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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June 14 Future Parish Staffing Task Force members recommend linking parishes, cooperative staffing By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor A series of articles begins in the Message next week, explor- ing the impact of the staffing recommendations, deanery, by deanery. Following is a brief sum- mary of the task force recom- mendations. Evansville East Deanery There are currently 14 dioce- san priests and two Benedic- tine priests serving the 11 parishes of the Evansville East Deanery. According to projec- tions, six diocesan priests and one Benedictine will be avail- able in 2005; they are to be joined by four pastoral life co- ordinators. St. Theresa would be moved from the Evansville West Deanery into the Evansville East Deanery. Three parishes would con- tinue to stand alone: Christ the King, Holy Rosary and St. Benedict. The following parish links would be established, and each pair of parishes would share a priest and a pastoral lifo coor- dinator: St. Joseph and St. Theresa; Good Shepherd, Evansville and St. John, Day- light; Holy Spirit and Nativity. The following three worship- ping communities would be served by one priest and one pastoral life coordinator: St. Mary, St. John and Holy Trin- ity. The church building at Holy Trinity would become a chapel or oratory. Evansville West Deanery priests serve the 13 parishes in the Evansville West Deanery. Projected staffing calls for 10 diocesan priests and two pas- toral life coordinators. St. Theresa would move into the Evansville East Deanery; St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, would be moved from the Princeton Deanery into the Evansville West Deanery. Standing alone would be the following: St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; St. Wendel, St. Wendel; St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County; Resurrection, Evansville; Holy Redeemer, Evansville; St. Philip, St. Philip, and Corpus Christi, Evansville. The following parishes would be linked, with each pair served by a priest and a parish life coordinator: Sacred Heart and St. Agnes, Evansville; and St. Boniface and St. Anthony, Evansville. One priest would serve two parishes, St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, and Holy Angels, New Harmony. Jasper Deanery Ten diocesan priests and two Benedictines currently serve the 15 parishes in the Jasper Deanery. The task force calls for re- aligning four of the parishes with the Newburgh Deanery, Recommended for this change are four parishes south of 1-64: Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill; St. John Chrysos- tom, New Boston; St, Joseph, Dale, and St. Nicholas, Santa Claus. In 2005, seven diocesan priests, two Benedictines and three pastoral life coordinators would serve the 11 parishes in Standing alone, with a priest-pastor, would be the fol- lowing: Holy Family, Precious Blood, and St. Joseph, all in Jasper; St. Mary, Ireland, and St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand. St. Joseph would be the exception, the only parish in the diocese, to have two priests. The following parishes would be linked, with each pair hav- ing a priest and a pastoral life coordinator: St. Mary, Hunting- burg, and St. Henry, St. Henry; St. Anthony, St. Anthony and Sacred Heart, Schnellville; St. Peter Celestine, Celestine and St. Raphael, Dubois. Newburgh Deanery With deanery realignment, the Newburgh Deanery would have nine parishes, up from the current five. Seven diocesan priests, one Benedictine and one pastoral life coordinator currently serve the nine parishe proposed for this deanery. In 2005, the projection is that the parishes would be staffed by five diocesan priests, one Benedictine and three pas- toral life coordinators. St. John, Newburgh, would have a priest-pastor. The following Parishes would be linked, each pair hav- ing a priest and a pastoral life coordinator: St. Clement, Bo0nville, and St. Rupert, Red Brush; and St. Bernard, Rock- port, and St. Martin Chrisney. The following four parishes would have three priests and one pastoral life coordinator: Mary, Help of Christians, Mariah Hill; St. John Chrysos- tom, New Boston; St. Joseph, Dale, and St. Nicholas, Santa Princeton Deanery With St. Francis Xavier, Poseyville, recommended to be moved into the Evansville West Deanery, the Princeton Deanery would have six parishes. Those six parishes are cur- rently served by five diocesan priests and a retired priest. In 2005, the task force proposes that four diocesan priests and a part-time pastoral life coordi- nator or other parish staff member would serve the peo- ple of the deanery. Two parishes would con- tinue, each with a pastor: St. James, St. James, and Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt. One priest and a part-time staff, member would serve St. Joseph, Princeton, and Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City. One priest and a part-time staff member would serve Holy Cross, Fort Branch, and St. Bernard, Gibson County. Vincennes Deanery Eight diocesan priests cur- rently serve the 10 parishes of the Vincennes Deanery. In ad- dition, one diocesan priest is assigned to provide sacramen- tal ministry at one parish. Two pastoral life coordinators are also active in the deanery. In 2005, the projection is five diocesan priests and