What People are Saying

... in ARISE Parish Teams in the Diocese of Stockton:

"The ARISE Parish Team has grown into a community of caring, nurturing adults who share the same common goal of leading their fellow parishioners close to Christ. We have gained valuable experience in leadership skills and better understand how diversity and cultural differences are our strength!"
"Our parish team has evolved from a parish ministry into a prayer community. Initially, we came together at the behest of our pastor, and were hesitant and somewhat guarded in our interactions. With the monthly ARISE faith sharing sessions, we have come to know each other in a more personal and loving way. We support each other in our difficulties and celebrate our strengths together. It has been a beautiful journey of mutual sharing and support."

... about Season Five, We are the Good News!:

"I don’t know if I can find enough words to explain how this experience has been such a positive influence on my faith and not just in God, but in the people around me. I felt so comfortable and safe that I didn’t just listen but I contributed and shared things I haven’t even spoken about before. The biggest thing that I learned was that sharing how I felt about things and sharing other people’s feelings helped me to be more open to God’s love. One of the things I am putting into action is to allow God’s love to flow through me by sharing more.”
... about Season Four, New Heart, New Spirit:

"I have learned so much from others in my group about the Catholic faith and the Bible."
... about Season Three, In the Footsteps of Christ:

"All in all, one of the greatest outcomes of ARISE at St. Mary’s Parish was the sense of community that was established within the groups, especially across cultural lines the relationships that have been created will serve our parish community well as we try to reach out and involve new comers to a more active involvement in the parish community."