Discipleship 2018-02-12T11:16:04+00:00

FORMATION/DISCIPLESHIP

Mary, Mother of the Church – A Welcoming Parish Since 1965

Formation/Discipleship

Catholic discipleship refers to a committed approach to living a Christian life within the Catholic Church. … The U.S. Catholic bishops have described disciples as those who “make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.”

We all want to grow. And God wants us to keep growing. Formation helps us grow in our relationship with Jesus, our understanding of the Catholic faith, and in becoming the best version of ourselves. Whether you are 7 or 70, there is always a place for you to grow at Mary, Mother of the Church.

A recent book by Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples, outlines five stages of spiritual growth that illustrate the experience of growing into disciples of Christ with a spiritual maturity.

These five stages of spiritual discipleship are not written in stone. People may pass through them in a different order or waffle between them throughout their life. Look through these stages. Do you see yourself in one of them? We can help you find where to get started.

Initial trust is where a person can have a positive association with Christ, the Church, a Christian believer or something identifiably Christian.

We at Mary Mother we want to get to know you and want to help you get to know us, Jesus and the Church he founded over 2000 years ago for you! If you are looking for a friend to ask questions to – Join us at one of our fun parish events, Mass or small groups. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do have a smile and usually food!

We specifically invite you to our ALPHA program that runs every Fall.

Maybe you are intrigued by or desire to know more about Jesus or some aspect of the Christian faith. Maybe it is a vague, lingering curiosity or a burning desire to get your questions answered. The spiritually curious find themselves drawn toward wanting to know more about Jesus, the Church, the Bible and the whole “Catholic thing.”

If that describes you, you may be interested in joining a bible study, small group or show up for our Catholic Inquiry every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the conference room. Just show up! All questions are welcome.

Are you at a point where you are open to the possibility of personal and spiritual change. Openness is not a commitment to change. People who are open are simply admitting they are open to the possibility of change.

Our lives are crazy and out of control. Do you wonder if God is really active in your life? Is it possible that this whole God thing could be real? Do you have a desire to know more of God? Are you looking for that peace Jesus so often speaks of?

If you see yourself here – now is the time to pray. Start by trying to get to Mass whenever possible (yes – even during the week!) hang out in the adoration chapel, join a small group and start asking others about their faith journey. Maybe you are ready for a retreat? Cousillo and other retreats can be life changing. Many of our parishioners have committed to helping in the Catechesis of the Good Shephard Atriums and their hearts have been open to the faith in a new way through the eyes of a child.

The point when a person moves from being essentially passive to being one who actively seeks to know the God who is calling him or her is an exciting but scary time. Seekers are asking, “Are you the one to whom I will give myself?” Are you wondering about what God’s plan is for you? Are you on an urgent spiritual quest, seeking to know if you can commit to Christ and his Church.

If you haven’t been to confession in a long time – it is time to go. This blessed sacrament cleanses you of your sin. We all need healing and sometimes our past holds us back from the goodness that God wants for us. Sometimes our healing may include grief, past actions or addictions. Many great programs take place at Mary Mother of the Church. Stephen Ministry is a listening ministry and we have people (think of them as good friends) who are here for you to listen to you.

Journeying together in small groups can be a wonderful way to seek Christ in a fuller way.

Getting to know God is about relationship. Prayer and the sacraments are our primary ways in which we get to know Christ. We have wonderful prayer resources in our library and our resource kiosk in the gathering space. Committing to an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration and 15 minutes a day to prayer is a perfect place to start.

Not Catholic? – Now is the time to join RCIA.

Are you ready to make a conscious commitment to follow Jesus and his Church as an obedient disciple and to re-order one’s life accordingly? This is spiritual maturity. And it ain’t always easy.

This is where we commit ourselves to God and his church. Some of the teachings Jesus gave us are hard. Like forgiving 70 times 7 times, That is why regular commitment to prayer and the sacraments is essential for spiritual maturity.

Not sure what God has planned for you? Getting to know your own gifts and charisms through a Called and Gifted workshop. Do you sing? Join the Choir. Do you have a servant’s heart? Volunteer for the food shelf or in administration.

Our work of discipleship is to go out into the world and evangelize and serve others. Joining a ministry, teaching the faith, serving meals at Meals at Mary Mother and befriending your neighbor are ways to start, but the work of evangelization doesn’t happen within the walls of the parish. It happens in the world and by you. The work of evangelization belongs to YOU.

NEWS & INFORMATION

Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

Weekday Masses:
Monday: 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.
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