Dear Friend,
Welcome to the first edition of our eNewsletter: World RENEW! We are pleased and excited to provide you with news and updates about RENEW and also personal spiritual enrichment.  
 
I want to draw your attention to two pieces that really capture our mission: Table Talk and Pondering the Word. These regular features help you think about God's Word and apply it to your life for more meaningful relationships with God, your family, and your neighbors.  
 
Make sure to visit our website, www.renewintl.org, to learn more about our mission, ministry, and ways to get involved!
 
Blessings,
Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
President & Executive Director 
 
 
Estimado/a Amigo/a,
Bienvenido/a a la primera edición de nuestro boletín electrónico: World RENEW! Estamos muy contentos de poder ofrecerle noticias sobre RENEW, además de brindarle enriquecimiento espiritual.

Quiero llamar su atención sobre dos secciones que realmente reflejan nuestra misión: “Table Talk” y “Pondering the Word”. Estas secciones le ayudarán a reflexionar y aplicar la Palabra en su vida para así tener una relación más profunda con Dios, su familia y sus vecinos.

Asegúrese de visitar nuestro sitio web, www.renewintl.org, para aprender más acerca de nuestra misión, ministerio, y las maneras de participar.
 
Muchas bendiciones,
Hermana Theresa Rickard, O.P., D.Min.
Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva

ARISE for Youth—Urban 
Holy Places of Manhattan Retreat
 
As part of our ARISE for Youth—Urban program at St. Augustine Parish, Bronx, NY, thirty-five young people visited various holy places in Manhattan. Funding was provided through the generosity of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cullen Family Fund.
 
A prayer service was held at the African Burial Ground where all placed flowers on the burial mounds and crosses from El Salvador were blessed and distributed. The day was capped off by a ride on the Staten Island Ferry.
 
See more photos of the Holy Places of Manhattan Retreat.
 
ARISE for Youth
 ARISE for Youth—Urban at the African Burial Ground in Manhattan

RENEW Theology on Tap Turns 30! 
Celebration in Chicago
In early August, Kathy Motyka, program manager for RENEW Theology on Tap, traveled to Chicago to mark the 30th Anniversary of Theology on Tap, the successful national ministry program for young adult Catholics, which meets in restaurants and other casual settings.
 
Several events were held around the city to celebrate this milestone. More than 1400 young adults gathered weekly for the Theology on Tap events. Hundreds also came together for the finale Mass with Cardinal Francis George at Holy Name Cathedral followed by a picnic at the Cardinal’s residence. To honor the event, all alumni of Theology on Tap were invited back to celebrate their faith and the influence Theology on Tap has had on their lives. 
 
Read more about the celebration and RENEW Theology on Tap!
 
   
 Families celebrate in Chicago                              Cardinal George and Kathy Motyka

RENEW Africa 
Updates and Impact
RENEW Africa was launched in 2008 in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The materials for faith-sharing were created by and for Africans, providing a richer and fuller experience than translating the texts created for another culture.
 
In 2009, parishes in the Diocese of Queenstown and the surrounding area started the RENEW Africa process. Because of our generous donors, RENEW International has been able to serve communities around the world.
 
Inès Niragira shares how she has been impacted by RENEW Africa:
"Belonging to a small Christian community is very important to me because it keeps me in touch not just with God but with the Church as our family. It's helped me grow in love and caring for others...as in regularly praying for evangelism of all Catholics.
 
Participating gives me an opportunity to share and testify freely and openly about the good deeds of the Lord towards me with people I feel comfortable with, which is an opportunity that we do not get quite often in our Church."
 
RENEW Africa faith-sharing
RENEW Africa small Christian community engaging in faith-sharing

Renewing Family Faith 
Active Listening & Nonverbal Communication
Here are some suggestions for actively engaging with your children:
  1. Listen to the content in terms of facts and ideas; be as accurate as possible.
  2. Listen to the intent or emotional meaning; use your intuition to "hear" the underlying messages.
  3. Assess the nonverbal communication by examining body language and signals.
  4. Monitor your nonverbal communication and emotional filter by being aware of the messages you send.
  5. Listen to your child with empathy and without judgment by putting yourself in your child's shoes.
Family Fun Day
RENEW International Family Fun Day 2010
In This Issue
Golf 2010: September 16 
Join us at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ for a round of golf, silent auction, dinner, and more!
 
For more information visit: www.renewintl.org/golf
We hope to see you there!
Featured Resource: Scenes from a Parish 
This documentary film offers a rare and compelling glimpse into one parish's experience as it struggles to reconcile ideals of faith with the realities of today's changing and diverse culture. 
 
 
Comes with a faith-sharing guide ideal for individuals, parishes, and schools - order yours today!
Table Talk: 
Family Discussion
Consider these questions and how they impact your life:
 
1) Describe how you feel about being a member of your parish.
 
2) What can you do to help your family and your parish be a happier place?
Pondering the Word 
"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." —John 17:20-21
 
Reflect on how the world sees Jesus in you.

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