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What, Me Holy? - COMING SOON

In his exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad, Pope Francis calls all Catholics to live a life of holiness. How do we answer that call in our work, in our communities, in the day-to-day encounters of our busy lives? In What, Me Holy? renowned author Chris Lowney helps unpack Pope Francis’ words, inviting us to re-examine our ideas about holiness and how we answer the call to live a holy life.

  • Topic: Faith and Work, Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individual, Small Groups
  • Parish Need: Spirituality
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Chris Lowney

Advent Awakenings

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: Individual, 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

At Prayer with Mary

Deepen your appreciation of and devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary and her role in our lives and the life of the Church. Mary’s faithfulness, as it is portrayed in the gospel narratives, is a model of the prayerful kind of life Jesus calls us to. Scripture, Catholic teaching, personal testimonies, and Marian prayer— including the rosary—provide a renewed appreciation of Mary’s place in today’s world, where she, as always, points the way to Christ.

  • Topic: Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individual, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Creating Disciples, Evangelization
  • Liturgical Seasons: Easter, October
  • Duration: Mary-7 sessions, Maria-6 sessions
  • Languages available: English, Spanish
  • Author: John Phalen, CSC, James Posluszny, CSC

Balancing Faith and Work

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

Beyond My Wildest Dreams

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: Individual
  • Parish Need: Spirituality
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: All year
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Thomas A. Kleissler

Biblia Dios Habla Hoy en español

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

Campus RENEW

The WORD on Campus Faith-Sharing Book This book invites small Christian communities on campus to focus their faith sharing on the Sunday gospel reading. In this way, students move

  • 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

Christian Prayer: Renewing Family Faith Bulletins

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

Creation at the Crossroads

With twelve sessions on Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, this resource is designed for use in parishes, small groups, and college campus ministries. Emphasizing love as a motivating force, Francis calls on all to do their part to protect the environment in order to improve the lives of the poor today and guarantee a better world for future generations. Through Scripture, prayer, faith-sharing questions, and practical ideas for protecting and caring for the environment and people, this resource will move small groups to faith-based action.

  • Topic: Faith and Work, Social Justice, Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Evangelization, Catholic Social Teachings
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Edward J. Ciuba

Essentials for Small Group Leaders

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: Douglas Adams

Everyday Witness

In Everyday Witness, RENEW’s own Sister. Theresa Rickard, O.P., offers seven simple habits to help fellow Catholics more comfortably talk about and model Christian faith in our everyday lives. Each chapter includes Sister Terry’s reflection on witnessing the faith in her own life, a brief survey of what the Bible says on the topic, and the story of an ordinary person who gives witness to their faith in an extraordinary way. Each chapter also offers self-reflection questions, simple ideas about how to grow the habit, and a closing prayer that gives us not only food for thought but also practical help for becoming better witnesses to our Catholic faith.

  • Topic: Evangelization, Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Creating Disciples, Evangelization
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 7 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Theresa Rickard, O.P.

Grieving the Death of a Loved One

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

Healing Our Church

Small-group resource which faces the recent wave of news about sexual abuses committed by Catholic clergy head-on that has left many of the faithful in emotional turmoil regarding their faith. Sanando Nuestra Iglesia will help the faithful deal with the complex emotions this scandal has caused and start on the path to healing and renewed discipleship.

  • Topic: Spanish
  • Who it's for: Small Groups, Parish-Wide, Diocese-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer, Building Community
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 6 sessions
  • Languages available: English, Spanish
  • Author: RENEW International

John: I Am the Vine RENEW Scripture Series

COMING SOON - The Gospel According to John differs from the other three Gospels in that it does not concern itself with a chronological account of events in the life of Jesus but concentrates on the faith in Jesus that the community espouses. The authors of John: I Am the Vine invite us to reflect on how that faith lives in us and how we put it into practice.

  • Topic: Scripture
  • Who it's for: Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Adult Faith Formation
  • Liturgical Seasons:
  • Duration:
  • Languages available: English
  • Author:

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

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: Formacion el 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. Alan Figueroa Deck, SJ

Leading Prayer in Small Groups

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

Lenten Longings

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!

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.

Living in the Sacred / Spirituality for Everyday Life

Living in the Sacred is a follow-up faith-sharing resource for RENEW International’s popular Longing for the Holy and is based on Ronald Rolheiser’s latest book, Sacred Fire. Living in the Sacred takes participants on a deeper spiritual journey exploring the second stage of discipleship: “Giving your life away”. Having moved through the “getting your life together” stage participants have made life commitments either in marriage or other relationships, child raising, to sick or elderly parents or other relatives, careers, communities, etc. Living in the Sacred is about how we stay true to these commitments as disciples of Christ.

  • Topic: Faith and Work, Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Longing for the Holy / Spirituality for Everyday Life

Deepen your sense of the presence of God with these twelve faith-sharing sessions on Spirituality for Everyday Life, based on selected insights of Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. Experience how the gentle spiritual guidance and practical wisdom of best-selling author, Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. can enliven everyday life. This is an ideal process for enriching the spirituality of your RENEW group, for small faith-sharing communities, and for individual reflection, as it covers different dimensions of contemporary spiritual life.

  • Topic: Faith and Work, Spirituality
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Prayer
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any time
  • Duration: 12 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Luke: My Spirit Rejoices! RENEW Scripture Series

Written by scripture scholar Martin Lang, Luke: My Spirit Rejoices! engages readers with the entire Gospel of Luke. It includes reflections on the content of the Gospel, the human behavior illuminated in Luke’s work, and the Old Testament background for each passage. Sharing questions and opportunities to apply the gospel message to daily life make this a perfect resource for small Christian communities. Can be used individually or in a group.

  • Topic: Scripture
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Year C
  • Duration: 36 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Martin Lang

Mark: Seed on Fertile Ground Scripture Series

COMING SOON - The Gospel According to Mark reminds us that faith in the risen Lord can endure only if it is lived in terms of his suffering and death, which is our own reality. In Mark: Seed on Fertile Ground, Fr. David Reid, sscc, leads us through a reflections that help us understand why the story of Jesus is presented as it is in what many consider the earliest of the Gospels.

  • Topic: Scripture
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Year B
  • Duration:
  • Languages available: English
  • Author:

Matthew: Come, Follow Me RENEW Scripture Series

Explore this unique account of the ministry, passion, and glorification of Jesus. The entire Gospel of Matthew, is discussed and analyzed in Matthew: Come, follow me. Move beyond the familiar readings of the Sunday gospel and be informed and transformed by this new resource by Scripture scholar Martin Lang. Sharing questions and opportunities to apply the gospel message to daily life make this a perfect resource for small-group faith sharing, personal reflection, and homily preparation.

  • Topic: Scripture
  • Who it's for: Individuals, Small Groups, Parish-Wide
  • Parish Need: Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Year A
  • Duration: 44 sessions
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: Martin Lang

Prayer Time

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

Based on the Insights of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan By 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: John E. Sassani

Waiting with Joy

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 - Blessing of the Christmas Tree “These Sunday reflections by Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP, 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.

Word on the Go

The WORD on the Go Downloads Faith-sharing sessions for young adults are focused on the Sunday gospel readings. The sessions are published individually for weekly faith-sharing sessions and are available only online.

  • Topic: Faith and Work, Lectionary-Based, Scripture
  • Who it's for: Individuals
  • Parish Need: Prayer, Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Campus and TOT
  • Duration: Each week for 3 year cycle
  • Languages available: English
  • Author: RENEW International