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26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana iii:i!iii I"I ii =istries [ Youth Ministry, [ Campus Ministry I to be theme park now known as Holiday World, and Lincoln Land State Park. as at the wi Plans as well,' 1995. VOLUME 27 NUMBER 9 E November 1, 1996 \\; : , .... -, , \\; \\; k bishops to discuss young adults, economic justice, liturgy Fm atho  , TEAU -- Plans for restructuring the merging the two conferences into framework Catholics should use presider's chair and at the altar. I  ,yews Service National Conference of Catholic one and renaming it the U.S. "as principles for reflection, cri- If the proposed actions are (CNs) _ At meeting in the U.S. bishops a pastoral plan for ops' agenda statement of )les. Catholic higher liturgy decisions. Bishops and U.S. Catholic Con- ference, the bishops' twin nation- al conferences. A proposal to provide $1 million to fund their national Office for the Third Millennium from 1997 to 2000. -- Various decisions on prior- ities, plans and budget. The Nov. 11-14 meeting could be the last one the bishops con- duct as NCCB-USCC. One of the restructuring proposals calls for of the Diocese of Evansville: This edition is ISSues of the Message mailed to every registered ehold each year. Two dollars of each Catholic contributions pays for these diocesan-wide life and work of parish ministers. iSSue of the Message, readers will find the begin- to report on various Church ministries. Mary Ann Hughes provide insights into the music ministers (page 3} and on one small of the ministry of a deacon who serves associate (page 2). Stories about youth minis- r are found on page 8. and opportunity become available, will continue to offer glimpses into the af priests, religious and lay persons who of Southwestern Indiana. SUggestions are welcome. Tell us how persons in m Your acquaintance serve the Church. Send either "just the facts" or article __ to the Message, Ministry Stories, IN 47724-0169. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB. The 76-page draft document on young adult ministry is titled "Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry With Young Adults." Developed by the bishops' Committee on the Laity after national and diocesan con- sultations with young adults, it requires approval by two-thirds of the bishops for passage. It seeks to address spiritual and pastoral issues young adults face as they enter new stages in education, work, independence, family relationships and their place in society. It discusses the tasks young adults face in developing their personal identity, their relation- ships, their spiritual life and their understanding of the meaning of work. It speaks about the vision of faith and the call of young adults to holiness, to community and to service. It discusses church min- istry with young adults on cam- pus and in parish and diocesan life. It focuses on four goals  con- necting young adults with the church, with Jesus Christ, with the church's mission in the world and witha peer community -- and suggests objectives and strategies for each goal. "A Catholic Framework for Economic Life" is a statement jointly proposed by the bishops' domestic and international poll, cy committees. It seeks to boil down to 10 sho/,statements the ethical teria for judgment and directions for action" in the world of work and economic life. "The economy exists for the per- son, not the other way around," says the first principle. "All people have a fight to life and to the basic necessities of life," says the fourth. Other principles address areas such as human dignity, the rights of the poor and needy and the rights and obligations of workers, owners, managers, consumers and government in economic life. The proposed statement comes 10 years after the bishops' land- mark pastoral letter, "Liberty and Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy." Mercy Sister Sharon A. Euart, NCCB associate general secre- tary, has described the 10 prin- ciples as the equivalent of sum- marizing the 200-page pastoral "on the back of a holy card." Liturgy will again occupy a substantial part of the bishops' agenda, as it has for several years now because of the mas- sive project of approving the first completely revised English Sacramentary in more than a quarter-century. They are to vote on liturgical texts for the proper .Masses for dioceses of the United States to be included in the U.S. Sacra- mentary and on the final two segments, 7 and 8, of the gener- al Sacramentary as proposed for use throughout the English- speaking world. The Sacramen- tary is the book of Mass prayers and instruetis used at the completed, the bishops could wrap up their work on the new Sacramentary by next June and submit it to Rome for the neces- sary confirmation of their deci- sions. In other liturgical matters, the bishops are to vote on: Guidelines for televising the liturgy. Adaptations in funeral rites when cremated remains are pre- sent. -- A new statement of guide- lines for the reception of Com- munion.