What does it means to be a true disciple of Jesus? Lent is the perfect time to quiet ourselves, to listen to the voice of the shepherd, and to deepen our personal relationship with God. During this two night event, our speaker Kristen Bird will help us to tune into the voice of the shepherd, to become better disciples, and discern how each of us can best live out our unique calling to share the love of God with the world. Join the parish mission to renew your spirit and reunite as a blessed community of faith. All ages are welcome!
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.
Day 1: Experiencing the Kerygma - The Core Gospel Message
The first day of the mission was focused on what it means to be a disciple who encounters the Core Gospel message and the person of Jesus in a life-changing way. Learn more about the Kerygma and use these resources to dive into this aposotolic proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ so that this foundational message can take root in your own heart.
by Burning Hearts Disciples
The Kerygma Defined PDF Download contains various proclamations of the kerygma - the core apostolic proclamation of the Gospel - from Scripture, Church Documents, and the Saints.
Consider using the Scripture references and quotes from Church documents and saints on this handout for Lectio Divina prayer together. The simple form proclamation that we used the first night of our mission is also found here. On the back side, find questions for your additional reflection and/or discussion.
by Carl Laferton
This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is a simple yet profound proclamation of God's Love and Jesus' redemption appropriate for children.
Retelling the Easter story through a Bible overview, children will discover that 'because of our sin, we can't go in' but because of Jesus' victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.
by Kristin Bird
You've heard it over and over again, "God loves you." But do you know what it means to be loved by God? In God's Love: A Pure Gift of Himself, Executive Director Kristin Bird invites you to explore what the Father's love means in your life. With passion and humor she explains how to listen to God, and how to know, feel, see, and believe that you are His beloved. Through prayer, she helps you reject the lies that keep you from embracing the Heavenly Father's love for you.
by Deacon Keith Strohm
In Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, Deacon Keith Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn't a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you re open to it. In these pages, you will discover who you truly are and what you were created for. You will meet Jesus, not simply as an historical figure, but as our living and present Savior and friend.
The prayer experience that we used on Day 2 of the mission was based on Chapter 7 of this book. Encounter again, or for the first time Jesus Christ, who lives ... and changes lives.Available in paperback and Kindle.
by Catholic Christian Outreach
The Ultimate Relationship booklet helps us to articulate and share our faith. By presenting the Kerygma in a simple and clear fashion, we are able to use it to invite others to respond to Christ’s invitation to friendship.
Day 2: Sharing Stories of Faith
by Burning Hearts Disciples
This reflection is designed to assist you in identifying what role God is playing the story of your life. Download the PDF.
Feel free to personalize this reflection so that it fits your life. If there are sections or questions not relevant to you, feel free to skip them. This activity can evoke prayer and deep reflection. Many people find they need to find a quiet place free from interruptions in order to complete it.
by Pope Francis
Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.”
Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth.
by Sherry Weddell
We must make conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him.
This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, a book designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within.
Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help Catholics enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.
by Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap.
We tend to overlook Peter's opening words to the crowd that first Pentecost morning, to our own peril. His denial of drunkenness in the wake of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit should stop us in our tracks. What was going on here? How did the apostles experience the Holy Spirit? What was he teaching them? How was he empowering them? What does this scene in the streets of Jerusalem mean for us today?
In Sober Intoxication of the Spirit, Fr. Cantalamessa offers pastoral advice and leads the reader through passages of Scripture and the Fathers of the Church to remind us of the incalculable power of the Spirit available to us.