DISCIPLESHIP

disicpleship
dis-ci-ple-ship: n. to turn all people into fully devoted, mature followers of Christ

Two thousand years ago, Jesus told his followers:

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age"(Matthew 28:19-20).

To fulfill this command, St. Isidore Parish offers a variety of resources to enhance the experience of the Mass and foster spiritual growth; the faith-sharing groups also lead to deeper friendships and promote the sense of community:

Disciples on the Journey

Lent

Lectionary based, small Faith-Sharing Groups for adult, family, or teen groups that meet during Lent; if you wish to join a group, or lead a group, or lend your home for meetings, please let us know and we will provide the preparation and training.

Celebrating the Word

Ongoing

Lectionary-based, small Faith-Sharing Groups, that meet on a monthly basis, except for July and August, throughout the year. They program provides to participants background information and copies of the readings, along with study and discussion questions. These can be found on their website at http://resurrectionists.ca/newsletter/celebrating-the-word.

Liturgy Reflection Question Ongoing Lectionary-based reflection questions from the Center for Sunday Liturgy at St. Louis University, published in weekly parish Bulletin

HISTORY

The Disciples in Mission (DIM) was a 3-year Lenten program, developed by the Paulist National Catholic Evangelist Association (PNCEA)and implemented by the Diocese of Sacramento, that began in 2001 and concluded in 2004. It offered activities for adults, teens and families. In 2005 St. Isidore Parish continued its Lenten evangelization through the Disciples On The Journey (DOJ) Program, developed by the Diocese of Victoria, TX, which used a similar model. Some of the groups wanted to continue meeting year-round, and we found Celebrating the Word (CTW), a web-based resource from Resurrection Center For Lifelong Learning , written by Fr. Frank Ruetz, a priest of the Congregation of the Resurrection, Ontario-Kentucky Province in Canada. There are several active CTW faith-sharing groups.

In all these models, the groups are limited to not more than 10 people, and meetings are led by a group leader or member. Groups prepare for Sunday liturgy by reading the scriptures and--with the written materials provided--discussing how to integrate God's word into their lives.The small group process (i.e. listening, accepting, trusting and responding) is designed to help people of faith to prayerfully discern meaningful connections between their life stories and the Gospel story. A meeting usually lasts 1½ hours and includes scripture, commentary and discussion questions for the approaching Sunday. Participants in a group are expected to read the material and answer the questions before attending the meeting.

 

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Pray Pray for the success of the Parish Discipleship programs.
Join a Small Group The word of God will come alive, and you will be able to relate it to your everyday life. You will learn more about Scripture, take part in some interesting discussions, meet some wonderful people, and have the opportunity to build up the Body of Christ.
Involve Your Family Families with children from preschool age to teens, who often find it difficult to participate in parish programs, can listen to the word of God together, do activities, grow close to God, and have fun in the process.
Listen to the Homily Every Sunday, our clergy present homilies that address the weekly scriptural readings. These homilies support parishioners' reflections upon the Sunday readings in light of Jesus' evangelizing mission.
Live as a Disciple Through discernment and planning, the parish affirms existing evangelizing ministries and undertakes new ones with a new vitality. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in participating in parish activities. Also, ask for the commitment and the courage to serve as a witness for Christ in your family, neighborhood, and workplace.

For information, please contact the Parish Office, 673-1573, or email to Discipleship here - E-Mail Discipleship

Additional Related Web Pages
Year 2009
Faith Sharing Groups of 2009
Year 2004
Parish Evangelization Profile
Faith Sharing Groups of 2004
Parish Reflection Day of 2004
Year 2006
Faith Sharing Groups of 2006
Year 2003
Faith Sharing Groups of 2003
Parish Reflection Day of 2003
Year 2005
Faith Sharing Groups of 2005
Year 2002
Faith Sharing Groups of 2002
Parish Reflection Day of 2002
Coordinators' Commissioning
To join any of these, click on the link below and drop off at the Parish Office for Mary Henson, Coordinator.
Download Sign Up Form (English)

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