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  • 1 Love : A Pastoral Guide To The Order Of Celebrating Matrimony


    The publication of the second edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony provides new liturgical and pastoral opportunities for presiders and parishes. In One Love, Fr. Paul Turner-one of the most reliable experts in Catholic liturgy today-provides sound guidance and instruction on the rite. Among the many important and practical topics he covers are:
    *uses for the expanded introduction
    *the engagement ceremony
    *the location for the wedding
    *the revised words for the questions, consent, and reception of consent
    *the customs of the arras, the lazo, and the veil
    *other wedding customs
    *and more

    One Love promises to be the go-to liturgical resource on Catholic weddings for years to come.

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  • 110 Fun Facts About Gods Creation


    Like all of the Fun Facts books, 110 Fun Facts About God’s Creation: Is it Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? is filled with questions, answers, and fun things to do. Read about eating lunch with grasshoppers and yawning like a hippopotamus. Find out what you might have in common with some very unusual animals, vegetables, and minerals as you explore our amazing planet.

    Why Teachers Love the Fun Facts Series:
    Vignette style offers a great daily read-aloud on a variety of topics
    Symbols, saints, and Bible stories are presented in terms children understand

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  • 4 Ways Forward


    An increasingly post-Christian world is forcing parishes to re-envision how they “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). Pastors and lay leadership must pivot to building up mission-first parishes, equipped to proclaim the Gospel to those who have not heard it — all while the numbers of practicing Catholics fall with increasing speed.

    Parish leaders are hungry for programs and resources to help them address these challenges. The problem is that no single model or program can suit every parish, and leaders are bogged down with options, many of which offer no clear goals or methods. In Four Ways Forward, Susan Windley-Daoust, theologian and director of missionary discipleship for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in southern Minnesota, provides a roadmap to pastors and parish staff to make sense of it all.

    In order to become an apostolic parish, there are four effective models to choose from, each built on a distinct, necessary insight and method in the art of conversion:

    1. Radical hospitality and proclamation
    2. The practice of spiritual multiplication
    3. Organizational mission (re)focus
    4. Highlighting divine signs and wonders in our midst

    Every fruitful, joyful, evangelizing parish should embrace the insights and methods of at least three of the four models. This book not only describes each model, giving examples of how it is being used in parishes today, but also offers a practical blueprint toward crafting a response to the post-Christian world, including notes on spiritual roadblocks that can get in the way.

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  • Accompanying Discerning Integrating


    The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has given rise to different interpretations. Any in-depth study of its theological conclusions will undoubtedly require time and patience. What cannot wait, however, is attending to the practical questions it has raised. After all, no one can abstain from acting: priests hearing confessions, bishops who need to give guidelines on pastoral activity to their priests, and families working in the field of pastoral care. Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating: A Handbook for the Pastoral Care of the Family According to Amoris Laetitia is intended to offer sure practical guidelines on this important matter of the Church’s pastoral activity.

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  • After Suicide : There’s Still Hope For Them And You


    Addressing the hard issue of suicide honestly and pastorally, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, draws from the teaching of the Church, the message of Divine Mercy, and his own experience of losing his grandmother to suicide in order to offer readers two key forms of hope. There’s hope for the salvation of those who’ve died by their own hand, and there’s hope for the healing of those whom they’ve left behind.

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  • Art Of Winning Souls


    In his chapter on the procedure for the reception of new brothers, Saint Benedict makes provision for entrusting them to the care of a senior who is skilled in winning souls who will diligently pay attention to them in everything (58.6). In The Art of Winning Souls: Pastoral Care of Novices, Michael Casey, OCSO, reflects on what this means today, based on his own experience and observation of the fruitful ministry of others. Here Casey focuses on the pastoral care given in the name of a monastic community to those who enter it, from initial contact up to the point where their vocation has recognizably stabilized. His reflections are not intended to be prescriptive. They are, rather, descriptive of what he considers to be best practice, as he has encountered this in his experience of many different expressions of the monastic and Benedictine charism. This book promises to serve as an indispensible resource for vocation directors, novice directors, and junior directors for years to come.

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  • Breaking Open The Word Year B


    Breaking Open the Word assists leaders of adult and teen Christian initiation, as well as Bible study groups, to “break open” and explore the word of God proclaimed in the Sunday liturgy. The pastoral commentary and reflection questions by Biblical scholar Mary Katharine Deeley facilitate meditation and discussion, bringing Scripture alive and making it relevant to today.

    Breaking Open the Word can be used on its own or in combination with Liguori Publications’ Journey of Faith RCIA program. Each liturgy is cross-referenced to a Journey of Faith lesson, enabling a Lectionary-based approach to catechesis for Christian initiation.

    Separate volumes of Breaking Open the Wordare available for each year of the three-year liturgical cycle, and each includes additional materials for use during Lent and the Easter Triduum.

