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:8 i l'i 51 t. I I-I 'J1 I I I I ! I I } I i _November 4, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I IIIII I III 15 Diocesan Pastoral Council takes action By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor bring up matters for DPC Father William Deering, Coordinating Committee in- Role of Women in the attention, diocesan director of worship, is clude the following: Church and Society Today, and in the process of developing to receive agenda recom- a Women's Commission. diocesan liturgical guidelines mendations and policy Justice. for altar servers, proposals. Healing and Reconciliation. to set agenda. Evangelization-Outreach. to recommend ad hoc com- Health Care Commission. Serving at the altar Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger brought the altar server proposal to the DPC. He had stated in the proposal that laypersons -- men or women, boys or girls -- are permitted to serve at the altar in the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. That proposal was amended by the DPC, to include the line, "in keeping with diocesan litur- gical guidelines." The recommendation to Bishop Gettelfinger, as amended, reads as follows: In the Catholic Diocese of Evansville lay persons, be they men or women, boys or girls, are permitted to serve at the altar, in keep- ing with diocesan liturgical guidelines. Coordinating Committee Selected+as members of the DPC Coordinating Committee are Helen Boettcher, Evansville; Joseph Crowdus, Evansville; Pa- tricia Koch, Santa Claus; and Dr. Bernard Kemker Sr., Jasper. The diocesan chancellor, Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, is an ex officio member of the Coordi- nating Committee. The members of the Coordi- nating Committee, who are to serve one-year terms, plan to select a chairperson and vice- chairperson at the first meet- ing of the Coordinating Com- mittee, Nov. 13. The responsibilities of the mittees as necessary, to chan- nel proposals to appropriate groups and to report all refer- rals to the DPC. to formulate proposals as necessary. to review DPC minutes prior to dissemination. Other Synod issues In the coming months, groups of three or more DPC members will begin to examine some issues which came to light during Synod '93. These issues include the following: Expectations/Role/Supply of priests, deacons and religious. Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council recommended adoption of a policy on altar servers and selected four mem- bers to serve as their Coordi- nating Committee. The actions Were taken at the DPC meet- ing, held Oct. 29, at Sarto Re- treat House and the Catholic Center. Members of the Council also mgan to take steps toward mndling SOme issues which , Lm reIerrea at that time to the DPC. The DPC also began to make plans to conduct Deanery As- :ab:s,, so that members of  Sacs in the diocese will have con .. to unued opportumhes express their views and to Deanery Assemblies Deanery Assemblies will be scheduled in January. Parish pastoral councils will be re- viewing the diocesan plan, and then representatives of each parish will be invited to meet at Deanery Assemblies. Details of the plan will be dis- cussed at the November meeting of the Coordinating Committee. Another round of Deanery Assemblies may be held in the spring, as DPC members con- tinue their work toward the 1996-97. Diocesan Plan for the current year: An overview By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Where are we going? We are the Catholic Church of Southwestern Indiana, the people of the Dio- cese of Evansville. We are on a journey, moving through time, much like a family. Like a family, we grow and change, meet new people, move new places, re- raernbr our roots, take wing into the unknown. We try to pass along to our YOung people all that we believe is true and important and holy. OFFICE OF THE BISHOP BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Living the Faith Goal ul ate me I Stan i ,,  : C hv a n Cathohcs a dee er under- [ cha.d:tb - Lne sacraments of initiation (Bapgtism, ConfirmatioPn and Eu- I J anti the commitment flowing therefrom. Objectives: To share d diocesa , with the church community at both the parish an lag, its'c: vels a clear vision of the Church, in all its dimensions, its mean- ties Whic  munal nature, its sacramental celebrations and the responsibili- n Ilow from participation in sacramental life. P,,, -,,ting the plan rot0 action 1 tio the bisho reminds the At each and every celebration of Confirma n, p about the nature of the sacraments of intitiation He emphasizes * WhLmnsnlp.of individual Christians to the Christian community. about : the bmhop ordains a deacon or a priest, he reminds the assembly to the coa_ ature of Holy Orders as a "social sacrament" and its relationship hes" "* The'UmumtYbmhP works "thtthe Director of Worship to find other opportuni- " wl,fCh s 1 Im t of Adults to hi hli ht the the Rite o Coramun - ri t'an "tia ion -- g g disciples al nature of the