The Arise Prayer

 

Gracious God and Father,

  we enter into your presence

  realizing you know us better

  than we know ourselves.

You know the cares and sufferings

  we carry in our own hearts.

 

You call us to holiness

  and we trust you to lead us

  together on our journey

  to be a renewed Church,

  for with you all things are possible.

 

Create us anew in Jesus Christ

  your Son.

Liberate us from all that keeps us

  from you.

Heal us from every form

  of sin and violence.

 

Transform us to live your Word

  more profoundly.

Awaken us to the sacred;

  rebuild trust among us.

Enliven our parishes;

  reunite our families.

 

May your Holy Spirit empower us

  to live as a community of love,

  freed to share in your work

  of recreating our world

  and restoring justice.

 

We believe you are doing

  something new,

  calling us to arise together in Christ

  to celebrate the fullness of life.

  Amen.

RENEW Prayer 

Amid a Pandemic
Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for your healing touch during this
pandemic.
We ask you to accompany those in our
small groups,
our parishes, our communities, our nation,
and throughout the world who are impacted
by the virus through infection, economic
loss,
or anxiety.
Renew our faith in your promise to be with
us always.
Keep us mindful, Lord, that we share in this
crisis
as a family and that whatever we are asked
to do
to prevent the spread of infection, we do for
the
good of all.
May we be patient and generous
with each other, following your example,
you who live and reign with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

A note from Sister Elizabeth: 

Dear Parish Coordinators and  Small-Group Leaders,

The coronavirus has affected our lives personally and globally. The RENEW team and I offer our prayers and support during these unsettling days. As you know, many dioceses throughout the country have wisely suspended all church gatherings, including small faith-sharing groups, until further notice. We will inform you as soon as the small groups can resume. Please check the Diocese of  Sacramento website for the latest updates:

 

 https://www.scd.org/coronavirus

The great gift of our faith is that we are not alone during these difficult times. God and our faith community are with us. The virus will not keep us from supporting and praying for each other—two of the five key elements of small faith-sharing groups.  We have already heard from small- group leaders that their groups have bonded, shared deeply, and begun the process of healing. Stay connected with one another until the groups can resume in person. RENEW will continue to provide weekly emails with suggestions and spiritual encouragement. Here are some ways for your small-group members to help each other during this time:

  • Pray for each other daily.  Call or text members of your group, send them the RENEW prayer at the end of this message, and commit to saying it each day.

 

  • Some groups may engage technology to do prayer and virtual faith sharing. The use of ZOOM or another technology platform is not expensive and there are free conference-call services.

 

  • If you find it difficult to meet as a group online, you can call, email, text, or Face Time to check in with individuals. Simply ask, “How are you feeling, and do you have any needs?” 

 

  • Encourage group members to look to God for strength, courage, and peace during this crisis. Watch Mass on TV or listen to Catholic radio. Check your diocesan website for links.

Additionally, our new partner, Parish Catalyst, is offering “A Webinar to Help Parishes Through the Pandemic” on Thursday, March 19, at 2 p.m. EST. You can register for the webinar by clicking HERE.  Registrants can view the webinar live or watch a recording later.

Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, president of RENEW, whom many of you met during the Healing Our Church information sessions, will present a webinar entitled Till We Meet Again: Five Ways to Keep Your Small Groups Connected on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT.  Please register at: 

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6532592611405540354

May we be witnesses to Christ’s love and model compassionate ways to help each other through these challenging times. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to reach out to me.

 

RENEW Prayer Amid a Pandemic

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for your healing touch during this pandemic.
We ask you to accompany those in our small groups,
our parishes, our communities, our nation,
and throughout the world who are impacted by the virus
through infection, economic loss, or anxiety.
Renew our faith in your promise to be with us always.
Keep us mindful, Lord, that we share in this crisis
as a family and that whatever we are asked to do
to prevent the spread of infection, we do for
the good of all. May we be patient and generous
with each other, following your example
you who live and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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