The Pope Wants a 'Patient, Persevering' Church
  
Sr. Terry
Dear Friend,  
 
Pope Francis calls on every local Christian community to embrace the joy of the Gospel, send forth evangelizing disciples, and so bring to life his vision of a renewed and dynamic Church.
 
To read my blog, click here.
  
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
  
2014 Annual Report cover
RENEW International's 2014 Annual Report
 
We are grateful to all who have contributed to our ministry as we help people encounter Christ anew and revitalize parish life. Your contributions help us to respond to new pastoral needs, serve poorer parishes in the United States and mission countries, publish our materials in multiple languages and in large print, share the Gospel through new media, and fund programs for youth and young adults, as well as those serving in the military.
 
As you read our 2014 Annual Report, rejoice with us in what God is doing with your help through RENEW International.
 
To read our 2014 Annual Report, click here.
 

 
A Return to Catholic Action 
 
Fr. Bruce Nieli CSP
Catholic Action, an inspiration for the founding of RENEW, helped lay the groundwork for an emphasis on lay involvement in Church life, but lately there has been a lull. Fr. Bruce Nieli, CSP, says now is the time for a revival and renewal.
 
To read the article, click here.
 
 

Paul VI Opened Wide the Arms of the Church 
 
Beatification set for Oct. 19
 
Paul VI
In a way, Pope Paul occupies an unenviable place among the popes in the past five decades. He succeeded the big-hearted, jovial Pope John XXIII, and he was succeeded by the charismatic John Paul I and John Paul II.
 
Pope Paul, by contrast, appeared studious and reserved and did not generate the transcendent kind of popular excitement that has surrounded other pontiffs—including Pope Francis.

But this quiet man arguably had a greater impact on the Church than all but a handful of those who have occupied the Chair of Peter; some would argue that Paul had the greatest impact of all.
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
Small-Community Ideas That Work:
The Art and Skill of Listening 
 
Listening
Have you ever been talking and wondered if the other person was listening? It’s often not hard to tell: there is no direct eye contact or the arms are folded over. There’s also the absence of interjections—“uh-huh,” “yes”—and when the opportunity for laughter in response to something silly and disconnected is met with dead silence, you know the other is not listening.
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
 
Take a moment on Sunday, October 26 to speak a word of gratitude and encouragement to a priest in your parish or family on this national day dedicated to priests.
 
In 2003, the last Sunday of October was established a day to affirm the many devoted priests serving in parishes across the country. Priesthood Sunday is coordinated and sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International, a Catholic organization of lay men and women dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
 
RENEW has resources with reflections and prayers centered on priestly life today that would make thoughtful gifts for favorite priests. Use Promo Code PriestAB14 to save almost 50 percent on the Renewing the Priestly Heart Audio Book.
 
For more information, click here
 

 
 
All Souls' Day Remembrances (November 2, 2014)
 
On All Souls' Day we remember those who have gone before us. Include your loved ones in our daily prayer throughout the month of November and at a special All Souls' Day Mass. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff.
 
To submit you loved ones' names, click here.
 

 
From left to right: Sr. Terry Rickard, OP; Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros; Julia Oliver, American Bible Society chief financial officer; and Donald Cavanaugh, ABS's chief audit executive.
 
American Bible Society Honors Sr. Terry
 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, president and executive director of RENEW International, has received the Christian Leadership Award from the American Bible Society. She was honored along with two other leaders in Bible engagement ministry at the Eighth Annual Golf Benefit, Driving for Bibles, sponsored by ABS on September 26, 2014 at Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence, New York.
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
 
Pray With Our Blessed Mother Mary During the Month of the Rosary and Prepare for Advent!
 
October is the Month of the Rosary, and Advent begins November 30. These are wonderful opportunities to renew your appreciation of and devotion to Mary, model of the Church, and spend time reflecting on the Sunday Gospels of Advent. The experience of reflecting on Scripture, praying together, and sharing in a supportive small community is one of the most effective ways to deepen your faith and connect faith to life. Order today!
 
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Conference Calendar 
 
Vocation Ministry for the New Evangelization
October 9-10, 2014
Mary McKillop Place, North Sydney, Australia
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, RENEW International's president and executive director, is facilitating Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia’s two-day workshop, “Vocation Ministry for the New Evangelisation.” Her presentations include “Evangelization Matters,” “The Joy of the Gospel and its Implications for Religious Today,” and “Vocation Ministers: Answering the Call to be Missionary Disciples.”
 
CVMA exists to foster a 'vocations culture' that educates people about the nature of vocation and promotes, at a national level, the development of vocations ministry. For more information, visit http://www.catholicozvocations.org.au/
 
Diocese of Scranton’s Catechetical Convocation
October 18, 2014
Holy Redeemer High School and Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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
The association 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 parishes and in the world.
 

 
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October 2014: In This Issue
Fall Catalog
 
Fall Catalog 
 
Prayer Request
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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