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i SPECIAL SYNOD SECTION ii AUGUST 1993 Documents i i committees, preparing proposals for circulation to Synod delegates ates to Synod '93 will be well prepared the form " " 'nod, which will:be held at Holy Re. , ,  .... draft :proposals have already been ,;othem Willbe sent out next 'Living the Faith' document being readied for distribution to Synod delegates in September A Synod Pastoral Issue Committee met in June to begin work on the proposal for "Living the Faith." Twenty-two people met to brainstorm the breadth of the topic. The core committee, which is composed of Father James Sauer, Sister Sharon Richardt, D.C., and Lisa Provost, recommended the following chairpersons for eight sub-committees: Father James Koressel: Church/Parish Life. Vernette Weis: Arenas of Catholic Christian Formation. Benedictine Sister Geral- dine Hedinger, Deacon Care Ministry Development Proposal to delegates of Synod '93 Synod subcommittee Care Ministry for biocese of Evansville met times during April. members de- that there are two areas in which to pro- action: ment of a Health for the Die- of Evansville. facility, communication and collaboration of parish lead- ers and health care facilities within the diocese would all be among the responsibilities of the Health Care Commis- sion. Educational services envi- sioned by the subcommittee for the Commission include the following: • Wellness programming for priests and pastoral minis- ters. • An annual Mass by the bishop for physicians. • A celebration and anoint- ing for all health care work- ers. • Mini health fairs in parishes or deaneries. • Training of hospital visi- tors. • Updating on health care reform, • A possible health care column in the Message. • Future development of such programs as the Parish Nurse. The subcommittee recog- nized that "it is the responsi- bility of each parish to bring health information and ser- vices to their people." The unique needs of each parish would be identified and serve as the basis for allocating re- sources through the Health Care Commission. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper and St. Mary's Medical Cen- ter in Evansville have offered to try to address the initial services in education and prevention which are re- quested by parishes, accord- ing to the document. The Draft Proposal for Health Care Ministry Devel- opment has been distributed to Synod delegates. The Health Care Com- should facilitate the Sraination of health care education and to the parishes. roposed, the Health sion would help as liaison between Ocese and the Catholic- health care facili- ia the diocese. edical ethics, the viabil- a particular health care Thomas Holsworth: The Spir- ituality of the Human Person. Emma Meredith: Family Life. Donna Halverson: Parish Religious Formation. Franciscan Sister Jane Mc- Connell: Adult Formation. Mark Messmer: Campus Ministry. A separate committee on "Formation and Training of Clergy and Lay Leadership" is also being formed. The work of this committee is ex- pected to be integrated with the work of the "Living the Faith" committee, according to Sister Louise. The draft of the committee proposal is expected to be sent to delegates on or about Sept. 1. 'Council of Religous' is proposed • To provide input into the Diocesan Pastoral Council. • To advise the bishop on matters pertaining to reli- gious whenever he requests such advice. • To create a means whereby the religious can be more integrally part of the diocese in order to promote greater collaboration and call forth talents in service to the people of the diocese. • To review and recom- mend diocesan policies re- lated to religious. • To network with nationM organizations related to reli- gious. As proposed, members of the council would include representatives of the Daugh- See COUNCIL page D The establishment of a Sis- ters' Senate in the Diocese of Evansville was approved on Sept. 24, 1972, as recom- mended bv the Diocesan Con- vention. "i'he Sisters' Senate was connected to the Dioce- san Pastoral Council. During the last four years, and following consultation with the women religious within the diocese, the Exec- utive Board of the Sisters' Senate has determined that the original purposes no longer meet current needs. The Council of Religious, as envisioned, would meet the following needs: • To provide a forum for the full and free discussion of issues related to religious within the diocese. Proposal sent out to committee members and delegates, who were asked to return it by Aug. 2. Following the final revisions made from changes sug,:] gested, the document was being prepared this week to:bei sent to the delegates. ! Details of the in special documents on policies and concerns of priests distributed to clergy documents have been among clergy, with the policies and of priests. The drafts were prepared recommendations by a study committee e Council of Priests. of the study corn- Were Father William Msgr. Charles Father Michael Mad- and Msgr. Clinton Working drafts were to clergy in July. of the Council plan to hold "con- meetings: during st. Recommendations made by the end of include the of Priests' Con- stitution • Parish Records: Sacra- mental Policies. * Priests and Seminarians. , Mass Stipend Policy. • Position Description for Deans. • "Faculties" policies I The document on the Council of Priests' Constitu- tion deals with the purpose, membership, officers, com- mittees, by-laws and other matters related to the organi- zation. II records and other valuable items. Most of the records are confidential and access to them should be granted only with due care. The document now in effect states that the parish priest is responsible for the safekeeping of these items. The proposed docu- ment adds "pastoral life coor- dinator to the sentence, to re- flect current reality in the diocese. The proposed revi- sion states: "The parish priest/pastoral life coordina- tor is responsible .... " Ill The document on priests The document on parish, and seminarians includes records states that each sections on the holiness of parish should have a safe in life, the means to holiness, which to keep the parish rag- ministry of service, the rela- isters along with allother ira- tionship of the bishop and his portant documents, historical priests, and other concerns of priestly life. Among additions proposed are passages deal- ing with the Clergy Assis- tance Pool. Transitory Dea- cons and Permanent Deacons, IV The diocesan Mass Stipend is $5, according to a proposed document which brings a 1981 document up to date. The new document also pro- poses that stipends may form part of the income of retired priests, but all other priests are to remit stipends to the parish in which the Masses are celebrated. V The dean's role is essen- tially an extension of the bishop's office, according to anoth;r doctime:The Ird posal spells out the deans' re- lationship to the bishop, to the deanery, to the priests and pastoral leaders of the deanery, and to the Council of Priests. VI A lengthy document deals with the administration of the Sacraments. Among other things it spells out directives and describes who has the legal ability or "faculty" for administering the sacraments.