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Year of Discipleship

 

A letter from Fr. Dindo --

Throughout 2019 the parish will celebrate the year of Discipleship. Webster dictionary’s definition of “disciple” is someone who adheres to the teachings of another. It is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. Applied to the faith, a disciple is someone who learns from Jesus to live like him. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus commissions his Apostles and all Christians, to “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them….and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”     

Before we ourselves can be disciples and share the Good News with others, we need to strengthen our relationship with God, and become familiar with the Gospels and teachings of the church. In an effort to help you learn about the beautiful teachings of the church, and feel equipped to have conversations about the faith with others, Fr. Raed and I will include one-minute answers to questions about the faith at Mass. The answers will be supplemented by an article in the bulletin each week. We want to answer your questions about the faith. If you would like to make a video with friends or family, or simply ask a question, email it to heartsonfire@stmarymokena.org. Your video might be used on social media, and your question could be answered at Mass!

It is my hope that by learning more about the faith, it will fan the fire for God in your heart. It is my hope that in this coming year, you will strengthen your relationship with God. It is my hope that your love for God will grow so much that you will not be able to keep it to yourself!

The Blessed Virgin Mary was the greatest disciple and will be our Patroness for the Year of Discipleship. We ask her to pour out her graces upon us, and lead us closer to her son, Jesus. Mary, Our Lady of Grace, pray for us!

 

In the Year of Discipleship, we are featuring articles in the bulletin each week to help you learn a little bit more about your faith. The more you know, the easier it is to talk to someone about it. The articles are also listed below.

Our parish priests are also spending one minute per homily to address these topics at Mass. Check out the topics below that we have  covered so far. If you have a question about the faith, please submit it to heartsonfire@stmarymokena.org. Submissions are anonymous and your question and answer could be featured in the bulletin this year!

 

Am I Called to Be a Disciple?

What Makes a Valid Baptism?

What are the Corporeal Works of Mercy?

What is Natural Law?

What is Prophecy?

Why Do We Ring Bells During Mass?

How can the Beatitudes help me grow in Faith?

Why is Eucharistic Adoration Important?

Why do Catholics Put Ashes on Our Heads?

Nine Ways to Overcome Temptation.

Do Miracles Still Occur Today?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die for Our Sins?

What did Jesus mean when He said I am the Way, the Truth and the Light?

Can you explain the Resurrection of the Body?

What Do Discipleship Relationships Look Like?

Where Can I Find that in the Bible?

What should I do if I am having Doubts about my faith/God?

Can I get into Heaven by Faith Alone?

Why is Mary Considered the Mother of All?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these great websites to learn more about discipleship and sharing the faith:

Mokena Marian Blog

Life Teen

Relevant Radio

Focus on the Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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