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_ September 4, 1992 Bishop's Forum The Message Monthly m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Ii =,,,, ,,,, ' i,i  ?: ;kRaCD a. "ELFINGER [low many of you recall the day you turned 21? Were you surprised to learn that you were the same person as the day before? Do you re- member any new insighlsthat came to'vou on your twenty-first birthday that you had not al- ready experienced? Well, the experience of the swmd in Novem- ber 1993 will be much like that h'ecause the de- velopments in its preparation are already forming its outcomes. Central to the Synod 1993 are the consulta- tions that are now taking place and will continue to take place up to the synod itself. Just as none of us just popped up at 21 as mature adults, so it is with the synod. Preparation for it is much like the adolescence many of us have lived through. There are and will be "fits" and "starts," er- rors made and mistakes corrected as the process of preparation unfolds. The many elements under study and review, II _ -- nil A central fact: I Iiiii i II IIII I The Synod is now! to be revised or kept the same, require the varied talents with which our diocese is so mar- vetouslv endowed. More than talent, there is an untapped font of accmnulated wisdom present in our church we call the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. I (:all upon each member of our Church to be responsible to participate in the synod that is now in process. The delegates to the synod cho- sen from throughout the diocese should not be surprised at wha.t happens in that formal gathering. The results of the. formal actions of the synod will be only as authentic as the involve- ment of the members of the diocese in its preparation. Indeed there are key leaders in our church who are especially critical to the success of the synod. They include pastors, parish life coordi- nators, associate pastors, pastoral associates, di- ll I I rectors of religious education, dimesan finance and priests" councils, the sisters' senate, parish councils, central diocesan slaff, leaders of reli- gious communities and institutions, and dele- gales to the synod itself. I. too, belong to this list. Our role is to be se, rvant leaders to the rest, The 21-year-old is a product not only of time and growth. There are many other forces throughout childhood and adolescence that helped to mold the individual to be that unique "who" after 21 years of life. The Cathofic Diocese of Evansville wilt be the same diocese after the synod as it was before. Will there be differences because of it? Yes! What difference the Synod makes in our lives in the, Catholic Diocese of Evansville is truly up to us. In good faith, we are striving to understand God's will for us in our time and in our place., That effort alone is changing us. I I |11 I 5 locations to host 'Partners-in-Faith' workshops The "Partners-in-Faith video programs, Reconcilia- Workshop '92" is scheduled tion, Celebrating the Church FATHER RATHSCHMIDT AND GAYNELL CRONIN I I Ill I at five locations in the Dio- cese of Evansville in Septem- ber. The presenters are na- tionally-known authors and lecturers, Father Jack Rath- schmidt, O.F.M. Cap., and Gaynell Cronin. Father Rathschmidt is the provincial superior of the Ca- puchin Franciscan Friars of New York/New England. He has lectured widely and con- ducted retreats in the United States, Japan and Micronesia. Father Rathschmidt is the co-editor of Mission and Mys. ticism: Evangelization and Experience of God. He, along with Jim and Gaynell Cronin have written and produced I I III ANNOUNCING......... Brescia College Off-Campus A Scnpture Course: COLLEGE Old Testament For religion teachers, catechists, parish youth leaders, scrip- ture study facilitators, or interested parishioners of the Diocese of Evansville. St. Mary Parish Center, Huntingburg Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5 REGISTRATION: September26, 10:00a.m. INSTRUCTOR: Sister Geraldine Hedinger, O.S.B. i i Holy Name Parish, Henderson, KY Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. October 24, November 7, 21, December 5 REGISTRATION: October 8, 7:00 p.m. INSTRUCTOR: Sister JuliHead, O.S.U. FOR COLLEGE CREDIT OR AUDIT For brochures or additional information call Sister Mary Emma Jochum, Q.S.B., at 812-424-5536 or 1-800-637-1731. II I I I I III I Year with Children, and Sacraments of Faith: Eu- charist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. He and the Cronins have founded a video company which focuses on everyday family spirituality. Father Rathschmidt has a master's degree in spirituality from Weston School of Theol- ogy and a doctorate in histori- cal theology from Fordham University. He has served as an associate professor of pas- toral theology at theMary- knoll School of Theology, and for 14 years as director of formation for the members of his religious order. Gaynell Cronin has written and appears in several videos and film strip series on sacra- ments, scripture, prayer for children and effective teach- ing methods. She is the au- thor of the books. Holydays and Holidays, Activities for the Christian Family, Sunday through the Week, and Table of the Lord. Her undergradu- ate and graduate degrees in theology and drama were earned at St. Mary College, i Peoples. Trust Company Notre Dame, Ind. Cronin, wife and mother of four, has also had 20 years of experience as a parish DRE. She is widely recognized as a speaker at liturgical confer- ences, religious education meetings, workshops on sacramental preparation, fam- ily life, parish missions and retreats. The theme chosen for the Partners-in-Faith workshops in the Diocese of Evansville is "On Being a Thread." The workshops begin with a prayer service and include presentations on growth in faith and ongoing conversion, and on scripture. The workshop will be pre- sented at St. Joseph Church, Dale, on Tuesday, Sept. 15; at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes, on Wednesday, Sept. 16; at St. John Church, Loogootee, on Thursday,' Sept. 17; at St. Francis Xavier, Pos%wille, on Friday, Sept. 19; and at the Catholic Center, Evansville, on Satur- day Sept. 19. Workshops Tuesday through Friday are scheduled from 6:3"0 t6 9:30 p.m.; the Saturday workshop will run from 8:30 aJn. to noon. The registration feis $I{}. The deadline is Sepi. 'O For more information,"contact Sister Mary Emm ch"um; (812} 424-5536 or, (BQO} 637-1731. I II II I I SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. Box 1 1. LINTON, INDIAI 47dt41 . ii i i III I I SECRETARY FOR THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION The Office of Catholic Education is seeking' applicants for the position of secretary to the Director of Schools and to the Director of Religious Education. Applicants should have an awareness of diocesan and parish structure and possess excellent secretarial skills including word.processing, writing and verbal communi- cation skills, and strong public-relation skills. Please send letter of interest and resume by Frida3 Sept. 18 to: Ms. Phyllis Beshears, Director of Schools, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN47711. = I I I II I, I I I I1| ...... r ....