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,.November 6, 1992 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 5 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Celebrating 'family life' in stational churches Last week I reflected on the history of the cathedral church in our diocese. I also restated ray strong feeling that there be a specific church to Which the bishop could invite all members of the diocese to celebrate significant moments in our "faro' ,, i" a_. lly hfe throughout the year. Elsewhere ,, this issue you will find the detail about the Consultation process leading up to the decision as to which of our existing parish churches will ue invited to serve as the Cathedral of the Dio- cese of Evansville Although it is a privilege for a parish church to be named the cathedral, it brings with it additional responsibilities. Prom the very first time that I was asked my intent about a cathedral, there has also been a Oncern on the part of not a few pastors that I, as sloop, would no longer accept invitations to crne to parish churches. That is certainly not the t; use. My goal is to continue to accept invitations u. parishes as I have in the time that I have been mSnop. Others are concerned that some celebrations of our life in faith, particularly those that are more regional, would lose their significance if they always took place at the cathedral. That is possible. In a discussion about a cathedral, one of our pastors suggested that I, while considering the cathedral, consider as well the possibility of hav- ing particular parishes throughout the diocese serve for more regional events. Such churches are called stational churches following an an- cient tradition of the bishop going from church to church during the forty days of Lent in Rome. I have asked task force members who are to make recommendations about a cathedral to also study the feasibility of having a stational church in each of our deaneries. The cathedral would serve specific diocesan functions. Stational churches would host regional ones. For example, it has been the practice to have the rite of elec- tion, a significant step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, at two sites in the diocese. The use of stational churches in the Roman Catholic tradition began around the third cen- tury. It came about when the numbers of churches began to grow. The practice continued until the time of the exile of the papacy to Avi- gnon in France when it fell into disuse After- ward, stational churches were used on a more limited scale. Pope John XXIII, in our own time, resumed the practice of celebrating liturgy in the stational churches in Rome. The establishment of stational churches and liturgies was meant to symbolize the original model of Christian worship in which the bishop celebrated the Eucharist as the shepherd in the midst of his flock. By doing so, he demonstrated the unity of the worshiping community. In our case, the celebration of the sacraments and other liturgical events by the bishop in a stational church should remind everyone in that region that they worship in union with all the other churches in the diocese. In summary, the cathedral, the church in which the official chair of the bishop is located, symbolizes the unity of the diocese in a particu- lar place. The celebration of the liturgy by the bishop either in parish churches or stational churches symbolizes the unity of the diocese in the person of the bishop. I II ..Brute. Society initiation is November 8 The 1992 Solemn Cere- mony of Initiation for the Brute Society will be held at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m CST. Brute Society members -- nominated by their parishes because of their significant contribution of time, talent or treasure, receive an emblem specially designed for the so- ciety. To be initiated in 1992 are the following: Shirley Baehl, Holy Cross Church, Fort Branch; Leo H. Baumgart, Holy Rosary Church, Evansville; Lee and loan Becher, St. Philip Neri Church, Bicknell; Dan and Mary Ann Bettag, St. Ferdi- nand Church, Ferdinand; Dan and Mary Blankenship, Christ the King Church, Evansville; Mary Louise Boeglin, St. James Church, St. I Ill I I I PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD LET US PRAY Diocese of Evansville God of life and love You sent ur Son to hve us, matwemi., ' ,, Yo " among Lt_ . tSnt Know ano love YOU, mat We might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in livin hol liv a-  "" 1 -) ni-'"i'-les of esus kour Son, I so th-,, ,, g y es  s toni f, ,., c v J -" , " | tha .t tour presence may be known and felt in our midst, ' so-t'htners too may come'to know and love You . ,y may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Sr, irit t full many gifts You have given !ncrease ...._ # ... v - 9 use y the us. vur Ialtrl. rch Help us to see Your plan for the Chu . As we look to the future ma o r lans be faithful to Yours, o that , , u p . ,..  we, the Church of Southwestern Indmna, ,nay further Your kmd thr u h reachm and gom o g p " g living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN I I I I I H II I I I IIII [ II I I I I James; Alice Boyd, St. Mary Church, Shoals; Hubert Dew- ell, St. Bernard Church, Rock- port; Mary Louise Eluere, St. Francis Xavier Church, Vin- cennes: loanna and George Forsdick, Holy Name Church, Bloomfield; Jerry W. Foster, St. Agnes Church, Evansville; Norbert and Dorothy Helm. ing, St. Ferdinand Church Ferdinand; Dorothy Hertel, Good Shepherd Church Evansville; Charlie and Ruth Hollz, St. Joseph Church, Evansville; Esther Humpert, Sts. Peter and Paul Church Haubstadt; Richard Hutchi- son, St. Francis Xavier Church, Vincennes; Bob and Devonna James, St, Martin Clmrch, Chrisney; Daniel and Sharon Kaiser. Corpus Christi Church. Evansville: Cornelia Knebel, Holy Family Church, Jasper: Lucille Kreilein, St, Joseph Church. Jasper: Elizabeth Laughlin, St. Peter Church, Linton: Paul and Virginia Messmer, Pre- cious Blood Church. lasper: John Meyer. Good Shepherd Church. Evansville; Richard and Kathleen Meyer. Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Haub- stadt; Mike Mischler, St. Simon Church. Washington: Henry and Sue Mitchell, Jr.. St. Simon Church, Washing- ton; Jim and Mary Kay Muehlbauer, Christ the King Church, Evansville: Dorothy Pruitt, St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes; Charles Pund, Mary Help of Chris- tians Church. Mariah Hill; Waller Joseph Reine, St. John the Baptist Church, New- burgh;. Francis "Jim" Riffel. St. Joseph Church, Jasper: Judy RoDs, St. Joseph Church, Dale; Alvin and Mary Louise Schaffstein, St. Matthew Church, Mount Vernon: Robert and Betty Scheller, Sacred Heart Church, Evans- ville; lames W. Schmitt, Na- tivity Church, Evansville; Ed- ward Schroeder, St. Celestine Church, Celestine: Gervase and Marie Schwenk, Pre- cious Blood Church, Jasper; Mabel G. Springer, St Mary Church. Sullivan; James Stenflenagel, Holy Family Church. lasper; Bernie C. Summers, St. lohn the Baptist Church, Vincennes; John J. Summers. St. John the Baptist Church. Vincennes; John and Emily Thompson, St. lohn the Baptist Church. New- burgh: Ann Tyner, St. Mary Church. Evansville: Florence VanHoy, St. John Church. Loogootee: Carl R. Walker, St. Martin Church. Whitfield; Martin and Catherine Louise Ward, St. John Church. Loo- gootee; Harold T. and Roile, Weinzapfel. St, Philip_ Church, St. Philip; Jim White. f]olv Rosary Church. Evans- ville: Lillian While, Blessed Sacrament Church, Oakland City; Margarel T, Wichman, St. Mary Church. Washing- Ion; Wilfred Will. St. }oseph Church, Vanderburgh County: Wilbur and Eileen Young, St. John the Evange- list Church. Daylight. I III I I III I I I I I I I I " h Sh Met 1 Hl=Tec eet a Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Healing & Cooling Installation Sales & Service ! 4Z 2-92''iz l Olmratt/by M/e2ut trod Pa Kadt li S, Third Awmue, Evansville II I I II [I