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1993 The M_m_ge -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana : 5 : 1 aCCot bw. , ,i  fdaily iyingl! racti0 ring, sion. !! ,at situa reat a sotne oors fi d isted "- Bishop's Forum The formal sessions of Synod J3 take place this weekend at Holy Redeemer Church in Evansville. Reprinted below are the purposes ofthe Synod, which were first pub- lished in April 1992. Please pray always, but especially this week- end, to the Holy Spirit: Help us to , see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that : we,.the Church of Southwestern nana, may further Your king- mrough preaching and living ; your gospel." B.v BISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER Let The Spirit Speak 1. to give vision and direction to the Church. 2. to develop a specific long- range pastoral plan for the diocese. 3. to further proclaim the good news of the reign of God by profess- ing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. to pray for the continued guid- ance of the Holy Spirit as we seek to know what God's will is for us as a Diocese. 5. to recognize strenhs and weaknesses affecting our progress as people of faith. 6. to study, pray and dialogue on and services. 8. to develop and strengthen the bonds which link parishes and diocesan services. 9. to seek reconciliation among ourselves and,' with all who have been alienated from Us for': whatever cause.  ' 10. to recognize and call forth people's gifr.. and talents for the benefit of the community,. , . 11. to establish such policies, guidelines and legislation as deemed useful for greater effective- ness and unity in promoting the mission'of the ' " Church. . .... i, 12. to ensure that Parish Pastoral Councils. will have a clear and consistent model With an in-.; The Irish Republican terrorist bomb 23 Started a new sectarian violence in that left 24 wounded by he-day killing spree Northern Ire- 1980s. hen an IRA 23 at a fish m a commercial estant West with Saturday killing 10 luring 59. With a massacre Halloween Ulster Freedom gunmen before With automatic Sun pub Ire- 80 miles from seven people Were almost gs, including a on Catholic in which two tad five Wounded Said the Oct, 23 area of Belfast was intended for participants in a meeting of the Ulster Freedom Fighters, a Protestant paramilitary group which the night before had killed a Catholic taxi driver. The Protestant group was be- lieved to have headquarters in offices above the fish and chips shop. The bomb apparently ex- ploded early, killing shoppers and the IRA member who de- livered it to the shop. In the week that followed, Protestant gunmen killed seven Catholics. The Halloween attack in Greysteel -- in which two of the seven dead were Protes- tants -- provoked a riot overnight by more than 100 Catholic youths in London- derry, which security forces broke up with plastic bullets. The new wave of violence drew condemnations from every side and seemed to have scuttled months of private peace negotiations by Gerry Adams, head of the IRA's polit- ical wing Sinn Fein, and mod- erate nationalist leader John Hume, a Northern Ireland rep- resetative in the British Par- liament. nal Bernard F. Law of Boston urged Irish-Americans to work for peace in their native land. Their love for Ireland must be "more than an intermittent nostalgia for an island nation wrapped in a romantic mist," the cardinal said at a memorial Mass Oct. 28 for the victims of the violence. "If we love Ireland, we must work for peace in that land. We must press upon our nation's leaders those policies which will further the cause of peace," Cardinal Law said. The Northern Irish strife has led to nearly 3,100 killed and more than 35,500 wounded over the past quar- ter-century in a country with a population of only 1.6 million about 950,000 Protestants and 650,000 Catholics. Cardinal Cahal Brendan Daly of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, sharply condemned the "criminal action of the IRA" after the Oct. 23 attack but urged people to support the Hume-Adams peace negotia- tions. British Prime Minister John Major repudiated the Hume- Adams discussions as a basis - PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville US PRAy life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, ight know and love You, might Serve and worship You as Your faithful people. tr living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, presence may be known and felt in our midst, too may come to know and love You aay begin to serve and worship You. With Your Spirit to use fully the many have given us. OUr faith. to See Your plan for the Church. look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, e, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. Praise be YOurs through Jesus Christ Our Lord! would intensify peace efforts in Northern Ireland. In a report to Parliament Nov. 1, he said he and Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds had agreed at a meeting in Brussels Oct. 29 that neither Britain nor Ire- land should negotiate with those backing violence. Major called the pub mas- sacre "a barbarous and despi- cable attack" by "murdering butchers  and urged a renunci- ation of violence on both sides "Rev'enge simply breeds re, venge and that is no way for- ward for Northern Ireland," he said. "If and when such a renunci- ation of violence has been made and had been sufficiently demonstrated, new doors could open and both governments would wish to respond to the new situation that would arise," he said. Adams  who angered many by helping carry the cof- fin of the IRA member who died in the Belfast bombing -- said Major "has no real inter- est in developing a peace process" and "has been inex- sive" toward the Hume-Adars proposals. *  ::: Highlighting the trage[y:of the renewed violence waa.he death in the Belfast bombing of Leanne Murray, a 13-year-old Protestant girl who vacationed in the United States last sum- mer with Roisin Coulter of Belfast, also 13 but Catholic. Their vacations were arranged by the Irish Chil- dren's Fund, an American- sponsored group that is trying to counter Catholic- Protestant hatred by developing cromct,' tural contacts among the young. Miss Coulter said she and Miss Murray became very good friends  and went swim- ming together every week after their return to Belfast. Miss Murray was the first Protes- tant friend she had ever had,, she said. She said she cried all ,night after her friend's death, and she crossed Catholic-Protes, tant lines in Belfast to attend Miss Murray's funeral. ' "It is very hard for me," she whispered in a radio interview. FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE HSCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 i i i RUXER JASPER | FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY 482-1200 | I I i i American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Fac=ldns - Merrd::r F.DXC. A Ful Service Bi.k,k i I I JI I I I I II II T Fs Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 II II II I II I Ill I I II I II I I MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 I I i iiiii i i ....... various issues and questions of concern discerned . A diocesan Synod is hereby convened for all the through corporate reflection, tegrated Finance Committee. ' -  : ' Iaithful of the Diocese of Evansville in Indiana. 7. to discern the continuing call of the Holy 13. to establish guidelines for a Diocesan:  ' ' The purpose of the Synod will be as follows" Spirit towards new growth in a variety of ministries Pastoral Council. Northern Ireland killings worst in years ...... Northern Ireland bomb in the Shankill Road In the United States Cardi- for peace but said Britain cusably negative and dirnis.-,,