four pas- toral life coordinators. The following parishes would be linked, each with a pastor and a pastoral life co- ordinator: St. Peter, Linton, and Holy Name, Bloomfield; Sacred Heart, Vincennes, and St. Philip Neri, Bicknell; and St. Francis Xavier (old Cathe- Vincennes. The task force that St. John the St. Thomas be priest-pastor and a pastoral life coordinator: The task force also mends that St. Mary, and St. Joan be linked, with one pastor' church building at would be come a chapel or tory. : : Washington Eight diocesan rently serve the the Washington task force projects 2005 by four and three pastoral nators. The rec that two priests be the Washington a: there are c parishes. St. Simon each priest-pastor. Sts. Paul in a pastoral life Two priest are mended for the where there are parishes. St. Mary, St. Michael Patrick would become or oratories. St. Joseph, Mary, Shoals, with one pa tor. St. Martin, have a pastoral tor. St. John, Loogoote! have a St. Peter, All Saints, Canne be linked, with a prl and additional staff. Currently, 12 diocesan the deanery. Claus. dral) and St. Vincent de Paul, Task force describes 'essentials' of parishl By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The numbers tell 0nly part of the story. But it is an impor- tant part. There are 73 parishes in the Diocese of Evansville. There are 67 priests currently work- ing in parishes full time. By the year 2005, the projec- tion is that only 44 priests will be available for parish work. That includes four Benedictine priests from St. Meinrad, and 40 diocesan priests. In 1994, there were 88,237 Catholics in the diocese. That number is expected to rise to 95,874 in 2005. In 1994, there was one priest for every 1,298 Catholic per- sons in the dioces.e. In 2005, the proportion will he one priest for every 2,179 Catholics, if the projections are accurate. The task force studied much more than simple numbers and ratios, however, according to the chairman, Father Joseph Ziliak. In preparing the reports, the task force considered a docu- ment entitled "Essentials of larish Li "  " , , . pari,h life: ..=. Worship/liturgy. The task force said, "An essential of parish life is a well-prepared, welcoming liturgy that is prayerful and worshipful, meaningful and relevant, vi- brant and celebrating." The liturgy "reflects diversity and various traditions, challenges people to grow, encourages dis- cipleship, builds community and inspires service to all peo- ple.". Leadership. The task force said that more lay people will have to step forward and take up leadersh'ip positions and roles. "True parish leadership can be possible, present and ef- fective among those called by Baptism and open to the Spirit when there is a faith commu-. nity characterized by active, broad-based participation by the faithful," the task force said. * Outreach. Part of the es- sential life of a parish involves reaching out to those in need. "An essential of parish life is that it helps people to develop a deep, active and personal concern for the needs of all our brothers and sisters, with a preferential option for the t " theqtk fore,ss, id. fbfq*e that vangeliza- ior is .the call to.-bring the : Good News of Jesus Christ to the world." The parish does not exist only to serve the ac- tive Catholics, the task force said. "Evangelization in- cludes every parishioner, ac- tive and inactive, as well as the unchurched." Spirituality. The spiritual- ity of a parish "is characterized by a personal relationship with Christ and commitment to the Church," the task force said. "This spirituality is expressed through prayer, sacramental participation, social action and ministry. Diverse gifts and cultures. It is an essential feature of parish life to recognize, appre- ciate, accept and be enriched by our differences," the task force said. Hospitality. A parish must be "friendly, inclusive, and non-judgmental" and have "a spirit which sense of pation and sential to tion and forma volve "all an ever-deepeJ ing and Catholic faith ery of ir worshipping, gelizing Task force composed of clergy, religio By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Members of the Future Parish Staffing Task Force "did a lot of disctission on a lot of the options available," and "took a middle-of-the-road re- sponse to it," said Mike Jones. "We could have made some more radical recommenda- tions,  he added. Reaction will be measured in part by responses to three pre- sentations -- at Vincennes and Evansville earlier this week and at St. Mary Church, Ire- land, June 26 a t 7 p.m. Father Joseph Ziliak was the chairman of the ,task force. He is pastor of St.JJohn the Baptist Chtlrch, Newburgh. He is also dean of the Newburgh Deanery. Members included clergy, re- ligious and lay persons: Judy Blankenberger, princi- pal at Resurrection School, Evansville. Father Raymond Brenner, pastor of Resurrection Church, Evansville. Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities of the Dio- cese of Evansville. Benedictine Sister Agnes Marie Dauby, pastoral associ- ate and DRE at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. Father Joseph Erbacher, pastor of St. Anthony Church, St. Anthony. Joseph Church, diocesan Benedictine Fischer, tor of Bloomfield' Mike JoneJ tire director tion fol nity Father St. John and dean DeanerY. Martha Westside dated Father Berhlltd Etienne, re- cently appointed pastor of St .... Education