God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
-Joyce Rupp

Dear RENEW Friend,
Summer is over and I am back in the full swing of an overbooked calendar, lots of travel, and much preparation for upcoming presentations. It is difficult to pay attention to one of the most beautiful seasons of all—autumn. Seasons can teach us much about life. Fall reminds us that everything changes—nothing remains the same. I want to go with that more and trust God's providential care.
 
Take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn, pray for the grace to let go, and praise God for the beauty of creation.
 
Autumn Blessings,
Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
President & Executive Director  
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Dios de otoño, los árboles dicen adiós a su color verde, dejando así ir lo que fue. Nosotros también tenemos esos momentos de entrega, con toda la inseguridad y riesgo que representa. Ayúdanos a dejar ir cuando tengamos que hacerlo.                                                   -Joyce Rupp
 
Estimado/a Amigo/a,
El verano ya termino y ahora he iniciado una vez más una rutina muy ocupada, con muchos viajes  y mucha preparación para futuras presentaciones. Por esta razón, puede que sea difícil disfrutar de una de las estaciones más bellas del año, el otoño. Las estaciones te enseñan mucho sobre la vida. El otoño nos recuerda que todo cambia, que nada se mantiene estático. Esta enseñanza es la que quiero que te lleves y  que confíes en el cuidado de Dios.   
 
Tómate el tiempo para relajarte y disfrutar del cambio de las hojas, reza para que la gracia fluya en tu vida y alaba a Dios por lo bello de la creación.
 
Bendiciones de otoño,
 
Hermana Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva
 

Your Donations at Work! 
ARISE for Youth Urban Retreat Highlights
 
Eight young people from St. Augustine Parish in the Bronx, New York, continued their journey to be youth leaders at the Lead Me, Guide Me retreat in June as part of the ARISE for Youth Urban program. They participated in activities such as sculpting clay, journaling, and engaging in personal reflection to bring them closer to God, enrich their spiritual lives, and prepare them to lead other youth in their parish. This retreat was possible because of generous funding from the William E. Simon Foundation and individuals like you. Please consider supporting RENEW's youth ministry!
 
 ARISE for Youth Urban retreat participants taking a moment of silence to pray and reflect.
 

Lifting Up Our Hearts 
Prepare for the Third Edition of the Roman Missal
 
The Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be implemented on November 27, 2011. Are you prepared? You can be with Lifting Up Our Hearts! Learn more about this resource by attending a free, interactive webinar.
 
Thanks to generous funding from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, this resource is also available in a large-print edition.
 
 
Still not sure if this book is right for you? Many readers of Lifting Up Our Hearts agree with this parishioner at Immaculate Conception Parish in Somerville, New Jersey:
 
“The more we learned about the reasons for the changes in the liturgy, the more we understood what is happening and why at Mass.”

Order for your faith-sharing group today! 
 

Serving the Lord with Kindness 
Recognizing RENEW's Long-Time Volunteers
 
How we serve the Lord is a personal choice. Joe and Helen Penczak, parishioners of St. Joseph in Roselle, New Jersey, have volunteered at RENEW longer than most of us have worked at our jobs. For 20 years, everyone in the RENEW community has been affected by some project this vibrant couple has worked on.
 
Joe and Helen choose to actively impact the RENEW community, not only with their services, but with their humor and spirit. Read more about their story of giving and find ways to support RENEW's mission.
 
 Helen and Joe Penczak have volunteered for over 20 years
at RENEW International in Plainfield, New Jersey.


Renewing Family Faith 
Communication
 
When 550 family specialists were asked what was the most important trait of a healthy family, the number one answer was communication. Family experts also agree that television is one of the biggest deterrents to real communication.
 
Decide as a family two things you will do to help improve your communication at home.

Children of participants in RENEW's military Why Catholic? program enjoying the beach in Hawaii.


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In This Issue
RENEW Gets Blogging! 
RENEW has launched a blog! Stay updated with the RENEW blog Branching Out! Enter your email address and click "Subscribe" to receive email updates!
World Youth Day 
Beginning August 15, thousands of young people gathered in Madrid for five days of energetic, enthusiastic, spirited experiences. How would you channel that excitement and energy? Read more about these new leaders.
Happy Anniversary! 
World RENEW eNewsletter celebrates its one-year anniversary this month! Thank you for reading about the news and events of RENEW and the Catholic community over the past year! See archived issues here.
Advent Awakenings 
RENEW is proud to present a new resource to help you focus on the significance of this holy season: Advent Awakenings!
Reflexiones en Adviento is available in Spanish!
The Holy Spirit at Work! 
"One of my facilitators did not feel that she would be able to lead her group again this season, but the Holy Spirit worked through the hostess and members of her group to help her realize what purpose God had in having her facilitate this particular group. She called me soon after their first ARISE meeting and was overjoyed, feeling blessed abundantly and very happy that she listened to where the Holy Spirit was leading her!"
Miriam S., Our Lady of Fatima, Modesto, CA

Where is God leading you?
Pondering the Word 
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God."Matthew 5:9
 
Pray to become a peacemaker at home, in social life, and in your work.
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
As a new school year begins and work projects continue, reflect on how the following impacts your life:
 
1) How is your study or work part of God's ongoing creation? How does what you do reflect gospel values?
 
2) What satisfaction do you derive from your study or work?
Share Your Story! 
Share your story of inspiration with others and it may be included in the next eNewsletter!
Planned Giving 
Consider making RENEW International part of your long-term estate plans through a bequest to RENEW. For more information please email us. 
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