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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 6, Young adults helping to shape ministry in d" By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Mike Eppler and a small group ofyoung adults plan to spend this weekend in Tennesee. They will be meeting members of a young adult group in Chatanooga, white water rafting on the Ocoee River, and helping plan the direction of young adult ministry in the Dio- cese of Evansville. Young adults from St. John Church, Newburgh, and from the Evansville parishes of St. Benedict, Holy Redeemer and Holy Rosary are among the members of the group. Eppler, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry, said they will meet with a well- established and very active young adult group at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chatanooga. The Indiana group will also spend some time on the Oeoee River, just north of Chatanooga. They plan to raft down a section of the river where Olympic kayak events are held. In between times, they will take the time to look at how young adult ministry might de- velop in southwestern Indiana. The theological framework for young adult ministry will be "in- formation, formation and trans- firmation," according to Eppler. He and the three campus min- isters in the diocese have been working together toward devel- oping a plan for the parishes of the diocese. Campus ministry is one component of young adult minstry, he emphasized, noting that "we are identifying areas where young adults live." Young adults may live at col- lege, or at home, in a family, at work, among a peer group, and "in the real world" of modern so- ciety. Eppler has more questions than answers at this point. Among them are questions about "presence" -- How is the Church present in the life of a young adult? How is a young adult present in the life of the Church? How do young assume leadership in the and in the community? Other questions are asked about "communion the community" m dealing liturgical and sacramental on one hand, and on the hand with being disciples world at large. "How do transform the world with enthusiasm?" Other topics of young ministry are "service" and cation discernment." Young adults want to 'feel at home' in church By DAVID FINNIGAN C.atholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Young adult Catholics are "look- ing for a church where they re- ally feel they belong and ... feel at home," a Los Angeles auxil- iary bishop said at a conference for young adults. Auxiliary Bishop Stephen E. Blaire spoke to some 800 Catholics about "mature disci- pleship" at the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Young Adult Con- ference '96, held Aug. 24-25. This November, Bishop Blaire and the rest of the U.S. bishops will vote on a pastoral plan to reach out specifically to Catholic young adults, many of whom leave the church after high school or college but later find themselves wanting to come back. Father Paul Minnihan of St. Augustine Church in Pleasan- ton, near San Francisco, said young adults not only are searching for more spirituality but are "finding a way back to the church with the (same) is- sues our generation has to deal with." Issues facing the church's growing population of young adults vary widely -- from find- ing a lifetime companion, to more input in church leader- ship, to learning more about a faith many admit they strayed from in their younger years. Many spoke of the gathering as a place to be more aware of Jesus Christ. "This is our vacation from the world," said Glenn Guadalupe, 28, of St. Martha's Church in Valinda. Said 37-year-old Basil Tokar of St. Dominic Savio of Bellflower, "It's kind of an ener- gizing thing, it puts me back in focus." This year's young adult con- ference theme, borrowing from Christ's question, was "Who do you say I am?" Workshops in- cluded discussions on the sacra- ments, economic/social justice, domestic violence, liturgical t . dance, euthanasia and personal finance. Lainy Dickson, at 23 a youth minister at Padre Serra Church in Camarillo, said she wants more guidance on abortion. She said two pregnant, Catholic teen-age girls in her parish youth group have discussed hav- ing abortions. "I wish there was more infor- mation out there," she said, adding that young adult dia- logue also should focus on "how to be a good person, not how close can I get" to crossing the line and committing a sin. One of the more popular workshops was on being single how to be a whole person when single and sometime lonely. Some participants said finding a mate through young adult events is important. For the twentysomething Van Hulle brothers -- Mike and Paul from Riverside's St. Catherine of Alexandria Church -- dating the right Catholic woman is a concern. "We want to be able to meet people without going to a bar," Mike said. Not just dates, but making lifetime friends who are devout Catholics, is impor- tant too, the brothers said. Filipinos and Latinos at the conference said that in their cul- ture many young adults live at home until they marry and often meet a spouse through family friend introductions rather dating services. Several parishioners at predominantly panic St. Martha's Church their young phasis is to "seek God first" push teen-age awareness peace and a bridal auction," said Comenador, 23. adult U,S. Catholics with a $494,905 grant from the and the sense and character of identity among Anglo and 30-39 age groups tion that "a strong achieve in the future,, Hoge said. "This is a Bernardin Continued from page 1 said, "the statement's call to di- alogue .within the church no more legitimates dissent than does dialogue with other faith traditions. In fact, the question of dissent in the church and whether it is ever justified is a complicated and theologically technical One, and our state- ment did not pursue it." He said that "many serious disagreements among Catholics . . do not necessarily involve dissent in the sense of a clear departure from authentic teach- ing. But the statement also shows full awareness that such departures do exist. The state- ment recognizes the legitimacy, even the value, of disagree- ments, but it also insists that di- alogue about them must be ac- countable to Catholic tradition and the church's teaching au- thority." He also cited the statement's insistence on "boundaries" and "defining limits" for any dia- logue. "In a few paragraphs," he said, "the statement tries to cap- ture both the demands and the dynamism of orthodoxy It is willing to consider the new but insists that it be accountable to u Ill ii I JONES BODY SHOP . Front end alignment . Complete body rebuilding . Radiator Service Estimates Given Call 254-5358 207 E. South -- Washington, IN ii ii i tradition and the magisterium. This cleaHy is not establishing truth by compromise or accom- modation." Concerning the claim that the centrality of Jesus is not given its due he said, "the statement begins by asserting that the very first condition for addressing our differences constructively must be "a common ground centered on faith in Jesus." "I am convinced," Cardinal Bernardin wrote, "that a careful reading of the text ought to re- assure those who expressed these concerns." He said that of the many re- sponses to his initiative from church officials and members, "with rare exceptions, they thanked us for spelling out fears and hopes about the church that they have long entertained." "I was particularly gratified by the support of Bishop An- thony Pilla (of Cleveland), pres- ident of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops," he said. The day before Cardinal .Bernardin issued his follow-up statement on the project, a small group of leaders of organizations identifying themselves as repre- senting orthodox Catholics con- vened a news conference on the steps of the Chicago archdioce- san Pastoral Center to protest the Catholic Common Ground Project and criticize the cardinal Greg Morrow of Help for Women, a Chicago-based pro- life group, called the project a "leftist ploy" and a "sham" and said the cardinal should resign. "They're trying to dialogue away the truth," said Stephen Brady, founder of Roman Catholic Faithful Ific. of Spring- field, Ill., a frequent, vocal critic of church officials in his home diocese. In his statement Cardinal Bernardin acknowledged "legit- imate fears" about dialogue. "Th idea of dialogue has some- times been cheapened by turn- ing it into a tool of single- DAVIESS CO. ABSTRACT CO., INC. Joan Grannan, Mgr. 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