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MESSAGE 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 NUMBER 13 November 29, 1996 Jamaican Connection I Farm Family of the Year ! Communion 11 Guiae"nes | WEST DEANERY EAST DEANERY J p delivers first 'state of diocese' address By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor time in my pastoral role as bishop of se of Evansville that I have given an state of the diocese as I see it," Gettelfinger, in the text prepared of the diocese" address. __. !ttelfinger spoke to priests and others active in church min- eese, who were assem- Church, Evansville, Nov. !COpies of the address were mailed to )ts and pastoral life coordinators Bishop Gettelfinger had the address to them at a "presbyterate, Nov. 20. Plans were so that the bishop could eral of Cardinal Joseph fast is now much less restrictive. "We can travel to a place of worship far beyond a three-to-five mile radius," he said. "The Synod of 1993 also called for the development of lay leadership in our diocese," thebishop said. "There is a need to prepare members of the faithful other than ordained priests to serve in the capacity of pastoral life ry of developments Years since the diocese was lop Gettelfinger presented an in the 31 years since Vat- COncentrated on developments arrival in 1989. Isembled church leaders that Church were "indeed our or yours." said the Diocesan Synod COUrse" tbr the church. Follow- of that synod, all parishes were pastoral councils, and Council, suspended in dished. also discussed parish Ous education and tbrmation, lay ip, technologv, evange- trriage and family liib. He con- asizing the importance of the nts, matrimony and holy )l" Our parishes" is "a critical said. tie pointed out the rWay in the Washington Dean- Underway in the Evansville how parishes will be priests. 'iding Mass tbr the fifiththl, travel is easier today than ago, and that the Communion coordinators and pastoral associates." The bishop said that today there are four pastoral life coordinators in the diocese, but the parish staffing task force projects a need for at least 20 pastoral life coordinators in the year 2005. He also described the "ongoing need to provide the services of professionally trained Directors of Religious Bishop Geral A. Gettelfinger delivers his "State of the Diocese Address" to the assembly of parish leaders and diocesan staff at Good Shepherd Church Nov. 24. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang )ns mourn during funeral rites for Cardinal Bernardin (CNs)  Millions cancer six days earlier. Bernardin's favorite prayer, and Name Cathedral for the noon OUrned during Nov. 20 for Bernardin, d reli- "He was a teacher. He taught us the lessons of life," said Msgr. Kenneth Velo, long one of the cardinal's closest friends and now president of the Catholic Church Extension Society, in his homily at the funeral Mass. Msgr. Velo called the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi Cardinal he used its opening line -- "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace" -- as a refrain that punctuated his recollec- tions of key points in the cardi- nal's life and service to the church. He recalled when the cardinal arrived "in this darkened cathe- dral and darkened archdiocese" in August 1982 "and he brought us light.., joy and pardon, faith and hope." Referring to one of the cardi- nal's final actions, launching the Catholic Common Ground Pro- ject earlier this year to try to reunite and revitalize U.S. Catholicism, Msgr. Velo said: "He wanted to make our com- mon ground holy ground .... Didn't he teach us? Didn't he show us the way?" Among the tickets-only con- gregation that packed Holy Education for each of our parishes," and he said it was "particularly important to provide prin- cipals who are formed as Catholic school prin- cipals." He said he is currently seeking consultation on whether to ordain more permanent deacons, and promised, "If the presence of the perma- nent diaconate is reaffirmed, then, I intend to provide appropriate preparation and forma- tion." In a section called "Signs of the Times," Bish- op Gettelfinger described the current building boom at many parishes an "ever growing avalanche" of new facilities "to accommodate the life of the Church in Southwestern Indiana." He said the advances in computer and com- munications technology, have "given us the tools to free priests and pastoral leaders from mind- ing the excruciating details of financial and records management." Following the report of a task force which established a "Vision and Strat(:gy" fin" technology, txvo new task lbrces , are studying how parishes can be. c)nnected and what standards might be established for hard: ware and software. Bishop Gettelfinger said the Office of Stew- ardship and Development has the dual respon- sibility of assisting parishes to adopt steward- ship as a way oflife and to provide a way to help parishes meet their obligation toward the dioce- san budget. , He pointed out that there are currently 3o parishes (out of 73 in the diocese) that have committed themselves to parish stewardship. "'This is a most encouraging note," he said. He said the Office of Stewardship and Devel- opment was responsible for putting into place the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern lndi- ana -- which makes it possible for parishes to pool perpetual endowments for such needs as the care of buildings and cemeteries. Bishop Gettelfinger said that Bishop Francis R. Shea had bequeathed a large sum of money hich has been used to establish an endowment See BISHOP page 3 i prelate, as the lead- figure ied of liver e to Know ast of the Immaculate Concep- ted this year. "privileged Sundays," the ate Conception (Dec. 8) is transferred feast is transferred, the oblig- in Mass is not transferred. William Deering, diocesan direc- funeral Mass were more than 150 U.S. cardinals, archbishops and bishops, including both U.S. cardinals in the Vatican and all seven of the nation's active res- idential cardinals. Also atnd- ing was Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United States. Leading the Clinton adminis- tration's delegation were Vice President A1 Gore and his wife, Tipper. Among those who accom- panied the Gores to the funeral were White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, U.S. ambas- sador to the Vatican Raymond Flynn and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Illinois state leaders were See BERNARDIN page 2 (D o tm .D tu g _o I_ o C