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September 2, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 10 II I I I Catechetical Sunday calls all parishioners to seek God's wisdom COMMENTARY By JIM CORR Director of Religious Education It's that time of the year again! Children are back in school and that means religion classes will be starting up soon. Of course, Catholics should be growing in faith all year round, but with Septem- ber, parishes generally begin their program year for children as well as adults. Catechetical Sunday, Sep- tember 18, is set aside by the nation's Bishops as a day of celebration for the Church's ministry of Catechesis. Catech- esis is the Church's work of forming new Catholics whether they be adults or children. It includes not only instruction and formation of conscience, but immersion in our rituals and other religious celebra- tions, and spiritual growth Lrough prayer and study. Catechesis calls us to form community and leads us to the service of others. This e ' y ar s theme for Cate- chetical Sunday, taken from the readings of that day is "Seek God's Wisdom." The Psalmist says, The begin- ning of wisdom is fear of the Lord. The readings this Cate- cnetical Sunday show us the way :!of wisdom. The just and right- i eus person in the reading from 0 ,JWisdom clearly fears the Lord iand needs not fear those who fail -to recognize the transcendence .ot God i; in the way human beings .:ilg o about their lives and their !iWay in the world. i i:i1 The reading from James i,Pints out the consequences of ot following the Wisdom of iod in our daily affairs. In the Gospel reading, Jesus is the fulfillment of the first reading - the just and righteous one who believes in God's love and providence and proves God's words are true through his pas- sion, death and resurrection. If the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, the wise of this world have lived with the under- standing that God is the center of their lives and the Lord of the Universe. But how do people come to that understanding? "How will I know unless some- one shows me?" said the Ethiopian. For us Catholics, evangelists and catechists show us -- children, youth, and adults who wish to know the wisdom of God, how to seek God's Wisdom and find it. This Catechetical Sunday, we owe our catechists and catecheti- cal leaders in our schools and parish programs our gratitude and support, our prayers and co- operation. For they indeed give of themselves to fulfill the call of the scripture readings for Cate- chetical Sunday. Yet, our catechists and cate- chetical leaders are called to seek God's Wisdom too! "Sharing the Light of Faith," Our Na- tional Catechetical Directory says "Catechists should certainly seek to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to communicate the gospel message effectively. They must have a solid grasp of Catholic doctrine and worship; familiarity with Scripture; communication skills; the ability to use various methodologies; understanding of how people grow and mature and of how persons of different ages and circumstances learn." (NCD #211) In the new Catechism we read "Whoever is called to teach Christ, must first seek 10 DAYS! November 12-- 21,1 Round trio aiffare from Evansville. ' Accommodations at First Class hotels" B, feakfastand , Omner daily Services of Christian guides Comprehensive sightseeing throughout All hotel service charges and local taxes $1,899.00 -- Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service Hn Cane" many times have you heard that Jesus was at the city of - ,,aura, or the disciples fished in the Sea of Galilee? How many times have you heard of the sermon on the mount, or Where He multiplied the loaves and the fishes. Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord. Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus. Cana, Where Jesus Worked His first miracle Jerusal,m Iv Mt Tabor Where . . _ , Ca ary, . Sama,;- ,-..Jesus was transfigured. Sechem and Jacob's Well, Wh,, n'., ethany' the Mount of Olives, the great temple areas. 'Wall'ULhear[aKe this opportunity to visit these places? After this trip You the Word of God in just a little different way. Sincerely, Father Joseph Ziliak I would like to know more about your tour. Please send me addi- tional information. Name MAIL TO: Fr. Joseph Ziliak 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 Address City State/ZIP the surpassing value of know- ing him." (#428) Bishop Gettelfinger wants anyone involved in faith forma- tion to be prepared (trained) and qualified for their role. Providing that training is a dif- ficult task for diocesan and parish leaders. Catechists, many of whom are volunteers, and may also have full time jobs as do our Catholic school teachers, are asked to give up more of their time to receive special or additional training for their service to the gospel and the parish community. Some programs are made available each year by diocesan offices and parish leaders. The Diocese of Evansville is partic- ularly blessed, however, by the generous, anonymous donation provided by a wise benefactor for enhancing the teaching of religion in our diocese. That large donation is being used to fund the "Parish and School Catechetical Leader Scholar- ship Program." A Grant Re- view Committee has been es- tablished to examine applicants for scholarship funding for those willing to serve as parish or school cate- chetical leaders and who wish to pursue appropriate training for that role. In addition, The National Conference of Catechetical Leadership has begun produc- tion of a 60 hour video assisted basic catechist formation pro- gram that can be done in local parishes and in small groups led by a competent mentor or facilitator. The diocese has or- dered enough sets of this pro- gram to make it available in each deanery beginning next spring. This program, together with the training of our cate- chetical leaders, will enable the parishes to provide a train- ing program of high quality to those catechists and religion teachers who pass on the faith from generation to generation. One of the programs avail- able for leadership training is the Loyola University of New Orleans Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX). This program is used by dioce- ses all over the United States offering graduate degrees and certificates in pastoral min- istry and religious education. It is a group learning pregram offered in local areas by a facil- itator trained by Loyola Uni- versity. The course work is done through video and syllabi created by Loyola University faculty. The academic program is developed and controlled by the University. This program is scheduled to begin in late fall or early winter. Four LIMEX information meetings are scheduled: at the Catholic Center on Wednes- day, Sept. 21, and again on Friday, Sept. 30; at St. Mary Church, parish room, Wash- ington Catholic Middle School, Washington, on Monday, Sept. 26; and in the rectory base- ment at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, on Thursday, Sept. 29. Interested persons may also contact Jim Corr at the Catholic Center (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731. Similar opportunities will be available with Brescia College for undergraduate stud)', as well as at St. Mary of the Woods ex- ternal degree program and grad- uate school and certificate pro- grams, and St. Meinrad's Masters' Degree programs. Catechists, catechetical lead- ers, and all baptized adults are called to be continuing seekers of God's Wisdom. Jesus says in the gospel that whoever re- ceives a child in His name re- ceives Him and God who sent Him. It can be said though that Jesus taught adults and played with children as the gospel reading for Catechetical Sunday suggests. So while our catechists bring God's Wisdom to our young people, they can only do so effectively if they also become seekers them- selves. Still, all are called to be seekers of wisdom  to contin- ually grow in faith. What pro- grams or resources exist in your parish for you to seek God's Wisdom? RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY I JASPER I 482-1200 _l i ii i i i ii ii i i AUTO TOPS SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES 8, INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER ii i i . i . 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Keeler said "Our = government should be ready to take the steps necessary = to open a dialogue which will  put an end to the tensions between our two nations." Pope warns delegates Aweek before the start o a controversial international conference on population and development, Pope John Paul II warned delegates not to reject sexual ethics in'the name of demographic con,| trol. The pope,-spoaking;;at i his summer resideno:.::| 28, said the future of the! family and society is:at stake" in the policies under at Oni00)se abortion at U.N. --'wGo ernment officials in Italy, Poland and the Philip pines said their delegations to the U.N. International Conference on Population and Development would op- pose abortion as a method of birth control. Catholics are the majority in each of those countries. Appointments made Pope John Paul II religious 1