Be Open to the Joy All Around You
Sr. Terry
Dear Friend,  
Joy is one of the fruits of Holy Spirit. To let it permeate your life, trust in God, lighten up and, like a child, be open to the enlivening gifts, large and small, that every day can bring.
To read my blog, click here.
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director

'My Spirit Rejoices'—Grace's Story
A young woman perceives God’s unconditional gift of joy in all of life’s circumstances, from personal challenges to her parish ministry work.
To hear Grace's story, click here.
Grace's story is part of a new video series from RENEW International entitled Turning Points: Witness Stories. The videos offer a way to help parishioners start a dialogue about faith with family and friends who have left the Church or who are religious “seekers.”
A video series is also available in Spanish as Cambios de rumbos: Historias de testigos.
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To learn more, visit

Small-Community Ideas that Work: 
Four Qualities of a Good Listener
Are you a good listener? Do you recognize a good listener when you are speaking? What qualities and characteristics come to mind when you think about good listeners?
Click here to see if these four are also on your list.

Faith in Action Photo Contest
Send us photos of your community in action for a chance to win a $100 discount off your next parish resource order.
  • Photos should be candid shots of activities, works of charity and justice.
  • Photos must be of print quality (1 MB in size).
  • Photos should be accompanied by a short caption with the names of your parish and diocese.
Two winners will be chosen each faith-sharing season
Fall deadline: December 15
Spring deadline: May 31
Email photos to
After submission, all photos become property of RENEW International. Photos may be used in print and online. Winners will be credited.

Catechetical Sunday: Teaching About 
God's Gift of Forgiveness
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
The Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, and will focus on the theme “Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness.” Catechetical Sunday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the role that we play in sharing faith with others and being witnesses to the Gospel.
Forgiveness and Reconciliation offers a profound understanding of people’s desire to be forgiven and the steps to take to live reconciled lives. Reflect on the healing power of God and the richness of the sacrament of reconciliation to discover again how to live in the freedom of God.
From September 8 through September 30, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Use code FRFS at checkout.

Golf Save the Date
There’s still time to register for the Golf Outing! For more info, click here.

RENEW Remembers Kathleen Norris 
Kathleen Norris
The staff of RENEW International paused recently to celebrate the life of long-time supporter Kathleen Marie Norris, who died on August 5 at her home in Venice, Florida.
Kathleen and her husband, Jack, were honored at RENEW’s annual gala in 2004 for decades of financial, professional, and practical help.
Kathleen and Jack, who were parishioners at the Church of the Presentation in Saddle River, New Jersey, were personally very generous to RENEW.
To read more, click here.

From the RENEW International Blog
Cisco the Convent Cat
By Sr. Terry Rickard, OP
There's a lot to learn from a pet that thrives in spite of adversity.
To read, click here.
Strong Women of St. John Parish
By Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC
Three women in South Africa are exemplars of strength in the midst of poverty and deprivation.
To read, click here.
Trust God to Deliver the Message
By Charles Paolino
When proclaiming the Word let the Holy Spirit move where it will.
To read, click here.

Interim Director of Operations Patricia Wiley (center) was accompanied by Customer Service Manager Eartha Johnson and
Editorial Assistant Christopher Burns.
RENEW International Attends Association of Catholic Publishers First Membership Meeting
Three members of the RENEW International staff attended the Association of Catholic Publishers’ first membership meeting. The event was held in early September in the Schiller Park suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
To read more, click here.

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Conference Calendar 
Diocese of Scranton’s Catechetical Convocation
October 18, 2014
Holy Redeemer High School and Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilkes-Barre
Greg Kremer, RENEW International’s director of diocesan sales, will be exhibiting RENEW’s resources and giving a workshop to promote the ARISE Together in Christ process to individual parishes.
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry
October 29-30, 2014
San Antonio, Texas
NCADDHM is joining with other Hispanic ministry organizations for their annual conference. Father Alejandro Lopéz-Cardinale, RENEW International's Hispanic programs coordinator, will represent RENEW at this conference on the three key themes of evangelization, community, and mission. The National Congress on Hispanic Ministry provides an opportunity at the national level for Catholic organizations, associations, and individuals who serve Hispanics and the Church to dialogue and reflect on the reality of the Catholic Hispanic community in the United States.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Fall General Assembly
November 11, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
Members of RENEW International’s staff will host a gathering of bishops from across the country, in conjunction with their annual meeting, to highlight Be My Witness/Sean mis testigos, our newest diocesan pastoral offerings for evangelization, adult faith formation, and spiritual renewal. 
2014 Faith Formation Conference
November 22-23, 2014
Santa Clara, California
Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, will exhibit RENEW International’s resources at this multi-cultural event which draws over 2,000 attendees from five Catholic dioceses in Northern California. This year’s theme is Living the Gospel Joyfully and is aimed at helping adults enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge and skills to do ministry in their church and in the world.

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September 2014: In This Issue
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