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March 1, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Synodal process begins wRh a mission statement 11 In the last "Forum" I promised to continue the discussion of what ] have chosen to call the "synodal process." To my knowledge, there is no such standard process leading up to a synod. The conduct of the synod itself is governed by univer- sal Church law. The preparations that will lead up to the synod will be as important, if not more than the synod itself. Within our diocese as in all dioceses, there are many issues of concern. Issues may flow from varied attributes of a diocese including its location, its geography, its demography, its sociology, its eco,lomy, its Catholic census in relation to other faiths, the quality of the life of its members, not the least of which is the expression of faith evident in its members. The synodal process must begin with a state- ment of mission, a statement of direction. Our Catholic Diocese of Evansville is singular and uni- que. It is ours and ours alone. Though its mission may look much like that of other communities of faith, it must flow from our own understanding of i the Gospel and the manner in which it is to be lived here. The mission statement will give meaning to everything else that is donel The mission statement will chart the course by which we, the Church, will attempt to address pre- sent and future needs of our diocese. Because there are many areas of concern, each having its own set of needs, task forces responsible for studying in- dividual concerns will be appointed. Their work will conclude with recommendations that will ultimately become part of the deliberations of the synod itself. Consultative bodies within the life of the Church have made possible broad participation by all the members. In fact, some of these bodies are required by Church law, most notably finance councils. For such bodies to function properly, the principles of collaboration and subsidiarity are dynamics that must be present. The same is true if the process leading up to the synod is to be fruitful. Collaboration in process demands much of its participants. It is not the easiest way to "run the railroad," but it is the only way even though it may be difficult keeping everyone working toward the common goal. Subsequent to the synod itself, collaboration will be required in implementation of the decisions from the synod. Subsidiarity too is necessary when adult members are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the Church. This principle, simply stated, requires that decisions be made at the lowest possi- ble level. Said another way, subsidiarfty suggests that decisions should be made as closely as possi- ble by those who will be affected by them. For in- stance, a parish council should decide matters about its parking lot, not the deanery. The deanery, for example, should make decisions about its interparochial ventures such as high schools, not the diocese. Subidiarity does not, however, negate the fact that diocesan policies are indeed obligations of member parishes. i i "L. 4' j Continued from page 7 Shepherd Church, Evansville, celebrates his anniversary of or- dination to the priesthood March 2. Father John Kane of St. Ferdi- nand Church, Ferdinand, celebrates his anniversary of or- dination to the priesthood March 1. Father Lowell Will of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Hauhstadt, celebrates his anniversary of or- dination to the priesthood March 2 Edward J. Rotter memorial trophy Jody Friedman is the 1991 reci- pient of the Edward ]. Rotter memorial trophy. The award is given annually to a Jasper boy scout who exhibitr nutstanding PONTIAC BUICK IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. TAX TIME MARCH 1. WE MUST REDUCE OUR NEW & USED CAR & TRUCK INVENTORY DRASTICALLY (NEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLARS) BETWEEN NOW AND THE 1st OF MARCH TO AVOID PAYING THE MARCH 1st INVENTORY TAX. TAX SALE TIME- BIG SAVINGS TIME FOR YOUi THE ONLY PRICE THE BOTTOM LINE PRICE O.D. NEFF'S PRICE/ EFFECTIVE 2/8/91 THRU 4/7/91 AN ADDITIONAL $500.00 DEALER CASH ON '91 GRAND AM This, along with $ 750.00 cu,stomer cash rebate and $ 600.00 FIRST TIME BUYER gives you $1850.00 total cash rebates and incentives $1263.00 Old Jim's Discount $3113.00 Total Savings Available 10;4 D. NEFF, Inc. W. Old Hwy. 50, Washington 254-4520 i I character and achievement. Friedman is the son of John and Sue Friedman of Jasper. Seminarians at St. Benedict Alex Paternoster and Dan Shanahan will be serving the parish community at St. Benedict Church, Evansville this semester. Paternoster is from the Lafayette Diocese and in his se- cond year of graduate studies. Shanahan is from Toledo, Ohio, and a first-year graduate student. Brother Gregory Imholz O.S.B., a deacon from the Abbey of Mariastein in Switzerland will also be visiting at St. Benedict's. He is currently spending six months at St. Meinrad to get a perspective of the Church in the United States. Anniversaries at St. Benedict Congratulations to couples at St. Benedict Church, Evansville, celebrating March wedding anniversaries: Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN DELICIOUS GERMAN FOOD PRIME RIg CHARBROILED STEAK COUNTRY FRIEDCHICKEN SEAFOODS * SALAD BAR BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES 1482-2640 I Hwy 162 S. 3113rd Ave., lisper, IN Floyd and Mary Raven, 57 Betty Birk and Lelia Pfister years; Dick and Marjorie Roth, have completed a two-week 45 years; Edmund and Barbara Leader's Training course. Sullivan, 46 years. The Stephen Ministers com- pleted a two-day retreat led by f" m -- .! besquicentenntal Sister Jennifer Miller from St. Celestine Theresa Church, Evansville. at St. Don Sander, Bob Schnell, Anniversaries Rhonda Hohler, Tame Stemle at St. Joseph and Sally Brosmer coordinated the pre-fest sesquicentennial at Congratulations to couples at St. Celestine Church, Celestine. St. Joseph Church, Evansville, celebrating wedding Ministry anniversaries: Orval and Rosie Bullock, 43 of Lector years; Joe and Louise Lasher, 50 Joseph Cook has received the years. Ministry of Lector at St. Meinrad Seminary. He is a first-year Scouting awards theology student and a member at HolyFamdy of Christ the King Church, Evansville. Ryan Helfler, Chris Dilger, Brian Hoffinan, Adam Jahn, lasner's Nick Werne and Kevin Mills af r have received the Ad Altare Dei Stephen Ministry scouting awards. The scouts are members of Holy Family Church, Father John Davidson, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Jasper, Jasper. commissioned seven Stephen Ministers on Feb. 10. They are Please send information for Marietta Bachman, Patricia PEOPLE to Mary Ann Hughes, Schenllenberger, Sister Angela The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Wethington, Jerry Sermersheim, Evansville, IN 477.4. The Beverly Lau, Viola Weaver and deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Frankie Wissing. Friday before publication date. One Rose-One Life The Knights of Columbus Council 2215 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, recently raised $588 in their One Rose-One Life fund drive for Gibson County Right to Life. Ed May, above /eft, is K of C Council Pro Life chairman. Ann Minnis is One Rose- One Life president and Vun Wolfe is Grand Knight.