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0000OMES S E 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 10 November 8, 1996 ,, Elizabeth j Ministry II I III All Saints Day at Holy Redeemer i ' " WEST DEANERY EAST DNE RY reposed young adult pastoral plan outlines ministerial issues By MARK PATTISON child, young adults typically participate when they perceive cerns, with different life sched- of past experiences." Catholic News Service return to active religious prac- that the invitation is authentic ules, than those who are married It suggests evangelizing young WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A pastoral plan for min- to be U.S. bishops in acknowledges both ministering to and the shortcom- have marked young stry thus far. the pain you Speal of in feeling and alone in the house of God," in a message to "For this lack of We apologize and efforts to You into church life." John Paul young adults at a Mass in 1995: and discover st Wants to be wants to be every stage Pastoral plan, of the Plan for Min- has approval fall gen- held Nov. 11- by the bish- Laity as a Youth Day aver and after the ;he go-ahead in a pas- Its that Church into the lure. began hall-style adults held nts from who for of the proposed age from the late sprinkled Lt. a wide range adult of young min- of innova- e strate- adults feel in the. church; Ping youth m today's- of their first tice after a decline in church participation during late ado- lescence and their early 20s. Today, this return is no longer certain. If they do return, it can be with great tentativeness." "Many Catholic men and women tell of not feeling wel- comed in our communities while others speak of wanting, but not finding, the church's help with serious moral and economic questions." "The membership of many, if not most, of our Catholic orga- nizations is much older today than it was 20 years ago." "Interchurch marriages, both ecumenical and interreli- gious, have increased. This ulti- mately affects church life, espe- cially as a couple decides which faith community to join and in which tradition to raise their children." "The values of many young adults no longer come primarily from family and church, but from friends, the nmdia and tun- temporary society." A successful young adult out- reach, the proposed plan says, will connect young adults with the church, by inviting and wel- coming their presence in the church community; with Jesus Christ; with the mission of the church in the world; and with a peer community in which their faith is "nurtured and strength- ened." 'Ioung adults understand the message of faith and the tradi- tions of the church when these are communicated through words, symbols and activities that relate to life experiences," says one of a dozen principles for ministry with young adults articulated in the proposed plan. It cautions those ministering to young adults that "the pas- toral care of young adults demands a certain kind of open- ness and flexibility. Parish lead- ers need an awareness of the life patterns, transience and mobil- ity of young adults. Those who work with young adults will need an approach that is not judgmental while at the same time challenging." When inviting young adults to actively participate in church life, it said, "young adults will anonymous letters? letters are discarded. be signed and include a daytime phone resolve any questions which may arise of the letter or about its source. writer, however, and subject to edi- the Message may publish a letter with withheld. and their participation is con- structive." The proposed plan reminds young adult ministers that "young adults who are single will have different needs and con- or married with children," and that "the invitation to partici- pate may need to be issued a number of times because young adults may not believe that they are truly being invited because Cardinal Bernardin hands over most duties to vicar general CHICAGO (CNS) -- Because of constant fatigue and fever from cancer, Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago has handed over his day-to-day archdiocesan responsibilities to Bishop Ray- mond Goedert, his vicar general. "Cardinal Bernardin will dras- tically cut back on his public appearances beginning immedi- ately,  said Robert A. Quaken- bush, archdiocesan chief com- munications officer, in a news release Oct. 31.. "Recent tests have indicated that the cancerous tumors in Cardinal Bernardin continue to grow,  the release said. "The results of this growth are a per- vasive fatigue, daily fever and some chest pain caused by the pressure of some of the tumors on the capsule surrounding the liver." Quakenbush said the arch- diocese's senior administrative team and six regional vicars would assist Bishop Goedert. He said the cardinal "contin- ues to be in good spirits and prays every day" for his priests and people. Cardinal Bernardin, 68, has headed the Chicago Archdiocese since 1982. He had surgery in June 1995 for cancer in his pancreas. This August he learned that the can- cer had recurred in his liver and was inoperable. In mid-October he halted chemotherapy because its nega- tive side effects outweighed its results ...... people by reaching out through personal invitations, telephone calls, bulletin notices, letters and use of the Internet. It calls for identifying places where young people gather such as the work- place, shopping malls, health clubs, campuses, athletic fields and civic associations and mak- ing time to have a presence at those places. The plan also focuses on reli- gious education and marriage preparation. "During the listening process, many young adults spoke of their desire for effective adult religious education to help them make good moral decisions. They said that they need a forum where misgivings and doubts can be expressed freely, but also where the teachings of the church can be clearly artic- ulated in response," it said. "While some alienation stems from disagreement over church teachings, much of what young adults feel regarding the insti- tutional church arises from a misunderstanding of what the church actually teaches, Many : young adults told us that what is most convincing is an open but well-reasoned discussion, informed and fortified by the minister's confidence in the wis- dom of the church." On marriage preparation, the document said that young adults approach the church to be married for a number of rea- sons. "Regardless of why they come," it added, "the church and its ministers need to welcome them as Christ welcomes them, with understanding, love and acceptance, challenging them with the Gospel message, and giving them hope that a lifelong commitment is possible."