Dear Sarah,
Lent is a time of giving up and a time of letting go, a time of leaving behind and a time of stepping forward. It is a time of returning to God and moving more consciously in synch with God’s way. Jesus is the way. A friend once said to me, “Terry, you are either on the way or in the way.” Lent is an opportunity for all of us to be on the way, led by God’s grace – acting justly, loving tenderly, and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
 
May this Lenten season lead us through the desert of longing and desolation and into fullness of life and the consolation of God’s merciful love.
 
Blessings on your journey,
Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
President & Executive Director 
 
 
Estimado/a Sarah,
La Cuaresma es un tiempo para renunciar, dejar ir, dejar atrás, y caminar hacia adelante. Es un tiempo para volver a Dios y movernos más concientemente en sincronía con el camino de Dios. Jesús es el camino. Un amigo una vez me dije, “Terry, o estas en el camino o estas obstruyendo el camino.” La Cuaresma es una oportunidad para que todos estemos en el Camino, guiados por la gracia de Dios- actuando con justicia, amando tiernamente, y caminando humildemente con nuestro Dios (Miqueas 6:8).
 
Que este tiempo de Cuaresma nos guíe a través del desierto de anhelo y desolación para movernos hacia la vida en plenitud y la consolación del amor misericordioso de Dios.
 
Muchas bendiciones en tu jornada,
Hermana Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva

Lenten Prayer 
For Reflection
 
Tender God of the garden and the desert,
you give life graciously as overflowing gift.
You pour out your lavish grace on us
even when we see and feel you not.
 
Give us the courage to let ourselves be led by you
to those places and persons where you wait to meet us.
 
Open our hearts and lives to your quiet and unsettling stirrings.
Come to us in both the ache and the awe of our human journeys.
 
In the company of one another,
deepen our faith to see that in each discovery of another,
we discover you, and each time we recognize you, our Father,
we come to know a little more of our true selves.
 
We place ourselves in one another's keeping
and together praise you, through, with,
and in the Spirit of Jesus, now and forever. Amen.
 
—Lenten Longings, © RENEW International 2011

Wholistic Approach 
Stockton Diocese Comes Together
 
The Stockton Diocese is truly participating in spiritual renewal: from parishes to campuses and even prisons, individuals are encountering God in everyday life!
 
Manuel Hernandez and Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, presenters for RENEW International, visited Stockton, California, in January to help parishes prepare for ARISE Together in Christ Season 2 faith-sharing. Parishioners participating in ARISE are sharing the Good News by raising funds to purchase faith-sharing books for inmates at area correctional facilities and by volunteering their time as leaders of small groups of incarcerated individuals. These resources help facilitate spiritual growth along their personal journey of reconciliation and provide an atmosphere for Christ to take root in their lives.
 
If you would like to help by donating funds to purchase books for others in need, please click here.
 
Manuel and Sr. Maureen visit correctional facilities
in the Diocese of Stockton, California.
  

Lifting Up Our Hearts 
Praying with the Third Edition of the Roman Missal
  
Adding to our extensive library of small Christian community resources, we’ve created an ideal process to welcome the Third Edition of the Roman Missal into parishes and into parishioners’ spiritual lives. Lifting Up Our Hearts: Praying with the Third Edition of the Roman Missal is a six-session small-group faith-sharing process which results in parishioners experiencing more full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgy. 
 
This an historic moment in the Church! The implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal has the potential to enrich spiritual lives and the way we worship. RENEW International makes it easy to implement in parishes with a variety of invitational tools and resources including a specially written faith-sharing book, a companion music CD, pew cards, buttons, and customizable posters and flyers. The faith-sharing book and pew cards are also available in large print edition. Register for a free informational webinar or order your copy today by visiting www.renewintl.org/missal
 Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC describes the new
Missal resources at a workshop in Trenton, NJ.

Why Catholic? in Haiti 
Touching Lives Around the World
 
Sister Pascal, SJC, in Haiti has been working closely with RENEW International while educating youth in Haiti. During the day, Sr. Pascal teaches high school students in the morning and elementary school students in the afternoon in UNICEF tents. Although she stays quite busy, she manages to find time to translate Why Catholic? into Haitian Creole to help facilitate adult learning and growth in the Catholic faith through small Christian communities.
 
