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Radical Missionary Discipleship: "I Want That!"

on Monday, 24 July 2017. Maureen Anderson Posted in Events, New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

3 Takeaways from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

Radical Missionary Discipleship:

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.

Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Kristin Bird Posted in Events, New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

Next week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are convening an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the evangelization challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States.

The goal of the gathering is 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.

From Catholic News Service

Burning Hearts Disciples is honored to have accepted an invitation from the USCCB to participate in this conversation.  We will be one of approx 160 collaborating organizations who see evangelization as integral to our mission. We will be among more than 3,000 Catholic leaders from other evangelizing organizations as well as delegations invited from each diocese. 

“This group of people would never be in the same strategic conversations together if it weren’t for the bishops calling them together. They are in all kinds of ministries throughout the church. They are professionals in all the different fields, education, business, teachers. We have people from all socioeconomic groups.”

Jonathan Reyes (executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and convocation planner)

The public sessions and keynote addresses of the Convocation will be live streamed on EWTN and the USCCB website. A schedule of these addresses can be found here.

Please join us in praying for this historic and unprecendented gathering:

Prayer for the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders

(July 1 – 4, 2017)

O Holy Spirit, you who first enkindled in our hearts the
joy of the Gospel, renew that same joy in those who are
preparing for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Enflame the hearts of our bishops and their diocesan
delegations; leaders of national organizations and
movements; clergy, religious and laity; all who make
this event possible; and Catholic leaders across the
United States.

Move us to welcome the word of life in the
depths of our hearts and respond to the call of
missionary discipleship.

O Holy Spirit, transform our hearts and enable us to
enter into the perfect communion that you share with
the Father and the Son.*

Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us. 

Amen.

*cf. EG 117.

Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us!
Our Lady, First Disciple of Jesus Christ, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our country, pray for us!

Prayer copyright © 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.  Used with permission.

 

Examination of Conscience for Evangelizers

on Wednesday, 01 February 2017. Kristin Bird Posted in For Parish Leaders, New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

Examination of Conscience for Evangelizers

“Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: ... we are always ‘missionary disciples’. So what are we waiting for?” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 120)

I am an evangelization fraud

It's true.  While I am regularly reading books on the New Evangelization, and am firmly committed to the 'art of accompaniment' as a theory, I’m not very good at it in practice.

Pope Francis has some harsh words for me in Evangelii Gaudium:

“Not to put the word into practice, not to make it reality, is to build on sand, to remain in the realm of pure ideas and to end up in a lifeless and unfruitful self-centredness and Gnosticism.” (EG, 233)

Fortunately, I am not alone.  I ran across an excellent article by Dcn. Charles Fernandes of the Diocese of Hamilton where he admits to also being a "faithful—but sometimes overly passive—Catholic." 

Our own intransigence, our unwillingness to evangelize, is by far the harshest theme in Evangelii Gaudium, the most difficult for me personally to hear.

In his lengthy personal response to reading and praying through The Joy of The Gospel, Deacon Frenandes pulls out a particularly useful examination of conscience for those of us invovled in the promotion, work, and support of evangelization.

 

Fully Alive: Summer 2016

on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in Events, Burning Hearts Disciples

Theology of the Body Series

Fully Alive: Summer 2016

Discover the meaning of life & the purpose of love

Wednesday Evenings
June 1, June 8, June 15, June 29, July 6 & July 13
6:30 - 8:30PM

Location:
St. Raphael the Archangel Parish
830 S. Westhaven Dr
Oshkosh, WI 
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Cost:
There is no charge to attend the series.*


Presented by Burning Hearts Disicples in collaboration with the Diocese of Green Bay Department of Education.
A Diocese of Green Bay Ongoing Catechetical Formation Course.

In this 6-part series, learn more about the legacy left behind by St. John Paul II. This introduction to his Theology of the Body will explore these questions (and more):

  • What does Scripture reveal to us about who God is? About who we are?
  • Why do I have to go to Church? Why can’t I just pray by myself?
  • How is God’s Divine Design revealed in sacred art and architecture?
  • What exactly is God’s Plan for sexuality? What does the Church really teach about sex?

*Materials Needed: 

Participants will be encouraged to read selections from Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by St. John Paul II which is available for free online.  Copies of the text (as well as other resources) will be available for sale during the course.

A free-will offering will be accepted to help defray material, hospitality and presenter costs.

 

The Art of Accompaniment

on Tuesday, 20 October 2015. Kristin Bird Posted in New Evangelization, Burning Hearts Disciples

The Art of Accompaniment

 

During World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis issued a challenge to today's church:

“[W]e need a church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a church that accompanies them on their journey; a church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a church that realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return.

But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture. Jesus warmed the hearts of the disciples of Emmaus.

[I]t is important to devise and ensure a suitable formation, one which will provide persons able to step into the night without being overcome by the darkness and losing their bearings; able to listen to people’s dreams without being seduced and to share their disappointments without losing hope and becoming bitter; able to sympathize with the brokenness of others without losing their own strength and identity.

