ARISE! Together in Christ is a three-year, parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization that enables members and guests of St. Thomas the Apostle church to deepen their faith, develop a closer relationship with Christ, grow in community, and reach out in service to others. It emphasizes people living in good relationship with one another, as they make concrete applications of the gospel to their life situations.
The goals of the ARISE process are:
- Teaching and witnessing to the Word of God in Sacred Scripture
- Developing vibrant communities of faith and service that are ongoing
- Implementing a strategy for adult faith formation
- Providing a concrete and practical means of evangelization
- Enhancing the celebration of the Sunday liturgy
How It Works
Developed by RENEW International (the same group that developed the Renew program in the year 2000) in ARISE Together in Christ is a total renewal experience for the parish, spiritually transforming people through small sharing groups, sometimes called “small Christian communities,” special parish activities, reflections for families with teens and children, and Christian social action. Because of the variety of ways in which people are engaged, something is available for every parishioner, creating a unifying and enthusiastic spiritual climate in the parish.
Our parish and, indeed other parishes throughout the United States and some parts of the world, will be participating in ARISE or have participated in ARISE over a three-year period. There are five six-week blocks of time, each called a “Season”. Each of these Seasons has a major gospel theme that is broken down into weekly themes.
The flow of the ARISE Together in Christ process is as follows:
Questions and Answers
Q: When does all this start?
A: The second Arise Season, or session, begins during the Week of February 15th and ends on Sunday, March 22nd.
Q: How long does this take?
A: Each Season lasts 6 weeks, meeting once per week at a time and location that is convenient for you. There are 2 Seasons per year and the entire process lasts 2-1/2 years (total of 5 seasons). Each meeting is to lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Q: Where do we meet?
A: You can meet wherever it’s convenient for you and the other members of your group. In the sign-up process, you let us know what’s most convenient for you. You can meet in a person’s home, the church, or another quiet place.
Q: What if I’m already part of a sharing group? Can we continue to meet and do the Arise program?
A: Sure! Just let us know what group you’re a part of during the sign-up process.
Q: How many people can be in a group?
A: We suggest between 8 to 12 people, but the number is flexible, based on the location and other factors.
Q: Who makes the decision for who is in a group?
A: The Arise planning team. We put together the groups based on your preferences for day, time, location and other factors. But if you know of a group and would like to be part of please let us know.
Q: Does this cost me anything?
A: The only cost to you is for your seasonal workbook, $10. However, if you cannot afford a workbook the parish will provide one for you. If you would like to contribute so that others may receive free workbooks, please let Linda or Michael know; your contribution to Arise will be greatly appreciated!