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II g e° in ld in s- o 1994 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .Bishop's Forum .- Serving at the altar: A sacred trust There has been much discus- i3i0n and heartache generated over t hi sue of who is permitted to Serve at the altar. Happily for us all, it has now been resolved at the highest level of Church authority, P0 John Paul II. What then is left to do? W is f'taUed from page 1 :[Ce0Plelrf of various talents hbeen selected as the ,bers of the new council, L  Was formed at the direc- ti !f Bishop Gerald A. Get- :,ger and shaped through Volvement of the dele- te Synod '93 and the ulc ' Implementation Team. er iharles Gillie, an attor- sq I ,:0n Bicknell, is among tic !iOlUnCil members. "I love tb ]ChUrch and consider it a n ,leg e to serve it in any srlt E.  dre  illie wrote on a ques- "re. t’ [ersons nominated for 0ot  cil were asked to pro- t: ibl! f *graphical data and in- dry I  a about their parish R s og 1:o ffi -5 I | nouncement that the Holy Father had approved the interpretation of .... the legislative texts indicating that lay persons including men and women, boys and girls could indeed serve at.the altar, I have indicated that ! would respond following the meeting of the bishops in San : The Holy Father, in his wis- Diego. dora, has not directed how or Even though I have made it  er the latest interpretation very clear that I hoped that the 0fthe Church law is to be imple- ByBISHOP bishops would be affirming, our raented He has left that decision GERALD A. Diocesan Synod recommended to i( t0 the prudential judgment of the GETTELFINGER me that before any new policy is i]°c 1 bishop, especially recognizing put into place, the bishop should :tha; circumstances vary through- hear the wisdom of the Diocesan i°t the universal church One bishop's decision Pastoral Council on the matter. You may recall :aaot bind another, that I ratified that action. For this reason, I will How is this bishop to arrive at that pruden- propose to the new council a diocesan policy mak- dgment? ing serving at the altar a sacred function open to In the intervening months since the an- laity of both sexes. I am very conscious that this matter has been a source of distraction, indeed division, within our Diocese. Serving at the altar is a sacred function entrusted to those willing to make a commitment to carr5  them out according to duly established guidelines. I therefore wish to take the time neces- sary to hear the wisdom of our new Diocesan Pas- toral Council before declaring a new policy. In the meantime, the workshops designed to assist those who train servers can move forward since indeed it is a chance to remind all that serv- ing is an act that should be exercised in sacred trust. Therefore, those who are called to serve should be properly trained not only as to the role but also as to the proper conduct and vesture in carrying it out. We must all continue to exercise patience until I am able to issue a clear policy statement on this matter which will be binding throughout the diocese. and community involvement. They were also asked to an- swer several questions about their gifts and talents, their availability for the council, and their views on the challenges facing the diocese. Gillie is a past president of the parish council at St. Philip Neri Church in Bicknell, past president of the parish youth committee, a catechist, a mem- ber of the Worship committee and co-chairperson of the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Sarah J. Burke also served as president of the parish council at her parish, Holy Name Church in Bloomfield. Burke, who recently retired from her job as program ana- lyst for Trident Guidance Pro- HAVE YOU HFARD HIM CALl.? DOMINICAN SISTERS OF HA WTHORNE . rovid'_mg free care and shelter to ncurable cancer patients. lre seek women who are full of love fir Christ, and desire to join a congregation with a strong spiritual and community life. Our Sisters come from all walks of lift. Prior nursing experience not required. Contact: Sr.Marie Edward • Rosary Hill Home 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10Y32 (914) 769-4794 gram, hopes to bring her gifts to the council -- compassion, friendship, peacemaker and or- ganizational skills. Members of the new council include the following: • James Bateman, who has an electronics technology back- ground, is a retired civil ser- vant. He is active on the fi- nance committee and the parish council at St. John Church in Loogootee. • Helen M. Boettcher, a re- tired school teacher and the mother of 10 children, is parish manager of St. Mary Church, Evansville. • Michael Beshears, account- ing manager at Black Beauty Coal Company, is a member of St. Joseph Church in Vander- bui'gh County. He is vice presi- dent of his parish council and chairman of the finance com- mittee. • Sarah J. Burke, Bloomfield. • Joseph R. Crowdus, vice president of Mid American Plastics, is an active member of several committees at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. • Father John Davidson is pastor of St. Anthony Church, Evansville. • Deacon Dave Franklin teaches at Memorial High School, Evansville. He sees membership on the council as a way to represent his brother deacons to the bishop. • Charles E. Froehle, Peters- burg. • A. Charles Gillie, Bicknell. • Daniel J. Harpenau, a con- struction electrician, is an active member of St. Clement Church, Boonville, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. • Benedictine Sister Geraldine Hedinger is pastoral associate of St. Clement Church, Boonville. • Gertrude Howard, a math teacher at Harwood Middle School, is an active participant in various ministries at St. An- thony Church, Evansville. She also served as a member of the Synod Implementation Team. • Dr. Bernard P. Kemker Sr., a surgeon, is member of St. Joseph Church in Jasper. He was a delegate to Synod '93. • Patricia A. Koch is director of Games and Rides at Holiday World and secretary-treasurer of Koch Development Corpora- tion. She is president of the parish council at St. Nicholas Church, Santa Claus. • James M. Krodel, a mem- ber of St. Mary Church, Sulli- van, is vice president and trust officer of First Bank and Trust in Sullivan. He is a member of 00Ed- L- Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street ton. ,., I Trust I | I Company I | SOUTH MAIN STREET * I I P.O. BOX 191 | [ ._, ,.o,......., ' " "" v'00c'ii00°iii'"' | ELECTRICAL SERVICE Sandbom | FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. Monroe City. Princeton. Patoka I SCHNE,,W,,E, IN [ 389-2418 Me, rnbe, Fm.C. the Sullivan Lions Club and a past president and past trea- surer of the American Cancer Society in Sullivan County. • Mike McConnell, a farmer, is a 27-year member of the parish council at Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City. He is a member of the East Gibson School Board and of the Gibson County Farm Bureau Cooperative. He is chairman of the board of Fran- cisco State Bank. • Providence Sister Mary Mundy will begin duties as pastoral associate of St. Mary Church, Evansville, in Septem- ber. • Daughter of Charity Sister Sharon Richardt is a member of St. Anthony Church, Evansville, who received her doctorate in formative Spiritu- ality from Duquesne Univer- sity in Pittsburgh earlier this year. • Sylvia Rose, a parish coun- cil member at Holy Cross Church in Fort Branch, is the cafeteria manager and cook at her parish. • James W. Schmitt, a re- tired service technician with NCR, is active in scouting, and on the council of his parish, Nativity Church, Evansville. • Father Francis Schroering is pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt. • Margaret L. Wallace, a re- tired librarian, is the parish council secretary at St. John the Baptist Church, Newburgh. Ex officio members of the council are Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, diocesan chancel- lor, and Msgr. 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