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Advent Awakenings

Small-Group Books

Year A: Trust the Lord - Prompts participants to accept the invitation of Jesus' coming by reflecting on how to be more open to his presence in their lives. The Advent Awakenings series is based on the three-year cycle of the Lectionary. Each book contains four sessions corresponding with the four Sundays of Advent and presents themes drawn from the Sunday gospel readings, plus enriching devotions for family use. Appropriate for seasonal groups, small Christian communities, and individual reflection and prayer.

  • Topic: Advent/Lent, Lectionary-Based, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Advent
  • Duration: English-4 sessions, Spanish-5 sessions (A, B, C)
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International

Balancing Faith & Work

Small-Group Books

Bring your faith and work into balance with this new resource based on the writings of Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Explore Ignatian spirituality and its ideal of care for the whole person. Created in partnership with the Ignatian Business Chapters, Balancing Faith and Work helps business leaders bring their personal and professional lives into deeper harmony.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Advent/Lent, Faith and Work, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Spirituality
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Creating Disciples, Evangelization
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Chris Lowney

Lenten Longings

Small-Group Books

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection, and conversion. Based on the three-year cycle of the Lectionary, each book contains six sessions corresponding to the six weeks of Lent. Song suggestions, prayers, and action responses included. Lenten Longings offers a selection of resources that are well suited for seasonal groups, small Christian communities, and individual reflection.

  • Topic: Advent/Lent, Lectionary-Based, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Lent
  • Duration: 6 sessions. Year A-B-C
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Author: Catherine T. Nerney S.S.J. Ph.D.

Live Lent!

Small-Group Books

Get inspired by the Sunday Gospel readings and explore Old Testament insights. Take action in everyday life. LIVE LENT! is well suited for seasonal groups, small Christian communities, and individual reflection. Create a personal 40-day Lenten plan with daily prompts in a journal format. Pray and delve into scripture with your small group. Each book contains a 40-day challenge to LIVE Lent.

  • Topic: Advent/Lent, Lectionary-Based, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Lent
  • Duration: 6 sessions. Year A-B-C
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P.

Waiting with Joy

Small-Group Books

Waiting with Joy invites us into Advent with scripture, engages us with reflections to live our faith in-between our Sundays, and compels us to wait with joy for the coming of our Savior. Includes devotion opportunities to share as a family: Blessing the Advent Wreath and Blessing of the Christmas Tree. These Sunday reflections by Sister Donna L. Ciangio, O.P., provide a perfect opportunity for you personally or within a small group, to contemplate, pray, and share your faith. As you do, dream along with God about a future marked by compassion, generosity, and peace, and about the part you can play in creating it.

  • Topic: Advent/Lent, Lectionary-Based, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Advent
  • Duration: 4 sessions. Year A-B-C
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Sr. Donna L. Ciangio, O.P.