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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

Baptism Matters

Parish-Wide Initiative

Parents present their children for baptism for a wide variety of reasons. While we always hope that parents will come because they want to pass on their deep faith to their children, whatever brings them to our door is a cause for rejoicing. We have an opportunity for evangelization before us. Baptism Matters not only prepares parents and godparents to fully enter into the sacrament with their child, but also provides parishes with the tools to transform sacramental preparation into an evangelizing experience.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives, Sacraments
  • Who It's For: Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Baptism Preparation, Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization, Parish Support for Young Families
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: English
  • 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

Theology on Tap

Parish-Wide Initiative

RENEW Theology on Tap offers an innovative solution to one of today’s most pressing pastoral concerns: how to reach out to young Catholic adults. Young adults can sometimes be overlooked to the extent that even their absence goes unnoticed.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization, Faith and Work, Ministry Resources, Parish-Wide Initiatives
  • Who It's For: Small Groups, Young Adult Ministry
  • Parish Need: Creating Disciples, Evangelization
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: English
  • 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:

Beyond My Wildest Dreams

Small-Group Books

As RENEW celebrates over 40 years of parish renewal, read about how it all began. Beyond My Wildest Dreams is the memoir of Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler, who co-founded RENEW, the first diocese-wide faith-sharing process in the United States. Under Msgr. Kleissler’s leadership, RENEW International went on to touch the lives of millions of people all over the world.

  • Topic: Ministry Resources
  • Who It's For: Individuals
  • Parish Need: Spirituality
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler

Campus RENEW

Small-Group Books

This book invites small Christian communities on campus to focus their faith sharing on the Sunday gospel reading. In this way, students move through the semester in rhythm with the liturgical year.

  • Topic: Lectionary-Based, Ministry Resources, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Small Groups, Young Adult Ministry
  • Parish Need: Faith Formation, Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Campus. 6 books (2 per cycle)
  • Duration: 3-year cycle
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: RENEW International

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

Grieving the Death of a Loved One

Small-Group Books

Grieving the Death of Loved One is a tool to validate the feelings one experiences after the loss of a family member or friend. This faith-sharing booklet offers suggestions for healing and meditation suitable for individuals or small groups. Each of the six sessions includes Scripture, prayer, and invitations to action.

  • Topic: Ministry Resources
  • Who It's For: Individuals
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 6 sessions
  • Languages Available: English
  • 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

Renewing the Priestly Heart

Small-Group Books

Based on the Insights of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. By Fr. John E. Sassani. Days as a Catholic priest are filled with many graces and, sometimes, significant challenges. Renewing the Priestly Heart, written for priests by a priest, offers insights and questions designed to prompt and guide authentic discussions. Author Fr. John E. Sassani carefully weaves reflections and questions into twelve sessions, each covering a topic of vital importance to living and serving as a priest today.

  • Topic: Adult Faith Formation, Ministry Resources
  • Who It's For: Clergy
  • Parish Need: Spirituality for Priests
  • Liturgical Seasons: 3
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Fr. John E. Sassani