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j October 27, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .) I Washington Deanery convention responds to parish needs 1990s and the nurturing of lay involvement in different func- tions of the Church. The convention kicked off Sunday at 1 p.m. in the church with a welcome and keynote address by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The topic of his talk was "What can our deanery expect in the 1990s?" Bishop Gettelfinger spoke to a group of over 75 persons about the past as well as the future. He referred to the fact that there was a time when many communities did not have a resident priest or a priest readily present for Sunday ser- vices. In those situations, he said, people dressed in their Sunday clothes, a leader in the group would read scriptures and in that way community worship was sustained. Thus, LOOGOOTEE FOOD MARKET INC. GENE BURCH By MICHELLE GIRTEN Message Staff Writer The Washington Deanery sponsored a convention Oc- tober 22 in response to "the needs of the parishes" in that area. Held at St. John Church, Loogootee, and in the St. John Parish Center, the theme for the half-day of workshop talks was the Catholic Church of the Ziba Graham, left, of St. Simon Church, Washington, and Linda Cropp, second, left, staffmember at St. John Church, Loogootee, lead a small group discussion during a workshop ses'sion of the Washington Deanery Convention. The day included a talk by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, five other discussion groups and a dinner. The convention, held Sunday, October 22, was hosted by St. John Church, Loogootee. -- Message Photo by Michelle Girten I I ! I the prospect of fewer priests able to preside over Catholic worship is "not necessarily new, just different from the present. ' ' He added that "even if we had enough priests...the movement to bring forward lay leaders with significant respon- sibilities would be the same .... The biggest lesson is to learn to relate to each other and express differing opinions without alienating each other." These ideas were expanded upon by ten speakers on sub- jects within their expertise. Small discussion groups dispersed to the conference rooms of the modern St. John Parish Center. The concept of having a deanery seminar for parishioners "came out of the clergy deanery meetings that were previously held," said Mike Jones, pastoral associate at St. John Church, Loogootee. Jones felt that the convention was productive and went well. Father Mike Hamel, a presen- ter at the convention and direc- tor of the Catholic Center, reacted similarly: "Thanks to the leadership in the Washington Deanery we are beginning at the grassroots to deal with issues and pro.blems (concerning) the number of clergy. On the national and diocesan level these concerns have been on the table for years; now the issue of a parish com- ing together for praise and wor- ship on Sunday without a priest is more than a possibility. It is good to see those most touched by the problem, namely the local faith communities, to be part of the solution. "It was a good day. I always come away from a gathering like this knowing the church is really alive." Rick Etienne, diocesan youth director, spoke on "How to get junior high and senior high youth involved in the parish." Jim Todd, Father Henry Kuykendall and Mike Jones col- laborated on the topic "How to reach out to inactive and lapsed Catholics." Sister Mary Emma Jochum, O.S.B., diocesan director of religious education, and Alice Wesheit, coordinator for religious education, elemen- tary grades, spoke on "How to get adults involved in leader- ship training/forma- tion/development." Justin Clements, diocesan develop- ment director, talked on "How to get adults to take respon- sibility in parishes, parish councils, ministry, etc." Father Hamel spoke on "How to train parishioners to be ministers for a celebration when'a priest is not available." Ziba Graham and Linda Cropp discussed "How to decorate/arrange the church for a proper liturgical celebration." !! ! W00dh Citizens Leadership Checking you get:. *No minimum balance. Unlimited chechwriting. First order of 200 checks at no charge. *VISA or MasterCard at no annual fee. Special interest rate discounts on direct, personal installment loans. SuperSusie MoneyMover cards good all over the Tri-State area. And six other very useful bank services. Apply at any Citizens office today for Leadership Checking. The one account does it all...for less than you're probably paying right now! C00bzens't:00nk What a bankf Citizens Leadership Checking Member F.D.I.C. Bishop Gerald A. 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