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October 13, 2000 Issue
Renew 2000

Importance of Renew faith-sharing evident

Unexpected death of a group member shows our need for these relationships

By Jennifer Dercks

Although St. Sebastian Parish in Isaar is a small parish, we are doing what we can with Renew 2000, and those of us participating value the time it has afforded us to share our faith with each other.

How much I value this faith sharing, as well as the communal relationships I am forming with other members of our parish because of Renew 2000, has been especially impressed upon me this week. We, very tragically, lost one of our Renew participants, Joe Renner, in a fatal car accident off Highways 29 and 41.

Sometimes, our Wednesday night meeting boiled down to me, my husband and Joe Renner. We got to know him well and came to greatly admire the simply sophisticated way he wrestled with trying to conform his humanity to his Christianity. He was, truly, an inspiration to both my husband and me.

But for Renew, we would not have experienced this relationship with and inspiration from Joe. For what it is worth, I thought I would pass that on to you. You never know in life all the "ripple effects" of your actions and endeavors.

I am of the philosophy that it's good to know of all the positive ones you can, even if they are realized through a sorrowful circumstance. I guess what I'm saying is, Renew 2000 is making a difference in ways untold and unknown to many. I am glad to be a part of it.

(Dercks is the Renew 2000 coordinator for St. Sebastian Parish, Isaar. Mr. Renner, 56, died Oct. 1. He had been a sprinkler fitter in the construction trade for 32 years and was a member of the St. Sebastian parish council. He was an archer and made his own bows and arrows. He was active in the VFW . He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lois; children, Nick, Lisa, Lydia and Philip; a granddaughter, Alison; two sisters and four brothers. Fr. Dave Ashbeck presided at the funeral Mass.)

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