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11993 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Etienne to be ordained to priesthood June 5 BERNIE ETIENNE R. LEINGANG Message editor )eople at Newburgh me say 'ves' to this," Bernie Et[enne as he re- on his vocation to the ood. Etienne will be a )riest for the Dio- le at St. John 1, Newburgh, on June 5 a.rn. :he tells the story, it was the sense of ful- ent he found at the "---and a basketball in- !"--- which helped him to his calling. was born in Tell and attended local After earning a bach- in marketing at University in Bloom- ,he worked for five West Virginia, Vir- and Ohio as a represen- a hospital supply then moved back to Indiana, work- years in his own business, selling orthopedic implants and trauma devices. Even though he was work- ing at his business 60 to 70 hours a week, Etienne also began spending time at St. John Church -- with the youth group, religious educa- tion, the music group, as a lector and with the Men's Club. That's when the blessed basketball accident Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger A, Hoyden, Pastoral Life Coordinator L Sacrament Church, Oakland City, effective /ednesdayi April 28, 1993, ii Church:Evans  ' happened. Playing basketball with members of the youth group, Etienne injured his knee. It was a serious injury -- one that required surgery and "a couple of months" of recov- erv during which he was forced to slow down. Etienne used his time to re- flect on the calling he felt he had had all of his life. "Even though I was more successful than I ever imag- ined in this business, there was something missing, an emptiness," he said. "I came to realize that the real joy and fulfillment came from the dif- ferent minstries at New- burgh." Reflection led to decision. "I often say that it was the kids in the youth group that pushed me over the edge. They were shocked when I told them." Fifteen months after his knee injury, at the age of 30, Etienne entered the seminary. He enrolled at Mundelefn Seminary near Chicago, to Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of St. John MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller Miller Greg Betz Darren Sroufe prepare for the priesthood ill the Diocese of Evansville. He sold his home in New- burgh to his brother and sis- ter-in-law, Rick and Connie Etienne  not a surprizing thing to do since the Etiennes always were close-knit family members. Bernie, at 35, is the oldest son of Paul and Kay Etienne of Tell Citv. Next in line is Father Paul Etienne. a priest of the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis; then Rick, director of youth ministry for the Dio- cese of Evansville: Sister M. Nicolette, a Beech Grove Benedictine teaching in Indi- anapolis; Zach, manager of Kids R Us in Evansville, and Angela, a hairdresser in Evansville. "Morn and Dad taught CCD and seminarians were ahvays around," Etienne recalled. Priests, too, were frequent visitors to the family home. "We always had a wealth of role models," he noted. Etienne said his own semi- narv years were a time of spiritual and personal growth, and he was "very grateful for the time and the people there who helped me on this journey." He acknowl- edges, though, that he "never had a vocation to seminary life," and looks forward to coming back home "to serve the people of the diocese, to minister to them, in whatever capacity they will allow me to." He is also "really looking forward to celebrating week- day Mass with a handful of the faithful." Etienne said he feels blessed to have a busi- ness background, which has prepared him for administra- tive work in a parish. But being with the people of the parish is what has the strongest attraction for him. His goal is "to be able to lis- ten, learn what is needed, and respond to that." His hope is that he "will be able to make the Gospel come alive and be relevant to the lives of the people." Policy prepared for an 'unplanned priestless Sunday' By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Here's a possible situation. A priest; filling in for the hos- pitalized pastor, is driving to a nearby community to pre- side at Sunday Mass. His car slides on a stretch of icv pavement, down an embanl- ment and into a ditch. He is not hurt, but his c/r is stuck and Mass is supposed to start in 25 minutes. What are the people at the church sup- posed to do? Members of the Council of Priests have been working on an answer to that question, and their work has led to the adoption of a new diocesan policy. "In the event of an un- planned absence of a priest for celebrating the liturgy at a time when the faithful are under the obligation of at- tending Mass, a designated person shall lead the congre- gation in the Liturgy of the Word." That policy, which was ac- cepted by the Council of Priests and promulgated by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger on March 9, will be effective July 1. Now that the policy has been determined, the next step is to find people in the parish or institution who would serve well as those who would preside over the Sundav Assembly, according to Fatler William Deering, di- rector of worship. Father Deering has written to priests, pastoral life coordi- nators, deacons, pastoral as- sociates and religious superi- ors, t ask for the names :and addresses of people who might be called on for such service. Training sessions will be provided. A definition of "unplanned absence" and the steps to be taken if such an absence hap- pens are spelled out in a set of procedures which accom- panied the policy. An unplanned absence is defined as "an emergency event where the pastor or ad- ministrator experiences some unforeseen illness or other situation making it impossi- ble for a Saturday evening or Sunday parish Mass to be cel- ebrated, or where a priest scheduled to help is unable to fulfill the scheduled Mass (in this case where the local priest is also not available). If the absence is unknown and unplanned, the people at the church are to wait for 10 minutes. Then, the desig- nated person is to begin the Liturgy of the Word. The people at the church are to be reminded that Christ is present and received in the Liturgy of the Word. The designated community leader who conducts the Liturov of the Word is to no- tify the bishop and the dean as sOon as possible.  .... :i  i: ..... While the absence may be unplanned, the procedures spell out a way to make sure that the person or persons who have the responsibility to respond are prepared for their leadership roles. The person or persons should be designated ahead of time by the pastor, administrator or pastoral life coordinator. All designated persons are sup- posed to be trained by the diocesan office of worship. Persons to be designated for the responsibility typi- cally will be pastoral associ- ates. deacons. Eucharistic ministers, lectors or others chosen for the leadership role. Father Deering is seeking the names of designated per- sons in each parish until April 30, BIG SALE Anniversary Open House Post Building Pkgs. I. Off Painted Steel Roofing BIG DISCOUNTS ON.., Sale Runs From March 29 to April 10. Open House & Sausage Fry Sat. ApN 10 Onty Insulation, Norco DH Windows, Hardware, Fence Link Fence, Dog Kennels, Decks, Garage Door etc.  Prehung St k 7 eel O $69 95 t oor .......................................................... . k 7 i,, I Overhead Door ................... $169.95 White'at. ed OVerhead [)r' .............. '. ...... 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