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MESSAGE ? L Markey, right, meets with associate from St. Antho. and Benedictine Father Gre- pastor of St. Benedict Church, of a workshop on mar- Nov. 12 at the Catholic Center. for the Archdio- was one of three family life at a meeting Nov. 10 in Wash- by the U.S. bish. and Family. Read more made in Washington and in t week, in the Message. "- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang U.S. bishops begin busy week WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Opening what may be their last meeting as the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Conference, the U.S. bishops looked back to the priestly ordination of Pope John Paul II 50 years ago and ahead to the future of the priesthood and of young adult ministry in the church. Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, NCCB-USCC presi- dent, began the meeting No: 11 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington with an address on the challenges confronting piests in the 50th anniversary year of the pope's ordination. See page 5. Cardinal Bernardin In an emotional moment on the first day of the U.S. Catholic bish- ops' fall meeting in Washington, the head of their conference Nov. 11 paid tribute to Chicago Cardi- nal Joseph L. Bernardin but first read a handwritten message sent to the meeting by the ailing car- dinal, who remained at home. "I had every hope of attending the bishops' meeting in Washington, 7 wrote the cardinal, who is dying from cancer. "Unfortunately, my rapidly deteriorating health will not make it possible." In his mes- sage, Cardinal Bernardin asked Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, to assure the bishops of his "prayers and best wishes." Restructuring Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago, who chairs the bish- ops' ad hoc Committee on Mission and Structure, was to have pre- sented the restructuring propos- als. The restructuring recommen- dations include a proposal to merge the two conferences (NCCB and USCC) into one, a proposal to have fewer commit- tee heads and more regional rep- resentatives on the Administra- tive Committee, and a proposal to set aside more time before and during national meetings for infornaational exchange and dis- cussion or for regional sessions. Young adults The 76-page draft document on young adult ministry is titled "Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Min- istry With Young Adults." Devel- oped by the bishops' Committee on the Laity after national and diocesan consultations with young adults, it quires approval by two-thirds of the bishops for passage. it seeks to address spiritual and pastoral issues young adults face as they enter new stages in education, work, independence, family relationships and their place in society. Economic life "A Catholic Framework for Economic Life" is a statement ]ointly proposed by the bishops' domestic and international policy committees. It seeks to boil down to 10 short statements the ethical frame- work Catholics should use "as principles for reflection, criteria for judgment and directions for action" in the world of work and economic life. The proposed statement comes 10 years after the bishops' land- mark pastoral letter, "Liberty and Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy." Higher education The proposal for Catholic high- er education norms is titled '"Ex Corde Ecclesiae': An Application to the United States." "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" was Pope John Paul II's 1990 apostolic constitution on Catholic univer- sities. It contained general norms tbr Catholic higher edu- cation throughout the world and asked bishops' conferences to develop particular norms adapt- ing and implementing the gen- eral norms. TV Mass guidelines The U.S. bishops were to con. sider a set of guidelines for tele- vised liturgies as more dioceses have shifted from live broadcasts to tape-delayed Masses. The proposal, first presented Nov. 11 during the bishops' fall general meeting in Washington, See BISHOPS page I1 initiates: Those who are there any time you need them editor to help" is the Woven through of the new Society. "- 112 Couples ! "- will be initi- or. 17, at 2 p.m., St. Joseph Was estab- Catholic been rec- Parish- models of Christian Stewardship. Among the initiates this year is Richard Arvin, a member of St. Martin Church, Whitfield. Arvin is described by Msgr. Carl Shetler as "one of the most help- ful men in the parish." Arvin, a farmer, is the one who always helps out to move dirt, grade roads and clear snow from the parking lot, according to the pas- tor. He also is a member of the parish council. He and his fami- ly are very active in the parish. At Bloomfield, Roger and Judy Doane are always at Holy Name Church "any time help is need- Know Paul II spoke at the United , What were the six languages he used? From Father Sy Loehrlein to the U.N. in New York, the pope's first the General Assembly since 1979, Pope "the conscience of humanity" and Offer more help to the world's poor. He SSembled nations against "narrow and which had triggered "a true night- and terror" in Rwanda and Bosnia. S.peech in English, French, Russian and gs in Arabic and Chinese. ed," said Benedictine Sister Diane Fischer, pastoral life coor- dinator. Roger changes light bulbs and trains the servers  just two of the wide range of ways in which he helps out. He recently mea- sured and marked off the park- ing lot -- something that has been needed for years. Judy helps type the parish bulletin and has been helping with the finances since the parish finance manager had a heart attack. Sister Fisher credits the Doanes with moving the parish past the talking stage toward building needed facilities. Roger has been gathering cost esti- mates for various possibilities. The Doanes are both retired from Crane Naval Center; Roger currently works in real estate, and he's the parish expert for anything related to building and grounds. Art and Jean Stanley "are always ready, willing and able to do anything they can" for St. Mary Church, Sullivan, accord- ing to Father Kenneth Graehler. Art is retired, the former owner of a radio station, WND1. ,lean works for a financial con- sulting company. Art has had long-time invoh, e- ment in the parish, oh the parish council, the finance committee, and the church re-building com- mittee. Jean is a eucharistic minister, a member of the old Christian Mothers' Club and of the current Christian Women's Club. She is also a hospice volunteer. "Art and Jean have great loy- alty," said Father Graehler. "They are supportive and committed.  Herbert and Martha Wilhel- mus, now in their 80s, have long been faithful workers at St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. Her- bert "was always ready and will- ing to help," said Father Sy Loehrlein. Martha, a former parish sec- retary, also managed the kitchen "whenever we had any kind of activities," said Eleanora Lath. ery, the current parish secretary. The parish roster includes Herbert and Martha, and the families of three of their chil- dren, and the extended family is very active in the church. In fact, the members of the Wilhelmus family make up most of the members of the choir. Every one of the nominees has demonstrated a particular will. ingness to work for the church, according to Justin Clements, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development, which is the office that initiated and coordi- nates the society. Pick a name, any name, at random from the list, Clements said, and you'll find a good story about a good steward of time, talent and treasure.