why call myself a disciple?
at Holy Family you will find
A CULTURE OF PRAYER
We pray as a community; we pray privately. We pray ancient words; we pray spontaneously. We adore, we confess, we give thanks, we ask. We pray for ourselves, for others, for the whole world. We are challenged to invite God into every decision we make. We ask our Blessed Mother and the saints for help in listening and following God.
A CULTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP
We are called to accompany one another in our walk with Jesus. We become courageous the more we talk about our relationship with Him. The more we learn about Him, the more we want to know and share. We are real, and vulnerable.
A CULTURE OF HEALTHY TEAMWORK
We do His work, not as individuals and not as a team, but as a family. We trust each other. We do not run away from each other's messes. We offer and receive forgiveness. We reconcile. We ask for help when we need it, or we offer it when we see the need.
Evangelization \ i-ˌvan-jə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus to those around us
"Those around us" work with us, go to our schools, live in our neighborhoods-- and sometimes even live in our own homes: they need to know Jesus, and we need to introduce them. The Gospel speaks across time and space to each human being, each mind, each heart, and the invitation to accept and believe in God and the Gospel message is always personal. -What is Evangelization?
Kerygma \ kə-ˈrig-mə\ proclaiming salvation through Jesus Christ
The “kerygma” is the New Testament word for the simple, radical, countercultural and joyful message of the Gospel — that “initial ardent proclamation by which a person is one day overwhelmed and brought to the decision to entrust himself to Jesus Christ by faith."
-Unleash the Gospel
Disciple \ di-ˈsī-pəl\ a student who accepts Jesus' message of love and service, and who agrees to live it
We are called to be students of Jesus Christ: to follow, listen, and learn from Him (Jn. 1:38-39, Lk. 10:38-42, Mt. 11:29). Being a disciple of Christ is never static; it is always dynamic, always a process of growth and of "following Him on the way” (Mk 10:52). And then, we are sent: we have been asked to go out and boldly wear "the armor of God." -Putting on the Armor of God
Mission \ ˈmi-shən\ a specific task with which a person or group is charged
Jesus didn't work in a synagogue mingling with people who were already devout; Jesus went out to towns and villages to spend time with people who were sick or poor, and with people who acted like they did not believe in God. Jesus's example did not teach his disciples to stay inside and just welcome those who showed up; He told us to "go." (Mt. 28:19)
The goal is not "to be good" and "make it" to heaven.
The goal is to help establish the Kingdom of God
here on Earth, where Christ is known and loved,
so that as many people as possible
are brought with us to eternal life.
how we're evangelizing at home
Faith formation is an ongoing process.
It starts at home when you are an infant;
parents are a child's first teacher (CCC 1653).
It continues when you are a child in religious education classes at a parish church or at a Catholic school.
As an adult, there are formal parish and diocesan classes and high-quality, credible web resources to turn to.
The Single Vocation
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