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dlm mm N OWq rml t11;: Itlri ii tar tlr- +J d J td a O+ p+ 0 Directions,, Continued from previous page Goal 5.2 The Diocese in collaboration with parish leaders will design and implement training for parish pastoral council mem- rs, pastors/pastoral life coor- dinators and other leaders. Goal 5.3 The 1993 Parish Pastoral Council Policies and Guide- hnes (modlfied accordm::: delegate recommendation ceived in July-August 1993) will be the standard working document in the diocese, i Juary 1996, the final versio3 ll be presented to the b" mr Promulgation. mhop Policy 6.1 All Diocesan policy matter Will ori-n s s, ate in the following :Y: Policy matters may be ggested for consideration any Person ^- -- by Co^  v group in the Die :t-Uggestions may be nre- -_ e through or initiated b :rs, Pastoral life coor i y , a  - d na- t..  nsh. staff, ari , 7- "COUncils  P sh pas- , aeanery groups, ctiocesan Staff or .various die- any of the leo, ann ,esan aclvisory bod- tions u+ ne Smhop. Sugges- I}ioce,.  e presented to the ecutiv;'C:: ral Council Ex- and in a - ttee in writing prescribed format. lrPosal 6.2 -,ix e Diocesan Pastor oun _!! Shall r . al C - rues ,_ evew diocesan eli- v,.t ar P I)ocesa" gular basis. The shap " rastoral Council review immediately any ewly en odicesan Policy affected by 0000pli.;;eCted law to ensure is  ..... Provided su + .-,u in c-,,. . ch law mith and -m.ct wth Catholic morals. Phsliey 7.1 at the Cou ,Will Prese,, ncfl of Priests ae I)iocese'to the Bishop of aSUlt,. UVansville, after sCriptio un, the position de- 1994. n on deans by March 1, V" Planning is underway to select and train three teams to assist parishes in estab- lishing and developing their parish pastoral councils ac- cording to the guidelines ap- proved by the Synod. Revised guidelines ap-] proved by the Synod will be| published and available in| January 1994. J V' A diocesan policy review committee will be appointed, in December 1993. V" The Council of Priests has completed the review of the position description. It will be sent out in January to pas- tors and pastoral life coordi- nators for the final round of consultation. Proposal 7.2 That the Council of Priests will present to the Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, after consultation, by July 1, 1994, 1) the faculties and policies for the administration of the Sacraments, and 2) Parish Records: Sacramental Policies. Proposal 7.3 That the Council of Priests will present to the Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, after consultation, recommenda- tions for documents from the Third Synod concerning priests and priestly life and Mass stipends by September 1, 1994, for processing in ac- cord with the methodology es- tablished in the Fourth Synod. Motion 8.1 That the eight additional is- sues raised during the plan- ning process: a) Expectations/Role/Supply of Priests, Deacons and Reli- gious; b) Role of women in the Church today; c) Healing and Reconciliation; d) Administration and Man- agement; e) Justice; f) Evangelization-Outreach; g) Stewardship; h) Family; be given to the Synod Imple- mentation Team or the Dioce- san Pastoral Council (if ap- proved) for further study, reflection and action. Motion 8.2 That the material prepared on the Council of Religious, Diaconate, Commission on Women in Church and Society, Health Care Ministry Com- mission, and Social Concerns Commission be given to the Synod Implementation Team or Diocesan Pastoral Council (if approved) for further study, reflection and action. V" The Council of Priests has completed the review of the faculties and policies for the administration of the Sacra- ments; review of Parish Records: Sacramental Policies is the next area. Final consul- tation will be held in early 11994. V" The Synod Implementation Team will discuss these is- sues in December. No action on a particular issue is ex-, petted, but some method may be established toward taking action in the future. 00D00cese of 00vansville 00/00ission ,Statement I993 are Church. '+-orate the presence, of Christ in C00rd and ,.Sacrament. Union Sod and one anotlwr. are determined to share our faith. Synod '93: Sharing memories To the editor: 1993 Synod was a gathering of peoples from seven deaner- ies who make up the Diocese of Evansville. Each of the deaner- ies had met many times prior to coming together as one deci- sion-making body. Problems were discussed and regurgi- tated in the deanery meetings so that there could be healthy and positive discussion at the Synod.. That's exactly how it happened. The Holy Spirit worked wonderfully through each delegate there. It's as if there is a time and a place for everything. A time for prob- lems and discussions, and a time and place for solutions and prayers. Everyone came away from the Synod with their own set of memories. I would like to share my observations about the days of the Synod. Many memories are present, but two stand out distinctly in my mind. First, the obvious love that parishes have for priests, and the concern, in an affirma- tive way, for young people. I had expected people to have the attitude that you should "help Father to make his job easier." But that was not what I heard. I heard, "What can we do to mfike Fa- ther's life better for him." There was an obvious concern for priests' shortage and other problems, but the overall atti- tude was that priests are loved and appreciated just as they are. I saw no power struggle. I only saw a willingness of lay people to share their God given talents. For our young people, I saw a positive concern over their religious and value +formations in the Church. I saw people willing to sacrifice for Catholic schools, saw concern for young people in dysfunctional fami- lies, saw much love for young people, and, again, a willing. ness to share God given talents for others. The power of prayer was ob- vious the entire weekend. The Holy Spirit worked well through the committees, the people in charge, and the dele- gates. May we all continue to pray to the Holy Spirit for knowledge and wisdom to fin- ish the work started by Synod '93. Bey Mendel Jasper /!.