Parish Renewal

Parish renewal programs provide a valuable structure for a community desiring to initiate Go and Make Disciples.

All resources and materials are available in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Media Centers

ALPHA for Catholics – 10 week process

  • a friendly and engaging way to encounter faith
  • covers the basic foundations of Christianity
  • very attractive to young adults
  • systematic presentation of the Gospel message
  • invites participation and discussion in small groups
  • builds community and relationships
  • open to those investigating Christianity as well as the regular church-goers

Topics covered:

  • who is Jesus
  • why and how to read the bible
  • why and how to pray
  • about the Holy Spirit
  • evil and sin
  • about the Church

Information: Christ Life, the North American headquarters for Alpha for Catholic


Christ Renews His Parish

These men’s and women’s retreats are conducted in the parish from Saturday morning until the late afternoon on Sunday.  The retreats are led by a team of parishioners and clergy who would have already participated in a ChiRP retreat.  The format consists of witness talks on various catechetical and kerygma themes.  For information

PO Box 19100, Cleveland, OH 44119


Renew International fosters spiritual renewal, evangelization and the transformation of the world through parish-based small Christian communities

Why Catholic?  Journey through the Catechism – 4 year-48 session process

  • concrete approach to help adults deepen their Catholic faith
  • connect Catholic teachings to their everyday lives
  • thorough exploration of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • encourages learning in a prayerful small community setting
  • sessions on Catholic beliefs, sacraments, morality, and prayer
  • use the Catechism, scriptural, and reflection questions
  • formation tool for catechist, RCIA, sacramental preparation programs

Why Catholic? team provides the orientation, small community leader formation, retreat experiences, an invitation video, and family-oriented bulletin inserts. Resources to implement the process are available in the Why Catholic? Parish Kit.

RENEW – 21/2 year process of 5 sessions each lasting 6-weeks

  • Season I: God, A Community of Love
  • Season II: Conversion
  • Season III: Reaching Out (Through Evangelization)
  • Season IV: Reconciliation (Deepening Unity)
  • Season V: Renewing for the 21st Century

RENEW International offers on-location trainings for clusters of parishes for

  • formation of a core team
  • facilitator training
  • pastoral support

Information:  Renew International