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10 ii i View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November 29, By BETH NORD Guest Columnist Recently, I was assisting my 3-year old niece, Chelsea, in her quest to complete a 60 piece puz- zle. Actually the puzzle was beyond her cognitive level of intellect but she surged on with the en- ergy and optimism necessary to complete the pro- ject. She did not know which pieces fit where, but with a bit guidance about where they "may" fit, she maneuvered the pieces into their appro- priate places. Chelsea knew the concept behind puzzle making, had the will to complete it and knew the way in which to encourage another to assist her. Some children like Chelsea are lucky enough to have guiding parents, relatives and friends who nurture them in their early formative years. Oth- ers, however are not as fortunate. Even more com- mon is that once children arrive at school age, the nurturing from positive adults may lessen for many understandable reasons. But we adults must attempt to provide adequate nurturing throughout their childhood and adolescent years. We must continue helping theul with tile pieces in the puzzle of life. Today's young people know that the issues in life create a con]plex puzzle therefore, it is not surprising that they chose "Peace in the Puzzle" as the theme of the 1991 National Catholic Youth Conference. The conference was held in Indi- anapolis, November 7-9 and our diocese was rep- resented by 32 high school students and adults. The puzzle piece which this ('onference focused on was "peace." Peace is a sul)ject in the forefront of many young minds and they are aware it is A vision of t routh ministry: Puzzle pieces for life also in the minds of most adults. Our confnsion, as adults, about what is necessary to have ade- quate levels of peace and what peace really is, shows that there are many issues for which even we adults do not have all the answers. Although we do not have all the answers, we are fortunate enough to have the puzzle pieces for life if we just take time to see what they are. Then we must join them together in the best way that we can for a quality of life which is valuable for ourselves and for those we touch. In a sense we create a "peace puzzle." We, adults, also have the task of helping our young people do the same; that is to assist them in finding the pieces of the puzzle. When we assist them, we do so knowing that they may go about completing their puzzle in a way which is different from how we completed ours. For there are many ways in which to complete a puzzle: some people start on the sides, some with the corners and others in the middle. Regardless, the goal is to use a method wMch brings fulfillment and eventuallv a completed, colorful picture. In 1976 the Department of Education for the United States Catholic published a document which outlined what could be (:ailed pieces in the puzzle of ministry for our "younger" church. After 15 months of consulta- lion With people from many aspects of youth in- volvement the document, "A Vision of Youth Ministry," was published in hopes to "reafl]rm and recast the Church's ministry with wroth." It was, indeed, a collaborative e, ffort of laity, reli- gious and clergy and has subsequently revital- ized youth ministry in this country. The 12-page document is quite readable artd practical far parents, teachers, youth ministers, parish personnel, parish councils and boards as well as any person who touches the lives of otff "younger" church members. In the carom months, I hope to offer more columns as a cal introduction to the contents of the "A Vision of Youth Ministry". The document does not give us all the an- swers. But it does give us the pieces in the puZ ale which can provide for a solid structure for mirr istry with young people. It is up to us to put the pieces together. Each family, parish, school or faith community will have a little core" plexion to their puzzle. The key is to involve the power of the Holy Spirit in the process so our puzzle will be complete. Life is one puzzle that we cannot complete alone! The hol)e is that together we will slrive for l tinily in our effort to make voutll ministry and al ministry of the church a "pi3ace puzzle" instead of a puzzling piece of our lives. Making faith an important element in otlr lives and gui(ting our young people to develop their tEflh lives can bring pea(:e. But that's not to say that our lives and the world will never be puzzling, for e, ven a good puzzle has a tk,w difficult pie, ces which challenge our peace!! Stay tuned for more on "A Vision of YoutB Ministry!" Around le Scout Phillip Southard, a ;member of St. Michael Churc Montgomery, his Eagle is the Kris Continued from page 7 marie Vinson, 48 years; Frank and Naomi Macken, 53 years: Bob and Blanche Volz, 45 years. Anniversaries at Holy Family Congratulations to couples at Holy Family Church, Jasper. who are cele- brating November wedding anniversaries: Edmund and Mary Ann Uebelhor, 45 years; Rudy and Ruth Von- derschmitt, 48 years; Arthur and Anna Frick, 45 years; Urban and Anna Mac Wag- ner, 45 years; Ray and Clarissa Hochgesang, 41 years; Charles and Helen Bohnert, 44 years; George and Loretta Burgan, 49 years; Victor and Gutgsell, 47 years. Please send tion for AROUND THi CESE to Mary Ann The Message, P.O. BoX Evansville, IN 47724' deadline for copy 9 a.m. the Friday publication. 7:i i (i  :iii%i i/i/i /'/ :: i: : : i l i!!)i;!i:!!:ii::!iii:!i;i !ii: ii!;:iiii :!; ::i,: :: :/i :::i:;:;!::, i%   .... 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