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_ October 22, 1993 -- Bishop's Forum Today is Saturday, October 16, 1993. It is the day that the four parish councils of the Vincennes Catholic Community came together to deliberate about the future of the Catholic Schools in Vincennes. These councils are engaged in the question as to how their parishes will assist the parents to educate their children in the faith. I spent the day with these COuncils as they struggled with the questions with great seriousness. My participation was limited be- cause the decision as to how these The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I III I The Church at work ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER tiffed more clearly the role of the laity in the life of the Church. We are still learning how to do that. It is not easy and it demands of all that we revere each other. We must come to trust each other in faith. I commend all who were in- volved in the work of this day. The utmost respect and concern was shown for each other. Differences of opinion were certainly part and par- cel of the day, yet when there were disagreements they were expressed with the greatest of respect and sin- cerity. Parishes will assist parents really must rest with them. The participants felt the Weight of their work. They did not falter as the fa- rotators provided them with background materials and possibilities for the future. In our Church, we are not used to participation of laity in decision making Vatican Council II iden- I found it difficult not to "jump in" when in fact, following the principle of subsidiar- ity, the decisions about the Catholic Schools in Vin- cennes-indeed everywhere in our diocese--must be made by those who have the responsibility to assist parents in the teaching of the faith to their children. That responsibility lies with parish communities, I I III I III I II I Holy Spirit, Evansville not with the nebulous concept of"diocese." My experience today was most reassuring, not of what we are capable of, but rather the willingness of leadership to come together to share ideas on how parishes can help parents with their obligation. Such a commitment of time and talent on behalf of others recalls for me: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst." The presence of the Lord in the discussions of this day was evident. The same Lord will bless the work of these four parish councils as they now move to the next step in how they will best assist parents in passing on the faith to their children. The Church, reflected in the parish councils in Vincennes, is at work, have no fear! The Spirit that Jestis sent is indeed present. Let us together implore that same Spirit to continue to guide the Church in Vincennes. II I IIII changes that wishes to imple- Want to change to accom- changes. Hope : part of a more corn- ted church, in- To be given the opportunity for input in this very important direction setting process of our diocese. w Ronald Baumgart Holy Rosary, Evansville I want to be a delegate to the 1993 Synod that I may partici- pate in finding the best meth- ods to spiritually service the people of our diocese; and help all people to better understand Catholic Doctrine. m Charlotte Calhoun Blessed Sacrament, Oakland City Giving honor to God and thanking him for all of his blessings w as a strong be- liever in the family, I want to be a part of helping to develop and carry out the needs to safe- guard the family unit home plus church. Edna Crable St. John, Evansville 1) I was asked to be a dele- gate. PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LET IJS PRAY Diocese of Evansville Od of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, that We that might know and love You, We might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. s:s:t  in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, that o,1- Our presence may be known and felt in our midst, "ters t so they oo may come to know and love You may begin to serve and worship You. lrapver us with Yu:SPul: t t use fully thegifts You have creSe Our far g many Vlelp Us t h. o See Your plan for the Church. 00'00:tlok to furry, b. f00i00hf,1 to racy f.__e, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, "urther Your kingdom through p-eaching and living Your gospel. All Praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! 2) I believe in the vision that we are the church and I share in the responsibility and right because of my baptism to be a part of forming church in all its dimensions. Linda Cropp St. John, Loogootee To see what is the future of our Catholic Diocese. -- Shawn Eiekoff Corpus Christi, Evansville To further the workings of the church. The world is changing, and our Church  local and world- wide m is changing. The Synod is a recognition of change whether in policies, demo- graphics, the leadership of the Church -- and I would like to play a role in the change be- cause I identify an important part of my life as "Church." Philip Pierpont Sacred Heart, Vincennes In Bloomfield, I've had the privilege to experience having a pastoral life coordinator. I feel this may be the beginning of the future of our church. Also, I feel it very important that all areas of the diocese, including the farthest north, be active and participate in the diocese as well and the diocese re- sponding to our needs. Sharon Yogler Holy Name, Bloomfield At Lourdes shrine, few miracles declared among alleged cures By AGOSTINO BONO CathoDic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS)  Of the 1,300 alleged cures since 1948 at the Marian shrine of Lourdes, France, only 18 have been judged miracles by church officials, reported Vati- can Radio. The report cited figures pre- sented by church officials at an Oct. 14 Paris news conference to announce a Catholic-spon- sored international medical congress at Lourdes. Purpose of the Oct. 21-25 congress is to try to define the difference between miraculous cures and cures that are scien- tifically unexplainable, said Vatican Radio. "There can be unexplained cures outside the church," said Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Nancy, France, at the news conference. "A miracle for the church is the intervention of God." Dr. Christian Bregeon, pres- ident of the Catholic Center of French Doctors, predicted that the congress would reach "without doubt the periphery of a definition of a miracle, without reaching a true and proper definition." The congress program in- cludes talks by Jewish and Muslim officials on how their religions regard miraculous cures and talks by experts on ethnic groups identified with unexplained cures. Vatican Radio reported that I II III I the last cure at Lourdes de- clared a miracle occurred in 1976 to Italian Delizia Cirelli, then age 12, who had a malig- nant tumor. The miracle was declared in 1989. Vatican Radio added that of the 1,300 cases of alleged cures since 1948 submitted to the medical office that investigates the claims, 57 were judged as cures. Of these cures, 47 were referred to the hishops of the dioceses of the people cured for investigation as possible mira- cles, it added. The bishop of the resident diocese of the person cured has the responsibility for judging whether a cure is miraculous. Lourdes is the site where church authorities declared Mary appeared 18 times be- tween Feb. ll-July 16, 1858, to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. During one of the appearances, Mary is believed to hays. told the young girl to dig at a certain spot and drink and wash with the water that emerged. II II Jl MILLER & MILLER ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 II I I I II III III I II Of Particular interest to me the Catholic Hospi- input in the devel- of this vision. Would be that the institutional min- es in the diocese could be part of the Church Znsville. 1 would hope could be active col- between the Catholic health care min- and the parishes. As we toward much care reforms, I collaboration as a a shared vi- provision of health zn need. -" Sister Xavier Ballance, D.C. 5 r ii iii i Why do you want to be a delegate to Synod '93? Some selected responses So that I may be an active stead of parish oriented.  James Quinn participant in working with other leaders in the dt  Gregory Baumgart St. Francis, Vincennes the n^. . "ocese in 'velopment o a vl OUr loc, ,, f "sion for Ple " tnurch and its peo-