A Parochial Spiritual Renewal Process
We all need to hit the refresh button. Parishes need to hit the same button.
Christ Renews His Parish is a renewal weekend organized for men
or women of heart, thoughtfulness, and humor. Adults asking the great questions
within themselves, seeking meaning, and looking for a more authentic life will find
the necessary nourishment in this parish renewal process. A parish seeking
to revitalize its ministries and its initiatives in Christ will discover the appropriateness
of the name.
How long has Christ Renews His Parish been around?
Subtitled A Parochial Spiritual Renewal Process started in 1969. It
has the stamp of approval of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with updates
along the way. More recently the process has employed the imperatives of re-proposing
the Gospel, the New Evangelization. It has been an effective part of parish
renewal in over one hundred parishes in the Archdiocese. Now this renewal
process can be presented for our Spanish-speaking communities.
What Happens on the Weekend?
Food, laughing and learning tend to happen on these weekends. During the weekend,
participants hear from fellow parishioners sharing stories of change, challenge,
impact, doubt, transitions, instincts for faith, and where they are with the movement
of God in their lives. Sacraments are an integral part of the weekend, which
concludes with Mass.
What happens before the Weekend?
A lay Spiritual Director, trained for the role during a thirteen-week twenty six-hour
training process, guides a team of fellow parishioners. This person invited
to the training by the pastor guides the formation of a team in and for Christ,
creating the nucleus of the spiritual renewal process.
Who may attend?
All men and women are welcome. Christ Renews His Parish is for anyone looking for that
elusive "something more" in their relationship with themselves, others,
and Christ. You only need to be a seeker or willing to seek that ‘more’
in your life. Many attend because they accurately sense that something
is missing in their lives.
How does a parish begin the process?
Parish leadership – Pastor, staff, and members of the Parish Council begin
the conversation. Some plan to attend an “Inquiry Night” to gather
some information and ask some questions. Contact Msgr. Richard Hynes
from the Department of Parish Life & Formation at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 534-8388 and receive a packet of information.
Once the decision is agreed to by the parish leadership, a date for the initial
weekend is chosen and a team from the Archdiocese readies itself to present the