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ESSAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 45 July 15, 1994 i iii!i  /i I)  ;ii/i  i:i I OgJER otwrv WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY hop's letter server policy July 11, 1994 er Priests and Pastoral Life Coordinators, 'with the promise to do so, my letter is formal of next steps in regard to a consistent diocesan rving at the altar. First, I will give a little concerning the question as to those eligible to the altar. request for clarification by the National Con- Uholic Bishops, the Pontifical Council for Inter- of Legislative Texts considered the questions: the liturgical functions referred to in Canon 230 to the lay faithful could be carried out equally by and women; and if serving at the altar may be in- among those functions on a par with the other func- the canon. Pontifical Council gave an affirmative response to s. The Council forwarded the decision to the Pope John Paul II confirmed this decision and its promulgation. letter of March 15, 1994, the Cardinal Prefect of the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the d to the Presidents of Episcopal that an authentic interpretation of Canon 230, would be forthcoming. Hence, that interpreta- reviewed by all the Bishops attending the annual in San Diego in June. of the body of bishops was overwhelmingly was left to the competency of each bishop, after opinion of the National Conference, to make a on what to do with a view to the or- of liturgical life in his own diocese. the Secretariat for the Liturgy of the National of Catholic bishops suggested that the determi- women and girls may function alongside men servers in the liturgy should be made at the level so that there might be a uniform diocesan words, this decision should not be left to the pastor or parish council. part of this discussion since 1989 and hav- 1 the question as lived out here in our own I and affirm the judgment of our Holy Fa- II that serving at the altar is open to People, be they men or women, boys or girls. I also should be a consistent diocesan policy. policy is to be, we must recall that all min- serving at the altar is a privilege and must to the guidelines set forth by the as the Diocesan Pastoral Council has its first reg- following its retreat in August, I will propose as new policy for the Diocese of Evansville: In The Catholic Diocese of Evansville ay persons, be they men or women, or girls are permitted to serve at the altar. meantime, Our Director of Worship, Father Deering, has been directed to prepare and conduct those who train servers at the altar regard- eligible. He will provide guidelines concerning ,, conduct and vesture for servers at the altar r be men or women, boys or girls. It is urgent responsible in your parish attend the workshop. Lord bless all of you in your efforts to celebrate II. Faithfp.n Christ, Most ReveA]t Gerald A. Gettelfinger Bishop of Evansville Renovating St. Mary Church Jane Wtcan Dive), a former resident of Washington now living in Syracuse, N.Y', Bishop appoints new Director of Catholic Charities By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor James F. Collins, current Di- rector of Family Services for Catholic Charities in Pitts- burgh, is the new Director of Catholic Charities for the Dio- cese of Evansville. Collins will begin work in his new position Aug. 16. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger appointed Collins to suc- ceed the former director, Bernie Kayzak, who has estab- lished his own private practice as a counselor. In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Collins has been working as Director of Family Services since 1991. He was responsible for planning, administration, budgeting and fiscal monitor- ing of $1.1 million in program- ming. According to a description provided by Collins, family programming in Pittsburgh in- 'cluded counseling, child abuse prevention, foster care, a ma- ternity group home, and devel- opment of cooperative services in the community. Bishop Gettelfinger said he was extremely pleased with the wide background of experi- ence and abilities that Collins will bring to the diocese. Collins will be expected to lead Catholic Charities into a wide range of cooperative services with parishes for families and individuals throughout the dio- cese. Newly established Diocesan Pastoral Council to meet in August By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Charles E. Froehle of Peters- burg is a soil conservation technician. He also an assis- tant scout master, a member of the Old Time Auto Club, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Pike County Association of Retarded Citi- zens, and -- most recently -- a member of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council in the Diocese of Evansville. "I see the need for involve- ment in parish life by a greater number of parish members," said Froehle. He hopes more people will "realize their role as active members of the church and not remain specta- tors." Froehle's favorite Scripture story is the account of "the three people and their talents; and how they used them:" See NEWLY page 5 ..o "I want to help parishes in their role of living out charity and justice in the community, and to help parishes in their support of strong family life," Collins said, in a telephone in- terview Monday. Collins said he wants to sup- port the parishes in doing what they see as necessary -- which may be very different from See BISHOP page 3