When we send an e-mail to someone, we can’t be sure of its fate. Will the recipient read it and then delete it or delete it without even reading it? We should have no such doubts when we pray. God hears all of our prayers, just as Jesus promised.
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
The ARISE team poses for a “class photo” at St. Romuald’s Parish
in Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
ARISE Inspires Group to Help
Family Coping with Illness
Members of a Kentucky parish in the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, who participated in ARISE Together in Christ were inspired by the experience to reach out beyond the confines of their church to assist a local family.
Catholic adults who joined ARISE small groups at St. Romuald Church in Hardinsburg decided to apply the lessons of the Gospel to everyday life by making meals for a family whose mother was under treatment for cancer.
In this way and others, the ARISE participants put their faith into action, and they can’t wait to see what the next season prompts them to do.
Sr. Terry and Father John Sassani,
author of Renewing the Priestly Heart
Priesthood Sunday is October 27
Take a moment on Sunday, October 27, to speak a word of gratitude and encouragement to a priest in your parish or family on this national day designated for priests.
Started in 2003, the last Sunday of October was established as time to affirm the many devoted priests serving in parishes across the country. Priesthood Sunday is coordinated and sponsored
by the USA Council of Serra International, a Catholic organization of lay men and women dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
With reflections and prayers themed to priestly life today, RENEW’s resources, Renewing the Priestly Heart
book and audio edition, would make a thoughtful gift for favorite priests.
'God Is for You'—Kevin's Story
Kevin is a man who faced tragedy in his youth, confronts his fears, and trusts in God, remembering the words and living witness of a childhood friend.
Kevin'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.”
Members of RENEW staff gather in chapel to pray for needs and intentions
of participants, donors, and benefactors.
God's Gift: He Hears Our Prayers
Prayer is our privilege. This may sound strange, but when we pray it means that we first have a relationship with God—a God we believe in and trust, a God who loves us and therefore extends to us the privilege of speaking to him whatever is in our hearts.
As we reach out to God—to Love—we begin by pausing to acknowledge that God is present to us. It is out of this heartfelt connection that we then present to God—with confidence—our needs and petitions.
To read more about RENEW International and prayer, click here.
Podcast: Guided Meditation
Experience the power of God's love as Dr. Laura Kolmar leads you through the form of prayer known as "guided meditation."
A Time to Remember: All Saints, All Souls Days
In the Catholic tradition, November is a time to remember those whom we have loved in this life and who have preceded us to a new life with God. To have your loved ones included in our Masses and prayers at RENEW during November and Advent, click here.
For a special memorial that also supports RENEW’s mission, consider sponsoring a paver to honor a loved one, living or deceased, in our Tree of Life Prayer Garden
Mark Your Calendar: Shop for RENEW
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“A Remembrance of You” Boutique
Please join us for a fun shopping experience and support the mission of RENEW International. Bring your friends and shopping list for a great holiday outing for you and your friends, sisters, mothers, book club, gardening club, and women’s groups. For more information, call Dorothy at (908) 769-5400, ext. 112, or email DorothyO@renewintl.org.
From the RENEW International Blog
The Transformative Power of Gratitude
By Sr. Terry Rickard, OP
Let us stop, notice, and appreciate how God blesses us in our daily lives.
The Right to Life
By Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
This month we rededicate ourselves to valuing life at all its stages.
All Saints Day
Adapted from PrayerTime
We venerate the saints for our own well-being, not for theirs.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Fall General Assembly
November 12, 2013
Members of RENEW International’s staff will host a gathering of bishops from across the country, in conjunction with their annual meeting, to highlight our newest diocesan pastoral offerings for evangelization, adult faith formation, and spiritual renewal.
2013 Faith Formation Conference
November 22-23, 2013
Santa Clara, CA
Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, RENEW presenter, will deliver workshops on Living the New Evangelization through Small Christian Communities and Be My Witness: the New Paradigm for Parish Life. This multi-cultural event draws over 2,000 attendees from five Catholic dioceses in Northern California. This year’s theme is Alive in the Spirit and is aimed at adults to enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge and skills to do ministry in their church and in the world.
February 27-March 1, 2014
Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, MD
We’re inviting all pastoral leaders to save the dates for the Mid-Atlantic Congress. The theme this year is Evangelization Matters: Journey with Christ in Faith, Witness, and Mission. RENEW International’s president and executive director Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, will give the Opening Keynote Address on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. In addition, on March 1, RENEW staff members will offer workshop sessions. Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC, will highlight the role of small Christian communities as ideal settings to prepare Catholics to reach out as evangelizers. Manuel Hernandez will present in Spanish on how RENEW’s newest resource forms Latinos to understand the social teachings of the Catholic Church. This is an event not to be missed.
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