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D SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION March Profile: Diocesan Office of Worship Staff: lather William Deer- ing, director of worship; Car- olyn Mueller, secretary. Whom do you serve? I serve the bishop, who is the primary liturgist in the diocese. I serve the bishop as a re- source person in matters per- taining to the liturgical law and liturgical theology. I oversee the planning for epis- copal liturgies such as ordi- nations, confirmations, Holy Week services, special Masses and priests' funerals. I also serve the faithful of the diocese through the vari- ous services that are offered through the worship office. • The list of extraordinary ministers of communion is kept and updated in the of- fice of worship. The bishop commissions extraordinary ministers as requests are made to renew terms of office or to nominate new ministers. • Consultation is available for other offices of the dio- cese at the Catholic Center. • Workshops are offered for the various liturgical min- istries, such as cantors, lec- tors, organists, ministers of communion, ushers and greeters. • Presentations are made to By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor teachers of religion on matters that deal with the sacraments. • Assistance is provided to the board of the Rite of Chris- tian Initiation for Adults. • I write occasional articles for the Message about liturgi- cal matters. I hope these arti- cles are educational for all who read them. • In the office there are samples of choral music that may be reviewed by persons who are looking for new music for their choir and/or congregation. (The music can even be tried out on the key- board in the office. Please call ahead.) Describe your relationship with parishes or parish lead- ership. I attempt to keep the parishes up to date in matters liturgical, encouraging good liturgical practice. I offer occasional work- shops for priests in matters liturgical, such as the new fu- neral liturgy and presiding at Eucharist. Evaluations of parish litur- gies are available to any parish that may desire such a service. Priests may also re- quest a liturgical evaluation. I am pleased to be able to sit with them as they critique themselves from videos of their presiding and their preaching. I have been able to go to parishes and offer days of re- flection on such topics as "Liturgy as Prayer," "Liturgi- cal Seasons," "What is Liturgy?" and "Why do we worship the way we do as Church?" There are regular meetings with the diocesan liturgical commission to discover what some of the needs of the dio- cese are, to see what the com- mission can do to assist the diocese, and to be in touch with what is going on around the country and in the entire universal church in liturgical matters. We are regularly in com- munication with the Federa- tion of Diocesan Liturgical Commission through mail- ings, regional meetings and an annual national meeting. The federation is a coopera- tive effort among dioceses, es- pecially within regions. The federation also offers grass- root input to the U.S. bish- ops' Committee on the Liturgy. Upon invitation I am happy to conduct or provide what- ever kind of liturgical instruc- tion might be wanted in any parish. The future brings with it a new Rite of marriage and a re- vised Roman Missal. Both will demand study and con- tinuing education for the clergy as well as for other liturgical ministers. Relate a success story. Some successes are the fol- lowing: Good liturgies -- litur- gies that have been good ex- periences for all who wor- shipped together at these times. Workshops that people felt were inspiring to them. (I felt much affirmation after these.} Suggestions for changes in the revised lectionary that were accepted by ICEL. (I feel sure that others made the same suggestions, but nonetheless it feels good.} Concerns that were ex- pressed in our liturgical com- mission that are now being considered at the national level through the FDLC. I wish more people knew about... I wish more people knew about liturgy, and that the reason we are here as Church is first to praise continue the given by Jesus to that we do this as Christ; that it is liturgy and not our vehicle for public we might like it. I wish more peep about symbols, how used, so that we how to let s Our liturgies are too We have strong Symbols sc strength when we bols on symbols. I wish more peat that liturgy, Sunday Eucharist, tion of the entire as that it is not attends or hears is the activity o present because minister of the assembly. (All liturgical ministers bers of the not ministers unto selves.) I wish more that the liturgy just;-that the forth as missic gelize; that the nects us to the earth' came the bread and thereby calls us to of the earth. Bishop to make 'Quinquennial Report' to the schools and other • Total Sunday collections and activity of other The governor of Indiana gives a "state of the state" re- ort early each year. The ishop of a diocese reports to Rome every five years. The governor makes his re- ort to the legislature. The ishop makes his Quinquen- nial Report to the pope, and to various offices and officilas at the Vatican. