Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

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Accompaniment and Lent

The forty days of Lent can seem like a long time, especially if one is giving up a favorite food or video game. It's helpful to have a friend to keep us going. He or she can encourage us, challenge us, and pick us up if we falter. In fact, that kind of accompaniment - a holy friendship developed out of mutual love for one another and a desire to walk with one another into deeper relationship with Jesus - is the heart of evangelization and discipleship. 

This year, consider finding an accompaniment partner and approaching Lent as a team. That doesn't mean you have to give up—or do—the same exact things, although that's a possibility. It does mean sharing your Lenten resolution(s) and asking for each other's prayers and active support.  People often find that they're much more likely to keep their resolutions when they hold themselves accountable to another person. Knowing that someone walks with us, even if it's not exactly the same path, can be a great comfort and motivator.

If you're thinking about Lenten resolutions, consider the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (works of charity). Here are some ideas to get started.

Most Blessed Sacrament Holy Spirit Retreat

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Renew yourself in the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?   What does the Holy Spirit do?   How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Join Deacon Keith Strohm from the Archdiocese of Chicago and M3 Ministries and Kristin Bird of Burning Hearts Disciples as we explore these questions in a spirit-filled retreat. This retreat will explore the meaning and significance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s an introduction to the presence, peace and power of God that can be experienced daily.

Green Bay Discipleship Seminar I: Discover Jesus

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Diocese of Green Bay Discipleship Seminars

Burning Hearts Disciples is assisting the Diocese of Green Bay in continuing to deepening our friendship with Jesus Christ through Regional Discipleship Formation Seminars. These one-day seminars are designed to help key parish volunteer leaders and parish staff understand the challenges in forming disciples of Jesus Christ and the connection between evangelization, catechesis, parish life, and mission within the discipleship process.


Many parish leaders find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.

Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the seminars as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you on your path toward missionary discipleship.

Seminar II: Follow Jesus Schedule for Fall 2018 now available.

Parish Mission - Most Precious Blood (Oviedo, FL)

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Join for a time of grace and renewal. Discover how passionate God’s love is for you. Uncover what it means to be wonderfully created and redeemed by Christ for happiness now and in eternal life. Our parish mission will awaken and revitalize your relationship with yourself and Jesus. Come discover how to effectively invite others into that relationship.

During each evening, Kristin Bird, Executive Director of “Burning Hearts Disciples” will be presenting what it means to follow Jesus as His disciple and how to grow in relationship with Him.

Read more at the Most Precious Blood website.

Below you will find a list of the resource suggestions for this Parish Mission - both those that were availalbe at the resource table and those mentioned by the speaker.  These can be great tools to help you continue to grow in faith after the mission.

Radical Missionary Discipleship: "I Want That!"

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3 Takeaways from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

3 members of the Burning Hearts Disciples team joined almost 3,500 participants at the USCCB's 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders.  The goal of the gathering was to assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.

Called by the bishops, the historic convocation will find more than 3,000 Catholic leaders — bishops, clergy, religious and laypeople — meeting July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida, to focus on how the pope’s 2013 apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), applies in the United States.

Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing some of our personal insights from the Convocation, the impact this national strategic conversation will have on our apostolate's mission, and our hope for the long-term fruits that will result in the American Catholic Church. 

UPDATE:  Watch the videos of the Plenary Sessions at USCCB Video On Demand.

Takeaway #1:  Unity As the Body of Christ

Immediately upon arriving at the Convocation, it was clear that the first day's theme of "unity" was going to be more than just a buzzword.  3,500 bishops, clergy, religious and laity, including five of the six residential cardinals in the country - featuring delegations from more than 80 percent of the dioceses in the county and all 50 states - were gathered with one unified purpose:  to explore The Joy of the Gospel and how to live it out in the Church in the United States. 

It was very profound and moving to be in one space with all those fellow Catholic Disciples listening to our Apostolic leaders, and having them listen to us.  As we prayed and celebrated the opening Mass, I felt Jesus' love for us and our love for him and each other throughout the room.  I found myself thinking,

This is what it means to BE the Body of Christ; although we don’t live it perfectly, we are all the same body of Christ.

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