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November 6, 1992 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 A cathedral Task force asked to make recommendations to Bishop Gettelfinger By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The Diocese of Evansville raay have a cathedral and Seven stational churches in 1993. A task force has been asked to make recommenda- ti ns to Bishop Gerald A. Get- te !roger. n a letter dated Oct. 14, 13: ;hop Gettelfinger wrote to P; tors, parish life coordina- '1 " a.d others in church t i w'l,alP, to tell them about ', orl that was beginning. , At the urgin of the s nod t fur ..... y , y and Environment ' hmeittee, I have apointed a Cnur, dra! nd Stational the q. otUdy Task Force," give'oP wrote. "I have .L - ttne task force} the ge to make recommenda- itvsto me for 1)the feasibil- '-lU na static- mmg of deanery _ ,,hal churches and if eerned feasible, reco ' = sta," mmend clea,.= ha! church for" each recOpY respectively, and 2) .t ="mend an existin aurch in the greater Evan ville area to be designated as cathedral church of the Dio- cese of Evansville indepen- dent of the deanery stational churches." Naming a cathedral According to the letter, the decision to be made about a cathedral is which church will be selected. The first de- cision about having stational churches in each deanery is whether or not such churches are feasible. On Feb. 6, 1990, Bishop Gettelfinger publicly an- nounced that it was his inten- tion "to name one of our pre- sent churches as a cathedral." He said a cathedral would "serve as the central church for the diocese to symbolize in a physical place the unity of the diocese." When the Diocese of Evans- ville was established in 1944, Assumption Church in down- town Evansville was named the cathedral. Bishop Henry Grimmelsman sold the cathe- dral property to Evansville Future, Inc., in 1965. Since that time, the diocese has had a "pro-cathedral"  the Pro- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Evansville. Succeeding Bishops Paul Leibold and Francis R. Shea continued use of the pro- cathedral. Diocesan liturgies such as Holy Week cere- monies, ordinations, and major feast day celebrations : ASHINGTON (CNS) -- !e John Paul II has ap- T0i in ed Father Thomas J. ,, vicar eneral and en ra so- - g " - cretarv of the Pitts- ',p oI Pittsburgh. r e aP_pintment was an- t-- t;ett Nov. 3 in Washine- ciQ o ,Luta_ n, papal pro-nun- toe United States. i. Born April 1, 1948, in Pitts- UUrgh' Bishop-designate Auxiliary bishop appointed in Pittsburgh Tobin attended Catholic schools and colleges in Penn- sylvania. He studied theology at North American College and the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of St. Anselm, both in Rome. Ordained in 1973, he has served in a number of pas- toral and administrative as- signments in the diocese. As general secretary, the bishop-designate is responsi- ble for administration of the diocesan central offices. were often held at selected parish churches throughout the diocese. Under the leadership of Bishop Gettelfinger, diocesan liturgies have been celebrated at the pro-cathedral. The ap- pointment of a task force is the beginning of a process that will lead to the selection of a cathedral. Consultation with the Priests' Council is also part of the selection process. In making recommenda- tions for a cathedral, task force members were in- structed to come up with a list of three churches, ranked first, second and third. Crite- ria to be considered include adequate seating, good litur- gical space, handicapped ac- cessibility, accessible to trav- elers, reception space, renovation required, whether or not the church has a good organ or piano, the building accoustics, adequate parking and an inviting architectural design. Task force members were also instructed to deter- mine the status of current parish activity, and what per- sonnel would be needed in addition to the current parish staff to oversee diocesan cathedral events. The bishop said the church chosen would continue to function as a parish church. Parishes, too, will be in- volved early in the cathedral selection process, according to the plan. Letters from the bishop will be sent to parishes proposed by the the task force. Such a letter would indicate that the church is being considered as possibly meeting cathedral requirements, and the pastor and president of the parish council will be invited to meet with the task force. At that meeting, the pastor and parish council president will be briefed on the selection process and learn about the purpose of a cathedral and the obligations a parish would have if the church was named as the cathedral. After the task force picks three churches to recommend to the bishop, the bishop will meet with the parish council of his choice "to ascertain parish willingness to serve as the cathedral." The bishop will also make a presentation of the process and his proposed decision to the Priests' Council. After hearing from the Priests' Council, the bishop will make the final decision. The bishop wants to have the task force recommenda- tions by April 1. Stational churches While emphasizing the no- tion of a cathedral as a central church and symbol of unity, the bishop acknowleges the importance of continuing to celebrate and to be with members of the Catholic com- munity throughout the dio- cese. Having stational churches designated in each deanery may be a way to manage such activities throughout the diocese, ac- cording to the bishop's plan. The first job of the task force is to "report to the bishop the findings on feasi- bility concerning stational churches before moving for- ward." The task force has been in- structed to consult with each parish council of a recom- mended church. The parish council will hear about the purpose of stational churches, their function dur- ing the church year, and the obligations of a parish church designated as a stational church. Before a church is se- lected, the bishop will re- ceive "affirmation of willing- ness of each parish council to accept responsibility." The origin of the term, sta- tional churches, is in Rome, where early popes would cel- ebrate the liturgy at certain churches on special days. More recently, the use of sta- tional churches in Rome has come to be observed princi- pally as a Lenten devotion, according to Our Sunday Vis- itor's Catholic Encyclopedia. A list is published at the be- ginning of Lent proclaiming what churches will be sta- tional and on what day. Among more famous sta- tional churches in Rome is St. Mary Major, used at Midnight Mass on Christmas. St. John Lateran is used at Easter, and its large baptistry is used at the Easter Vigil for initiation. Bishop Gettelfinger has said that RCIA ceremonies might be among the celebra- tions conducted in stational churches in the Diocese of Evansville. What may be the first use of stational churches  if they are found feasible and they are selected -- may be a ceremony involving delegates to the Synod. As envisioned by the Synod Liturgy and En- vironment Commitee, parishes would send their Synod delegates to a deanery ceremony, where they would be given a kind of prayerful commissioning to be sent to the Synod gathering. The bishop wants to have the task force recommenda- tions on stational churches by May 1. Sunday for the Synod is Nov. 15 By PAUL R. LEINGANG ture readings for that week- as we, the local Church, lis- Message editor end will be used from the ten to the promptings of the Lectionary, under the title, Holy Spirit. We are one peo- The weekend of Sunday, "For Unity of Christians." pie, one flock under one Nov. 15, has been designated The homily suggestion sheoherd listenin to this n by Bishop Gerald A. Get- from Father, William Deeri .g' vo__ei bv bel__,:,'n _,_e__on n to his' telfinger as a special Sunday diocesan director of worship, - .......... - . " ....... Olrlt speaKlnl, iviav an oz us for the Synod as to focus on unity, lnat  :r, ....... - " _ . 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