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MESSAGE SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION APRIL 1993 the Spirit Speak&apos; continues uide synodal planning effort ,Synod logo has been Special synod Message since 1992. Following are !ils fl'ont the orig- bing tire vat- and tire: pertinent per right hand design is the a dove hovering over The image repre- )le of God in the Evansville receiv- call to baptismal re- bpenness to the in our own el- what God is calling e as the Catholic In Southwestern Indi- 10r), SCriptural reference is t-'<s 2:17-18. "In the da s :  c0rae  i" ' Y t is the Lord who speaks .... I will pour out my spirit. Your young shall se.e visions, your oht shall dream dreams .... I will pour out my spirit." In the lower right quarter is the image of a person with a visible heart. It represents our desire for renewed faith, for reconciliation and peace, for ridding ourselves of all that is not of God. "I will give them a heart to acknowledge that I am God," is the reference from Jeremiah 24:7. In the lower left quarter is an image of three arrows around a central cross. The image represents the laity, the clergy and the religious who are exploring and pray- ing together to discover the future God has in mind for Evansville. Jeremiah 29:11-13 includes the words, "When you call to me, and come to plead with me, I will listen to vou." In the upper h;ft quarter is a cross pointing outward in four directions. The inaage is filled with hope for renewed vigor" in sharing our thith and vision beyond the Synod. The cross central to the logo, is the heart of Christianity, the sign of love unto death and beyond into resurrection. Mark 16:15 states, "Go out to the world and proclaim the Good News to all creation." Finally, a circle enfolds all the symbols. The circle is a sign of unity, connectedness, communion. Unity is the heart of the Gospel message of Jesus  "May youall be Catholic Diocese of Evansville Synod '93 the people of the Diocese of one." 00lVmg the Faith' and 'Focus on Lay Leadership' ! the primary issues selected for Synod '93 i Y P&UL R. LEINGANG i  IVIossage editor big the Faith" and Lay Leadership" issues that will or focus of at- nod '93. All that came up planning get attention o areas were se- members of the Synod Central Planning Corn- Parishes sent their repre- "Focus on Lay Leadership." also includes a wide range of mittee, who reviewed what sentatives to synod deanery The committees will pray concerns-- including the had been said at meetings assemblies early this year, over and study their issues, priest shortage, the roles.of : . throughout the diocese. "Lie- where the top three issues in analyze and,synthesize ideas, women, unused talents, ' and ,' ing the Faith" and "Focus on a deanery were listed. A and then report back with Lay Leadership" were the is- meeting of diocesan staff proposals to the Synod Cen- sues most often mentioned  went through a similar tral Planning Committee. Ad- although what was included process, ditional consultation will fol- in those two topics varied "Living the Faith" was low. from place to place, named as the most important issue at five of the seven What is included The process deanery assemblies. It was "Living the Faith" includes Ten issues were originally listed as the second by the a wide range of concerns drawn from the concerns ex- other two assemblies, including Catholic schools, pressed by parish and school "Focus on Lay Leadership" adult education, RCIA, family leaders who attended dean- was among the top three is- issues and evangelization. cry-wide meetings last year. sues listed by six of the seven One of the synod deanery as- The list of 10 issues was sent deanery assemblies, semblies listed "Catholic to all of the parishes for fur- Schools" as a seprate issue of ther development and consid- Moving forward primary importance, while eration at synod parish as- The next step in the syn- other deanery assemblies in- semblies. Parishes named the odal planning process willin- cluded Catholic schools issue of greatest importance volve establishment of two within the frameworkof"Liv- to those who participated in committees, one for "Living ing the Faith." the process, the Faith," the other for "Focus on Lay Leadership" Synod '93 schedule:  PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville PRAY :life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, and love You, - and worship You as Your faithful people. in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, our prese nce may be known and felt in our midst, _rs too may come to know and love You may begin to serve and worship You. POWer ' You have "ven re._ us wth Your Soffit to use fully the many gifts g us. riel,, .'' our faith. " r" us to see Your plan for the Church. look to the future, may our plans befaintahfUl to Yours, the Church of Southwestern " , Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! the need for training for per- sons engaged in various " rain- istries. Synod delegates in Novem- ber will focus their attention on the proposals made by the committees, and on a broad array of policies governing the life of the Church in Southwestern Indiana. Poli- cies on parish pastoral coun- cils, on liturgy and sacra- ments, on clergy, and on various parish and diocesan activities and services. A plan is also being drawn up to deal with the other is- sues -- those that were not the top two, but which were raised by a significant num- ber of people in the diocese. Nov. 6-7 --- at a new time and location By PAUL It. LEINGANG Message editor Synod '93 will be held.on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7. The new schedule one day shorter than the orig- inal proposal -- was deter- mined after consultation with the Council of Priests. Sister Louise Bond, dioce- san chancellor, said the loca- tion of the synod is still to be determined. Earlier plans were for delegates to meet at Roberts Stadium in Evans- ville. A new site will be an- nounced soon, according to Sister Louise. The shortened schedule -- which removes Friday from the plan -- was adopted by members of the Synod Cen- tral Planning Committee, who met at the Catholic Center March 19 and 20. Pastors and parish staff members had ex- pressed concern about winter travel conditions and work commitments for many dale- gates on Friday of the week- end -- the major reasons for making the change. Still to be determined is the impact of the vnod on week- end Mass schedules in the parishes of the diocese.