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The0000. E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 10 E November 6, 1992 A call for greater Synod participation Catholic Diocese of Evansville SISTER LOUISE BOND, S,N.J.M. Chancellor  Various Synod-related of tin_gs around the Diocese ."vansville over the ast eW rn- - P ther,,'- unths, a common Iti-;i,.CCUrs over and over. "'Y we are the church. -i T  Synod Central Plan- "ulnl Committee and others laav discussed the cntmal ClUe' ion of involve the a,_ , merit by L UlOlic communi -- We re eo ty ehu ,-P pie who are the n. To put it another way: "How can we motivate the 'peop!e in the pew' to ac- tively participate in our church during the Synodal process while maintaining family and work responsibili- ties?" A Call to Leadership What can the leaders of parishes and other faith com- munities do to motivate oth- ers to actively participate? 1. Pray for the Synod. Use the Synod Prayer during weekday and Sunday liturgy; pray the prayer at all meet- Jugs; use the Synod Interces- sory prayer for each Sunday prepared by the Office of Worship as part of the Prayers of the Faithful. Pre- pare well for the special Synod Mass which will take place in each parish, hospi- tals, institutions and religious houses in the diocese on Nov. 15. 2. Encourage people to read the Message, espe- cially issues related to the Synod. For example, use tile articles for discussion at staff and parish pastoral council meetings, in small faith-shar- ing communities, for meet- ings within communities of women and men religious. 3. Call attention to the monthly Synod Issue of the Message through your parish bulletin. 4. Delegate. Leaders are usually very busy people. In- vite a member of your Parish Synod Task Force to be re- sponsible to read and report on all material related to the Synod and to help you process the material and de- cide how and to whom this should be communicated. 5. Carry out the consulta- tion processes which are pre- pared by the Synod Central Planning Committee and so- licit help from the parish pas- toral council for each oppor- tunity. You can add to this list. Synod Parish Task Force What is the purpose of the Synod Parish Task Force? Each parish has been asked to designate two to three per- sons to form a Synod Parish Task Force whose primary re- sponsibility is to follow through on preparation for tile Synod at the local level and to "stir up the people" to get involved. Why? Because most of the issues being dis- cussed concern them. (For a full description of the task force set.' the Aug. 7 issue of the Message.) The major obstacle to over- come is a sense that the Synod is for someone else and it really doesn't affect the average Ca[holic. If we are the Church, then the planning for the diocese which is another way of sav- ing all our parishes and insti- tutions, is about us, individu- ally and collectively. We need to pray to over- come the attitude that some- one else is responsible for proclaiming the Good News or others are accountable for the effectiveness of the Church. If we claim we are the Church, then WE must be in this Synodal process to- gether. Synod Parish Task Force Orientation If I am on the Swmd Parish Task Force, will I receive help in motivating others to become actively involved? Yes. Orientations are planned for each Deanery. These meetings will provide practical helps in involving more people in the Synodal process. (See page 13 for the Orientation Schedule.) There will be an opportu- nity for some creative think- See A CALL page 12 Counseling services ....... Catholic Charmes new approach ' ask for ,: ::: Synod: N?v. 5,7, 93 at i :;:': Roberts Stadium : Synod Pastoral Issues Group reports Census repots .... _ Synod Delegate selec tion " ' " : By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message Editor ' I j wh- t s a brand new approach by Catholic Charities. And some people u4me ia, looking lS0r a little help may get more than they expected. no uathohc C e Dmcese of Evansville rowdes va o ' harities Bureau of th " ' p "  us counseling services to individuals and families in southwestern  mane. many as 300 persons a month also came to Catholic Charities to ::..: assistance, now instead of a quick fix, they're getting i . ttion, according to Tom Coe, fills a need no agency was providing, according to emergency assistax]ce --: money to help pay the ,t:?  ,, or get to a job interview, for examvle. But Coe said other agen ..... such assistance. No one-- untl now m could take the time , the Ann's story, Parish Synod Task! Force members bei to deal with: one a month in