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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 JIM and ANN CAVERA for the Cavera family reunion last week. In early August, those of are able will gather in Grand Rapids at the purchased for his young family Dad has lived alone in this two- my mother's years ago. Many parts of the house mother's creativity and artistic flair. covered with maps from stimulates the interest and as it did for my d me years ago. And guests are often sur- of old Sports Illustrated covers paper the basement bathroom wall. Father's Day A vibrant Vince Lombardi and a young Joe Namath smile, forever frozen in time. I look forward to visit- ing what has become a part of our family heritage. Over the years the house has really begun to show its age but my brothers and I have come to real- ize that it has become a symbol of our father and all that he means to us. We have always depended upon Dad to be there for us. I can't recall a time when he let us down; even when he disagreed with some of our choices. His kind of stability is hard to come by today. By his life, dad has taught us the meaning of faith. For as long as I can remember, he has attended daily Mass in the same church his parents founded. We know he goes there to pray for all of us: his five sons, their families, and the families of their grown children. He seldom mentions this. For us, his constant prayers are a spring of pure water in our lives. In addition to faith, Dad has taught us the mean- ing of hospitality. He has opened the house to pro- vide a warm welcome for family and friends needing a place to land in times of transition. Grandchildren who were crossing uncertain bridges in their lives have always known they could find a much-needed haven at their Grandpa's house. In my grade school years we spent some sum- mers at a small cottage on a lake. A prominent feature of this place was a huge oak tree by the back door. Two of us kids could stretch out around it and barely touch our fingers. Some years ago I decided to take my own kids to see the cottage. I didn't know if I could find it because a subdivision of beautiful homes had been built around the lake. My brother, Dave, told me that I would know it by the oak tree, and he was right. Today, it doesn't matter where we lived. While the house will always be a symbol to our family, Dad is the reality behind the symbol. His faith and hospi- tality are worth far more than any place. My father is the oak tree that has sheltered us all. Happy Father's Day, Dad! -- By Jim Cavera Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. iANNM. ENNIS position of Parish Business "ness manager: A money-managing ministry Manager, Schroering found the idea had sudden appeal. The opportunity "to find a position where you can use a strong business background and work for your parish as well doesn't exist very much," Schroering said. She and her husband Ken had enjoyed being involved in the parish on vari- to the Message I DOnna Schroering first L Career shift from her )osition with a of eventual- her parish budget original plan. But Rosary Church, created the new 7. works from her office at Holy Rosary Parish, -- Message photo by Ann Ennis of Columbus Council 565 Maryland St., Evansvllle, Ind. Phone: 423-2734 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Frlday Open Saturday May 23 Public wecome ous committees. And their first of two children was attending school at Holy Rosary. She accepted the job in December 1996. And she has been writing and revising her job description ever since. "I do many things that weren't initially thought to be a need, and a few of the duties don't rea.lly apply," she said. Schroering is responsible for managing all financial affairs of the parish and school, this includes preparing and moni- toring the annual budget, issu- ing payroll checks and monitor- ing benefits for 60 parish employees, paying bills, for tuition arrangements for the school, financial analysis and all the record-keeping these tasks entail. Staff members who report to her include the office manager and facilities manager, and indirectly, the receptionist and full custodi- al staff. Although the parish struc- ture naturally is strongly sacramental and spiritual, Schroering also sees the vital business component. Holy Rosary has an annual budget of $1.7 million. "We must maintain a facil- ity, like a business; we must face employee tax issues, like a business; we must meet a payroll, like a business," she said. "A lot of the issues on the business side of parish aren't always considered. And in the past these jobs fell on the pastor. But today, with fewer priests, the pastor just cannot do it all." She also said with a smile, "If you look at the priests' train- ing, well, it only makes sense to have someone who is trained to manage financial resources han- dle the books and let the priests minister." Again the business corollary comes, to mind, a CEO is not the one paying the bills or developing the budget, she said. While the px, ition of busin,s manager is a new idea to many parishes  there are only 10 parish resource managers listed in the 1998 Diocese Yearbook Schroering believes the posi- tions will become more preva- lent and more professional in coming years. "With a paid position, you attract qualified persons that you need. Paid positions are viewed different- ly." Schroering welcomes the challenges and demands t come from being a paid profes- sional on stliff at Holy Rosary. One of the challenges has been to clearly define the proto- col for resolving issues of dis- agreement. "This is a new position for Holy Rosary, and before, if something was wrong, parish- ioners did call the priest," Schroering said. Educating peo- agree with me and may change my decision, but he always con- suits with me to hear my view- point." Deciding who is in charge of what in a priestless parish may be another issue for many parishes, she said. "In the future planning for accountability, I hope the administrative side is not underestimated." Schroering seems cited at ,:: ....... .... : the potential latty*led; !: trained professional business managers can bring to the entire Church in coming years. She suggests that parishes creat4:ng this position look for flexible, people-oriented professionals. A college degree in a business background can add to a parish's financial security. And a person who is able to maintain the right perspective is neces- pie that the steps have changed somewhat, even though the pastor is still the ultimate deci- sion-maker, is part of her job. "A pastor needs to say 'that  in the business manager's area' before making the decion." Her relationship with Holy Rosary pastor Father Jim Sauer is one of trust, "He may not sa; she said. "Each day I need to keep in mind the question, 'OK, why am ! here, ?" Schaxg d she  answer in 11 Corinthians, 4:18: ..... So we fix our eyes rot  what is seen, but on t which is . For wt is   only temporary, but what is unseen is etLtal. "