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_October 15, 1993 The Message--for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I I IIII I -- Bishop's Forum --- Reflecting on Mission Sunday 1993 World Youth Day has come and gone, but the spirit still reigns in the hearts and memories of those of us privileged to partici- pate. The very telling of the stories helps to relive the moments of those Spirit-filled days. So it is with the telling of the "Jesus Story." We are renewed in the very telling of it. Pope John Paul in his homily at World Youth Day Mass reas- sured young people should not be ashamed of the gospel. He cor- rected himself later by saying that be had used the wrong words. In- stead of being ashamed of the gospel, he asserted that young people should be proud of the Gospel! Who is not proud of the "Jesus Story?" Needless to say, the young people (that was all of us because age had nothing to do with proclaim- mg the Jesus in Whom we believe) responded with an outburst of joy at the Holy Father's "correction of himself." We must bring this closer to home! In recent days, the clergy personnel board and ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER I have spent sleepless nights in an attempt to find an "appropriate pas- tor" for Corpus Christi Parish, a shepherd who can continue the work of the pastors who went before. There is always the struggle to find the "appropriate" pastor to be in the right place at the right time. There is also great concern about the parish community that will be disturbed by moving "their" priest. What we do is not senseless, however, it may seem so to some who would like to keep things as they were. The shortage of priests today is a reminder that priests do not have the sole responsibility for the telling of the story. Who is the right one to tell the "Jesus Story" to others? The believer. The one who is not only convinced but who, freed by the Spirit, moves into the future unafraid. There is no question that the future is un- known, but we know for certain that the challenge to proclaim the Gospel rests with each of us. Lest we become too self-concerned, Mission Sun- day provides an opportunity for a renewal of our per- I I I 5 sonal commitment to be the missionary that bap- tism has made of us. We have been empowered the sacraments of initiation to carry out that re- sponsibility. There is the community responsibility to take the teachings of Jesus beyond its own boundaries by choosing members to go out "to the rest of the world" to serve on our behalf. We must first send them and then support them in their missionary activities. This requires a finan- cial commitment. Each of us needs to partici- pate. We must also support the chosen ones, sent on our behalf, with our daily prayers. Remember they go on our behalf to foreign lands to tell the story of Jesus to those who have never heard the name. We also call upon the age-old practice of fasting that, made hungry for food, we can more fully appreciate the discipline of obedience that Jesus demonstrated by dying out of love for us. The missionary is a disciplined believer. Be generous in every way! Why do you want to be a delegate to Synod '93? Some selected responses The Spirit speaks through important in my life. others is always good and I feel I am concerned for the future ever-changing needs of its paD- us. We must listen to the people to hear the Spirit. I try to be a good listener and I hope to be able to COmmunicate the mes- Sage to others  the Spirit will not fail us. Helen Boettcher St. Mary, Evansville I am interested because our World is changing and deci- sions made will be important to young son as well as my children and their chil- ran. I feel family is very ira- and the wellness of unit will determine what !apPens in the church in the I think we all have to be responsible Catholics and grow our faith for the future of the Louise Branch St. Philip Neri, Bicknell To represent my parish in e decision making process of church. I would like to do I can for my Church, it is Ruth Burk St. John, Daylight As a veteran member of the diocese, having been a part of the founding of the Diocesan Council and delegate to the Convention, I am vitally inter- ested in furthering the King- dom of God on Earth. m Betty Stephens Camp St. Benedict, Evansville I was asked to be a delegate. David Colvin St. Patrick, Daviess County I want to bring the church to recognize the youth in our church. A special class, special Mass or just a meeting where youth can express their feel- ings. -- Sarah Debes St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County I lope to help and better the Church for the future. Helping that I would be of great help. Anthony Ernst St. John, Vincennes To become a part of the Synod process. -- Michael Hirsch Holy Cross, Fort Branch To help shape and guide the direction the Diocese of Evans- ville follows the next five to 15 years. Ronald Hollander Resurrection, Evansville BLOCK - CRUSH - CUBE WHOLESALE & RETAIL Ph. (812) 425-8191 GEOFGE MOLL, Owner I PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville LET US PRAY God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that ve might know and love You, that We might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. ASSist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, hat Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, O thers too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. EmPOwer us with Your Spirit to use fully the many Ir gifts You have given us creas e Our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As We look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that We, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! &MEN! Faye King St. Clement, Boonville To give me the chance to see and understand more about the workings of our "Church at large" in the diocese which in turn links us to the whole world as Catholic Christians. I think it is necessary for each of us to help (in whatever way we can) in the "Change-to-grow" process that the Catholic Church must always continue to make in order to meei the pie to keep the faith "Alive." Many times in homilies, we have been told that we as peo- ple are the Church. Together we build on the foundation that has been given to us by genera- tions past. I welcome the chance to take part in this Synod, to build" for the future? Lucy Will Sts. Peter & Paul, Haubstadt i Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. 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