Gratitude: Awakening to God's Goodness
  
Sr. Terry
Dear Friend,  
 
The Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to take nothing for granted. Our celebration makes us thankful for everyone and everything that blesses our lives and grateful to God, the source of all that is good.
 
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In Christ, 
Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP
President and Executive Director
 

 
 
Members of the Holy Trinity Catholic High School cheerleading
squad pose for a group picture with Why Catholic? team members
from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs/St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish
in Delhi, Ontario.
Parish Puts Why Catholic? on Parade 
 
Kristen sidebar
 Why Catholic? participants in Delhi (pronounced DEL-hi) in Ontario, Canada, took advantage of a weekend fall festival to show the whole community the enthusiasm surrounding the faith-sharing process from RENEW International.
 
The participants from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs/St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish took part in the festival parade. Tina Leal, second from right, a parish leader, said her daughter, Kristen, fourth from right, a member of the Why Catholic? team, invited her fellow cheerleaders at nearby Holy Trinity Catholic High School to help promote the process. Kristen was a small-group member when the parish experienced ARISE Together with Christ from RENEW. “We all had a blast,” Tina said about the parade. “We wore the (Why Catholic?) aprons, gave out candy, and visited with people along the  side of the road. It was great!’’ Fr. Alan Dufraimont, pastor, is at the center of the front row.
 
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Small-Community Ideas That Work: 
Prayer Options 
 
Prayer Options
Being creative with the opening and closing prayer can help participants grow by experiencing a variety of prayer forms. Familiar prayers can be reassuring, and they should be a part of the group’s overall experience, but sharing new words and forms can capture the participants’ attention, help them appreciate prayer as a conversation with God, and deepen their understanding of their place as members of the Body of Christ.
 
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All Souls Day—‘We Remember Our People’ 
 
Killian McFallWho are the people in your life who helped you to grow in faith? We can still thank the ones who live, and we can pray for those who are gone—a practice to which the Church devotes the whole month of November.
 
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RENEW Prays for Your Intentions 
 
RENEW ChapelInclude your loved ones in our daily prayer throughout the month of November. Your prayer intentions will be placed before the altar in our chapel and will be remembered in the prayers of our entire staff.
 
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Looking Ahead to Lent
 
RENEW International invites all small groups and parishes to make a six-week retreat by exploring the Sunday readings of Lent with our Lenten Longings series. This year’s readings and reflections cover the theme, For the Life of the World, where participants are called to commit to works of justice and to the ongoing conversion of hearts.
 
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Visit our online store for the full selection of resources for Lent in English and Spanish.
 

 
 
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Conference Calendar 
 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Fall General Assembly
November 11, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
Members of RENEW International’s staff will host a gathering of bishops from across the country, in conjunction with the bishops' annual meeting, to highlight Be My Witness/Sean mis testigos, our newest diocesan pastoral offerings for evangelization, adult faith formation, and spiritual renewal. 
 
2014 Faith Formation Conference
November 22-23, 2014
Santa Clara, California
Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, will exhibit RENEW International’s resources at this multi-cultural event which draws over 2,000 attendees from five Catholic dioceses in Northern California. This year’s theme is Living the Gospel Joyfully and is aimed at helping adults enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge and skills to do ministry in their parishes and in the world.
 

 
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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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