Dear RENEW Friend,
In the novel The Shack, the Trinity appears in unorthodox form to Mack, whose youngest daughter has been murdered. God, a gardener, asks Mack to help clear out a tangled mess of weeds and thorns, which we later discover is Mack’s heart.
 
Gardening is an apt metaphor for the Holy Spirit’s work of planting the Word of God in our hearts, clearing out the weeds, and empowering us to give witness to God’s presence in our lives. Read more about the Holy Spirit's work in your life in my RENEW blog post.
 
As we celebrate Pentecost on May 27, we pray for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our hearts and on the heart of the Church.
 
Happy Spring! Happy Pentecost!
 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, DMin
President and Executive Director  
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Estimado/a Amigo/a,
 
En la novela The Shack, la Trinidad se aparece ante Mack de forma poco ortodoxa: su hija menor ha sido asesinada. Dios, quien atiende un jardín, le pide a Mack que le ayude a limpiar una maraña de hierba mala y espina, lo cual descubrimos luego es el corazón de Mack.
 
La jardinería es una metáfora apta para el trabajo del Espíritu Santo que siembra la Palabra de Dios en nuestro corazón, limpiando la hierba mala, y dándonos fuerza para dar testimonio de la presencia de Dios en nuestras vidas. Lea mas sobre como el Espíritu Santo obra en su vida en el blog de RENEW.
 
Mientras celebramos la fiesta de Pentecostés el 27 de mayo, oremos para que el Espíritu Santo sea derramado abundantemente en nuestros corazones y en el corazón de la Iglesia.
 
¡Feliz primavera! ¡Feliz Pentecostés! 
 
 
Hermana Theresa Rickard, OP, DMin
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva
 

Gala 2012 Online Auction 
Bidding Open Now!
 
 
A key feature of our 13th Annual Dinner Gala is our online auction! Preview and bid on exciting items, even if you cannot join us that evening. Obtain a unique item while supporting our ministry around the world.
 
This year’s featured items include:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...and many more!
 
Bid on your favorite items directly from your computer and check back often as new items are added frequently!
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RENEW’s 13th Annual Dinner Gala will be held on June 7 at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange, New Jersey. This year, we honor Bernard M Hartnett, Jr., Deacon Anthony J Gostkowski, and the Wednesday 6 a.m. Men’s Small Christian Community of the Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ. The evening will feature sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, a diversified charity auction, an exciting raffle, live entertainment, and a delicious dinner. For more information about the event, visit www.renewintl.org/gala.
 

Your Donations at Work 
 
RENEW Responsible for this College Craze
 
For many Catholics, the late teens to the early 20s are the years for questioning some of the pathways in life’s journey. It is a time when many young Catholics question the meaning of their faith. To meet a young adult’s need for better understanding of the faith, RENEW created Campus RENEW. Using the RENEW format of small Christian community (groups of eight to twelve students who come together weekly to share faith), Campus RENEW creates opportunities for students to deepen their faith and be challenged to service.
 
Thanks to the generosity of RENEW donors, Campus RENEW is affordable even on a college student’s budget. For only $65 you can sponsor a student and provide him or her with the complete set of six Campus RENEW books.
 
Campus RENEW has become a central part of my college life,” said one participant. “The connections I have made with fellow students, as well as my faith, have not only made me stronger in my faith but also helped me transition to life on campus.”
 
 
   
Help college students like this group in Tucson, Arizona, deepen their faith through Campus RENEW.


Fellowship, Prayer, and Renewal in the Archdiocese of New York 
Meeting the Needs of Our Priests
 
On April 19, 2012, RENEW International presented a special afternoon of fellowship, prayer, and renewal to a gathering of priests from across the Archdiocese of New York. Organized by Fr. Tom Devery, the Director of the Office of Priest Personnel in the archdiocese, this event brought interested priests to St. Joseph’s Seminary at Dunwoodie, New York.
 
RENEW’s president, Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, and Fr. John Sassani, a pastor from the Archdiocese of Boston, served as presenters. Fr. Sassani spoke to the group about priestly spirituality and the need for building fraternity among priests, while Sr. Terry addressed the ways in which small communities of priests are ideal settings for personal and communal renewal and enrichment.
 
RENEW International observed, from its ministry work in parishes around the country, that priests are stretched by many day-to-day duties and do not have sufficient opportunities for spiritual renewal and fraternal community. Renewing the Priestly Heart emerged as a clergy renewal process especially designed for use in regular meetings of small groups of priests.
 
Fr. Devery spoke of the blessings of priest renewal in small groups, “One proven way to regain our spiritual bearings is by gathering with our brother priests for prayer and support, and to grapple with the really important aspects of life as a priest.  I recommend Renewing the Priestly Heart for priests who want to bring new zeal to their lives and their priesthood.”
 
To read the full article, click here. For more information about Renewing the Priestly Heart, please visit www.renewintl.org/priestlyheart.
 
    


The Solemnity of the Ascension 
Celebrate Today
 
The Church has celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension since at least the fifth century and probably for much longer.
 
St. Luke suggests that Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after he rose from the dead, and so the event has been commemorated since antiquity as Ascension Thursday — May 17 this year.
 
However, many dioceses move the observance to the following Sunday so that more Catholics will attend Mass.
 
Whether Thursday or Sunday, it’s an important day, marking the culmination of the saving act of Jesus through which God and his people are reconciled and intimately present to each other.
 
Read more about the rich history of the Solemnity of the Ascension.


Renewing Family Faith 
 
Actions to Strengthen Family Life
 
-Organize a young couple's sharing group.
-Begin a shared baby-sitting service among those with children.
-Start a playgroup for toddlers.
-Organize a parenting seminar at the parish.
-Have a parish family picnic or potluck.
-Initiate regular family Masses.
-Encourage the offering of family religious education opportunities.


 This young mother brought her toddler to the ARISE Together in Christ information session in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada.


Consider making a donation in honor of your mother, grandmother, or another important woman in your life. Your tax-deductible donation to RENEW International helps us engage more people to strengthen their faith and find God in everyday life.
 
In This Issue
Pentecost Prayer 
Holy Spirit,
Jesus promised that he would not leave us orphaned when he ascended to the Father.

He kept that promise by sending you to enliven his Church with wisdom and zeal.

We are that Church today.

We pray that you will inspire us
to be faithful to the Gospel and, above all, to be sources of love and justice for the whole world.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Tour de Elizabeth 
RENEW staff members are preparing to ride in the ninth annual Tour de Elizabeth, a 15-mile cycling event on May 20 in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey.
For more information and to support RENEW International, visit our Tour de Elizabeth Bike Tour page.
 Eartha Johnson, RENEW's Customer Service Manager, is gearing up for the Tour!
PrayerTime/Oremos 
For your year-round faith-sharing needs...
   
Reflections on the Sunday Gospels. Disponible en español.
Pondering the Word 
"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God."
I Corinthians 2:12
 
The Spirit is given to you for understanding the gifts of God. Pray to accept this understanding and to live according to God's gifts.
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
Thinking about the Holy Spirit working within us, reflect on the following:
 
1) We pray, "Come Holy Spirit." How do you experience the coming of the Spirit in your daily life?
 
2) What person comes to mind as one who shows forth a gift of the Spirit? Why?
Share Your Story! 
Share your story of inspiration with us and it may be included in the next World RENEW eNewsletter!
Estate Giving 
Consider making a gift to RENEW through your estate. For sample language 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
RENEW Blog 
Enrich your spiritual life through the RENEW Blog: Branching Out.
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