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September 4, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Synod delegates being selected By SISTER LOUISE BOND, S.N.J.M. Chancellor of the Diocese As the Synodal process un- folds every one in the Diocese is called upon to share talents for the benefit of the commu- nity. This is Synod Goal 8. • Some persons, however, will be called upon to serve as 5ynod delegates Parishes, the Senate of Women Religious, DeaCons, Campus Ministry, high schools, and other groups "are presently beginning a process to select delegates. Church Law defines who may be a delegate. Certain per- lns are delegates by virtue of - office they hold. Other in- dividuals are selected by their Parish or institution. All are ointed as delegates by lShop Gettelfinger. Why is delegate selection taking place now? _ An explanation of the rule of delegates will make this obvious, b D.e.lesates are, first of el}, a pnzed Catholics. d _lach must be open to ad- uress the common needs of the thurch of Southwestern Indi- au ha, while reflectinR the gen- ln.e Concern of local parishes am( institutions• Each delegate will attend and participate in parish or • area assembli s to hear the pas- O:saul, ISSUes expressed by the t the diocese at-large. further, delegates are ex- Pected to be present for three meetings in prepara- qon (or the November 5-7, 3d meeting. ;ate will prepare me and .... meeting by read- i.p _. s[uovulg Synod mater- .t, they will alsodiscuss the lssties with others in o be ,, : rder to ell informed on the issues. Delegates will nrav for the S ir" . , -' tip It s respiration and gifts in ue Workings of the Synod. ra_ln.°rder-to be prenared to _ u,et their responsitoilities, arlYes::l;ction of delegates is there Hew he? many delegates will The answer to this question is an estimate of between 350 and 400. Parishes will have 177 delegates. Each parish has two delegates. Parishes with more than 500 households will have additional delegates. All pastors and parish life coordi- nators are delegates. Retire- ment centers and universities which serve at least 50 Catholics will have two dele- gates per institution. Women and men religious, excluding those who are appointed be- cause of their office, will num- ber eight. Each high school will have two student delegates. The retired priests and deacons will each have two delegates. Care is being taken to ensure representation from the African-American, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. Additional delegates may be appointed by Bishop Gettelfin- ger in order to heighten the representation of certain peo- ple who might seem under-rep- resented through the selection process. Will there be ecumenical observers? Every effort will be made to include church leaders from other faith traditions. Bishop Gettelfinger will determine the number and manner of invitation. How are the delegates selected? Each parish and institution receives the Delegate Selection Process which gives the criteria for selection. Each parish or in- stitution will determine its own method of selection. The Senate Of Women Reli: gious has chosen a discern- ment method. Any parish or institution interested in know- ing more about this method may contact the Chancery for guidelines. Synod delegates will be an- nounced in the November issue of the Message. ROY H. MABREY Democrat Candidate for County Recorder Vanderburgh, Co. MY PLEDGE TO YOU ... To not only fulfill the legal obligation of the office, but also the moral obligation to you that some public officials have forgotten. VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE & ORGANIZTIONS (Past & Present) St. Vincent DePaul (secretary-treasurer) St, Philip Men's Club (Officer) St. Mary Catholic Church Christian Sharing Committee ,-'.:,-.°x, vansville ,'ea'3ouncil of Churche,s : (Board of Directors) St. Mary Church Paid for by Mabrey For Recorder Committee, Doris Oisby, Treasurer o . .... Draft Mission Statement for consultation 1 2,. WE ARE THE CHURCH. THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE IN US! The Catholics of Southwestern Indiana, diverse in culture, race and skills, are one in FAITH. God calls us together to celebrate the presence of Christ in the Word, Sacrament and in each other. 7. " We accept our responsibility to reconcile 8. the differences which separate us from one another and the community. 9. 10. 11. We, the Diocese of Evansville, pledge to teach and live by our faith as we FOLLOW THE SPIRIT! Parishioners' consultation form }'our parish will be asking you for your comments  your answers to three questions ahoul the draft Mi.ssion Statement. 7"l)e form helow is your opportunity to colhd)orate in the work of the diocese. A group of peol)le fron) vari()us paris of tim diocese were (:ailed together by Bisho I) Get- telfinger to prepare for Synod 3)3. One of Iheir first sh',l)S was Io develop a Mission State- menl. 11 is prinled above. Is it a good Mission Statement? {,an you support what it states? Does something need to I)e add(,d? Does something need to be drol)l)ed? I)oes it possess lh(: t:haracteristics of a good Mission Statement (as outlined in tim page one article)? lh)w carl it 1)(. iml)rove(l? Ynur parish l)astoral coulmil will be (:ailing a meeting (()r I)erlmt)s i)lanning other ways to t:olh:(:l comments from i)arishion(,rs) to discuss Ihe (Ira]l Mission Shfl(,,m(,nl. You will hpl i) iml)rove tim dralt Mission Slat(,quelll I)y answering tim following three (lUeSliOllS, I'h,ase tyl)e, m" i,rit)t yore ccm)mm)ts i;) the ,S'l)Uc'' helow, tn" ust a,ltiti(m,d i),q,'r f)r" your tlllSWt?r>;. 115 dircclcd In' VOIII' i),ll'i.[| l)o.h'n" or i),lrl5] Ct)llll('i]. ,',]HI'' VtHII" r ,,ltltttt'ttl5 If'Jill others it) votlr i)arish. 1. Strengths: What strengths or l)osilive qualities does Ihe Mission Slalem(:nt possess? 2. Weaknesses: What weaknesses or problems (lees the Mission Statement possess? h)dicote weaknesses or problems you believe the draft Mission Statement possesses. 3. Suggestions for Improvement: What specific changes would you susgest in the Mis- sion Statement? How might it be rewritten to improve it? =. Indicate ways that the draft Mission Statement can be. improved, Please m[ f'p- tions of the statement by line number, as in the example given below. . _ t',.a::: Line Number 6 Example/Sugsestion Change to: "in the Word. in the Sacrament and in each other" Line Number Suggestion One Line Number Suggestion Two . Lira) Numi)er Suggestion Thr(:a