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Parish-Wide Initiatives:

Healing Our Church

Parish-Wide Initiative

Healing Our Church, a small-group program from RENEW, helps Catholic adults express their feelings about the crises of sexual-abuse by clergy and the coverup, process those feelings, and claim their rightful place in the healing and renewal of the Church. A companion faith-sharing book, Sanando Nuestra Iglesia, is available for Spanish-speaking participants. The program was introduced in the Diocese of Allentown, with 88 percent of the parishes electing to participate.

After completing the program, large majorities of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they could
- explain why they remain Catholic
- share their feelings with others about the crisis
- are aware of available resources for victims
- are confident their parish is trying to address the crisis.

The program is underway in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

The RASKOB Foundation recognized the importance of our work with a $30,000 challenge grant in support of Healing Our Church. Donors matched the grant dollar for dollar.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Leader Resources, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Spanish
  • Who It's For: Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Face and Process the Abuse Crisis in the Church
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 6 sessions
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International

ARISE Together in Christ

Parish-Wide Initiative

ARISE Together in Christ is a parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization that invites people to develop a closer relationship with Christ, deepen their faith, grow in community, and reach out in service to others.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization, Leader Resources, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture, Spanish
  • Who It's For: Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Evangelization, Adult Faith Formation, Creating Disciples
  • Liturgical Seasons: starts Fall (Fall: seasons 1,3 5 and Spring: Seasons 2, 4)
  • Duration: 2.5 yr process, 5 books
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Lithuanian, Haitian Creole, Burmese, Chinese, Large Print, eText, Braille
  • Author: RENEW International

Be My Witness

Parish-Wide Initiative

A program of RENEW International, Be My Witness is a Christ-centered, Spirit-led approach to forming disciples for the New Evangelization. Engage and form your priests, staff, parish leaders, and parishioners to create an ever-widening circle of commitment to Christ's mission.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization, Leader Resources, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Spanish
  • Who It's For: Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Transforming Parish Culture from Maintenance to Mission, Evangelization, Inititate Small Groups
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 2 year process
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, Large Print
  • Author: RENEW International

Why Catholic?

Parish-Wide Initiative

Catholics often face opportunities to share their faith with others, but lack the basic knowledge and confidence to do so. Why Catholic? has a rich scriptural and catechetical approach that gives a solid foundation for every Catholic to express their faith and be able to reach out to others in faith.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Leader Resources, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Spanish
  • Who It's For: Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Adult Faith Formation
  • Liturgical Seasons: 4 year process (1 book per year)
  • Duration: 4 year process (1 book per year)
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Large Print, eText
  • Author: RENEW International

Books:

Essentials for Small-Group Leaders

Small-Group Books

A comprehensive collection of pastoral insights and practical suggestions to help small-community leaders guide their groups in a way that nourishes spiritual growth.

  • Topic: Leader Resources, Ministry Resources, Spirituality
  • Who It's For: Forming Small-Group Leaders
  • Parish Need: Forming Small Groups
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, French
  • Author: RENEW International

Leading Prayer in Small Groups

Small-Group Books

Learn to lead fruitful group prayer experiences with confidence with Leading Prayer in Small Groups. Leading Prayer in Small Groups emphasizes the importance of group prayer and provides insight into why we pray. It also explains the role, qualities, and duties of a leader of prayer. Readers are guided through the stages of preparing group prayer and the process of effectively leading prayer for a group. Various types of prayer, including lectio divina and the holy rosary, are highlighted and explained. Techniques for handling special situations a prayer leader might encounter while leading prayer for a group are also provided.

  • Topic: Leader Resources, Ministry Resources
  • Who It's For: Forming Small-Group Leaders
  • Parish Need: Adult Faith Formation
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: RENEW International

PRAYERTIME

Small-Group Books

PRAYERTIME is a faith-sharing resource book, based on the Sunday Gospel reading. The themes for reflection have been designed so that they can be used either personally or in a group. Each book offers gentle but insightful reflections that help the gospel come alive. Written in an easy-to-read style that leads to profound questions about faith, each session sheds light on everyday life and should bear fruit in realistic action.

  • Topic: Leader Resources, Lectionary-Based, Ministry Resources, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Families
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 52 weeks. Year A-B-C
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International