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4, 1994 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- The Diocese of Evansville: Vision for the future Given life from God through the loving cooperation of my parents; presented by them for initiation into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus througl:i baptism, I have come .to believe through their persistence In teaching by word and example. I have been nurtured in the Catholic through living examples of holiness as expressed publicly in worship both in the family and parish com- munities. Our Catholic parishes will be the sites where our families gather together as a supportive commu- nity. There they will be supported faith in my family, the domestic in their common beliefs, find nour- church, in the company of my par- ishment and be educated in the eats, five sisters and two brothers faith Within this su ortive corn Enlivenedb the " " " PP " ,,,,..  _ Y Sprat m Confir- D.. DTUV munity, family members will grow t'nand fed regularly at the EkL*I)/ and share reslonsibility for deci- ame otttie Lord, I declare and ro GETTELFINGER ,,- in for e hfeof the fessm.fa... , -- p - s .... mak g th " priest. J. "__:-. alled to serve as |  Church, a church beyond the con- - 'y mm]ster and shepherd I n,= f he hom . a church that boldly s , ..... , ..... o t e; Ch- "-"" my vmion tor the life of the local reaches out to the Door and need . crl, the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. The role of mystaff will be [Yo enable local I want to work alongside and among the faith- ful of the local church as a brother Jesus Chri ...... in service of s ann those He has a lly throu-h b "" dopted as His fam- _  aptsm. I envision the Catholics of Southw st In 1 aa coraia .... e ern d'- ' lovin s:ge, trier regularly for common worship ) a" -  -vport oI one another and in hospitality II they meet. The famll w )Undation ,,. " y ill be the source and Lgns of coll':b:ar is Support. There will be outward uoratlon at all levels: family with faro- Y; Parish with parish, ast oral lead .... , p oral leader with pas- ::,, _ =', COmmunity of faith with community of ala; EatholiC COmmunit with the lar r dty. Y " ge commu- e^ Our Parishioners will demonstrate their love fgur: anather. Our pastoral leaders will be central threefold ministry of healing, teaching Within each of these there will be signs of.. healing through reconciliation; informed example; and sanctifying parishes to develop and implement parish pastoral plans. Parish plans will encompass the ministries of education, of family life, of youth and young adults, and of social concerns and justice. My staff members will be known for their presence, attitude of service, ability to enable parish leadership, skill in collaboration with and ability to facilitate local leaders in achieving the common mission, and stewardship of time, talent and treasure. I, along with the pastoral ministers, embrace the responsibility to proclaim the gospel, to evan- gelize and to live out the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in our Diocese. In particular we will continue to work to integrate the principles of collaboration, subsidiarity, shared responsibility and accountability in all our structures, programs, and processes. This will be particularly evidenced in our commitment to total stewardship of God's gifts to us. We are committed to apply Catholic so- cial principles in all our endeavors. As appropriate, and in accord with Canon Law, I encourage full participation in the decision making processes throughout the Diocese To this end we will develop an effective system of pastoral councils at the parish and diocesan levels. Their membership will reflect the fabric of our diocesan family including clergy, laity and religious. To- gether, we will define the roles and responsibilities of these councils and their relationships to existing consultative bodies. [ urge all members to express themselves freely through the Church and, at the same time, be prepared to act responsibly in union with the Church. I want to build a consistent pastoral council structure within our Diocese during the next five years. At the diocesan level, we will place special focus on preparing leadership among the clergy, laity and religious to serve effectively in their re- spective, yet evolving, roles within the Church. | From my brother priests and deacons, pastoral ' leaders and diocesan staff, I welcome and value open and honest dialogue regarding my exercise of the pastoral care entrusted to me. I strongly be- lieve that through such candid and persevering di- alogue the will of God becomes clear. I want the people of our Diocese to be known for their willing- ness to continue such dialogue in search for God's will to guide us in the everyday living out of our faith. Through it all, we must always care for one another as brothers and sisters of the Lord. We must hold one another in the esteem that Jesus has for each of us! In the coming weeks, Bishop Gettelfinger will expand on the ideas contained in each paragraph of his vision statement. ..... 