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October 6, 2000 Issue
Renew 2000

Combining Renew 2000 with Jubilee 2000

Oneida parish kicks off season with a big party

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

Renew provides a great opportunity to give something back to people, said Don Coenen, Renew 2000 coordinator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Oneida.

"It's a really nice way to give everyone a chance to come together," he said. "That's what the Eucharist is all about and what God is all about."

Immaculate Conception has 65 members participating in Renew from approximately 125 parish families. The parish will hold a Jubilee Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 with Fr. Richard Thomas, pastor, presiding and Msgr. Jim Dillenburg and Dcn. Maury Reed in attendance. Booyah and other refreshments will follow Mass.

"Everyone is invited," said Coenen. "The young people will be participating in the choir and as servers. I will be handing out Renew pencils and shaking hands in the back of church. It is a great way to kick off the Renew season."

Those attending the Jubilee Mass are asked to bring a canned good for the offertory gifts. The offering coincides with the week one theme for Season V of Renew 2000, "Loving the Poor."

Rose Coenen, Don's wife, decorates the church in relation to the themes. Parish participation and support of Renew has been strong, said Don.

"One lady made Renew vestments for Fr. Thomas," he said. "Another lady made cloths for the altar. Our core team is one in a million. They are outstanding. Anyone can lead, but you need some good people. Fr. Thomas really backs me up. It doesn't work without a good pastor."

Immaculate Conception kicked off Season III of Renew last fall with an ecumenical picnic where members of neighboring faith communities were invited. In addition to the large events, Don is pleased with the small faith groups.

"It is so much fun and rewarding," he said. "We have one person with Alzheimer's in our group who has really felt the presence of faith. I plan to place canned food and a jacket by the Renew candle to symbolize helping the poor for the first week. I will add something each week and at the end of the six weeks everything will be covered."

There are five small faith Renew groups at Immaculate Conception. Plans to meet once a month beyond Season V have been discussed, said Don.

"I don't want it to end," he said. "I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am a motivator and people have joined with me. We are a small, country parish with a lot of good people who make it fun."

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