Violence Can't Have Last Word 
 
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Dear RENEW Friend, 
Even as we celebrate the hope of the Risen Lord, we have been confronted again with the darkness of hatred and violence. As people of faith, our response to such acts  perpetrated by a handful of misguided human beings cannot be pessimism. To read my blog, click here.
 
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP, DMin
President and Executive Director
 

 
  
 
Meet Mary in Prayer
 
May is traditionally devoted to Mary, and that makes this a perfect time to deepen your friendship with her — and, through her, with Jesus — with At Prayer with Mary, a new faith-sharing resource from RENEW International.
 
At Prayer with Mary, written by Father John Phalen and Brother James Posluszny, both members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, consists of seven sessions with prayers, song suggestions, personal reflections, and faith-sharing questions.
 
At Prayer with Mary webinar
 
To view the webinar, click here
 
To learn more about At Prayer with Mary, click here
 
For more reflections on Mary, visit RENEW International’s blog
 

No temas, María Is Finalist for Award 
 
RENEW International’s newest faith-sharing resource for Latino Catholics, No Temas, María by Adele Gonzalez, has been selected as a finalist for this year’s “Excellence in Publishing Awards” given by the Association of Catholic Publishers. These awards, which will be given out at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit this month, recognize the best in Catholic publishing. To read more, click here.
 
 

 
 
Gala 2013: Come Celebrate With Us
 
RENEW's 14th Annual Dinner Gala will be held on June 6 at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange, New Jersey, celebrating an exciting and successful year in our mission to foster a renewed spirit of faith in Catholics around the globe. This year, we honor Michael Catanzaro, Rev. Joseph G. Healey, MM, and Lisa Marie Meehan. The evening will feature live entertainment, delicious food, and an exciting charity auction and raffle. For more information about the event, visit www.renewintl.org/gala.

 Whether you plan to attend the gala or not, take advantage of our online auction.
 
 
 


New Videos Show Turning Points of Faith 
 
RENEW International now offers a way to help parishioners start a dialogue about faith with family and friends who have left the Church or who are religious “seekers.”
 
Turning Points: Witness Stories tell real-life stories of people who have experienced awakened faith and new life as Catholics. These short, engaging videos in English and Spanish encourage sharing and discussion.
 
   
 
Parish ministries will also find many uses for these videos, for example incorporating them in sacramental preparation and RCIA and sharing them through YouTube, Facebook, and email.  
 
RENEW International received generous support for this project from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Communications Campaign and the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation. Visit www.renewintl.org/turningpoints.
 
To hear Brian and Valerie tell their story, click here.
 

 
From the RENEW International Blog
 
With Eyes that See the Hope
By Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Trust in God Opens Our Eyes to Hope. To read, click here.
 
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
By Sr. Marie Cooper, OP
To pray, begin with awe, wonder, and praise. To read, click here.
  
It Is Right and Just
By Sr. Terry Rickard, OP
What do we bring to Mass, and what do we take away? To read, click here.
 
Things that Come Out of the Mouth
By Deacon Charles Paolino
Our words reveal what’s in our hearts. To read, click here.
 
 

 
Conference Calendar 
 
Throughout the year, RENEW International participates in conferences hosted by national Catholic ministry organizations tomake connections that expand RENEW’s reach, let people know about our latest offerings, and share best practices from our work across the country. If you or a friend or colleague plans to attend, please stop by to say hello.
 
May 20-23, 77th annual conference of the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL), Cleveland—Attendees can visit RENEW International at exhibit booth 31 and attend the Rapid Resource roundtable sessions on Wednesday, May 21 to hear about timely and effective ways to bring the New Evangelization to life in their diocese or parish. Dr. Laura Kolmar and Lynn Hull will be representing RENEW.
 
May 30-June 1, Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD) & National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM), Las Vegas—Greg Kremer will be exhibiting RENEW’s resources and giving a “Speed Pitch” session on new faith-sharing process to address for merging and clustering parishes.
  

 
Consider a Gift to RENEW International
 
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