Cardinal O'Malley Looks to ARISE Sign-Up Sunday

Cardinal Seán O'Malley's most recent posting on his Internet blog urges Boston Catholics to become involved in RENEW International's ARISE Together in Christ process of spiritual renewal and evangelization.

"Summer is going fast and now is the time to start focusing on our big plans for this fall. And so, I would like to say a brief word about our bicentennial renewal program, ARISE Together in Christ. Many parishes will host ARISE Sign-Up Sunday on Sept. 13 and 14. It will be an opportunity for parishioners to sign up for their small faith sharing communities. The small group leaders have been preparing for this day and we are blessed with the dedication and commitment that so many bring to the work of building up the Church.

The first season of ARISE focuses on Christ, inviting us to explore the theme of 'Encountering Christ Today,' and it promises to be very interesting.

Parishes which have not signed up yet but are still interested in participating in the program, can contact Mary Ann McLaughlin or Ann Cussen at our Office for Worship and Spiritual Life at ariseinchrist@rcab.org or at 617-779-3640."

Recently, the Cardinal celebrated Mass at the merged parishes of Corpus Christi-St. Bernard where he lauded the efforts of the ARISE parish team. “I know that you are working to implement the ARISE program here, which is one of the ways the archdiocese is celebrating its 200th birthday. It is a wonderful program.” After the Mass, the cardinal met with parishioners at a breakfast reception and with ARISE volunteers, who were staffing an information and sign-up table.

He then wrote in his blog, "They were having a signup table for ARISE—and so many people at Corpus Christi-St. Bernard are getting involved in this parish renewal program. We were very pleased to hear from the volunteers how well it is going."

Click to learn more about ARISE Together in Christ.

About RENEW International RENEW International is a canonically-recognized Catholic organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. Since 1980 RENEW International has revitalized parish life in over 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages.