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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 L, CHICOINE ! News Service solutions to in Follow- of weekly another diocese is future, ,FELDHAUS Manager ia Archdiocese looks ahead to parish clusters look in the next millennium. The process called "cluster pastoral planning," which began in September 1996 and will include all Philadelphia parish- es by the end of this year, involves parish self-studies fol- lowed by joint meetings with seven to 12 other parishes to study and pray about how to meet the changing needs of Catholics in the community. A five-year plan is then devel- oped and sent to the cluster's regional vicar and finally to Car- dinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia for his approval. One of the latest clusters to complete its work decided to form a team to coordinate an International Cluster Festival to celebrate the richness of multi- culturalism, ethnic diversity and traditions of parishioners within the cluster and to publish a clus- ter newsletter in various lan- guages. "It certainly is what church is all about.., the true makeup of the universal church, which we're now experiencing in many of our neighborhoods," said Father John T. Conway, vicar for Philadelphia-South, (CNS) -- clusters, parish- they will ONB/HELFRICH INSURANCE 2121 W. Franklin Street, Evansville, Indiana 47712. (812) 423-4046 JAMES A. NIEMEIER Personal Lines Manager GEORGE P. HELFRICH Account Executive "'We support Catholic Education" Dr a Child at a Catholic Mission. It's Affordable! Your opportunity to help a very poor child is much too important to miss. 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To help build your relationship, you receive a picture of your child (updated yearly), information about your child's family and country, letters from lives m a small moun- your child and the CFCA newsletter. But most Her mother is important, you'll receive the satisfaction of helping abandoned them. a poor child. a difference in Please don't miss this opportunity to make a differ- ildren like Corina. ence. Become a sponsor for one poor child today! Name | Address I I City/State/Zip I I Phone (  ) I Send to: I TM 4/98 Christian Foundation for I Children and Aging (CFCA) I One Elmwtx! Ave. / P.O. Box 3910 I Kans Cit}; KS 6l(B-ff410 I or call toll-free 1,800-875, -6rHM I Memh, r U S Catholic kion A,,tiat,m, Nalitmal Catholic m [wek,praent Con|ertnwe Cath, In' Ndwork  Volunteer ,,wav ! Yes, I'll help one child: Girl  Teenager  Any in most need e is: $20  $7.5 l Other $ 1 contribute: 1 quarterly  semi-annually O annually I is my firsl contribution of $ _ IoCFCA.) prefer to bill my first Sl}nrshi p payment to my credit card: VISA MC 'dDisxwer .IAMEX Card No, Exp. Date ............... nov,- but here's my gill of $ .......... . n'a, more inflnnalion about sponsorship, DIRECTFD BY CATHOLIC I.AY I)EOPI,E }.ta.,at n').,,. a'a)laHr ,. ,rq,.'.t / lX,.ak,ns ,m' tl S #.d,q). t)N; | ,J about the cluster 22 plan. "To come to the point where they want to acknowledge it, to celebrate it, to foster it is a won- derful thing," he added. The plan calls for the twinning of Immaculate Conception and St. Michael parishes by June 2000. Twinning is defined as one priest serving hvo parishes, each of which retains its parochial and canonical identit): The twinning of the two parishes "is going to be a chal- lenge," said Father William A. Dombrow, pastor of Immacu- late Conception. But he told his flock "the facts we have to face -- and that is, the shortage of priests in the church in Philadel- phia right now." "The positive effect of it is, it's making them more aware of the fact that they have to take a more active role as lay people in the church organization, in the work that's entailed in running a parish today," said Father Dombrow. "And thank God the church is open to that. It's mak- ing them look within them- selves to see what talents they have to share." Among the other options con- tained in the 15 cluster plans already approved by the cardi- nal are reduction in the number of priests assigned to particular parishes; the merging of youth, adult education or other pro- grams by cluster or region; greater emphasis on vocations and evangelization, especially of lapsed Catholics; shifting of parishes from one cluster to another with more available priests; and, in a few cases, the closing of parishes or Catholic schools. The archdiocesan Secretariat for Clergy projects one priest per 3,000 registered Catholics across the Philadelphia Archdiocese by the year 2000. "Decisions needed to be made, and we wanted to be fair and equitable to all of the parishes and do what was right for the people themselves," said Sandy Weiss, a cluster 17 plan- ning representative from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. "Some of our decisions were very difficult." The cluster planning process quelled the assumption "that cluster planning is about closing parishes," Weiss said. Although she said she entered the process with some trepidation, "coming out of iLI see it more as an attempt to revitalize the parish- es themselves." The challenges of the cluster planning prtess indudcl "try- ing to overcome the natural instincts of a bureaucracy," said Michael J. Flanagan, a cluster 14 planning committee member from St. Katherine of Siena Parish. "When you have 20 peo- ple getting together, moving things from the conceptual to reality can be difficult." Golden Jubilartans Frank and Ardella (Begle) Meyer of Ferdinand will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. May 3 at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. An Open House will follow from 12-.30 to 4 p,m. at the Ferdinand Ameri- can Legion. Friends and relatives are invited. The couple was married May 1, 1948, at St. Ferdinand Church. They are the par- ents of five children: Carole Rohleder, Mary Lou Luebbehusen, Larry Meyer and Jim Meyer, all of Ferdinand, and Sherry Pfaff of Huntingburg. They have 12 grandchildren. Mr. Meyer retired from Ferdinand Light and Waler in 1987. Mrs. Meyer retired from Aristokraft in 1986.