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.
 
Advent Blessings,
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, D.Min.
President & Executive Director  
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Estimado/a Amigo/a,
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
 

New Year Publications 
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 Advientowhich enable small Christian communities to escape the shopping and cooking and feel the excitement of waiting for the Lord.
 
RENEW also offers PRAYERTIME (in English and Spanish) 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!
 
 
Order for your faith-sharing group today! 
 

Your Donations at Work! 
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.

Personal Connection 
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.


Renewing Family Faith 
Communication
 
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!
In This Issue
Shop to Benefit RENEW 
Join us for some holiday shopping that benefits RENEW! 20% of all merchandise profits will be donated to RENEW. Shop for beautiful home décor, jewelry, handbags, and much more. They make great gifts!
 
Saturday, December 10
Open House: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
5 Jenna Lane
Edison, NJ 08820

Raffle prizes!
Winners need not be present.

View invitation for more details.
RENEW International's Annual Report 2011 
See how RENEW is furthering its mission and fostering spiritual renewal around the world in our new interactive Annual Report.
 
New Director of Development 
John Carney has joined RENEW International as Director of Development. John will be leading the department team's efforts to continue to successfully fulfill RENEW's mission. Read more about John and his exciting work with RENEW.
Estate Giving 
Consider making a gift to RENEW through your estate. For a sample codicil so you can arrange a bequest without rewriting your entire will, please contact John Carney at 908-769-5400 ext.143, or JohnC@RENEWintl.org
Gathering in Keller, Texas 
RENEW supporters Kevin and Queta Oakley hosted a gathering with 30 friends to pray together, share about RENEW’s work, and enjoy delicious food.
 
RENEW Small Groups Put Faith into Action 
Inspired by their participation in ARISE Together in Christ and Lenten Longings, Vietnamese Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston are preparing and serving meals to the homeless in Brockton. Read more about their amazing story.
 
Photo by Julie Vo
Pondering the Word 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
John 1:1
 
John tells us a great mystery here—the man named Jesus is the eternal God. Reflect on this central mystery of faith: Jesus as fully human and fully divine.
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
As Advent approaches, prepare your heart and mind for the coming of Jesus. Please take a few moments to reflect on the following:
 
1) How do you picture God?

2) What role does God's presence play in your family life?
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