One Catholic's Reflection on the Charleston Shooting

on Thursday, 13 August 2015. Jean Buffington Posted in Burning Hearts Disciples

One Catholic's Reflection on the Charleston Shooting

On June 17, 2015 a young man entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and quietly joined a group of people gathered for their weekly prayer meeting. He was a stranger to them but, never the less, they welcomed him without reservation. He prayed with them for several minutes and then quietly stood up and methodically shot all but one of them, leaving nine people dead. The tenth victims life was spared so the she could, in his words, be a witness to “what happened here.”

The Madonna in Art

on Monday, 11 May 2015. Posted in Burning Hearts Disciples

by Rev. Larry Rice, CSP

One of the most common themes in Western art is that of the Madonna and Child—a serene painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, holding the child Jesus in her arms. But this image, so familiar that it has appeared on US Postal Service Christmas stamps nearly every year since 1966, was not always a staple of Christian art.

For most of the first three centuries of Christianity, the Blessed Virgin was usually depicted as part of a group of apostles, or as part of a Nativity scene; she was almost never alone or a central figure.  But in the fifth century, the Council of Ephesus addressed the Nestorian heresy, which claimed that, when Christ died on the Cross, it was only his human nature that experienced suffering and death. By extension, the Nestorians claimed that Mary was the mother only of Christ’s human nature and not
the Mother of God. The Council of Ephesus reinforced the Church’s long-held belief that Mary was the Mother of God and worthy of the Greek title “Theotokos.” Shortly thereafter, the Empress Eudocia sent a painting of the Madonna and Child home from the Holy Land and had it placed in the Church of Constantinople. This is the first historical mention of the Madonna and Child as an artistic subject. That painting was taken to Venice in 1202, to the Cathedral of St. Mark.

In subsequent centuries, the Madonna and Child has become one of the most popular themes in Western art. This popularity reflects the Church’s veneration of Mary for her role in our salvation and also for her place as an exemplar of the virtues of purity, humility, and faithful acceptance of God’s grace.

madonna image


Fr. Rice is the vocations director for the Paulist Fathers.
Copyright © 2015, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Reprinted with permission.

Fully Alive

on Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Posted in Events, Burning Hearts Disciples

Theology of the Body Series

Fully Alive

 

Missed the first course? Can't make all 6 weeks?  That's okay - we'd still love for you to join us! 

Audio/video recordings and slideshow handouts will be available to those who miss a week, but want to catch up on what they've missed.*  If you want to join us after the first session, simply send a note to the presenter Kristin Bird, and she will send you the material to get caught up.


*Note:  Learners attending for Ongoing Formation credit through the Diocese who miss a week will be required to listen to audio recordings and present a one page typed response to the content covered on the week they missed in order to receive full credit for the course. 


Be inspired by St. John Paul II’s teachings on the meaning of life & the purpose of love!

 


Saturdays 9-11am

April 25, May 2, May 9,
May 16, May 23 and May 30

Location:
Most Blessed Sacrament
Oshkosh, WI

St. Peter Church - Aquinas Hall

(enter via doors on Pearl Ave)

 



In this 6-part series, learn more about the legacy left behind by St. John Paul II. This introduction to his Theology of the Body will explore these questions (and more):

  • What does Scripture reveal to us about who God is? About who we are?
  • Why do I have to go to Church? Why can’t I just pray by myself?
  • How is God’s Divine Design revealed in sacred art and architecture?
  • What exactly is God’s Plan for sexuality? What does the Church really teach about sex?

A Diocese of Green Bay Ongoing Catechetical Formation Course.

To register, contact Diocese of Green Bay Department of Education:
http://bit.ly/FullyAlive2015
920-272-8309
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10 Days of Giving: Advent Giveaway

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Burning Hearts Disciples

To celebrate our official launch, we're giving away over $100 in gifts and prizes!

This Advent, we're giving away some of the best Catholic Advent and Christmas resources to 10 lucky winners!

A new winner is picked each day, so enter early for your best chance to win!

You can get 1 entry for each of the tasks you complete below...Get up to 3 entries! 

 

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What is Burning Hearts Disciples?

on Friday, 28 November 2014. Maureen Anderson Posted in Burning Hearts Disciples

The Story Of How We Came To Be

My husband and I fell in love all over again.
This time we fell in love with Jesus and the richness, depth, and beauty of our Catholic faith.

Over the past few years, I discovered my life changing drastically.  Retirement, moving, becoming an empty-nester, and an abundant blessing of grandchildren brought change in my circumstances that caused changes in my faith life as well.   I started to become more aware of the questions I had about my faith and was confronted with questions from other Catholics and non-Catholics that I realized I could not answer.

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Grandmother discipleship means sharing the faith with all 9 of my little loves!

With much help from my husband, I started pouring myself into trying to find the answers.  The more I studied, the more I wanted to study. As a cradle Catholic, I was shocked and embarrassed at how much I didn't know. I was also grateful to discover how many good solid Catholic resources there were available to aid me in my learning. For example, my husband showed me how to listen to podcasts and download MP3's. This technology made it so easy to fit in the time for prayer and learning about my faith in our very busy lives.  Even better - many of these resources, like the podcasts, were free or nearly free.

The more I studied, the more my faith grew, and the more I fell in love with Jesus. I became very passionate and on fire with wanting to share this 'new love' with friends and family. I was convinced that if other Catholics could learn what I had, they too would be on fire for Jesus and the Catholic faith...

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