God's Light Shines on a Soccer Field 
 
When two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst. Matthew 18:20
 
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Dear Friend, 
 
On a warm August evening, candles lit the sky in prayer. I live at Our Lady of Peace Convent in New Providence, New Jersey. Supporters and neighbors gathered on the soccer field next to our house for a prayer vigil for four-year-old Brooke Healey. Last year, Brooke was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The candles lit up the field. I was so touched by the crowds—people of all ages and especially families with small children.
 
To read my blog, click here.
 
In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
Hitting the Road with RENEW's
Pastoral Services Team
 
The dedicated members of RENEW International’s Pastoral Services Team are busy making final preparations before hitting the road to visit dioceses and parishes throughout the world. Team members will provide training, faith enrichment workshops, and retreats to help parish leaders and participants successfully implement the variety of faith-sharing processes RENEW International offers for small Christian communities.
 
To find out who is going where and which workshops and retreats they will be leading, click here.
 

 
 
Hitting the Books with Campus RENEW
College years can be time of spiritual growth
 
When summer turns to fall, many young people return to campus for another year of study, fun, and activities. College days can be exhilarating and educational, but unfamiliar settings and new people can also cause young adults to question beliefs as they search for purpose in their lives. Sometimes, students find that faith and spiritual practice can be lost in this transition.

Campus RENEW provides a bridge from the faith of childhood to the seeking of young adulthood. Offered through Catholic campus ministry programs, Campus RENEW brings students, faculty, and staff together for faith-based discussions of life, work, and relationships. In gatherings of small Christian communities, participants encounter God, and explore ways to be of service to others and have a deep spiritual and prayerful life.
 
To read more about Campus RENEW, click here.
 
 

 
 
Member of ARISE Group Inspired to Join
Mission Helping Families in Tanzania
 
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these … you did for me’’ — Matthew 25:40
 
A man participating in an ARISE small group in the Diocese of London, Canada learned from another member about Chalice, a Catholic group that assists the poor in Asia, Haiti, Latin America, Ukraine, and Africa. After visiting the Chalice website, he decided to make monthly donations to sponsor two children. But when Chalice informed him of an opportunity to do more—to join a support team with a medical mission to Tanzania—he signed up and traveled to the East African country in August 2012. He recalls it as a moving and inspiring experience, and he plans to go again.
 
To read more, click here.
 

 
 
'How Can I Use My Gifts?'—Barb's Story
 
Barb grew up in a traditional Italian-American Catholic home but became distanced from the Church after being disillusioned during her young adult days. Years later, when she saw a newspaper ad inviting inactive Catholics to a local parish “no questions asked,” she gaves it a try. 
 
To hear Barb's story, click here.
 
Barb's story is part of a new video series from RENEW International entitled Turning Points: Witness Stories. The videos offer a way to help parishioners start a dialogue about faith with family and friends who have left the Church or who are religious “seekers.” The video series is also available in Spanish as Cambios de rumbos: Historias de testigos.
 
 
To learn more, visit www.renewintl.org/turningpoints.
 

 
From the RENEW International Blog
 
Assumption Holy Day Commemorates a Marian Mystery
By Deacon Charles Paolino
Pope Pius XII asked for advice, and he got it. After hearing from the bishops, Pius XII in 1950 declared this mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a dogmatic teaching of the Church. To read more about the Assumption, click here.
 
Lift Up Your Voice
By Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
We can’t witness to God’s saving works unless we speak up with what we say and what we do. To read, click here.
 
We Have a Home Away from Home
By Anne Scanlan
The Church is the home that draws us closer to God and to the distant loved ones in our lives. To read, click here.
 
Open the door to faith

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Gather to Renew Faith
Resources for the New Evangelization 
Parishes and dioceses can help parishioniers grow in knowledge and appreciation of our Catholic faith through special faith formation and spiritual renewal processes based on small community faith sharing. Small Christian communities and faith sharing are ideal ways for adults to re-awaken their faith and evangelize others. 
 
RENEW has many processes and resources to help you, your parish, and your diocese to awaken, deepen, and renew faith. To learn more, click here.
 

 
Will You Be Attending This Conference?
Please Stop By, Meet Our Staff! 
 
September 14, 2013
Open the Door of Faith/Abran la puerta de la fe,
Bishop Moore High School, Orlando, FL
RENEW International will have an exhibit booth and Sr. Pat Thomas, OP, and Manuel Hernandez will be leading workshops at the Diocese of Orlando’s annual Faith Formation Day conference, which will be held the day before Catechetical Sunday. Sr. Pat will present an overview of Why Catholic? Life of Christ: Walking with God. Manuel will present the workshop in Spanish, La vida en Cristo, el camino con Dios. Sr. Pat will also present the workshop, Small Christian Communities: Living Gospel Values in the 21st Century.
 
 

 
 
RENEW Friends Gather for Mass, Brunch
 
Friends and supporters of RENEW International gathered for Mass and Brunch on Aug. 4 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ.
This beautiful setting and intimate environment allowed us to faith share on the Gospel and renew friendships with former staff and good friends. Perfect weather, wonderful food, and an enthusiastic and charming congregation of all ages made this annual event special. It was truly a friendly family-like gathering of the community of the faithful.
 
Mass and Brunch at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club is one of our many annual friend/fundraising events. Other events include an All Saints Day Mass of Remembrance in the RENEW chapel, a private Christmas shopping day in December at an exclusive boutique in Edison, NJ, and our annual gala in June. If you would like to be part of these events, contact Dorothy at (908) 769-5400, ext. 112, or email dorothyo@renewint.org.
 

 
 
RENEW Staff Meet Pope Francis
 
RENEW's Annie Guadalupe (left) and Eartha Johnson (right) pose with "Pope Francis" (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, Aug. 8, in Somerset, NJ. RENEW staff memebers attended this event to build awareness for RENEW's faith-sharing resources.
 

 
Consider a Gift to RENEW International
 
Your tax-deductible donation to RENEW International helps us engage more people to strengthen their faith and find God in everyday life.
 
August 2013: In This Issue
Share Your Story!
Share your story of inspiration with us and it may be included in the next World RENEW eNewsletter!
Prayer Request
You are invited to submit your prayer intentions. The RENEW International ministerial community gathers to celebrate Eucharist each day. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff. Click here to request a prayer.
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