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.7 , The Message Monthly --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Bi h 's s op Forum urn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel Turn away from sin and be to the gospel. So comes ay mandate to i each of us to be reconciled once God and one another. is the tough work of Lent; uous work of the Gospel is clear: Love your whole heart, your d and your whole soul; ghbor as yourself. For SOme reason or other, us are not uncomfortable zn admitting our wrong doing Almighty God. Whether I of fear or distance, it is to confess our sin directly and per- God. We resist when we are reminded e that the second part of the com- us to acknowledge our sin to the the community which is affected by In fact some of our brothers and sis- say, "I do not have to confess my sin to God!" That is to deny personal re- to one's neighbor. The work of Lent is not only to acknowledge 0hal need for reconciliation with God and but it requires one to be reconciled self. To make it personal, I must first let of my own sin. I must forgive myself be- can ask others to forgive me of my sin. The of Reconciliation makes that possible. it, I am able to acknowledge my of God's forgiveness and know believing community too forgives me. penance services highlight our with one another both in sin and in : That is the work of Lent! The Synod and Reconciliation ung to celebrate, with you, the rit6 of in community services throughout during Lent this year. I will, as of peace, administer the sacra- reconciliation in each of our deaneries BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER along with the priests of the com- munity. My personal involvement is a reminder to you and me of mutual responsibilities beyond ourselves, our own parishes, and indeed, our own diocese. There is great need of recon- ciliation in our diocese. Many of our sisters and brothers have suf- fered because you and I have not followed the Gospel mandate. Many of us have suffered because of the brokenness of those we hold in high esteem. It is especially hurtful when we know who has caused the pain. Those of us in authority in the Church stand in need of forgiveness when we sin through weakness or malice. Whether we be as- sociate pastor, pastoral associate, pastoral life co- ordinator, pastor, dean or bishop, we seek for- giveness, indeed reconciliation, with those of you we may have offended. Sometimes we may be conscious of those hurtful moments. At other times we may not have realized that we have caused pain. We may cause others to suffer from our ineptitude. We may have been thoughtless. We may have been driven by the tension of the moment. In any case, when we have hurt others, even the least of the community, we have need for reconciliation. For those of you who have been hurt by sis- ters or brothers in the faith, you need to acknowl- edge that suffering. You need to do so in a public and appropriate manner. We do this in commu- nity gatherings. At the same time we must be willing to listen to those who have suffered hurt at our hands. But, having been hurt, we must be willing to let go of our hurt. You and I must be willing to trust that those who have caused us pain too are also willing to do better. We must have confi- dence in those who act in the name of the con> munity. We can expect them to be faithful to their mission as leaders, be they pastoral associ- ate, assistant pastor, pastor, dean or bishop. When there is question or doubt, truth alone must be the final measure of fidelitv. At thM mo- ment neither rumor or feeling on tle matter have any value. The arduous task of the synodal process is not only to identify the sins of the past and pre- sent, but to be reconciled one to another if we are to live as Christ has commanded: "they will know you are my disciples by the way you love one another!" On March 15, 1993, it will be four years since the announcement that I was to be the bishop of this diocese. My coming marked the change of leadership. I was never bishop before. I have made mis- takes. Some have caused hurt and misunderstand- ing. I have made decisions with which some of you disagree. Some have perceptions of me, both as person and leader, that are far from reality. Some of my actions as leader and bishop have been and will be misunderstood simply be- cause, from professional ethics, I cannot and will not discuss matters with others who have no right to privileged infer, motion. I have an obligation to protect the rights of all in Christian charity and according to professional ethics. At the same time, I am willing to he held ac- countable as Peter was held accountable by the Lord. My pledge of fidelity on ordination day, April 11, 1989, remains constant: "I promise to be true to you in good times, and in bad, in sickness and health. I promise to honor you and love you - all the days of my life." I have not wavered, and in fact have been reaffirmed by you in the joy of my oath. Nonetheless, I wish to be reconciled with all whom I may have hurt and with all to whom I have been a source of distress. Before God and all of you, I have never consciously intended per- sonal pain or suffering. If my challenge to ac- countability has caused pain or stress, so be it in the name of the Lord! It is mv prayer that the Synod of 1993 may launch anew the desire for personal and commu- nal hqliJss to which Jesus has called us! Reconciliation with Cd/rod one another will* make it possible. Nothing less! ather Kenneth Herr to celebrate silver anniversary March 14 Father Kenneth Herr will be cele- brating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at Good Shepherd Church, on Sunday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. A reception in the parish activity center will follow the Mass of Thanks- giving at the church, 2301 North Stockwell Road, Evansville. The re- ception will continue until 1 p.m. Herr said no individual invitations are being said everyone was welcome to stop by for Mass tion. 52, was ordained March 2, 1968, and as- 7a.assistant at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. he was assigned as associate pastor of St. Agnes Church, Evansville. and as a teacher at Rex Mundi High School. Father Herr taught at Mater Dei High School, Evans- ville, from 1972 to 1983. He also served as associate pastor of St. Wende] Church, St. Wendel, and as administrator of St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. He was named pastor of Good Shepherd Church in 1983. Father Herr is the oldest of the five children of the late Herbert and Leone Herr, who were members of St. John Church, Elberfeld. Father Herr's three sisters and one brother plan to attend his celebration. They are Sister Donna Marie Herr, O.S.B., who teaches at Mater Dei High School, Evansville; Bernice Tieken, a member of St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; Ray Herr, a member of St. Wendel Church; and Donna Anslinger, a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Chumh, Haubstadt. Arts PAUL'S PHARMACY Phone 477-1532 Paul Mayer, Owner DOnald Gutzweiler 2107 W. Franklin St. ct-we livery 425-4364 s Riverside Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Cosmet, Shopping1 Center Fast Prescription Service 3Overnor Ken and Rebecca Hacker 422-9981 853"7141 Pharmacy City-VVide Delivery 413 Locust Street Judy Stratman 4;15,5293 , . Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 end N. Welnbech Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. ,, . 425-4422 -, BOOKEEPER/BUSINESS MANAGER The parishes of St. Paul, Tell city, St. Michael, Cannelton and St. Plus, Troy are seeking a full-time bookkeeper/business manager. Responsibilities include maintaining financial records, preparing budgets and financial reports and managing parish facilities. A college degree, preferable in accounting, is desired as well as 5 to 10 years of business expe- rience. Competitive compensation is provided as well as excellent benefits which include health care, life insurance and pension. Please send resume and salary history, in con- ficence, to: Rev. Daniel J. Staublin, St. Paul Parish, 814 Jefferson St. Tell City, IN 47586. Deadline for application is March 17, 1992. An Equal Opportunity Employer Council of Priests elects 1993 officers Father lames Blessinger, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes. was elected chairman of the diocesan Council of Priests, Feb. 18. He succeeds Father David Nunning, pastor of St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. Father Robert Deig, was elected vice chairman. Father Joseph Kirsch was elected secretary. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger is council president. Members of the council in- clude the following: Msgr. Leo Conti, Evans- ville East Deanery. Father Nunning, Evans- ville West Deanery. Father Joseph Erbacher, Jasper Deanery. Father Joseph Ziliak, Newburgh Deanery. Father James Koressel, Princeton Deanery. Father Blessinger. Vin- cennes Deanery. Father David Martin, Washington Deanerv. Father Gregory Chamber- lin. O.S.B.. representing reli- gious priests. Father Kirsch is an ap- pointee of the bishop, Father Deig is an ap pointee of the bishop. Msgr, Kenneth R. Knapp, vicar general.