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger will go to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II later this month. Bishop Gettelfin- er and most other bishops om Region VII (Iowa, Illi- nois and Wisconsin} are mak- ing their ad limina visits. The Latin term, ad limina, literally means, "to the threshold." It refers to a bishop's pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Rome. It de- scribes the bishop's visit to the Apostolic See. The tradition dates back at least to the time of Pope St. Leo m, who died in the year 816. The ad limina visit in- cludes 1) a personal visit to the tomb of Sts. Peter and Paul; 2) a personal visit with the Holy Father, and 3) a written report on the state of his diocese. FJvs00y00r Report Bishop C,6mld A. Gettalfin- ger has completed his Sum- mary Quinquennial Report for the period from Jan. 1, 1988 through Dec. 31, 1992. The 65-page report, com- plete with a half dozen pages of introductory material, cov- ers the religious and financial condition of the diocese. It includes details about the clergy, religious and laity, abou4 the  parishes and institutions. 'Richness of faith' Describing the general reli- gious situation, Bishop Get- telfinger has written that the legacy of his predecessor, Bishop Francis R. Shea, "is represented in the richness of faith present here upon my coming" in 1989. "Activities for the promotion and the guarding of the faith already in place upon my arrival have continued." The bishop noted that many priests were prepared for a life devoted to sacra- mental ministry, but now ex- pectations have changed. Priests are being asked "to function in ways for which th.e, are not prepared," he saiu. "This becomes a critical problem in light of the short- age of competent priests to assume the heavy role of pas- toral leadership." Bishop Gettelfinger re- ported to the pope that the synod is "the context in which to do pastoral plan- ning for the Diocese.' He said the Synodal sessions in No- vember "will bring to conclu- sion a larger pastoral plan- ning process begun in 1991." He said the synod will for- malize a pastoralplan for the rest of this decade and lead us into the next millennium." According to the report, there are 85,000 Catholics in the 12-county area of the dio- cese, out of a total population of 464,000. There are 86 ac- tive diocesan prim, 10 reli- gious priests, 318 religious sisters, 25 permanent deacons and 15 seminarians. Fimmc/al cenditica The overall financial condi. tion of the Diocesan Central  Office operations is sound, and the following facts are reported: • The assets of the Central Office have increased from $13,040,523 to $14,917,218 during the past five years. This increase is due mainly to the Deposit and Loan Fund maintained by the Diocese for the parishes. • The Diocese, excluding parishes and institutions, has a net worth of $3,011,069, a drop over the five-year period from $5,267,383. Three rea- sons are listed for that change: 1) more than $1 mil- lion which had been col- lected for the Priests Retire- ment Fund was transferred into a separate entity; 2) ap- proximately $400,000 more was paid out in claims than was collected in premiums for the self-funded medical insurance plan for lay em- ployees; and 3) a "non-cash adjusting entry" of approxi- mately $400,000 was made to reflect an increase of liability for the lay pension plan. On the other side of the ledger were unanticipated bequests and donations. • The diocese, including the pashas and institutions, b totally self-funded -- with no debt to any outside insti- tution. This is possible be- cause of the Deposit and Loan Fund. Parishes and institu- tions deposit excess funds, which other parishes may borrow, • Three parishes have built or begun building churches within the past five years. • A new foundation -- the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana -- now makes it possible to establish endowments for parishes, schools, institutions and gen- eral services of the diocese. Assets exceed $1 million. in the diocese have risen from about $11.5 million in 1988 to more than $15.4 mil- lion in 1992. Also noted... Among many facts and sta- tistics are the following: • During the five year pe- riod covered by the report, four diocesan priests were or- dained. During that same pe- riod, nine priests died and six retired. • As of Jan, 1, 1988, there were six seminarians in col- lege and five in theology studies; as of Dec. 31, 1992, there were five seminarians in college and 10 in theology studies for the diocese. • K-12 Catholic school en- rollment dropped by approxi- mately 400 during the five- ear period, but pre- indergarten programs saw an increase of 366 students. • Catechists increased from 883 in 1988 to 1,112 in 1992. • A total of 23 lay move- ments and organizations in the diocese include scouting organizations, Charismatic Renewal, Christian Family Movement, Cursillo, Daugh- ters of Isabella, Knights of Columbus, Knights of St. John and Auxiliary, Legion of Mary, St. Ann Altar Society, St. Vincent de Paul and Serra Club. • The Diocesan Tribunal reported that the number of marriage cases decided was 172 in 1968, 125 in 1989, 172 in 1990, 241 in 1991, and 253 in 1092. • In a typical year, 34 per- cent of petitioners paid the total fee for a marriage case handled by the Diocesan Tri- bunal; 51 percent'made a par- tial payment, and 15 percent paid nothing. In regard to the presence and denominations ii county cese of indicated the • Other confe groups in the dioceS Baptist, Christian, Jehovah's ans, Methodists, Pentecostal, United Church of munities. • Non-Christian groups in the diocese Judaism and Islam. * The presence at Flux Klan is acknowledged. In a section on ship, the diocese "is the principle existence here on to give praise God." The bishop plans are mulated that wil unplanned priest days -- n fewer priests are substitutes in ations. The plan: training for charistic ministers to in such situations. On Catholic bishop noted that high Five elementary started pre-schools past five fore after The number Catholics attending schools is Catholic en for the 1992-93 All Catholic credited ana. Tea€ trators are rm properly i/!