“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…-Matthew 28:19
Adult discipleship works to foster within us a sense of belonging to Jesus both personally and as a community, with all of the obligations to ourselves, to one another, and to the wider world that being followers of Christ entails. This formation creates opportunities for thinking new thoughts, for reflecting on old ideas, and for hearing the diverse perspectives of others. It makes space for meeting new people, for spending time with familiar faces, for finding moments of solitude. It grows from the life of the parish and extends to those whose faith journey takes them beyond the parish grounds. There’s no single model for this ministry, because discipleship needs to meet people wherever they happen to be in their relationship with Jesus, with the parish, and with the world.
“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the people of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). … The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized…Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”– Pope Francis
We invite all parishioners (children/youth/adults) to be involved in discipleship formation at St. Bernard Parish. We are called to gather and break bread together, to listen and share with others who Jesus is to them and what he has done in their lives. Like the early disciples, our faith grows when we gather and share our lives together. By being together in God’s name, we know the Holy Spirit shows up and shows off! How will we know how to recognize the voice of God if we don’t meet those who have experienced it.