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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Diocesan liturgy directors seek to connect liturgy, - By PAT NORBY Catholic News Service MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) -- Representatives of more than 115 U.S. diocesan liturgical com- missions and offices have called for a forum of scholars to help bishops and liturgists develop sound criteria for relating church liturgy and Catholic devotional life. The forum on liturgy and devotion was one of several pro- posals approved by more than 240 professional liturgical lead- ers who attended the national meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commis- sions Oct. 9-13 in Minneapolis. (Among the participants was Father William Deering, dioce- san director of Worship and the RCIA, Diocese of Evansville.) After listening to three keynote speakers and a panel discussion and attending various work- shops, the group proposed that the federation undertake the fol- lowing tasks: Publish a series of bulletin inserts to educate Catholics on the value of horizontal inclusive lan- guage in the liturgy. In religious circles, horizontal inclusive lan- guage means avoidance of mas- culine terms for people in general or for groups that include women. Vertical inclusivity means avoid- ing masculine terms for God. -- Pull together existing resources and develop others as resource prayers and rituals for the closing of churches or merg- ing of parishes. --Ask the bishops, in light of concerns about televised litur- gies, to initiate an interdiscipli- nary dialogue, including cultural theorists, liturgists, theologians and media experts, to study the relationship between television and other electronic media and the liturgy. --Ask the bishops to work with the federation to articulate a vision and principles on how worship space and environment and liturgical ministries can advance the full participation of people with disabilities in wor- ship and ministry. -- Devise an instrument to help parishes and other Catholic groups study the Communion rite and evaluate current parish practices in light of the princi- ples and norms of the church's official texts for the Communion rite. During the meeting the federa- tion conferred its second Freder- ick McManus Award on Benedic- tine Father Godfrey Diekmann of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville. Father Diekmann, 87, has been a national figure in the liturgical movement since 1938, when he was made editor in chief of Worship, the liturgy magazine published at St. John's Abbey. DREs attend conference "Longing for the Harvest of God" was the theme of the state DRE Convention held in Indi- anapolis from October 1 -- 3. A group of 19 parish Directors of Religious Education from the Dio- cese of Evansville attended, according to Benedictine Sister Geraldine Hedinger, diocesan director of the Office for Adult For- mation. Marry Homing, of Christ the King Church, and MaryAnn Zen- thoefer, Sacred Heart Church, both in Evansville, were members of the core planning committee. Sessions focused on Making (more) Room for God in Your Life, Motivating Others to Learn, Sacraments and Sacramentality, and Using Technology in Church. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger also participated in the conven- tion. Others attending from the Dio- cese of Evansville included Prov- IHlU I III I Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City z]llrl_]l]allk Princeton ,,,.,. o,,.- Patoka MemberEDA.C. Family and Business Insurance Needs In the early 19608 he was a member of the Second Vatican Council's Preparatory Commis- sion on the Liturgy. During the council he served as a council expert on liturgy, and afterward he served on the "Consilium," the Vatican agency responsible for implementing the liturgical reforms mandated by the coun- cil. He also served for many years with the International Commis- sion on English in the Liturgy and has written extensively on liturgy, worship and prayer. Msgr. McManus, another vet- eran U.S. liturgy leader who last year was first recipient of the honor named for him, present- ed the award to Father Diek- mann. The Re',,. Maxwell Johnson, a Lutheran minister who teaches liturgy at St. John's University in Collegeville, delivered the opening keynote address on com- bining the three rites of initia- tion, baptism, Eucharist and confirmation. Rev. Johnson noted that fed- eration members had written a position statement in 1992 urg- ing the U.S. bishops to combine the three rites. He outlined four reasons for sacramental order to follow the order of the Rite of Christian Ini- tiation of Adults: -- If the church is to be under- stood as a eucharistic communi- ty, the Lord's table is central. Baptism and Eucharist should be reconsidered as form- ing the spiritual bridge between water and table. -- The Communion of the ini- tiated includes all people. -- The call for baptism and Communion should be issued with an awareness of the change it would entail. Jesus offered the first and greatest examples of table com- panionship by inviting objec- tionable people to the table, Rev. Johnson said. "It blurred the distinction between host and guest, made the last first and the first last," he said. "Such table habits sub- vert the status quo." He also noted that table com- panionship or sharing did not have any rules or preparation. "The table was the beginning of initiation," he said. "Conver- sion was a consequence, not a precondition." He said the 1992 position statement spelled it out well. "Confirmation must be restored to baptism, and not just for adults," he said. "It makes sacra- mental sense. Why does one who has received the fullness in Com- munion need confirmation?" Quoting Benedictine Father Aidan Kavanagh, Rev. Johnson said no person has a right to baptism, but the baptized have a right to Communion and con- firmation. The Western church gave Com- munion to infants for 1,000 years, Rev. Johnson said. When the Communion cup infant Communion l said. "There is no reason! dren should he said. "We without expecting the knowledge He told how his age 2, pointed to on the wall, and their family said, "Jesus right right here." ': Children are rituals and faith he said. "If we wait until we've waited too In reaction to Charles Roessler, a deacon at St. Parish in Houston,! church needs ideal that family is the larger Parishes need and better adult support for Father Phillip ship director with the Lansing, Mich., he said about consequence, not a for the sacrament.' tion is a gift from we decide ing the gifts?" Frances tor of the ] Ohio, said, "We rethink how we gious education." idence Sister Nancy Brosnan, Holy Family, Jasper; Benedictine Sister Agnes Marie Dauby, St. Joseph, Evansville; Mary Kaye Falcony, Holy Rosary, Evansville; Linda Feulner, St. Joseph, Van- derburgh County; Dana Hoffman, School Sister of Notre Dame Therese Mary Rebstock and Sharon Vogler, St. Joseph, Jasper; Mary Ann Keck, St. Matthew, Mount Vernon; Franciscan Sister Jane McConnell, Nativity, Evans- ville; Franciscan Sister Joan Miller and Lucille Pierpont, St. Anthony, Evansville; Mickie Paulin, St. Ferdinand, Ferdinand; Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Sister Melanie Rauh, St. Joseph, Princeton; Connie Schnapf, St. John, Newburgh; Benedictine Sister MaryAgnes Sermersheim, St. Benedict, Evansville; Jalane Weber, Resurrection, Evansville, and Mary Jo Werner, St. Agnes, Evansville. i i ii MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 1400 W. 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