Dear RENEW Friend,
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus. It means simply "the coming" or the "showing." During the season of Advent we celebrate the various comings of God into our human community—into the past, the present, and the future. Jesus is the God of Advent.
As we approach this wonderful liturgical season in which we prepare for Jesus' coming, take the time to become more deeply aware of God's presence in your life. Take the time from shopping, cooking, and decorating to make space for remembering all the ways God has shown his presence to you in the past and pay attention to how Jesus comes into your life today.
May Jesus, the God of Advent, be born anew in your heart.
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, D.Min.
President & Executive Director
La palabra Adviento proviene del Latín adventus, que simplemente quiere decir ‘la venida’ o ‘llegada’. Durante el tiempo de Adviento, celebramos las distintas venidas de Dios a nuestra comunidad humana en el pasado, presente, y futuro. Jesús es el Dios de Adviento.
Mientras nos acercamos a este maravilloso tiempo litúrgico, en el cual nos preparamos para la venida de Jesús, tomate el tiempo para profundizar y hacerte más consiente de la presencia de Dios en tu vida. Del tiempo que usas para hacer compras, cocinar y decorar, haz un espacio para recordar todas las maneras en que Dios te ha mostrado su presencia en el pasado, y presta atención como Jesús viene a tu vida hoy.
Que Jesús, el Dios de Adviento, nazca nuevamente en tu corazón.
Bendiciones de Adviento,
Hermana Theresa Rickard, OP, D.Min.
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva
Prepare for the New Church Year
The liturgical year begins soon with Advent, when we prepare to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
To start the year, RENEW International offers faith-sharing resources in English and Spanish—Advent Awakenings
and Reflexiones en Adviento—
which enable small Christian communities to escape the shopping and cooking and feel the excitement of waiting for the Lord.
RENEW also offers PRAYERTIME
) for each liturgical year—reflections on the Gospel readings for Sundays and solemnities, and Lifting Up Our Hearts,
which helps small Christian communities appreciate the renewed Roman Missal
that we will use at the beginning of the new liturgical year. Learn more
about this exciting time!
faith-sharing group today!
Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc. Helps Visually Impaired Connect with God's Word
“The Lavelle Fund is delighted to help make RENEW’s outstanding religious education materials available in large-print editions accessible to parishioners with visual impairments.”
Andrew S. Fisher, Executive Director
Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.
RENEW International has partnered with the Lavelle Fund to offer large-print editions of several resources, including Lifting Up Our Hearts: Praying with the Third Edition of the Roman Missal
and its companion pew card. With this resource, individuals with visual challenges can join the small groups in their parishes, participate in small groups in senior centers and infirmaries, or prepare on their own.
We are deeply grateful for the Lavelle Fund’s generous support.
Large-print editions are available for Why Catholic?, ARISE Together in Christ, and Lifting Up Our Hearts.
RENEW's Faith-Sharing Group Gave Two People This Blessing
GREEN BAY, Wisc.—Lori Flanagan’s first experience with RENEW had an unexpected result: 27 years of marriage.
Lori met her husband, Mike, in a RENEW faith-sharing group in 1982 at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Green Bay. Mike was the leader of the group Lori joined.
The couple, who also took part in RENEW 2000
, are still active in the parish small Christian community. Lori is a business manager at a nearby church, and she and Mike have three children now in their twenties. Lori is pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisc. Read more of Lori's heart-warming story
Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, RENEW staff member, poses with Lori Flanagan, in Green Bay, Wisc.
As you spend time planning and preparing with your family this Advent keep in mind your communication style. Here are some guidelines for good dialogues as suggested by Pope Paul VI:
1) Be clear. Know what the issue is and try to stick to it; avoid words like "always" and "never."
2) Be gentle. Do not "come out fighting;" do not be arrogant or disdainful. Listen with gentleness. It will help you hear better. Remember, you are dealing with a person you love.
3) Be trusting. Look beyond actions for the positive intent which is almost always there. People who love one another generally do not want to hurt each other.
4) Be prudent. Try to focus on your feelings about the situation rather than the other person's actions. Accusations are easier to get angry about, but your feelings may be honored.
5) Before speaking, listen. Be conscious of your partner—not just the words but also the feelings, gestures, and eyes.
Adapted from Handbook for Today's Catholic Family
These two leaders of ¿Por qué ser católico? faith-sharing groups in Hazelhurst, Miss., know that family communication is vital in maintaining healthy relationships.
In honor of Veterans Day, please consider making a contribution to support RENEW International's work with the military. First Sgt. Anthony Enriquez shares, "The experience of the faith sharing in Why Catholic? is so powerful, I think all Catholics should experience it."
You can help us reach others in the military by making a donation
to RENEW International today. Thank you and God bless!