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September 11, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Black Catholic woman keeps active in the church Mary Church, Evansville, Lawrence is a Eucharistic minister and has participated in the Genesis II and RENEW groups. She is also on the com- mittee to work for the church's Fall Festival food booth next month. William, her husband of 46 years, is an usher at St. Mary's and a past president of the PTA. In addition, the Lawrences are active at St. John Church, Evansville. They are membe._rs of the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver and help out regularly at church functions. However, not all Black Catholics have this initiative to get involved in the church. So Lawrence and other area Black Catholics have volunteered to work on a committee to imple- ment the National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan established last May. She thinks the plan should be put into practice because it will help Blacks feel welcome and recognize what they can give to the church. Particularily, she said more should be taught about the Black saints and bishops. If more was known about their heritage in the church and schools, Black Catholics, especially teens, will "feel they have something in this church." At left, the Message offers the second section of the National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan. By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer Pilar Lawrence is a Black Catholic who has seen many changes in her church during her lifetime. _ From her childhood, she remembers the days of segrega- tion when she and other Blacks were assigned a special section at Assumption Cathedral in which to sit during Mass. She and her 18 brothers and sisters were not allowed to attend Catholic schools; seminarians taught them catechism in the basement of Assumption School. In spite of this segregation, G Lawrence did not lose faith in '-the Catholic Church. When she was raising her own 12 children, she gave them something she never had -- a chance to attend Catholic schools. She sent her children to Catholic schools because of the "better religious education, discipline and study habits" in- stilled there. Most graduated from area Catholic high schools and many went on to continu- ing education, she said. .. Despite all the strides the church has taken where Black Catholics are concerned, Lawrence said there is still more to be done. The Catholic Church needs to do more to get more Blacks involved, she said. A 63-year-old member of St. Pastoral Plan: Section Two PART I DECISION MAKING I. Offices of Black Ministers: We propose a per- manent structure for the pur- pose of focusing Black concerns. II. Blacks and Diocesan Structures: We propose broad based participation of Blacks in the Church. HI. Blacks and Diocesan Policy: We propose that the concerns of Black Catholics and the issues which face the Black community be factored in Church policy. PART II - CONSCIOUS- HESS RAISING I. Raising Consciousness of White Leadership: We propose that white leader- ship of the parish and Diocese should be invited to attend workshops and pro- grams that will help them know and appreciate the culture in the Black community. II. Sharing and Showcas- ing Our Gifts: We propose that each parish seek ways of showcasing the giftedness of its members. HI. Joint Parish Programs: We propose that parishes should foster joint programs HELP OTHERS TO "Millions of persons are still not Christian, and in suffering or in cannot invoke the name of the Saviour because they.do not yet know it!" This month as we celebrate Pope John Paul II's Second Pastoral Visit to the U.S. his words remind us that to be an "authentic Christian" is to want to share the marvelous gift of Redemption with others. Help the poor and needy to invoke Christ's name ! Won't you help make His love known "to the ends of the earth'.' Give generously to the Propagation of the Faith! !::.iil follow the call as a priest or religious. We propose that parish councils should have a Vocations Committee. We propose that parishes should have vocation days with Black priests and religious as speakers. We propose that schools should have parent nights that help to explain the need ."Here I am Lord." for vocations. Parents should be helped to understand the with other Black Parishes role they play in supporting and invite white or mixed vocations. We propose that parishes to participate, vocation materials that show IV. Publicity and Con- Black priests and religious at scious Raising: We propose work and prayer should be that members of the parish displayed. should be encouraged to II. Vocation Support write articles and take Systems: We propose that photographs of events that there should be the building take place in Black parishes of support systems for those so that the diocese and the who are following the Call of wider community will know a Vocation. We propose that what is happening. When there should be support such pictures and articles ap- systems for our priests, pear in the paper, Black Brothers or Sisters who are pride is enhanced and already professed or ordain- everyone gains from the ed. This holds especially experience, true for those clergy and religious who are in PART HI -- VOCATIONS predominately white I. Parish and Diocesan communities. Support: We propose that We propose that ways be parishes and dioceses found to help the develop programs to help seminarians and religious young people who want to See BLACKpage 13 i Hoosier organizes papal tzqp By MARY T. ELLERT Minn. Last spring, he finished Message Staff Writer his undergraduate studies "but at that point was not interested For the past year, the brother in continuing in the seminary," of a Newburgh resident has according to Bernie. "His been working at a "tremendous spiritual director and the peo- pace" preparing for Pope John ple he was working with at St. Paul II's second visit to the Thomas still wanted to keep United States. him active in some type of Bernie Etienne, member of ministry." St. John the Baptist Church, St. Thomas Seminary arrang- Newburgh, said his younger ed an interview for him with brother Paul is the assistant the National Catholic Con- coordinator for the U.S. papal ference. Bernie explained, tour, which begins this week in "They were favorably impress- Miami. As second in charge, ed with Paul, so they named his duties with the National him the assistant coordinator Catholic Conference in for the papal tour. Washington, D.C., range from "Apparently, everybody's making meal and accomodation very pleased with his perfor- arrangements for the papal en- mance," said Bernie, adding tourage to working with the that private public relation secret service to handing out firms, the secret service and the press credentials and passes to National Catholic Conference the media, have "made overtures as far as "It's a tremendous amount of career opportunities when he responsibility," said Bernie, gets done with this." adding that his brother has been Bernie and his brother and kept very busy making final sister-in-law will travel this preparations. He has flown all weekend to New Orleans to across the country, made two visit Paul and see the pope. trips to the Vatican and even "I'm excited about it...just be- traveled with the pope in ing there and seeing the ape:- Australia last Thanksgiving to tacle of the whole thing," he  n n In mn m   nnml  toni  mn   ulna mm unlulll :n The r pgn'ro-a-a"oa of the Faith ;n "see how they had run the said. show down there." Bernie, an ortheopedic sales I ' Msgr. Clarence Scldachter, 4200 North Kentucky Avenue I Originally from Tell City, representative, is a member of logo, Louisville, Ky., and St..youth director for St. John the | I writ to help Ihe Imer ud needy Imew ChriS! bclosed is my gift of: J Thomas Seminary, St. Paul, Baptist Church, Newburgh. 1-155 I"1510 []$25 1-1550 [-35100 I-'1 Other $l ] I ,,,,.:z:=t,,. CHURCH WINDOW RESTORATION & STORM GLASS Special Gifts are needed too! [] $250 [] $500 [] $1000  WINDOWS AND TIFFANY-STYLE SHADES I [] I would like to be a monthly donor! 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