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TLoM E S SAGE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 11 November 5, 1993 WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY s irit rgh, Rockport students gather to pray for Sy staff writer at St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, and gathered together Oct. 27 to celebrate diocesan Synod, .sts from the Newburgh Deanery, Holy :hancellor, and Newburgh Dean- ts of St. John School have been praying Synod," said Scott Whitehouse, St. Bernard princi- Diocese of Evansville will be helping guide century. It is important that our chil- ey will be young adults in the next Father Sauer told the students that the Synod is a time when "all Catholics come together and put our heads together to listen to where Jesus wants to take us. "We listen through prayer to where he wants us to go. And then we ask that we have the courage to go," Following the Mass, the students and staff ate lunch together. "It's a time for teachers to visit and the students to intermingle," said Whitehouse. (i' Mass, Dave Meyer, a teacher at l St. John's share a common Christ. I would like to say welcome and l of you as we pray together for a success- l Synod." "share a friendly filled with mutual friendship. each accept our Father James Sauer  at , Rockport; Fa- Red Brush, and Father, the students that "God talk with us at the Synod" very hard that we listen to our ,New- a.. sue-= od '93: Putting discussion into action LEINGANG clergy, religious and lay-- will Delegates will return at Other issues brought up at forth, trains and supports lead- editor from every a Synod and two culminate in '93 this Planning of the t. :On-setting he Diocesan held in the recommenda. Synod dele- Work of the next three to 365 delegates meet at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville, on Satur- day and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7. Observers from other faiths have also been invited. Saturday evening Mass schedules have been adjusted throughout the diocese, to make it possible for priests and pastors to attend the full day of Synod activity on Saturday. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger will open the Fourth Synod of the Diocese of Evansville on Saturday at 8 a.m. Following a full day of discussion of goals, proposals, policies and mo- tions, Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. nting error discovered ishing Company of Tell City has apologized a production error in some copies of the hing Company inadvertently replaced 29 issue of the Message with four issue, in some copies. as 2,500 subscribers may have received the Printing, according to Linda Stewart-Bolin noon Sunday, and plan to con- clude their work by 5 p.m., when a prayer service will be held. The two days work at the Synod -- coming after two years of planning -- will be only the beginning of work for the diocese, according to Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor of the diocese and architect of the synodal plan- ning process. Bishop Gettelfin- ger has planned a four-hour meeting with diocesan depart- ment heads on the Thursday following the Synod, to begin the process of putting synod recommendations into action. The two chief areas of dele- gate activity are "Living the Faith" and "Lay Leadership." meetings and sessions during the last two years will also get some attention. Delegates will be asked to recommend a process for the diocese to follow after the Synod, for the items people were concerned about. Among the goals of "Living the Faith" to be considered by the delegates are, "Cultivate among all Catholics a deeper understanding of the meaning of Baptism" and "Establish the Diocese of Evansville as a total stewardship Diocese." Among the goals dealing with lay leadership is that "The Diocese of Evansville will research, develop, and imple- ment an affordable and acces- sible leadership development process which identifies, calls ers for specific areas of min- istry in church life." Delegates may accept an item, reject it, or work to amend it. Amendments made on Saturday will be included in the work of the Sunday after- noon session. While delegates -- including most of the priests of the dio- cese -- are finishing up the first day's work on Saturday afternoon and early evening, Benedictine priests from St. Meinrad Archabbey and some diocesan priests will preside at Masses in several diocesan lo- cations. The schedule of Sunday morning liturgies will return to normal throughout the diocese