Please continue to pray for Haiti—it is still difficult despite some reasons to hope. We are grateful that the Sisters manage to stay well in the midst of it all and carry on the mission.
 Sister welcomes young ones to school in Haiti.

Gala 2011 Honorees 
June 2 - Save the Date!
 
Join us for a spectacular evening at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ! Your participation helps us continue serving communities across the nation and around the world. 
 
Mr. Ronald J. Bushwell
President's Award
Ron has served and generously supported RENEW International for many years. He is a committed Catholic and long-time business leader in the life insurance industry. 
 
 
 
Sr. Mary C. McGuinness, OP
Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Award
Sr. Mary has contributed to RENEW International for more than thirty years. She has led small Christian community efforts and co-authored and edited many of RENEW’s faith-sharing resources. Sr. Mary is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ.
 
 
Mr. William B. McGuire
Spirit of RENEW Award
Bill truly lives his Catholic faith and exemplifies the values central to RENEW International’s mission. He is a respected attorney, devout Catholic, and recipient of various awards.
 
 
For more information and ways to participate including attending the eventplacing a Journal Ad, and contributing auction items, please visit www.renewintl.org/gala.

Renewing Family Faith 
Family Activities for Renewal
 
To fully experience Lent, consider doing something you have never done before in addition to giving-up something. Here are some suggestions:
 
- Each day learn one new thing and share it with your family.
- Try a new ethnic food and discuss it.
- Plant seeds for a new flower or vegetable.
- Read about a person in history who nurtured the hope of new life,
  e.g., Oscar Romero, Nelson Mandela, or Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Tell your family about this person.
- Make something you never made before and give it as a gift.
- Help at a soup kitchen or shelter.
- Examine your spiritual life through prayer, faith-sharing groups,
  lectures or retreats.
- Take a nature walk with your family to enjoy God's creation.
- Bring a plant or flowers to a shut-in.
- Do some spring cleaning yard work for an elderly neighbor.
 
Adapted from Family Time 

 Your donations are vital to advancing our mission. As we enter into Lent, we invite you to make a donation to continue the work of RENEW International. Thank you and God Bless!
In This Issue
RENEW Podcasts 
The Prophet Isaiah invites us to share what we have, helping us to create a more just and loving world. Hear more in this RENEW podcast.
RENEW Africa Transforms 
"RENEW Africa has transformed our parish from the skeptical sometimes pessimistic outlook to the realities of a modern church-going, God-fearing community. Wow, it has opened our eyes. We have had witnesses speak about being transfigured by the presence of God and about His works being seen by experiencing the way He touches us and our neighbors through RENEW."
Brendan in Port Elizabeth, Africa
Lent Recipe 
Veggie Chili
Here's a great vegetarian recipe during Lent, or anytime! Sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients:
—1 tablespoon vegetable oil
—3 cloves garlic, minced
—1 cup chopped onion
—1 cup chopped carrots
—1 cup chopped green bell pepper
—1 cup chopped red bell pepper
—2 tablespoon chili powder
—1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
—1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped
—1 15 oz can black beans, undrained
—1 15 oz can kidney beans, undrained
—1 15 oz can pinto beans, undrained
—1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
—1 tablespoon cumin
—1 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
—1 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
—1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
 
Directions:
1) Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir the garlic, onion, and carrots in the pot until tender. Mix in the green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Season with chili powder. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until peppers are tender.
2) Mix the mushrooms into the pot. Stir in the tomatoes with liquid, black beans with liquid, kidney beans with liquid, pinto beans with liquid, and corn. Season with cumin, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 
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Pondering the Word 
"...leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift." 
—Matthew 5:24 
 
As you experience reconciliation with God this Lent, pray for reconciliation with family, friends, and neighbors, too.  
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
As we start to experience Spring, reflect on how the following impacts your life:
 
1) What helps you to appreciate God's creation in all its beauty? 
 
2) It is difficult to feel responsible for all creation. What are some small, easy to recognize actions that can be done as a family that express our responsibility to creation?
 
3) God created everything and saw that "it was good." How does this fundamental goodness touch your life?
GLEANINGS Prayer Journal 
GLEANINGS is a valuable tool for both avid and occasional journal writers. When we journal we come to new realizations about ourselves and our relationship with God, with other persons, and with all creation. 
Order your copy today for Lent!
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