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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:

Biblia Dios Habla Hoy en español

Small-Group Books

Biblia Dios Habla Hoy en español Edición compacta.Traducción del original en hebreo, arameo y griego. Con la aprobación del Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, CELAM.

  • Topic: Spanish
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages Available: Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International

Christian Prayer: Renewing Family Faith Bulletins

Small-Group Books

Renewing Family Faith is a practical, attractive, and informative two-page resource that serves to promote whole-family catechesis as a total parish experience. Each bulletin offers an interesting selection of faith reflections for parents, family activities, and questions that encourage table sharing. Brief scripture passages and wisdom quotes are interspersed. A special feature in each bulletin is an inspiring story on the life of an honored saint or a modern person who has lived an extraordinary faith life

  • Topic: Spanish, Spirituality
  • Who It's For: Families, Small Groups
  • Parish Need: Creating Disciples, Evangelization
  • Liturgical Seasons: Follows WC books (E/S)
  • Duration: 1 download per faith-sharing book (E/S)
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International

La justicia brota de la fe: Formación en la Doctrina Social, Libro 1

Small-Group Books

La justicia brota de la fe es un programa de formación para hispanos/latinos sobre el compromiso social basado en una conexión íntima entre la fe y el amor hacia el prójimo, lo que el Papa Benedicto XVI llama “caridad social.” Esta obra promueve la Nueva Evangelización y el desarrollo espiritual de todos los que anhelan profundizar la práctica de su fe en el ambiente desafiante de hoy. La justicia brota de la fe: Formación en la fe y en la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia, Libro 1 explora cómo el encuentro con Jesucristo y su Reino de amor y justicia, y el compromiso de seguirlo, se encarnan en nuestra vida diaria. Acerca de los autores El Padre Jesuita Allan Figueroa Deck es reconocido como pastoralista internacional con muchos años de experiencia como formador en la fe y promotor de la justicia. La Dra. Adele González colaboró en la obra con sus talentos sobresalientes de redactora, educadora religiosa y guía espiritual.

  • Topic: Social Justice, Spanish
  • Who It's For: Small Groups, Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Catholic Social Teachings
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions books
  • Languages Available: Spanish
  • Author: Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