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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 'Parish future, parish present" series explores parish life B PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor "What we're doing here is very exciting because we're the first in the diocese to go through something like this," said Father Thomas Kessler, pastor of two parishes and collaborator with Father Leo Kiesel in caring for all of the churches in Martin Corm: ty. "But as a community and as a family, we're also helping one another deal with changes that can be dramatic and even trau- matic." Dealing with the dramatic, the traumatic -- and most of all the helpful -- aspects of parish life today is what Message writer Rick Jillson found in exploring the changing world of the Catholic Church in Martin County. Jillson's initial article will be published in the Message July 24. Future articles in his series are scheduled for publication in the fall. Each week, the Message pub- lishes a story w with local, area, national or international signif- icance -- under the general heading, "Parish Future, Parish Present." In addition to the stories about the Churches of Martin Cotmty, more information about the fol- lowing issues of parish life are scheduled for publication in future issues of the Message. How many? A new category, "professional ministry personnel," is includ- ed in the diocesan statistics of the Official Catholic Directory, an annual publication listing all U.S. Catholic dioceses, parishes, religious orders and other offi- cial organizations and institu- tions. In 1996, U.S. dioceses reported 10,679 lay ministers employed as professional ministry personnel. Two years later, that number had grown to 15,112 lay ministers. Some dioceses use different standards, and some do not report all numbers, so the hum- bers in the official directory are not precise. But an independent study last year by the National Pastoral Life Center found that there were more than 26,000 paid lay ministers working full time or part time in the U.S. Catholic Church. Tile complete story will be pub- lished July 31. 'Particular tensions' Marti R. Jewell, director of the Office of Ministry and Spiritu- ality in the Louisville Archdio- cese "We are a church of mar- ried ministers," she continued, "and our marriages are similar to anyone else's, yet there are differences. There are particular tensions that can arise when one spouse works for the church and the other doesn't." The story, Aug. 7 Priesthood: A second career? Only 26 percent of the newly ordained in 1998 were under 30 years of age and 34 percent were in the 30-34 age bracket, leaving 40 percent ages 35 or high6r. The fact that nearly three- fourths were 30 or older indi- cated most were entering the priesthood as a'second c at least with a few rience in the More about the new priests United States, Aug. 14. Outline for general synod of bishops stresses bishops" service By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The bishop must be a holy teacher, a courageous defender of faith, a leader in charity .and evange- lization and a sign of the unity of the church, said the outline for the next general Synod of Bishops. "The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World" is the theme chosen by Pope John Paul II for the synod scheduled for the year 2000. The 86-paged outline, or "lin- eamenta," offering reflections on the theme, was sent to bish- ops' conferences in On July 1( a summary of the is intended to solicit from bishops the synod's A copy of the made available Service. 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Amodio Allergy Care Center 3700 Bellerneade Ave. 479-3153 i MUDD'S APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers, Dryers & Dish'rs Disposal & Ranges 425-1339 425-2896 r Ill 'l Merry-Go-Round Restaurant 2101 Old HWY 41 N Evansville, IN i ZIEMER FUNERAL HOMES EAST. WEST CENTRAL NORTH PIlOJECT O SULTING ENGINEERS 333-D N Plaza E Bird 473-2424 i Jhnuckt" Tbe Friendliest Stores in Tou 4600 Washington Ave. II I I I II Conner Jewelry & Coins 1441 E Virginia - Suite B Evansville, IN 422-9462 Gold - Silver -Diamonds Pocket Watches Wrist Watcht Unusual Antiques i i i DENNIS MEHRINGER ASSOCIATES Dennis A. Mehringer, CLU Louise M. Mehringer, CLU 473-4929 the bishop is the livg Jesus Christ, the Good who walks with his outline said. ops follows a world synods which focused on the role artd tion of various church members: laity, and consecrated personS. The "lineamenta" mentioned the role ity of bishops' topic of continuing within the church. "The reference episcopal remains the sibility of each bishop as well as reunion, which leads support in the work of lization and to an response to ( in pastoral work," The Second Vatican church has had a vision of the office of the bishop. The new vision, it emphasized the ops to be models of simplicity and humility create a real comrnurtiort the people in their between their diocese universal church. "It is the second document said, that the= "recognize, in a humble i of repentance, that at moments in history pal ministry was seert more as a form prestige and less an of service." The bishop's call tol vant of God and of the requires him to care notl Catholics in his to be concerned for church and for the the document said. The outline particularly effective show people they live they teach. .! d