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October 8, 1993 I r'. 7 L , "- Bishop's Forum The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I c .... ' r ' ' ' / , The vineyard of the Lord ByBISHOP GERALD A GETTELFINGER The beginning of October draws special attention to our filial devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Blessed Mother. How fitting it is that we celebrate this month dedicated to her as we remind ourselves of the dire need to respect life in every way and in every circumstance. On Respect Life Sunday, we celebrated as one large family the Golden Jubilee Mass for all mar- ried Couples who, through mutual respect and love, have been faithful to their marriage vows. We cele- brated the married fidelity of 943 Couplesin our diocese who have shared fifty years and more of married love. Three hundred and forty three of those couples were able attend the day of celebration. What a joy it was to be with so many of"ever so young married Couples!" --and to know that there are so many others who were not able to attend[ Their example of fidelity alone is of enormous proportions in a world that proclaims that happi- ness will be found in instant and fleeting moments ] peasure with no responsibility required. Wedo v,, aat the world's promise is a false one. But, :o n,Sunday, when we experience the joy radiating ,, Lae laces of so man,, who have been married f rma-- J "Y, many years, we are reassured. What a tribute to life and all that it has in store for us. The Sunday Readings were used for our celebration. They recalled the image of the vineyard. The first spoke of God's relationship with His people. He prepared them as a vine- yard in which he planted his claoicest plant. In their infidelity, the choice plant produced not good grapes but wild ones. The Gospel parable was that of the vineyard leased out to tenants for a portion of the grapes. The master, after the greedy tenants had killed many of his slaves, sent his only son thinking that surely they would respect his son. They killed the son too. Jesus was really addressing parable to those whom he knew would ultimately kill him, those who had no respect for life. He addresses the same mes- sage to those who do not respect life. The fact is that God has placed us in a vineyard. We call it earth. Each of us is responsible for tending it. We are commanded to respect life on this earth. But it is so big. Besides, it is in such an awful mess. Some of the mess we cause ourselves. Others cause a lot of it too. Then there are terrible natural disasters. Most recently an earthquake in India that has taken thousands and thousands of lives in just a 5 few moments. I cannot even imagine it. I cannot comprehend all the terrible problems our broth- ers and sisters are experiencing in other parts of this vineyard. I have come to the conclusion that I must leave so much of that to the All Knowing and Merciful God. There is something I can manage. It is re- spect for life. It is a very personal since it re- quires that I first respect myself, my own life How can I respect others unless I first respect myself?. All of those who have celebrated golden ju- bilees and beyondindeed all who have been faithful to their marriage vows have demon- O u " strated in a very simple way the meaning f re- - spect life." Respect makes possible love. Love makes possible fidelity. Fidelity makes possible joy and nurtures life. Without respect for self a promise of love is empty. Without love, fidelity is impossible With- out fidelity, marriage fails. Those of our number who daily celebrate anniversaries and jubilees of fidelity speak vol- umes of self respect with their very lives. Re- spect for each other in marriage. Respect for their children, their grandchildren and great grandchildren. They respect life in a way that we can all understand. They stand as fruitful vines in the Lord's vineyard! Ulhy do you want to be a delegate to Synod '93? Some selected responses t believe it is very important tant to me. Synod participation gives me asked ifI was interested. I vol- Like many other things when , us to COme together to ad- ess the COmmon need huch i  s of the u southwestern I " a t, __ _ ndt- .v Irtak e want is already :to rLg e :allhier yen stronger and " Betty Bonifer St. Raphael, Dubois It is important to te t all ;roups representedh, ave "- Michael Burk St. John, Daylight I ;rant to be a delegate be- tu I Want to make m rove- en ,s zn the Church P St. Perdi" Theresa Egler d, Ferdinand I, ike being a part of a deci- nrmaking process wh " Yes ira- , en tt . y: issues in my ch is impor. Dorothy Hertel Good Shepherd, Evansville First of all this is a special right to be called to serve I have been given a gift of strong faith from my wonderful par- ents as role models. With this valuable gift I hope to pass on sharing and caring about the needs of others in the Church today. With sincere interest I feel the Synod will bring us closer to God and closer to peo- ple. -- Dev0nna James St. Martin, Chrisney PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville us Play .. Ct Lfe. kay, hve, You st Your SOn to live among us , ,, Know and 10ve You, We ght sere and jprship Yott as Your faithful people. & tus" .. so tat  living holy liv as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, ur p others- resence maybe known and felt in our midst, .^. too raay come to know and lov You IV may be- - e sut o serve and worship You. o00hith. Youit to use fully the many .g =,.,;.. k, )raise be YOurs Jesus Christ Our Lord! a chance to discuss common church issues with my fellow parishioners and be a part of the decision making process for the future -- Bev Luegers St. Joseph, Jasper To be of service to the diocese and my parish -- George Moll Corpus Christi, Evansville Enjoying the Catholic Church teaching as it is. Being a delegate to the 1993 Synod would give me a voice in ensur- ing it would remain as it is. -- Barbara Stoll St. Joseph, Bramble Being a delegate, I hope to provide some input, a thought, an idea, something positive, which will help guide our dio- cese successfully into the Twenty-first Century. -- Ronald Weyer St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand As a member of Holy Spirit Education Commission, I was D.O.W'N-T-O'W'N 101 MAIN ST. * VINCENNES, IN 47591 SINCE 1888 Schum Monuments, Inc, ":DALE, INDIAITA unteered. Working with the parish assembly has shown that most parishes have the same problems. Hopefully through working with the Synod we can solve them to- gether. Robert Wootton Holy Spirit, Evansville I wish to be a member of the Synod process because I would like to be a strong voice for our small parish. I hope that by being a delegate and giving my opinion, I will help tie my parish close to the other deaneries of our diocese Jessiea Yake Holy Name, Bloomfield there is something to be done, volunteers are scarce Having a wonderful pastor as we have, I felt like it was part of my duty as a Catholic to offer to do what no one else wants to. -- Wilbert Zeller St. Boniface, Evansville By working with other people from the parishes in the diocese a way dan be found to solve the most critical problems we face. As a delegate for my parish, I would like to do my part to help achieve our goals. -- Mary Sue Wiscaver St. Peter, Montgomery DUBOIS COUNTY BANK lmHmum old liA iM.l,m  tog: YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK i I IIIII Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential. 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