To Fellow Parishioners of St. Matthew Parish and those looking to join our parish:
In December 2015 we started a process called FIVE MORE. We are doing this individually, as a couple, a family and as a parish.
It is an invitation to follow the Lord intentionally. To do so it will require discipline on our part. Discipline is a side of discipleship.
If we are going to run in the Bellin Run we discipline ourselves to run to prepare. It is the same as we study for a test, plan to build something, or save for our retirement. There is discipline involved but it pays off. It is about making a space for these goals in our busy lives.
It is that same discipline to keep time and space open to the Lord, in our prayer time and in our attendance of Mass on the weekend. It requires some discipline to be a disciple of the Lord. It is that discipline we call FIVE MORE in our parish.
So we invite you to be part of the FIVE MORE movement at our parish.
TO GIVE FIVE MORE DOLLARS A WEEK FOR CHURCH SUPPORT TO BRING FINANCIAL STABILITY TO OUR PARISH. Register on our Clear Give on our web site to show consistent giving.
To give FIVE MORE minutes…
- To spend visiting in the gathering space before and/or after Mass
- To arrive at church to pray before Mass
- To help a classmate with their homework
- To assist in the parish
- To support a co-worker going through a tough time
- To send an e-mail or make a phone call to family member or friend
- To do The Prayer Process as a night prayer
- To read the Take Five for Faith
- To be a good neighbor
- To assist someone who is elderly
- To hold a door open at the mall
- To send a sympathy card to someone in sorrow
- To drop off a meal for someone in need
- Come up with your FIVE MORE ideas to be a better disciple
What can we accomplish for the Lord by doing FIVE MORE?
We invite you personally, as a married couple, as a family to talk about your commitment to Jesus and how doing FIVE MORE will help you grow as his disciple.
Twelve Ways to Practice the Resurrection Now
From Rev. Richard Rohr, IMMORTAL DIAMOND, P. 211-212
- Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (you cannot stop “having” them).
- Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
- Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
- Do not indulge or believe your False Self – that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
- Choose your True Self – your radical union with God – as often as possible throughout the day.
- Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
- Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
- Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
- Give preference to those in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
- Seek just systems and policies over mere charity.
- Make sure your medium is the same as your message.
- Never doubt that it is all about love in the end.