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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 How are the five deaneries to go about their planning? GERALD A. GETTELFINGER is the third and final column in a series on seven deans, building on d from the experience of the r and the East Evansville Dean- recommended to me that the implement a planning process From their recommendation, we - beginning date to be that of Sep- 'SeVeral deaneries have begun'ome preparation for the plan- their work, I will provide uirements along with sug- we learned from the pilot plan- !ii'i ;are the requirements: a professional facili- tator to guide the planning process. The process is to be designed and implemented by the leadership of the deanery in collaboration with its chosen facilitator. 2) Each deanery must consider all the parishes in the respective deanery. 3) The planners are to develop a plan for the staffing of each parish or recommend that it be joined to another parish with its church designated as a chapel, or some other configuration with appropriate staffing. 4) Utilizing the report of the Task Force for Future Parish Staffing, they are limited to the number of priests projected for the year 2005 in the respective deanery included in that report. 5) Each deanery is to have its plan completed for the future staffing of all parishes in that deanery no later than August 31, 1999. Among the suggestions I will make are the fol- lowing: 1) engage the parishioners in the deanery so that the plan is owned by as many as possible. 2) make clear to all, a) who the members of the planning committee ar e, and b) how each parish is to be included. 3) establish a communications plan so that parishioners know how the plan is to be developed and how they might impact it individually or collec- tively: 4) develop a budget for the planning process because it is a deanery effort. 5) emphasize that implementation of the plan will take place gradually but will begin to be imple- mented immediately throughout the diocese. 6) Upon request, I will make myself available to any deanery planning group or assembly to answer questions or give further guidance. This effort is a most ambitious one, but it is also a necessary one. It will renew our diocese for man), years to come. It is my fervent prayer that the discus- sions will generate new enthusiasm for vocations to priesthood and religious life. In the meantime each of us must assume responsibility for inviting young people to give of themselves for the service of the church. Treat the elderly with more dignity in a series COmmentaries from r t things that are this world, cOrnmunity. One am writing of great impor- the elderly and respect. in or to be put once just we are today. Just have been here not mean that we are better than are. They are the past business leaders, workers, and defenders of this country. They deserve respect. The nursing homes have done a great deal for this country, but they also do harm. Some people are forced to live in them by their children or family, against their own will. Some do not need this care, and would be better off on their own. From my experience, the way some nursing homes treat people who live there is less than acceptable. Some elderly are abused, physically and mentally, by workers simply because they are not as fast, or are unable to do a certain task without help. The people that are in homes are the people who made this com- munity and nation the way it is today. If you fought in a war, or lead an important business, or built this country's transporta- tion system, would you not deserve or demand respect? As a community, we can vol- unteer to help these people get around. We can take them to the store for groceries, help out with basic chores, or simply visit them. For some elderly, a sim- ple "Hello" would brighten their day. When I say elderly, I don't mean just people in wheel- chairs, in nursing homes, or extremely aged. A lot of people are not respected simply because they are not young. As I said, if the younger generation fought a great war for freedom and to prevent a dictator from taking over the world, they would want respeCt in their - light years. As a church, we want a greater respect for the unborn, for babies, and we fight against abortion, while treatment of the elderly is not often mentioned. We, as a church, need to con- centrate more on our elderly as well. Simply doing small favors would greatly help them. As Catholics, we should want equal treatment for everyone, old and young. People say that prejudice is slowing, but it is increasing against the older population. We should have a home items, and to just give a helping hand, and expect noth- ing in return. Patrick Knight Good Shepherd School Evansville A Mother's Day reflection: My grandma E FARAONE School, Evansville gle high- One can receive. There are Whom I totally person that I I truly admire My grandma qualities. rY 's Pittsburgh provides both resolution to Northern an ecumeni- for peace arents were said the people to sign ead Northern Ire- to May 22." of Ii'eland now 'q'hrough they for peace." of the She's 74 years old and still plays an active role in my church and family. She is nay inspiration to live my life in the right way. My grandma has always, and will always, be there for me. Ever since I can remember, my grandma has been watch- ing over me. When I was a baby, she took care of me. She still takes time out, no matter how busy she is, to talk to me. # .d?: ::: 5 : ':i Americas, many of whom are Irish-born or of Irish descent, also issued a call for prayer dur- ing May for the peace process in Northern Ireland. They have invited Americans to say an ecumenical prayer in wide use in Ireland. Father McManus, who started the Irish National Caucus in 1974, said the agree- ment also has had a powerful effect on his family. A brother who was a member of the IRA was killed in 1958, he said, and uncles were involved in earlier IRA campaigns. "To tell you the truth," he said, "this agreement is bring- ing me personally some sort of closure." My grandma is full of wisdom. There hasn't been a time when I walked away from one of her talks without feeling like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. She is my rock, no matterhow erratic life becomes. She always listens to every word I say. In fact, she listens completely to anyone who is speaking with her. She makes the person feel like what they say is most important, and that everything else in the world can wait. I admire my grandma because she always makes sure family comes first. She, along with my wonderful grandpa, raised six successful and good children. My grandparents made sure that they instilled the right val- ues in their children, even if it was not the easiest thing to do at the time. I completely admire the "sweet heartedness" that is so visible in their marriage. They care so much about each other. An unconditional love. It is very evident how much my grandma cares for my grandpa. Above all, my grandma's deeply rooted trust in God deserves admiration. My grand- ma's faith is inspiring in the wav she leaves life's difficulties in God's hands. She still has a beautiful voice and stags in my church's choir. She helped me to learn my prayers when I was lit- tle. She also has a generous and giving spirit which comes from the grace she receives from God. When I was a little girl, I would always sit in my "reserved seat" on my grandma's lap. Jokingly, 1 would tell my grandma that, even when I was grown up, I'd never b'6o big to sit on her lap. 1 still do, only very lightly. Yet today, at age 18, 1 never leave her house without giving her,a hug and a kiss good-bye. 1 admire nay grandma for the time she gives me, for her dt,p commitment to God and her family, and for many, many other reasons. I'll always be dose to my grandma. She's my best friend and will always be my inspiration. A senior at