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Directions from the Synod: Progress By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message editor What impact will the Synod have? What is anybody doing about what was decided? Answers to those questions may take years to answer fully -- but the wheels are already in motion in many areas, according to Holy Names Sister Louise Bond, chancellor. Among the first steps to be taken is to make connections be- tween the directions established by the Synod and the diocesan budgeting process. The budget currently in planning and under discussion is for the fiscal year which will start Sept. 1, 1994. Listed below are the goals, proposals, motions and policies ap- proved by the Synod delegates and ratified by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Following each item is a brief report, where applica- ble, on actions taken. Living the Faith: Goal 1.1 Cultivate among all Catholics a deeper understanding of the sacraments of initiation (Bap- tism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and the commitment flowing there from. Persons who have respon- siblities for diocesan leader- ship will meet Dec. 6, to begin to plan how to put the synod goals into effect. They will concentrate on the goals listed in the two major areas, "Living the Faith," and "Focus on Lay Leadership." Living the Faith: Goal 1.2 Foster among all Catholics the realization that catechetical formation incorporates the tra- ditional elements of word, wor- ship, community and service at all levels. Living the Faith: Goal 1.3. Establish the Diocese of Evansville as a total steward- ship diocese. Living the Faith: Goal 1.4 Develop processes to deepen faith and prayer, and to en- courage on-going conversion of individuals within the context of the Catholic community. Living the Faith: Goal 1.5 Foster an awareness and un- derstanding of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Vision: "A Family Perspective in Church and Society" (1988) and its 1990 planning docu- ment. t/ Pastors and representa- tives of five parishes have been meeting for about a year, to learn more about stewardship and how to put it into practice. Stewardship committees have been formed at these parishes:St. Agnes, St th0hy and St, Benedict, all in Evansville; Sts. Peter and Paul in Haubstadt, and St. Philip in St. Philip. Justin Clements, director of development, who has been meeting with the group, said their experience should help other parishes seeking to be- come better stewards. The five parishes want to "catch fire" with a new spirit, Clements said. They want to fulfill the mission statement and become ,alive in the Spirit." Books and documents and bishops' letters will be made available to members of the diocese. Steps are being taken to set up a discount purchase plan for people who want to buy a copy of "A Family Per- spective in Church and Soci- etf' and other documents. De- tails will be complete in time to announce in the Jan. 7 issue of the Message. Living the Faith: Goal 1.6 Promote Church teaching that parents/guardians, in re- questing Baptism for their chil- dren, hold the primary respon- sibility for their children's faith formation. Living the Faith: Goal 1.6A Reaffirm the importance of Catholic Schools and religious education programs to assist parents in the faith formation of their children. Living the Faith: Goal 1.7 Accept the challenge of the American Bishops "to give high priority to adult formation as the chief form of catechesis at all levels of the Church." Living the Faith: Goal 1.8 Promote "A Vision of Youth Ministry" which welcomes and fosters the active role of youth and young adults in the life, mission and work of the faith community. Living the Faith: Goal 1.9 Support Campus Ministry as a vital ministry to all who are involved in higher education. Lay Leadership: Goal 2.1 The Diocese of Evansville will call forth and empower lay leadership to serve and pro- mote the mission of the church. Lay Leadership: Goal 2.2 The Diocese of Evansville will research, develop and im- plement a leadership develop- ment process which trains, and supports leaders for ministry in church life. Lay Leadership: Goal 2.3 The Diocese of Evansville will continue to encourage and seek out persons with a voca- tion to religious and ordained ministry. Proposal 3.1 That there be a Diocesan Pastoral Council in the Diocese of Evansville, and that the' guidelines for the Diocesan Pastoral Council be established by the Synod Implementation Team prior to establishment of the council. Motion 4.1 That Bishop Gettelfinger ap- point a Synod Implementation Team immediately following the Synod and in accord with the above description. Goal 5.1 Every parish in the Diocese of Evansville is to have a parish pastoral council appro- priate to the parish. v' The Office Schools and the ( Catholic Ed begun a planning light of the jectives for tl years are being v' Youth ministry have stepped a winter Youth Day:I! The Washington churches will host School, Feb, 20. Webb and Father are leading the team. Antonette Harris Vogler and Becky will coordinate the Youth Team Awards. tl Campus miJ rently have a full time pus presence at sity of Southern ....... University of Vincennes,.i the University v' Members of the plementation Team ceive at their Dec. 5 Diocesan Pastoral C Models, and a copy of ing the Local Church: Responsibility in Pastoral Councils" t,' Members of a mentation Team appointed. They w Dec. 5. One of the tasks is to establish lines for a Council. \\; e' Sixty-seven of parishes in the rently have a parish according to vided for parish Continued !ili