Are You a Believer or a Disciple?

Are You a Believer or a Disciple?

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By Kathy Fanger

When Jesus broke the bread at the table with two disciples in Emmaus, their eyes were opened! They recognized him as the Risen Christ and they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 When you and I know Jesus, truly know Him, our hearts, too, burn within us.

Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me.” John 10:27

At the Transfiguration, a voice was heard from the cloud proclaiming,“This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.” Mark 9:7

Jesus came to draw us all unto him. He gave His life for us. He desires to enter into our lives in an intimate way. Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

This is the Easter message! It is one of great joy and hope! Do we simply believe in our heads, or do we believe in our hearts…so much that we, too, feel called to live and proclaim Jesus’ parting message to his disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them and teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you, and know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20

As we move from being a believer to being a disciple we trust in the work of the Holy Spirit.

When we truly know Jesus, we feel compelled to live as He did, seeing Christ in all we meet, welcoming all who come through our path, especially those who need healing, community, forgiveness, and hope. We begin in our lives, with our family and friends, at our work, and in our churches, being the face of Christ and seeing the face of Christ in them. Jesus’ message is mercy, compassion, God’s unconditional love.

This is what we are called to passionately share.

As a disciple of Jesus, you choose a Catholic Cemetery because it is your final statement of faith. You choose to rest among believers, where loved ones gather to pray and look forward to being reunited with you and Our Lord in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose wishes you a joy-filled Easter season, feeling your hearts burning within you to know Jesus intimately and share His Presence with others.


Upcoming Workshops
For more information regarding workshops or to RSVP, contact Kathy Fanger (650) 428-3730 x508 or cemeteryinfo@dsj.org.

Annual Parish Bereavement Ministers’ Soup Supper
April 19, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Saint Martin of Tours Parish
RSVP: by April 16. Free

A Time for You – A Retreat Day for Caregivers
April 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Santa Teresa Parish – 794 Calero Ave., San Jose
Facilitator: Gina Macero, Caregiver Support Group Leader
A retreat day focusing on compassion and care for self while walking with someone who suffers. A sacred time set aside to renew, rejuvenate and replenish in mind, body and spirit. RVSP by April 17. Fee: $15.

End-of-Life Decisions – A Catholic Perspective
Presenter: Deacon Ray Gans
April 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
Santa Teresa Parish – 794 Calero Ave., San Jose
April 26, 7-8:30 pm
Saint Athanasius Parish – Parish Hall
160 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View
Choices at end-of-life present unique challenges, particularly within a complex and technologically advanced society. This presentation will explore end-of-life choices within the context of faith in Jesus and the moral tradition on the Church. Free.

Solace – Soul + Grief
Monthly Drop-in Grief Support Group
April 25, 7-9 p.m. (Fourth Wednesday of each month)
O’Connor Hospital Chapel
2105 Forest Ave, San Jose.
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, M.A. Pastoral Ministries
Each month we will use a different scripture as a seed for our sharing, discussion and support. We hope to create a sacred space for you to share your grieving. Free.

Estate Planning
April 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish
10110 N. DeAnza Blvd., Cupertino
Presenter: Paul Pelosi, Attorney at Law
The workshop will cover the basic elements of Estate Planning: the Revocable Living Trust; charitable and legacy planning; a lifetime gifting program; medical health care planning (Advance Health Care Directive); planning for incapacity (durable financial power of attorney); and burial and funeral planning. Free.

Advance Directives
April 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish
5111 San Felipe Rd., San Jose
Presenter: Cindy Safe
Learn about this essential document which every person 18 years of age and older should have. Cindy Safe discusses important considerations and case studies and guides you step by step through a sample form. Free.