00Ps' meeting faces liturgy, women, violence, medical ethics  RRYIILTEAU the penitential rite at the be- of Catholic teaching tatradi- to succeed Msgr. Robert N. bishops' national staff---is athohc News Service ginning of Mass during Lent, tional and new ethical ques- Lynch, 53, a Miami archdioce- elecd to an initial te offiw ..... years. After that he can he rle' (CNS) bishops will 1 decision eats on violence, and Women in they meet in ov. 14-17. also be asked to nal collection in Eastern and another year, SeVeral COmmittee Pprove a $41.3 udget for the Na- of Catholic Con- a new NCCB- Secretary. they will be asked irst three seg- new transla. of the Sacra- [cial book of Part of a ct Under way for now, the revised Will corn- deal segments Lo the revised the bish- to approve or optional al- Way people ass every week. sign of peace to of the 'or members of on to extend Utward in the sition as the 'A the Lord's option to kneel during and an option to stand during the Eucharistic Prayer if there are good reasons for it. Such noticeable changes are included along with hundreds of minor revisions in liturgical instructions that the bishops will be asked to act on as part of the revision of the Sacra- mentary. The proposed statement on the role Of women was drafted by the NCCB Committee on the Role of Women in Society and in the Church in an effort to improve the leadership role of women in the church and awareness of discrimination and sexism issues following the May declaration by Pope John Paul II that women can- not be ordained priests. The pastoral message on vio- lence, proposed by the USCC Committee on Domestic Policy, is titled: "Confronting a Cul- ture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action." The message calls for a wide range of grass-roots efforts, es- pecially at the levels of family, parish and local Catholic orga- nizations, to restore a climate of respect for human life and dignity in U.S. culture. A proposed revision of the bishops' "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services" is the result of nearly five years of work and consultation by the NCCB Committee on Doctrine. The first revision of the bish- ops' health care directives since 1975, it provides a na- tional code of ethical standards for Catholic health care insti- tutions The code applies principles tions that such institutions confront in the fields of pas- toral and medical care amid changing medical technology and clinical practice. On the financial side, the bishops will be asked to extend for at least through 1996, on a voluntary basis, the national collection it has been taking up every year to help the church in Eastern and Central Europe rebuild following the collapse of communism in that region, The proposed 1995 NCCB- USCC budget of $41.3 million represents a $400,000 decrease from the 1994 budget. About $9.2 million of that is to come from per-Catholic assessments of U.S. dioceses. At the initiative of the Lead- ership Conference of Women Religious, the NCCB Commit- tee on Religious Life and Min- istry is proposing to the bish- ops that membership on the Tri-Conference Commission on Religious Life and Ministry be expanded to include the re- cently established Council of Major Superiors of Women Re- ligious. The commission was formed by and is composed of repre- sentatives of the NCCB, LCWR and Conference of Major Supe- riors of Men. The newer coun- cil of women's superiors was formed in 1992. Since the ini- tiative to include the council in the commission came from the LCWR, and since the LCWR and CMSM have already voted in favor of the inclusion, an af- firmative vote by the bishops is virtually a foregone conclusion The bishops will be asked to elect a new general secretary san priest who will complete his sixth year in that office Feb. 1. No nominee was named in the agenda report mailed to all bishops in early October, but it is an open secret that the NCCB Administrative Com- mittee has agreed on the nomi- nation of Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr, associate general sec- retary for the past five years. Under conference bylaws, a general secretary  the chief administrative officer of the elected only on a year-by-year basis. Under a "sunset provision" adopted by the bishops in 1988, 11 ad hoc committees es- tablished over the years face automatic phaseout this No- vember unless the bishops vote to keep them going, i .. The bishops are being asked to extend the existence of all 11 for another three years or until their task is completed, whichever comes first. Funeral Homes FoJr Convenient Locations r WEST CHAPEL 3033 W. MARYLAND ST. I I iiiiii I I i1,11 I I Support Catholic schools b using the Tradition Card. y ,I I A percentage of each purchase you make using the T@ Card goes to support Catholic education. 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