Dear RENEW Friend,
When I was in the third grade my friend Melinda, who attended a Christian community church, told me her minister was away for the summer and they did not have to go to Sunday services. I thought this was a great idea. When my Mom woke me up on the following Sunday to go to Mass, I informed her we did not have to go to church during summer vacation. She quickly responded, "Honey, we’re Catholic and we go to Mass every Sunday. We don't take a vacation from God, and more important to remember is that God never takes a vacation from us."
 
For more ways to stay connected to God this summer read my RENEW blog post.
 
Summer Blessings!
 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, DMin
President and Executive Director  
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Estimado/a Amigo/a,
Cuando estaba en tercer grado mi amiga Melinda, quien asistía a una iglesia de la comunidad Cristiana, me dijo que su ministro estaba de vacaciones durante el verano y que entonces no tenían que asistir al servicio dominical. Pensé que era una idea estupenda. Cuando mi mamá me despertó para ir a misa el siguiente domingo le informe que no teníamos que ir a la iglesia durante las vacaciones de verano. Rápidamente respondió, “Cariño, somos católicos y vamos a la iglesia todos los domingos. No nos tomamos vacaciones de Dios, y es aun más importante recordar que Dios nunca toma vacaciones de nosotros.”
 
Para conocer más maneras de mantenerse en comunicación con Dios este verano, lea el blog de RENEW.
 
¡Bendiciones de verano!
 
 
Hermana Theresa Rickard, OP, DMin
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva
 

Take God with You on Vacation 
Experience God this Summer
 
Summer can be a time for new vitality in our Catholic faith. If we travel, we can usually find a church where we can worship among new faces.
 
The weather invites us outdoors to experience God’s presence in his creation. The outdoors also provide a peaceful environment where we can pray and read and reflect on Scripture.
 
We can also help those whose cares are not lessened by summer – by organizing a food drive, for example.
 
And summer is a time to be among other people, witnessing to our faith by our hospitality and the example of our lives.  

Read more ways to stay connected to God this summer.
 

Gala 2012 Brilliant Success! 
Thanks to You
 
RENEW International's Annual Gala was a great success this year! Because of generous donors, we raised over $250,000 to benefit our mission!
 
 Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, enjoying a gorgeous evening with honorees Deacon Anthony Gostkowski (left), who received the Spirit of RENEW Award and Mr. Bernard Hartnett, who received the President's Award.
 
The Wednesday 6 a.m. Men's Small Christian Community, Church of the Presentation, celebrated at the RENEW Gala.

Photos courtesy of Michael Gabriele/The Catholic Advocate
 
Click here to view more photos. Visit www.renewintl.org/gala to read more information about the event.
 

Your Donations at Work 
 
Large Turnout for Boston’s First Why Catholic? Presentation in Vietnamese
 
An historic moment for RENEW International—the first completion of Why Catholic? training for small group leaders in Vietnamese! Vietnamese lay leaders in the Archdiocese of Boston were trained by RENEW staff and translated the PowerPoint presentation and handouts. Those lay leaders are keeping very busy as St. Ambrose parish alone signed up 150 Vietnamese parishioners for Why Catholic? Many parishes are able to offer Why Catholic? thanks to people in the archdiocese who donate to RENEW. Join them in supporting RENEW!
   
These dedicated lay leaders are working with RENEW staff to make Why Catholic? materials available to the Vietnamese community.


Prepare for Advent 
RENEW Materials Available Now
 
It isn’t time to get the decorations out, but it’s not too early to decide to transform the weeks before Christmas into a more prayerful time.
 
You can plan now for your small Christian community to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth with Advent Awakenings or Reflexiones en Adviento for Year C.
 
The faith-sharing books contain four sessions with prayer, Scripture, reflections, and invitations to turn faith to action.
An appendix provides devotions for use at home, such as blessing of the Advent wreath and the crèche. A music CD is available with Advent Awakenings, too.
 


Renewing Family Faith 
 
Naming the Differences
 
An aspect of naming is the realization that there will be differences among family members. Not all have the same name; not all will have the same talents; not all will encounter the same problems. Realizing and naming help healthy families both accept and appreciate differences.
 
-Describe instances in your life when being able to name a problem brought a sense of relief.
-Describe the power that you find in being able to name and share feelings instead of suppressing them.
 

 This group of young adults at San Felipe Apostol parish in Chihuahua, Mexico, celebrated completing their first year of ¿Por qué ser católico?


Having recently celebrated our country's freedom, consider making a donation in honor of a friend or family member who is actively serving our country or a veteran who has done his or her part to keep us free. RENEW International works closely with the Archdiocese for the Military Services to provide training and materials to our men and women serving our country abroad.
 
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
St. Mary Magdalene 
Words can uplift and affirm, as well as mislead and detract. As we celebrate the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene on July 22, let us encounter Jesus, be open to Jesus, and be free from harmful controls and labels that block the way to the truth.
 
Read more about Mary Magdalene in the RENEW blog.
St. Sharbel Makhluf 
They also serve who only stop and pray. That variation on Milton applies to St. Sharbel Makhluf, whom the Church honors on July 24.
 
St. Sharbel, who died in 1898, was a monk of the Maronite Rite, which dates from the third century. Most Maronites are Lebanese.
 
Sharbel entered monastic life in Lebanon at 23 and lived a life of prayer and fasting.
 
Pope Paul VI, who canonized Sharbel in 1977, said the monk’s austere life might baffle some, but that Sharbel gave an example of simplicity and self-discipline that is important in a world preoccupied only with material comfort.
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
As you spend more time with your children this summer, reflect on the following:
 
1) How do parents and children "feed" each other with words of encouragement and how do these words affect us?
 
2) What is something for which you want or need to say, "I'm sorry," to another family member?
Pondering the Word 
"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth."
—John 16:13
 
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, dwells in you by Baptism. Reflect on the power of knowing truth and pray to live it accordingly.
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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