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Lo M E S N AGE SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION. MAY 1993 Parish Pastoral Councils: Participation in the mission By SISTER LOUISE BOND, S.N.J.M. Canon 529: King, Shepherd, Servant Chancellor (Governing, Caring, Enabling, Administrating, Leading) This is the fourth part of a series designed to inform the people of God ' t .... order to fulfill his office in earnest, tile pas- Diocese of Evansville on the structure and importance of the parish [ lO.Visi thefaiful I In tor should strive to come to the know the COuncil. faithful who have been entrusted to his care; issues on council development are being discussed in parishes therefore he is to visit families, sharing the cares, worries, and especially at the present time. The Synod delegates will be responsible the griefs of the faithful, strengthening them in the Lord, and correcting recommendations to Bishop Gettelfinger during the Synod, them prudently if they are wanting in certain areas. 6 and 7, 1993. All members of the Diocese are welcome to corn- With a generous love he is to help the sick, LdcouncilSUbmitleadership.recmmendatins through your respective parish 111. Minister tosick,  I particularly those close to death, refreshing Idying i, I them solicitously with the sacraments and Pastoral Responsibilities of the Parish Priest commending their souls to God; Pastoral Life Coordinators who are appointed by the Bishop share responsiblities with parish pastors. !12, Seek out poor,, [ he is to make a special effort to seek out the poor, the afflicted, the lonely, those exiled after much study and debate, a Revised Code of Canon Law lafflicted, lonely :l from their own land and similarly those dgated. We refer now to Canons 528 and 529 as one way to un- term "pastoral." In these canons the Church presents the weighed down with special difficulties; ,'sponsibilities" of the parish priest. Pastoral Planning is one all the baptized can share in these responsibilities. The fn council is "the most promising way to make sure such par- 13. Supportm, s on: :![ he is also to labor diligently so that spouses and parents are supported in fulfilling their occurs" (National Conference of Catholic Bishops, "The Parish: marriage and ChHm [ proper duties, and he is to foster growth in A Mission, A Structure," 1980}. The responsibilities are listed familyliving " ' : [ the Christian life within the family. ng to the threefold mission of Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King. Canon 528: Prophet (Teaching, Word, Faith Formation) [14. Foster religious asso- [ The pastor is to acknowledge and promote [ciationsthat develop ,e J the proper role which the lay members of the Christian faithful have in the Church's mis- The pastor is obliged to see to it that the word ]lay tolein the Church s [ sion by fostering their associations for reli- ef God in its entirety is announced to those Im isstOn. [ gious purposes; living in the parish; for this reason he is to .hat the lay Christian faithful are instructed in the truths of faith, the homily which is to be given on Sundays and holy [15. Model and promote - he is to cooperate with his own bishop and the presbyterate (priests) of the diocese in gation and [concern for parish working hard so that the faithful be concerned [ diocesan and universal for parochial communion and that they realize through the catechetical formation which he ["communion" that they are members both of the diocese and is to give; of the universal Church and participate in and support efforts to promote such communion. he is to foster works by which the spirit of t/ the gospel, including issues involving Canon 536: Involvement of the Laity :' social justice, is promoted; in Sharing Pastoral Responsibilites ] he is to take special care of the Catholic edu- [ 16. Pastoral Council [ After the diocesan bishop has listened to the cation of children and young adults; presbyteral council and if he judges it oppor- " tune, a pastoral council is to be established in orion  [ he is to make every effort with the aid of the each parish; the pastor presides over it, and through it the Christian faith- Christian faithful, to bring the gospel message ful along with those who share in the pastoral care of the parish in virtue of their religion or who do not also to those who have ceased practicing their office give their help in fostering pastoral activity. The pastoral coun- profess the true faith, cil possesses a consultative vote and is governed by the norms determined by the diocesan bishop. Canon 528: Priest (Sanctifying, Prayer, Worship, Sacraments) Canon 537 The pastor is to see to it that the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly Each parish is to have a finance council which of the faithful; is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this , he is to work to see to it that the Christian council, the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid faithful are nourished through a devout cele- the pastor in the administration of parish goods with due regard to the pre- bration of the sacraments and especially that scriptions of Canon 532 which states that the pastor represents the parish they frequently approach the sacrament of in all juridic affairs in accord with the norms of Canons 1281 to 1288. the Most Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of Penance; Commissions and Committees m the Connection Many parish pastoral councils will find it helpful to continue the prac- he is likewise to endeavor that they are tice of Commissions/committees to assist in carrying out the Prophet, brought to the practice of family prayer as Priest, King, Shepherd, Servant roles in which all the baptized are called to well as a knowing and active participation in share. the sacred liturgy, - - In the renewed model of Parish Pastoral Councils being proposed to which the pastor must supervise in his parish the Synod delegates. Commissions and Committees will be recommended under the authority of the diocesan uard in order to help live out these responsibilities within the parish tmmmu- aainst abuse bishop, being vigilantlest any nity. Any area of mission (1-17 above) which is not being addressed by a aouses creep in. Commission/committee is the responsibility of the parish pastoral council. Two delegate orientations are scheduled this summer for Synod '93 of orientations are. scheduled for Synod '93. Catholic Center, Evans- L, Princeton, Evansville East and Deaneries, Catholic Center, June 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Deanery, St. Martin Church, 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. I Jasper Deanery, Madonna Hall, Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, June 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. I Vincennes Deanery, Old Cathedral Parish Center, Vincennes, June 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The clergy delegates will not be expected to attend Session I with their deanery, Session II, will be for all delegates including clergy. II Washington Deanery, St. John Church, Loogootee, Aug. 25, 7 to 9 p.m, H Jasper Deanery, Madonna Hall, Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, Aug. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. II Newburgh, Princeton, Evansville East and Evansville West Deaneries, Catholic Center, Evansville, Aug. 28, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.    o II Vincennes Deanery, Old Cathedral Parish Center, Aug. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.