    Each volume of Breaking Open the Word features:The lectionary readings for all Sundays of the liturgical year, Advent through the Feast of Christ the KingIn addition to the Year B readings, the Year A readings for the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent are included for use when the Scrutinies are celebrated with the Elect.

    The lectionary readings for the Easter Triduum

    The lectionary readings for those occasional Sunday feasts that supersede Ordinary Time celebrations

    Scripture commentary for each Sunday’s Lectionary readings

    Discussion questions for every set of readings

    A cross-reference linking each Sunday’s Lectionary readings to the Journey of Faith catechetical lessons

    A collection of brief gathering prayers and dismissal prayers for each phase of the initiation process

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  • Communion Of The Sick (Large Type)


    Valuable booklet for Extraordinary Ministers both in English and Spanish. Includes all appropriate readings as well as pastoral instructions and guidelines. Commentary, History, and Appendices by the Rev. Joseph M. Champlin. In two colors

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  • Compete Childrens Liturgy Book


    Year A
    Year B
    Year C

    Additional Info
    This is the perfect resource for parishes who schedule a children’s liturgy of the word. It is geared to ages 4-7 and for each week of the Lectionary cycle there is a hand-out activity sheet that involves children in the scriptural message. There are also notes and directions for liturgy leaders.

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  • Creating Rituals : A New Way Of Healing For Everyday Life


    Practical advice on creating rituals, a healing and transformative means of helping a person or a group to maneuver with confidence through times of transition.

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  • Cultural World Of Jesus Cycle A


    The 56 essays in this book present cultural reflections on the gosple assigned for each Sunday in Cycle A of the Roman Lectionary. Each essay highlights aspects of the first-century, Eastern Mediterranean, cultural world in which Jesus lived and suggests a cross-cultural comparison with contemorary western culture. With this background information, readers can make more fitting applications of the Scripture to modern life.

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  • Cultural World Of The Prophets Year A The First Reading


    Preachers and liturgy planners will find The Cultural World of the Prophets a companion to John Pilch’s The Cultural World of Jesus Sunday by Sunday series and The Cultural World of the Apostles series. Each essay offers historical, literary, and Eastern Mediterranean cultural information about the first reading and responsorial psalm of the liturgy of each Sunday.

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  • Deepening Faith : Adult Faith Formation In The Parish


    Since the ending of Vatican II, the Church has officially published no fewer than eight major documents calling for adults to be the center of the church’s educational mission. And the Catholic faithful are calling on the church to quench their thirst for a deepening of their lived faith. They realize that the catechesis they received as children simply isn’t enough to continue in the faith as adults in the church and world; they desire a deepened faith.

    In Deepening Faith, Janet Schaeffler, OP, offers a practical guide and source of encouragement to parish and diocesan committees, catechists, and adult faith formation teams. She outlines the essential foundations, methods and strategies that can support this journey for today’s adults of all ages and generations.

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  • DOCAT : Catholic Social Teaching For Youth


    The newest title in the internationally best-selling YOUCAT series for youth and young adults, DOCAT is an outstanding social justice resource for today s young people.

    Catholic Social Teaching has been called by some the Church s best-kept secret . DOCAT is revealing the secret to young people around the world with the Church s beautiful social teachings.

    Lavishly illustrated, DOCAT helps young people to know and to live Catholic Social Teaching. It s an inspiring, practical follow up to YOUCAT, the hugely popular Youth Catechism, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Drawing on Scripture, YOUCAT, the Catechism, and the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, DOCAT shows young people how to work toward building a civilization of love .

    Special Features include: Popular Q & A YOUCAT style, tackles tough questions about social justice and related issues Illustrated with lots of full-color photos of young people and other images Inspirational and insightful quotes, including comments from St. John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and other saints Written with help from church leaders, business leaders, social activists, and young people Guides young people in conscience formation and Catholic action on social and political issues

    A superb book for high school classes, for regular faith-formation, for youth ministry and for young adult discussion.

    Pope Benedict XVI to youth about the YOUCAT project: “Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith.””

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  • Education For Ministry


    SKU (ISBN): 9781556125669ISBN10: 1556125666George SchnerBinding: Trade PaperPublished: November 1999Publisher: Sheed & Ward Print On Demand Product

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  • Encountering Jesus In The New Testament Student Edition (Student/Study Guide)


    Encountering Jesus in the New Testament is an excellent introduction to the New Testament. It is an ideal textbook for Catholic high school students taking a scripture survey course.

    “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?”
    “Who is the person people of faith call ‘Christ. the Son of God?”

    These questions form the central focus of Encountering Jesus in the New Testament. The text provides a scriptural and ecclesial foundation to answer the question of why Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. It explores how the New Testament offers evidence and faith testimony to the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Encountering Jesus in the New Testament is a combination of Christology-a complete study of the person and the divinity of Jesus Christ-with an overview of the books of the New Testament.

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