Church and the personal commitments required of oTh aUny. nbishop emphasizes the social nature of the Sacrament of Matri- raarriage,.ru.ctlon and encouragement are given to couples preparing for I3e-" u.nng the Pre-Cana sessions. ttran (snmng with this issue of the Message, the bishop will use his col- nitraents Pr3g3i5dtofPllbli:hmh:si:n of the Church and explain the com- I rL:l?.llogutsh:,iFaith __Goah Reaffirm the importance of Catholic schools and the eaUcatmn r m the froth formatmn of lr children, p ograms to assist parents " " " lob,^ ] ralsitiVo:t::phl,,peLach parish articulate its dedication to the educational ltttinI bisehPolpanwltta:. : parish- " Th, Uca t:vny opportunity to assert the importance of Tra n tmn through schools or separate programs. ," that  :soz pastoral councils will teach pastoral councils this obligation e faitl f: ne obigation of the parish faith community to assist parents in her children through approprmte schools and/or re mus ed orraation oft " " li- acation programs. iastitut:Th' director s of religious education and schools will teach parish and desc" : _ "Pt real catechetical leaders that this obligation is central to their job ons  that catechetical leaders have an obligation to assist parish _Uncils and educational eats. boards in formulating their mission to assist par- Adinis . licy for]rahve Goal: To have in place a comprehensive compensation tS96. Y employees of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville by August 31, Adainstrati Catholic D:- ve Goal: Develop a functional chart of organization for the se of Evansville. Birth and death punctuate our lives, as do weddings and ordinations. Birth- days. New jobs. Strained relationships and reconciliations. Celebrations punc- tuate our lives. Most of our days are spent in ordinary time. Daily life. Work and school. But when we dream, and plan, and scan the horizon, where are we going? Following are the goals chosen by those among us who have been commmis- stoned with the responsibility of serving us as our leaders. This is "the Diocesan Plan" -- as it spells out not only the goals to be achieved, but also the ways to achieve them. The goals specified on the following pages -- in brief, overview fashion are for the current fiscal year, 1994-1995. ACTIVITIES GEORGE-ANNE RYDER, DIRECTOR Goal: Develop a complete facilities information packet, to provide informa- I tion about Sarto Retreat Hotise and the Catholic Center, inn professional  manner, for persons interested in the use of the facilities. Goal: Promote the availability of meeting spaces and uses of Sarto Retreat House and the Catholic Center among clergy and parish organizations. Goal: Evaluate responses to requests and services provided. Goal: Complete the first phase of the Sarto Retreat House Refurnishing Project. With the help of donations, the individual rooms at Sarto Retreat House were furnished in 1994 with new mattresses and springs, bed frames and headboards, wardrobes and chairs. Window blinds, lamps and other items were also purchased, and installed in the common areas of the retreat house. Old furnishings were made available to parishes and other church-re- lated agencies and institution in the diocese. OFFICE OF THE VICAR GENERAL MSGR. KENNETH KNAPP Administrative Goal: Provide for continuing Education for Clergy, to pro- vide opportunities for spiritual growth, and to address continuing education needs in the various areas of ministerial functioning, The annual clergy retreat will be held in June 1995. In cooperation with the Office of Worship, a prayer day will be held in the fall and again in the spring. An ad hoc group will be created to help determine priests' needs. A survey of some type may he used, if necessary. Workshops will be held in early spring and early summer of 1995. , MISSION OFFICE MSGR. CLARENCE A. SCHLACHTER, DIRECTOR The diocesan office, in cooperation wqth the national office has the general responsibility for promoting Mission Awareness, Missionary Vocations and both spiritual and material support for the Missions. For Adults, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith promotes World Mission Sunday in October;Membership Sunday in FebP, mry; special appeals in Lent, summer and at Christmas; the mailing of Mission Magazine to donors; planned giving for monthly donors, Mass stipends, bequests, an- nuities and pooled income funds; and a Missionary Cooperative Plan The Society of St. Peter the Apostle provides support for the education of native seminarian students, priests, brothers and sisters. For Children, the Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood pro- motes Mission Awareness and encourages mission participation among the young, up to and including the eighth grade. It is "Children helping chil- dren," and "Young Catholics in Mission," through Holy Childhood member- l ship dues and other ways to become involved: an Advent program, Hal- [ loween milk cartons, Christmas seals, Lenten coin folders and year.rouni [ Share-Care Plan.  I Cont/nued on neztpage