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December 9, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "" Bishop's Forum -- Vision Statement: Paragraph IV Our parishioners will demon- Lrate their love for one another. ir pastoral leaders will be central in a threefold ministry of ;. rag, teaching and sanctifying. Ithin each of these there will be sibh signs of: healing through Conciliation; teaching by in- o:d example; and sanctifying gh living examples of holiness r in worship munities, family and parish corn- ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER B. !shop Gettelfinger is vOZhng a series of columns to an te pth explanation of his "Vision Statement for its ent,ce, se of Evansville,,, which was published in the ide y Nov. 4. The column below expands on eas contained in the fourth paragraph. LOVE ONE ANOTHER d--How often I hear stories of arishioners monstratin P distr- I - g their love for others in need and in ess. Their sharin f hearts is - - . . g rom generous and loving ter des, st ]nspmng. My "vision" in this mat- oR-a -oes... Wtxat I know and have, m" fact, seen v aSa]oners do. It has ranged from common efforts at building homes in collab- oration with Habitat for Humanity or reaching out to those suffering from the tornado damage in Pe-  tersburg and many like incidents in between. So many demonstrate daily Christ's love for one another. Our priests, pastoral life coor- dinators, pastoral associates and parish pastoral teams share the threefold ministry of healing, teaching and sanctifying. There are different gifts shared, but their example is most powerful even when it seems to them to be in- significant and maybe personally unsatisfying. The very presence of pastoral ministers in painful circumstances can be most healing to those who are suffering. The compassion of priests as sacramental ministry of reconciliation has untold power to console for they too are in need of com- passion. Directors of religious education, principals, teachers of religion and volunteer catechists have an awesome task to assist parents in carrying out their primary responsibility to teach their children in matters of faith. They too give witness to the Gospel in their teaching mission. However, in our time when so many of our young parents feel inade- quate, the role of our professional religious educa- tors is even more critical than ever before. The Church is committed to the principle that learning in the faith is a life-long effort, from birth to the end of life. All who have responsibility to teach must take seriously the mandate of Jesus to teach as he has taught us. This means, of course, that those assuming the role of teacher must first prepare themselves well. Finally, the obligation of the fifth command- ment to give good example is critical for all leaders in faith. Those who are ordained heard the com- mand when presented with the book of the Gospels: "Believe what you read. Teach what you believe, and practice what you teach." I expect all who teach, be they parents, cate- chists, directors, principals, pastoral associates, priests or bishop to be shining examples of the teachings and disciplines espoused by the Church. As public persons, our example should be particu- larly exddent in regular participation in public wor- ship and in the conduct of our daily lives. Anything less can be taken as bad example even when rooted in a misunderstanding or misperception. Free and unencumbered participation in sacraments and ex- hibiting joy in striving for holiness generate im- measurable power for good in our communities of faith. A story of faith and the Holy Childhood Association she had been left to work with. Father in heaven?" cause of iodine deficiency  institutions that feed, care for, Mission Office Then things started looking Thanks to HCA support, the the world's major cause of and educate children in more Sister llaria arrived at as director of Center in ,ia, she was dis- of the So many of the who came to the Were evidently Without ade- and in need of tion. She re- that Jesus nd multiply the and the few money) that up. She was notified that the center was to receive funds from the Holy Childhood Asso- ciation (HCA), a 150-year old Catholic children's mission or- ganization. Zambian children would be receiving assistance thanks to contributions from the U.S. children involved in HCA. Sister Ilaria admits that when she found out the good news, she chastised herself, saying, =You woman of little faith, how could you imagine that you could care for these little children more than their Makeni Center has been able to feed the children who attend school there. As the average local laborer earns only about $40 a month, the rice, bread, and milk the kids get at the cen- ter often mean the difference be- tween malnutrition and health. In Zambia, Bangladesh, Colombia -- in our world's de- veloping countries, lack of food means that 250,000 children a year go blind for want of vita- min A. Each year, 120,000 chil- dren are born impaired be- g health care coverage that Ucles payment for abortion A. GOEDDE ling are excerpts from pipefit- 136, 166 and local partici- Industry This pays for w that? do. The for dental or pay for of their tic, isn't it, tradesmen Public health plan of the you want this coverage dropped. If he agrees he needs your support. If he doesn't, he needs to be convinced by your numbers. Secondly, spread the word to everyone on your job. I guarantee virtually no one knows about this. Thirdly, please contact me for a coordi- nated call for a special meeting and a postcard campaign aimed at your business man- ager and contractor represen- tative and the health and wel- fare office in Terre Haute. ,j Please take a moment to thank God for your job and your union card and ask him to open the hearts of the trustees. . . I beg God to have mercy on the souls of the abortion providers, those who pay for them and those who ignore what's happening in ur plan. I I For more information, con- tact Michael A. Goedde at 812- 985-3465 IHII i AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER i I I II I Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. mental retardation  and mil- lions go hungry because there is only a little bit of porridge or rice to eat day after day. A malnourished child has no en- ergy to learn, will stand in- stead of playing, sit instead of standing, lie instead of sitting. Through the Holy Child- hood, children across the U.S. make donations that help chil- dren like these get the nutri- tious food they need to grow up healthy. HCA members sup- port schools, day care and feed- ing centers, and hospitals -- than one hundred countries around the world. When they bring relief to needy children, these U.S. children also bring a message of hope -- the good news that our Father cares about each of his little ones. Adults n support the work of the Holy Childhood. To find out how, contact your diocesan Mission Office: Rev. Msgr. CA. Schlachter, Diocesan Director, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. I III I I I 600AM FARMS CHEESE 61 Cheese, Sausage, Jellies, Mustards, etc. Call 800-472-9178 For Free Brochure Plus Visit our store for ...... CHEESE, NUTS, CANDIES, JAMS- JELUES AND MOREl atriedsimplet Residential, Industrialinstallation & Commercialsales & ServiceHeating & Cooling - -'IL PECAN $#=99 - 'meeting [ 422-9242 ] HALVES lb. rectors. 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