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Plan continued OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR SISTER LOUISE BOND, S.N.J.M. Goal: The Diocese of Evansville will research, develop, and implement a leadership development process which trains and supports leaders for min- istry in Church life. Objectives: To form a Task Force of priests, religious and laity; to study, design and promote a leadership development program. Putting the plan into action: Task Force members have been selected. A recommendation will be made in December. A subcommittee will be created, to consult with parish leaders, and then help determine how to recruit persons for leadership formation. Goal: The Diocese in collaboration with parish leaders will design and implement training for parish pastoral council members, pastors, pastoral life coordinators, and other leaders. Some objectives have already been achieved. Parish Pastoral Councils Policies and Guidelines have been published and distributed throughout the diocese. A condensed version of the material was also distributed. A 15-member task force has been formed, to visit parishes and to find out more about their pastoral councils' needs. Goal The Diocese in collaboration with parish leaders will design and im- plement training for parish pastoral council members, pastors, pastoral life coordinators, and other leaders. A special program will be offered for parishes that are developing new parish pastoral councils. Objective: To assist pastors who want to begin a parish pastoral council. Goal: To sponsor annual diocesan workshops for parish pastoral councils. Workshops to fit the needs will be held in February and March 1995. Administrative Goal: Develop a plan involving the people of the diocese in a process designed to discover what we must do to ensure high quality pastoral ministry in the future. Objectives include formation of a task force of priests, religious and laity, to study the parish staffing issue and devise a process for arriving at recommendations for future staffing of parishes. In cooperation with priests and pastoral life coordinators, members of the Task Force will make recom- mendations by July 1, 1995. Administrative Goal: Provide tools to assist with implementation of Records Management Program within the Catholic Center, parishes and Schools. Administrative Goal: To preserve and present the religious heritage of the state with emphasis on the Old Northwest Territory and Indiana. A grant of $50,000 has been received from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to con- tinue the planning process. Administrative Goal: Completion of the Pastoral Handbook for Admin- istrators -- A compilation of diocesan policies and procedures plan in process (Report and discussion to be scheduled with Council of Priests in the fall). CATHOLIC CHARITIES JAMES COLLINS, DIRECTOR Family Life Goal: To provide parish-based education, training and assist in the establishment and implementation of service-based programs which promote a Christian vision of family life. Objectives include continuation and development of the following activi- ties and programs: Golden Jubilee celebration for married couples; Pre-Cana .and Sponsor Couple programs; Rainbows For All God's Children; Pro-Life activities and services; Project Rachel for women and men suffering from post-abortion syndrome; Divorced, Separated and Widowed Support Groups; and Natural Family Planning. To continue to promote Natural Family Plan- ning service and to forward information from the national office to St. Mary's Medical Center, Health Matters. Family and Children Services Goal: To strengthen family life through the provision of family services -- intended to prevent removal of a child from the child's own home, to reunite the child with the child's parent, guardian or custodian or to implement a permanent plan for the child. Ser- vices include pregnancy counseling, foster care, adoption, custody studies, and independent adoptive home studies. Community Outreach Goal: To offer church and community groups an opportunity to develop and implement action-based programs around vari- ous concerns and issues. The Christmas Store, Garden Patch, and Christ- mas Giving Program are the result of this outreach project. Other goals involve the Family Independence Program, Counseling Ser- vices, and Parish Social Ministry -- which is the empowerment of the parish as the people of God to fulfill the Church's mission of love, justice, freedom, and peace by communally responding in an organized way to societal and in- dividual human needs. Synod Goal: Foster an awareness and understanding of the National Con- ference of the Catholic Bishops' Vision: "A Family Perspective in Church and Society." OFFICE OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MICHAEL H. EPPLER, DIRECTOR Synod Goal: Promote 'a vision of youth ministry' which welcomes and fos- ters the active role of youth and young adults in the life, mission, and of the faith community. Goals of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry include: * Each young person in the diocese should have reasonable access to parish youth group. Objectives in the current year include gathering lroviding information about parish youth ministry programs. .* Youth should have access to formation programs on thedeanery diocesan levels. Objectives this year include promoting and supporting inter: parish youth retreats; planning, implementing and evaluating Youth Day; and ongoing involvement with TEC -- Teens Encounter Christ. * The Eucharist and community prayer should be positioned and moted as integral parts of parish youth ministry. * Creating Community. An annual gathering of youth will be held diocese. Youth Day XXX will be held in February 1995. Parish, interparish and diocesan youth ministry programs are to planned, intentional, relational and catechetical. Guidance and healing. Regular youth leadership development are to be offered in the diocese. Justice and Service. Service opportunities are coordinated throug[ Catholic Charities. Advocacy. Youth ministers are to be selected, trained, supported, sc-: tively networked and have access to regular in-service training. Objectives include publication of a youth minister's directory. Youth and Advisor leadership recognition. Continue All-Star Team Awards. Communications goals include regular submissions about youth min- istry to the Message and a bi-monthly newsletter for adult advisors. Administrative goals include study of past budget-planning movement toward conducting youth ministry roundtables; energy of the diocesan youth commission members; utilize the Outpost a multi-phasic program centered around prayer, leadershii Catholic vocation awareness. Young Adult Ministry goals include consulting with the Region VII young adult ministry coalition, the NCCB Young Adult Planning Committee and other diocesan young adult ministers. The focus will be on the following areas: Gospel Message, Faith Communities, Service and Justice, Vocation Discernment, and Communication. Synod Goal: Support Campus Ministry as a vital ministry to all who involved in higher education. Goals of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry include tion with the Moderator of the Curia to plan, prepare, recommend for seleC'i tion and orient the directors of Campus Ministry at the University of EvanS" ville and at the University of Southern Indiana. OFFICE OF WORSHIP FATHER WILLIAM DEERING, DIRECTOR Goal: Foster among all Catholics the realization that catechetical incorporates the traditional elements of Word, Worship, Community Service all age levels. Objective: To emphasize and incorporate the liturgical year m church, school, and religious education life, in and through celebrations. A music reading session was held in 1994, at which music terials were made available. Goal: Develop processes to deepen faith and prayer, and to encourage or" going conversion of individuals within the context of the Catholic eommU" nity. : Objective: To assist all who are involved in any ministry to see that everyday life and ministry are rooted in Baptism. Ministry Day was conducted Oct. 30, with Nathan Mitchell as the tured presenter. Goal: Promote Church teaching that parents/guardians, in baptism for their children, hold the primary responsibility for their dren's faith formation. Objectives: To actively promote the RCIA for parish faith formation anel! sacramental preparation and celebration. An RCIA Forum was held at Kordes Enrichment Center in 1994. OFFICE OF VOCATIONS ,: FATHER DAVID FLECK, VOCATIONS TEAM LEADER Goal: The Diocese of Evansville will continue to encourage and seek out ir' sons with a vocation to religious and ordained ministry. Objectives -- To increase understanding about vocations. -- To make vocations to the priesthood and religious life a high priority the people of the Diocese of Evansville. -- To develop sequenced Vocation Awareness Programs for all age groupS, Putting the plan into action A small group of priests and a small group of religious are being to hear what would be supportive and helpful. The office of vocations learn from the priests and sisters who have been involved in the ministry. Vocation committees will be established in some parishes during the l Workshops will be held on new vocation materials, "I Can Find My for DRE's and principals. An "I Can Find My Way" program will be for grade school and high school. Articles on vocations will be published in the Message; presentations be made on vocations at a deanery meeting in every deanery. Current programs for various ages will be examined to determine if age groups are not getting sufficient attention. Programs will be developed for Second Career Vocations. / Continued on