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Advent Action: Open the Doory of Mercy
 
 
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The extraordinary jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis began on December 8, 2015 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception during the second week of Advent. The call to receive God’s unconditional mercy, give mercy, and be witnesses of mercy is a call to Advent action. What better way to prepare to receive Christ anew in our hearts and homes this Christmas than to perform an Advent action of mercy.
 
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In Christ,
 
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Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
 
 
Coming Soon: Small-Group Resource on Laudato Si' 
 
RENEW International collaborated with the Catholic Climate Covenant and GreenFaith to produce a small-group resource on Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology. The 12 sessions feature Scripture, prayer, reflections, faith-sharing questions, and practical ideas for protecting and caring for the environment and people. Ideal for parishes, religious communities, college and high school campus ministries. It will be available for faith sharing in Lent.
 
For more information or to preorder, click here.
 

 
Small-Community Ideas that Work:
Let's Celebrate! 
 
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As the fall faith-sharing season draws to a close, we hope that it has been a time filled with spiritual growth and renewal for you. This is a time to come together to celebrate the season in its fullness—challenges and triumphs both.
 
For ideas on how to celebrate, click here.
  

 
Prepare Now for lent
Experience the Blessings of Lent
in Your Small Groups 
 
Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection, and conversion. Based on the six Sunday Gospels of Lent, Lenten Longings is an invitation to see ourselves, one another, and our world with the eyes of God. Watch our video on Lenten Longings or read a sample.
 
The Living Gospel offers daily reflections for Lent in pocket-book form, written by RENEW editor Deacon Chuck Paolino.
 
FREE BOOKS for orders in December! Purchase 10 or more copies of Lenten Longings and get the same number of The Living Gospel for free. Also, you can purchase a Lenten Longings small-group set and receive 10 copies of The Living Gospel for free. Call 1-888-433-3221 to order.
 
The Spirituality for Everyday Life with Ronald Rolheiser series explores the phases of discipleship and how to live as Christ’s disciples in today’s world.
 
Longing for the Holy serves as a primer for Christian spirituality and enriches the sense of God in everyday life. Click here to read a sample. 
 
Living in the Sacred takes a deeper spiritual journey to help us stay true to commitments as disciples of Christ. Click here to read a sample.
 
 

RENEW Offers Mass Cards for Your Intentions 
 
Article ImageDo you need a Mass card? RENEW International has beautiful new Mass cards which we will mail out for you. Your intentions will be remembered during a Mass in our Assumption Chapel. They are a lovely way to express your sympathies while supporting the work of RENEW.
 
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Conference Calendar 
 
Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference
January 8-10, 2016
Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, LA
The Archdiocese of New Orleans sponsors this annual event to support professionals and volunteers in all areas of ministry, drawing participants from Florida to Texas. On Friday afternoon, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, will be giving the keynote address, “Witness Matters: Creating an Evangelizing Parish Culture,” which will explore the importance of parishes’ fostering a culture of witness in the parish and beyond. Come visit us at booth #117.
 
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Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders
February 4-6, 2016
Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
Sign up now to join RENEW International at the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Congress. Workshops presented by staff members will include “Witness Matters: Forming Parish Small Groups for the New Evangelization,” by Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, Feb. 5, 1-2 p.m., and “La dimension social de la nueva evangelización” by Fr. Alejandro López-Cardinale, Feb. 6, 3-4 p.m. Be sure to visit RENEW at booths #508 and #510.
 
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LA Religious Education Congress
February 26-28, 2016
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles hosts the largest annual gathering of parish ministry leaders and volunteers in the country, with more than 25,000 attendees. RENEW International’s president and executive director, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, will be giving two workshops: “Mission Matters: The Social Dimension of the New Evangelization,” and “Small Christian Communities: New Evangelization from the Inside-Out.” Come visit Sr. Terry and staff at booths #209 and #211.
 
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Dec-Jan: Inside this Issue
 Fall catalog
Spring Catalog
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Annual Report
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Prayer Requests
You are invited to submit your prayer intentions. The RENEW International ministerial community gathers to celebrate Eucharist each day. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff. Click here to request a prayer.
 

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