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Would you like to become a better disciple of Jesus?

 Would you like to grow in your relationship with Jesus and your brothers and sisters in Christ?

  If your answer to these questions is YES, Be Formed could be for you.
 
Fr. Burke Masters from the Office of Adult Formation in the Diocese of Joliet is sponsoring this 90-day discipleship experience to help you form your life more closely to the person of Jesus Christ. All meetings and talks will be done virtually so anyone is welcome, whether you are in the Diocese of Joliet or not.
 
Who:    Men and Women who want to become better disciples of Jesus (age 18+)
What:   Be Formed 90-Day Discipleship Experience
When:  January 4 – April 4, 2021
Where: Virtually (all you need is a device and internet connection)
Why:    To take steps toward becoming a better disciple of Jesus, to form
            Christian community, and to gain courage and learn how to share your faith

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 1ST

If you want to make a donation to sponsor someone, please do so at the following link - https://www.gamechangersfts.org/select-donation-type/ . You can make the donation under “General Donation”. No one will be turned away because they can’t afford the fee. Thank you for your generosity.

Fr. Burke Masters will be the spiritual director for both the men and the women. Here is an overview of the plan:
 
For Women – Fr. Burke Masters, Spiritual Director and Katie Choudhary, Lay Director

 •   Daily you will check in with your accountability partner (someone from your small group) to share how you encountered Jesus in your life that day as well as to check in on the commitment(s) you made with God on your Commitment Card. You can work on one thing at a time or multiple things in each of the pillars. We want you to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. Here are the four pillars of formation:
o    Human – sleep, diet, exercise
o    Spiritual – prayer, Scripture, Sacraments
o    Intellectual – reading good things to strengthen your faith
o    Pastoral – sharing your gifts and faith with others

•    Weekly you will prayerfully read through a session from Blessed Is She's Misericordia about one of the spiritual or corporal works of mercy. You will better get to know a saint, blessed or venerable woman in our church history that lived out this work of mercy. Then you will reflect on how to live this out in your life. Use the code Misericordia20 for 20% off your purchase of the Misericordia book. Each woman is to order her only book.
o    Each week you will also meet virtually with a group of about 6-10 women. You can choose a group time that is best for you. You can bring your already established small group if you have one or join a new group of friends. If you feel called to be a group leader, let us know on the Registration Form.

•    Monthly, Fr. Burke will give a talk for the whole group to encourage everyone on the journey
o    January 28 – 7pm
o    February 25 – 7pm
o    March 25 – 7pm

•    After Easter, on April 15 at 7pm, we will have a large group gathering to share graces of this experience and discuss next steps.

•    Registration deadline is January 1, 2021, but we urge you to register before our December 29, 2020 preview night. Register Here.

•    For questions, contact Katie Choudhary at prayjoliet@gmail.com


For Men – Fr. Burke Masters, Spiritual Director and Rick Erwin, Lay Director

 •    View the invitation video from Jeff Cavins to the men of Joliet 

•    Daily you will check in with your accountability partner (someone from your small group) to share how you encountered Jesus in your life that day as well as to check in on the commitment(s) you made with God on your Commitment Card. Jeff Cavins will have the men focus on one thing each week. You can choose to add one or more things from the commitment card to work on in addition to Jeff’s challenge. We want you to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. Here are the four pillars of formation:
o    Human – sleep, diet, exercise
o    Spiritual – prayer, Scripture, Sacraments
o    Intellectual – reading good things to strengthen your faith
o    Pastoral – sharing your gifts and faith with others

•    Weekly - each Tuesday evening (January 5 – February 16) for the first 50 days from 7pm – 8pm Jeff Cavins will give a live talk in Minnesota that we will watch virtually. He will highlight seven different spiritual practices (e.g. Examen, Lectio Divina, spiritual awareness). His methodology is to isolate and perfect that discipline each day that week. Just like if I were at spring training and wanted to become a better bunter, I would focus on that skill for a while, and then move on to another skill. These talks will be recorded for those who cannot be present on Tuesdays at 7pm.
o    For the next 40 days (Lent), we will work our way through the 40-day Activated Discipleship Challenge  Do not buy here. This in included in the $75 registration fee for the whole 90 days. You will receive a book, a daily prayer journal, and videos from Jeff Cavins. During Lent, we will put together the disciplines that we isolated during the first 50 days.
o    Each week you will meet virtually with a group of about 6-10 men from 8pm – 9pm on Tuesdays after Jeff’s videos. If your group cannot meet on Tuesdays, you can choose to watch the recorded talk and meet another time during the week that works best for the group. You can bring your already established small group if you have one or join a new group of friends. If you feel called to be a group leader, let us know by emailing Rick Erwin at prayjoliet@gmail.com.

•    Monthly, Fr. Burke and Jeff Cavins will either give a talk or do a Q&A for the whole group to encourage everyone on the journey.
o    January 28 – 7pm
o    February 25 – 7pm
o    March 25 – 7pm

•    After Easter, on April 10, Jeff Cavins and Fr. Burke will have a large group gathering to share graces of this experience and discuss next steps

•    Registration deadline is January 1, 2021, but we urge you to register before our December 29, 2020 preview night. Register Here

•    If the $75 cost is too much, contact Rick Erwin at prayjoliet@gmail.com. We don’t want money to prevent you from participating. If you want to make a donation to sponsor someone, please do so at the following link - https://www.gamechangersfts.org/select-donation-type/ . You can make the donation under “General Donation”. Registration includes: The Activated Disciple book, The Activated Disciple 40-Day Challenge Journal, Bible Timeline Chart, and a Kerygma Card. Normally this cost is $125, but they are giving people who register with Joliet the special price of $75.

•    For questions, contact Rick Erwin at prayjoliet@gmail.com