St. John’s Answers the Call to “Go Make Disciples” – Madison Catholic Herald


EDGE Core Team Members from left to right, are: Andrea Haffelder, Nicole Hampton, Eddy Rodriguez, Peter Velazquez and Natali Guerson. (Photo provided)

JEFFERSON – The parish community of St. Francis of Assisi in Jefferson joined with every parish in our diocese to support and participate in the initial stages of Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison’s “Go Make Disciples” evangelistic initiative .

The parishioners of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Laurent churches, in addition to the students and staff of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste school, are united in prayer and good works to live and proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

With reverence, devotion and passion, people of all ages united in their common obligation and commitment to accept the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt. 28: 19-20).

Enter phase 2

As we move into Phase 2 of our “Common Vision for Evangelism,” as proposed by Bishop Hying in March 2020, we look back at the work done in Phase 1 as St. Francis Parish of Assisi highlights events and discipleship in action.

In the words of our bishop: “Even though we are deeply formed in our identity as disciples of Christ, we must share the gospel, inviting others to become disciples through our witness of love and our joyful service. . . Missionary discipleship has recently become the focal point of the organization of the Catholic Church, the prism through which believers discuss evangelism, catechesis, prayer, service and virtue.

It is by taking these words to heart that our parish community is organized and engaged in discussion, planning, prayer, liturgical celebrations and charitable works.

Many groups and individuals continue to participate in our diocesan evangelism and discipleship mission as we enter Phase 2.

Highlighting an area of ​​evangelism and discipleship in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi involves the good works carried out by the parish and the school in the form of responding to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ through service projects and prayer gatherings that bring comfort to those who are suffering.

Many events were organized and led by Pastor Bro. Thomas Coyle, religious education staff, and the staff and students of St. John the Baptist School.

Examples of discipleship

As this initiative progresses, we would like to highlight examples of discipleship training from our parish community to show that people of all ages are called to action and can respond in multiple ways.

The recognition of Eddy Rodriguez, a student at Jefferson High School (JHS) is a shining example of youth discipleship.
Eddy was recently honored as one of three seniors chosen by the Jefferson Rotary Club as Rotary students for the month of November.

The winners were selected for their scholarship, positive leadership and service to the community.

Eddy has been involved in athletics, does community service work with the JHS Latino Club, volunteers at the local library and is active in the JHS “BASIC” (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) club, which has just completed his annual Thanksgiving dinner. for the community.

They also plan projects for Advent and Christmas.

In addition to contributing to the high school community, Eddy serves his parish family with the same enthusiasm and commitment.

Director of Religious Education Tiffany Topel says he’s part of the Youth Ministry’s EDGE Core Team.

He assists an adult leader with one of the eighth grade small groups on Wednesday evenings as part of our EDGE program.

This is a Catholic college youth ministry program that provides young people with a safe and fun place to find a strong Catholic community, get their questions about the faith answered, and most importantly, experience of Jesus in a deep and personal way.

EDGE resources deal with the physical, psychological, cognitive, relational and spiritual maturation of college youth.

Eddy has also been on Love Begins Here and our conference at Steubenville High School in the past.
As an inspiring example of his prayer life, Eddy also commits to a holy hour of worship in our Chapel of Perpetual Worship on a regular basis.

Finally, he participates in the realization of various projects while being part of our maintenance staff during the summer months.
After graduating from Jefferson High School in June, Eddy plans to study mechanics at a technical college and continue his work and growth as a follower of Christ.

Bishop Hying reminds us that “Jesus Christ calls all the baptized to proclaim the liberating and saving gospel to others, forming our brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith which we cherish. . . Even though we are deeply formed in our identity as disciples of Christ, we must share the gospel with others, inviting others to become disciples through our witness of love and our joyful service. . . In joy and prayer, I invite each baptized member of our local Church to hear again this call to become disciples and to respond to it with faith and generosity. When we set the sail of our lives on the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit, God will lead us to accomplish the work of Christ as we proclaim, pray, serve, and love in his name.

Parishioners, such as Eddy Rodriguez, not only answered the call to discipleship but showed us how it is done.


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