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15, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum 9 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER A pastoral plan for the Diocese of Evansville the Many years ago I was very deeply involved in ce _ uesign and implementation of a planning pro- ws t0r Catholic Education. Early in the process Went about nrenarino nastors, educational ad- ali' r r or L alStrators, and education board members on u0w. to "do planning." In one of my sessions a xtlClpant stood and roundly chided me for try- _ s to get in the way of Divine Providence. The .Oacern came in the form of a auestion" "How (:[are We  " wh; - attempt to plan m a human way that pla  God has already ordained in the divine SOme are uneasy with the language that we rues use from the world of management, effort at planning is to learn. we will identify the needs we today so that we may gain an under- ng of God's plan for the church of tomor- short, we must use the talents God has us to do our part. We are not victims. We searching for a sure way to God. All else is secondary but necessary if we are to act responsibly. When I speak of my expectation that one of the products of the synodal process is to be a pastoral plan, please understand such a plan will set general directions. It is not my expecta- tion that at the conclusion of the synodal process every parish will have a tidy plan for its future. Rather, the diocesan pastoral plan will provide direction we feel necessary for the years to come. The pastoral plan will guide parishes as they set about to do local planning. In my mind, the pastoral plan will have to provide direction for all of us in answering some large questions facing us. What might those be? Allow me to raise a few. How will the church of southwestern Indi- ana continue to staff all our parishes? How will we be able to provide Holy Mass, the ultimate act of thanksgiving we call Eucharist? Will it be possible for us to have Mass every week as we do now? If not, what then? How will we put into practice social justice in our diocese? How will we be able to guarantee just wages and benefits for our employees? How will the Diocese of Evansville guarantee sound religious education for all children and adults? How will we make it possible for parents to choose a Catholic school for their children and teenagers? And, how will we provide the best possible religious education program for those who do not attend Catholic school even though we know it can never be comparable due to the sheer difference in time available? How will it be possible for us to fund all those real needs that arise during the planning process? I am convinced that these are only a few of the kinds of questions we must address in diocesan pastoral planning. =ops asked to revise allocation system ,r retirement fu00ltl.,= BYPATRICIA ZAPOR nrolect of the Tri Conference The NCCB Committee on on the chan es Nov. 12. for retirement funds for 10 atholicNews ' r : . - ...... g . Servce Retirement Office, a lo]nt ef- Rehg]ous Life and Ministry But Archbishop Kucera years. But in the three years :INGTON (CNS) -- million has been to needy religious the Retirement Religious, but one said Nov. 11 he the funding for- eaves out fiscally fort of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops, the op Daniel W. ubuque, Iowa, Js on the first annual fall meet- COnsider an amend- Proposed changes be- for the retirement n guidelines religious orders oney from the ent fund is a "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superi- ors of Men. The tri-conference office was set up in 1986 to raise and distribute money to reli- gious orders that have no funds to support their aging nuns, brothers and priests. The bishops in 1987 ap- proved a national collection to finance the retirement fund to be taken up for 10 years, unless the need ends sooner. Fund allocations are based on the size of the order, its unfunded retirement liability, medical costs, longevity and demographics. m has proposed adjustments to weigh the distribution for- mula for the age of members over 60 and to incorporate the national average cost of care. The proposal has been approved by the leadership conferences for men and women religious. The bishops were to vote said he takes issue with the program's stated purpose of reducing the orders' un- funded retirement liability. "That is unjust to 62 con- gregations that have demon- strated fiscal responsibility," Archbishop Kucera said. In his own archdiocese, there has been an annual parish tax since the national collection was started, one congregation in the Dubuque Archdiocese that formerly received a share no longer benefits from the collection, he said. "It should be an equal split all the way down," Arch- bishop Kucera said. Evangelization effort should glow with fervor WASHINGTON (CNS) The fifth centenary celebra- tion of evangelization in the Americas should be a time when people hear the word of God "from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor," Miami Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy ex- horted his fellow bishops Nov. 11 in a homily. "We are being called not only to evangelize but to be newly evangelized our- selves," said Archbishop Mc- Carthy. chairman of the bish- ops' Ad Hoc Committee for the Observance of the Fifth Centenary of Evangelization in the Americas. He delivered the homily at a Mass that closed the first day of the bishops' annual fall meeting in Washington. The Mass, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Im- maculate Conception, in- cluded a reading and songs in Spanish and music reflecting French and Spanish heritage. "There's no room for eccle- siastical couch potatoes" in observing the 500th year of Christianity in the Western Hemisphere, said Archbishop McCarthy, encouraging the bishops and all Catholics to recommit themselves to evan- gelization and "renounce reli- gious mediocrity." Last year, the bishops ap- proved a pastoral letter apolo- gizing to Native Americans fbr abuses committed during colonization and pledging to ensure their rights, religious freedom and cultural heritage. Excavation begins for t. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum - Phase II. Why delay making this ineuitable decision? With over 600 crypt spaces already sold, ground work has begun for Phase II of St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum. Families preferring above-ground entombment and the religious nificance of a Catholic cemetery are encouraged to act now while 'ow pre-construction prices are still in effeci. Making pre-need arrangements protects loved ones and saves money. Call, or mail this coupon to: ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL MAUSOLEUM ST: JOSEPH CATHOLIC CEMETERY 2500 Mesker Park Drive Evansville, IN 47720 (812) 423-6032 Name Address City. Phone I_ Zip Parish M 10/25