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September 11, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Continued from page 14 From other dioceses along the papal route -- San Antonio, Phoenix, Monterey, San Fran- cisco and Detroit -- came similar concerns and examples of lay people involved in key church positions. "Lay influence in the ad- ministration of the Archdiocese of San Francisco is particularly high. More than 20 of our of- fices or agencies are headed by lay persons," said Patrick Hughes, San Francisco arch- diocesan director of pastoral ministry. At a papal meeting with U.S. lay representatives in San Francisco, Hughes plans to address the pope on the "emergence of issues related to careers and professional lay ministry in the church." Jane Wolford Hughes of Detroit, who headed arch- diocesan adult religious educa- tion there" for more than 20 years, thinks that in U.S. Catholics the pope will see a unique blend of education and commitment to the church. "The laity have a vibrant, abiding love for the church," she said. At the same time, "there is  not another church whose laity is as well- informed." She believes U.S. Catholics today are suffering "a sense of confusion -- even pain -- as the church seems to be returning to a greater legalism with less em- phasis on the pastoral concerns for the signs of the times. One of the most ignored signs is the faith and competence of the people themselves." Guy Mikkelsen, head of the Phoenix diocesan agency Foun- dation for Senior Living, sees grass-roots issues needing more attention. "The church needs to focus energy in developing functional communities in parishes that deal with pro- blems of the everyday world in the context of faith, to help a family's unwed daughter, the person facing unemployment, or the hungry." WITHOUT THAT kind of church involvement in helping people where they live, church stands on larger institutional or social issues "are far too ethereal for general consump- tion," he says. For most Catholics, their local parish or small com- munities based in the parish or neighborhood are the primary sites of involvement in religious or social ministry. "What are we going to do with the people who are suffer- ing, who are dropouts, who have drug problems? When we talk about lay ministry, we're talking about all of these areas," says Yolanda Rios Rangel, administrative assistant of the Mexican American Cultural Center, a leading Hispanic Catholic training center in San Antonio. Mrs. Rios said that Hispanic Catholics, who have tradi- tionally felt excluded from church leadership in the United States, "want to participate .... We want to minister to other people. It can't be only the parish priest any more." Father Gerald Barnes, rector of San Antonio's Assumption Seminary, agrees. "We need to place more trust in lay people," he said. One reason that the church has lost many Hispanic Catholics to Protestant denominations, he said, is that the church spent too much time looking for "men and women who were educated" to act as lay leaders, while Protestant groups invited people simply to "read the Scripture and share your story." One major obstacle to more full-time lay leadership is money. "You have to have a good treasury," says Charleston's Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler. "Any lay man that gets a premier job in the diocese gets a minimum of $35,000 a year." The lack of paid positions does not stop lay Catholics from volunteering. "This diocese is volunteer rich," says John Farnsworth, Monterey diocesan youth ministry director. When help is asked for "people come out of the woodwork." While Pope John Paul is like- ly to see and hear about the many contributions of active Catholic lay leaders, he is less likely to have contact with those who feel alienated from the church, such as Kathy Crook, a Phoenix Catholic who claims no particular parish af- filiation. "As far as women in the American church, the pope consistently makes statements that show he doesn't unders- DEWIG BROS. PACKING CO. FRESH MEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA ff'I-,O ]'00(388a0(00 CLASSIFI DS 5 rd o00Poe r w0.0,,,[0, Print your ad on this form, One word, symbol, or abbreviation per blank. Phone number counts as one word. Clip and mail to our office with payment. No Phone orders; No billing. 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Anselmo Valencia of Los Angeles said he felt .alienated from the church before he got involved as a volunteer in Pro- yecto Sembrador {"Project Sower"), an archdiocesan pro- gram to reach out to ;-,oor Hispanic migrant workers OF providing grass-roots material aid and forming small groups of prayer and discussion on Gospel values. Valencia said he discovered through  his volunteer work a basic truth of participation in the church's mission: "Evangelizing others we evangelize ourselves .... My whole life is going better now." Co-discipleship theme NEW YORK (NC) -- Co- discipleship for the Catholic Church's mission in the world will be the underlying theme for the presentations of the four prelates who are delegates of the U.S. bishops to the 1967 world Synod of Bishops in Rome in October. The delegates are Arch- bishop John L. May of St. Louis, president of the Na- tional Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago, Arch- bishop Rembert G. 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