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Parish-Wide Initiatives:

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

RENEW Scripture Series

Parish-Wide Initiative

Go beyond Bible study to Gospel living. Be informed and transformed by these resources by Scripture scholar Martin Lang. Sharing questions and opportunities to apply the gospel message to daily life make these the perfect resources for small-group faith sharing, personal reflection, and homily preparation.

  • Topic: Parish-Wide Initiatives, Scripture
  • Who It's For: Individuals, Small Groups
  • Parish Need: Adult Faith Formation
  • Liturgical Seasons: Matthew-A; Mark-B (TBD); Luke-C; John - ABC (TBD)
  • Duration: Varies: Luke-36 sessions, Matthew-44 sessions, Others: TBD
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: RENEW International

Books:

John: I Am the Vine RENEW Scripture Series

Small-Group Books

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 author of John: I Am the Vine invites 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: Scripture Study
  • Liturgical Seasons: Any Time
  • Duration:
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Martin Lang

Luke: My Spirit Rejoices! RENEW Scripture Series

Small-Group Books

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: Any time
  • Duration: 36 sessions
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Martin Lang

Mark: Seeds on Fertile Soil RENEW Scripture Series

Small-Group Books

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: Seeds on Fertile Soil, 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: Any Time
  • Duration:
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Fr. David Reid, sscc

Matthew: Come, Follow Me RENEW Scripture Series

Small-Group Books

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: Any time
  • Duration: 44 sessions
  • Languages Available: English
  • Author: Martin Lang

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

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

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.

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

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.

Word on the Go

Small-Group Books

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