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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 1 Tracing the history from ADA to CPC BY JUSTIN CLEMENTS The diocesan goal for the CosgriffCompany which ended Director of Development ADA's first year was set at its direction of the campaign $750,000 which represented after this second year. All fu- j3'I8"'/ 1982 Was a milest°ne year °nlyab°ut6Opercent°feach turecampaignsbecame°ne°f 4..) m : t C˘ for the Diocese of Evansville. It parish's assessment. In other the fundraising responsibilities he year that the Catholic words, if a parish reached but of the newly established Dioce- tern Indiana did not exceed its goal, it was san Development Office. t°disc°vertheParish still resp°nsible f°r paying the In 1985' the decisi°n was  A A i= :!! Assessment. Accord- additional 40 percent of its as- made to equate each parish's Lng to the .Catholic Church's sessment. ADA goal with its Diocesan As- lag business, all The Cosgriff Company, a sessment. The result of this de- %='?' COmprise a dio- Catholic fundraising firm, was cision was a substantial in- re obligated to support hired to organize and direct crease in parish ADA goals services and the first two years of the ADA since previous goals repre- of S uth Indi offices which as a door-to-door campaign, sented only about 60-- 65 per- 0 western aria people in that diocese. Following numerous meetings cent of parish diocesan assess- this includes the and training sessions, volun- ments. The obvious major no attempt to re-structure or the campaign beginning with Office of teers in each parish attempted benefactors of this decision re-vitalize the campaign at the need for a new name and on, Diocesan to visit every household in the were the parishes, since the that time. new focus. In future articles in Tribunal, Catholic diocese on a designated "ADA ADA now provided an opportu- In 1989, at the request of the this series, we will take a COmmunications Of- Commitment Weekend" to ask nity to raise enough money for Diocesan Council of Priests, closer look at these ideas and Several others, for campaign pledges. The re- their diocesan assessments ;o Retreat House, sult of this house-to-house blitz with one campaign on a single the formula used to calculate suggestions and how they be- SUpport usually was $1,137,000 in pledges -- weekend each year. In spite of Parish Diocesan Assessments came 19 recommendations for of a Parish an apparently phenomenal some dissatisfaction with large was changed from a parish-in- improving The Bishop's SSessment or, in success based on the goal that goal increases, the people of come base to a parish-donor- Fund/ADA. a "cathe- had been established by the the diocese responded gener- population base. The result of One final and very impor- lay person's consulting firm. ously. The result of this in- this formula change was an ad- tant point about this annual The same procedure was re- creased generosity was to free justment in the sizes of each fund drive: the generous each pastor of peated in 1983. The second up additional funds in each parish's assessment for the Catholic people of southwest- parishes re- year diocesan goal was parish for parish programs and Bishop's Fund goal. ern Indiana have given or statement  $825,000. Pledges totaled services. In late 1992, partly because pledged a total of $16,583,000 e Diocesan $1,049,290. However, as the In 1986, the ADA Steering of the campaign's ll-year his- during this campaign's 12-year for one- second ADA campaign was Committee, which had had tory, and partly because the history. The primary beneficia- Owed by being prepared, several people campaign oversight since its campaign was losing some of ries of this magnificent gen- its share of asked:"Why is the diocese con- inception, strongly recom- its momentum and effective- erosity have been the 73 programs ducting this campaign again?" mended changing the name of ness, the Diocesan Develop- parishes of the Diocese of the deci- Some parishioners apparently the ADA to "The Bishop's ment Office conducted a series Evansville. We must continue ask the peo- did not get the clear message Fund." The sub-heading "An- of Bishop's Fund/ADA review to celebrate this past example to help their that the word "annual" in An- nual Diocesan Appeal" was meetings with parish cam- of good stewardship of our a portion of their nual Diocesan Appeal did in- maintained to facilitate the paign leaders from every cor- treasure as we work to develop nts by deed mean every year. Despite transition to the new name. In ner of the diocese. The excel- this annual campaign to its fund this confusion, the 1983 ADA spite of the new title, the sub- lent attendance at these full potential for supporting named the An- was again successful, based on stance of the campaign re- meetings produced many help- the work of Christ in our " rle "'ppeal (ADA). the goal recommended by the mained unchanged. There was ful ideas and suggestions for parishes. Boettcher named to USCB National Advisory Council 00YPAt00 It, LiINGAN women, men religious and sues of the day came from a ment of policies and programs tive on various parish commit- Message editor G women religious. Boettcher questionnaire she filled out that bring to life the values tees, including the Spiritual was elected to a four-year term when she was nominated for found in Scripture." Life, Stewardship, Buildings .GOSpel message "Lay people more and more the position. In that same Specifically, she wrote about and Grounds, and the Long relevant to are being listened to," questionnaire, she included "deepening the spiritual life Range Planning committees. and Scriptural Boettcher commented. "The general and specific issues: formation of each of God's chil- She is a lector and a eucharis- the. major re- voice of laity is very much at Along with the general goal dren," "Passing the Faith tra- tic minister. iSSues of the work in the Church." of making the Gospel message dition to the young," "Recogni- In responding to the ques- lg to Helen Her comments about the relevant today, she said an- tion of the family as the basic tionnaire, Boettcher noted that She major religious and social is- other major goal was "Develop- unit of society," "Training of she had "raised and educated a member the Lay Apostolate for leader- eight daughters," and that her Bishops' ship position," "Continued el- family has been "the most ira- forts to seek justice, and to be egion VII, just, in respect to all ages and portant focus" for her energies. ndiana, Illi- levels of society," and "Con- She said she has come to un- tinue to seek ways to honor derstand "the importance of o the COuncil and enhance the quality of developing the gospel teach- feel " • ,, exmted each human life at every ings in a family setting," and She said in a level." noted that "It is a life-long ew earlier Boettcher has been active in task.  it is a won- the Diocese of Evansville as a She also noted that, "With she added, member of the Synod Central the decline in the numbers of COuncil has 63 Planning Committee. She was priests and religious it is be- serni-annu, the planning committee's lia- coming imperative to reach out ses- son to the Parish Pastoral to the laity and to take advan- reviews and Guidelines Committee. rage of their God-given gifts in dations con- As a member of St. Mary whatever way possible in order the Na- Church, Evansville, Boettcher to spread Christ's message." c has actively served her parish. Boettcher, a native of Akron, States During the past five years, she Ohio, earned a bachelor's de- has been a member of the bish- parish council, president for gree in chemistry from Rosary perma. Helen Boettcher particpates in a recent meeting of the two terms and secretary for College, River Forest, Ill.; and a master's in chemistry from men, lay Synod Central Planning Committee. one term. She has also been ac- the University of Illinois at Urbana. From 1971 to 1993, she was a chemistry and science teacher at Evansville Day School, where she developed • ' • science curricula and served as the Department Chair. Since 1992, she has served COUNTY BANK St. Mary Church as Parish 'rauaxm,  rc Manager, with responsibility for personnel, budget prepara, STAR SERVICE BANK tion, facilities management, leases and rentals.