture. san Pastoral Plan with the budget; 6) revisions; 7) Bishop's acceptance of the plan. The Synod Goals remain as the heart of the diocesan plan- ning effort. Objectives, priori- ties, and action plans will con- tinue the Synod imple- mentation. PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Pty Diocese of Evansville ;e : love, You sent Your Son to live among us, e and worship You as Your faithful people. holy liveslas faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, may be known and felt in our midst, may come to know and love bu to serve and worship You. Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. See Your plan for the Church. the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, ! Church of Southwestern Indiana, Our kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! Task force is preparing draft of diocesan pastoral council document A four person task force is Their work will be presented working on the Diocesan Pas- to the Synod Implementation toral Council draft document. Team on March 12. I I I IIIIII I Meetings scheduled on lay medical insurance program in the diocese Four meetings will be held in the Diocese of Evansville during the first days of March. Information will be presented on medical insurance for lay persons employedby the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Evansville. Parish leaders are invited to attend the presentation at any location. Members of the committee who drew up the in- surance program will be available to answer questions. Meetings are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m. CST School Cafeteria St. John Church, Newburgh Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m. CST School Cafeteria Resurrection Church, Evansville Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. EST Cafeteria St. Mary Church, Ireland Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. EST Parish Center Old Cathedral, Vincennes