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  • 33 Days To Morning Glory

    $24.95

    The international bestseller 33 Days to Morning Glory returns in a new expanded study edition designed specifically for group retreats. Supplementing the original text of 33 Days to Morning Glory are thought-provoking questions for each day to answer and discuss in a group setting. This new volume also provides exclusive access to retreat videos posted on DivineMercyPlus.org, to enrich the consecration experience and encourage group discussion. Using 33 Days to Morning Glory: Group Retreat & Study Guide, readers will discover in a nurturing group setting that belonging completely to Mary is the quickest, easiest, and surest way to Jesus.

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  • Finding Jesus In The Psalms Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $15.99

    A meaningful encounter with Jesus and the Psalms through the season of Lent with Barb Roose.

    In this six-session study, Bible study author Barb Roose guides the reader through a meaningful encounter with the Psalms through the season of Lent. Combining an interpretation of the psalms with prayerful engagement, the study moves through the familiar words of Psalm 23 toward the painful cries of Psalm 22 uttered by Jesus on the cross. The study includes invitations to pray the Psalms and develop new prayer practices in the context of Lent. Additional components for this six-week study include a book and DVD/Video Sessions featuring Barb Roose.

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  • Evangelizing Todays Domestic Churches

    $19.95

    The Catholic family is a domestic church, rooted in God’s love and challenged to hope. Yet Catholic families today are beset with attacks from within and without, as were early Christian house churches. The latter faced persecution and rejection from society and even their own family members. Today’s domestic churches face challenges of materialism, individualism, and secularism, coming through technology, media, and the contemporary culture.

    The Church must respond to these challenges by seeking new ways to minister directly to families. The future of parish life will depend largely on how a parish supports family life. Drawing on the experience of the early Church, Evangelizing Today’s Domestic Churches invites pastors and those engaged in pastoral ministry to take the lead in helping families recognize their responsibility before God to become vibrant domestic churches.

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  • 4 Ways Forward

    $19.95

    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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  • Sermons On The Song Of Songs Volume 2

    $29.95

    Taking up Saint Bernard’s unfinished sermon-commentary, Gilbert ruminates on verse 3:1-5:10 in forty-eight sermons, leaving the task to be finished by John of Ford.
    This volume contains sermons 16 through 32.

    To encounter a person who makes holiness attractive is an enviable experience. Such a person was Gilbert of Hoyland, abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Swineshead in Lincolnshire, a friend of Aelred of Rievaulx, and the continuator of the sermons on the Song of Songs begun by Bernard of Clairvaux.

    When the great saint of Clairvaux died in 1153, his sermon commentary had reached only the first four verses of chapter three of the Canticle. Gilbert took up the task, but left the commentary unfinished at his death. It was brought to completion by another English abbot, John of Ford.

    Those who know and admire Bernard’s eloquence and contemplative insight will enjoy making the acquaintance of his successors. While conscious of continuing Bernard’s work and remaining true to his spirit, they infused their sermons with their own personalities and shared their own rich experiences of God. As Lawrence C. Braceland says in his introduction to this first English translation of Gilbert’s work, ‘Gilbert is an experience. He has found the Beloved.’

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  • What We Believe

    $15.95

    Discover the Amazing Riches of the Catholic Faith

    What is the Catholic Church all about? What does it mean to be Catholic? What do Catholics actually believe? The Catholic Church is extraordinary. Founded by Christ himself, the Catholic Church is where we encounter God in his Word, his sacraments, and his saints. The Church faithfully proclaims the fullness of faith, leaving no truth out. It proclaims the fullness of life, leaving no person out. It calls all to repent and to believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the source of all life and salvation.

    Maybe you’ve been Catholic your entire life. Maybe you’re just beginning to explore the Catholic Faith. Wherever you are in your journey, you will be profoundly moved by the beauty and the richness of the Catholic Church.

    Written by Marcellino D’Ambrosio and Andrew Swafford, What We Believe presents and explains the essential teachings of the Catholic Faith in a readable, approachable way. In it you will discover:
    *What Catholics truly believe

    *Who Catholics are and how we are called to live

    *The blessings of Creation, redemption, and newness of life in the Holy Spirit

    *The profound gift of the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our Faith

    *How to imitate Christ through prayer, through personal conversion, and through love for others.

    *And more!

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  • Sermons On The Final Verses Of The Song Of Songs Volume I

    $29.95

    In completing the sermon-commentary begun by Bernard and continued by Gilbert of Hoyland, John ’emerges as a lively and original commentator, writing sensitively from a deep experience of the spiritual and monastic life. Carrying on where his great predecessors, including Saint Bernard, left off, John knows grace and its counterpart humility, are central to all Christian spirituality; he also has an exceptionally keen awareness of the church as a body whose members share in each other’s treasures and rejoice in each other’s blessings’.

    This volume contains sermons 1 through 14.

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  • Rising : Learning From Women’s Leadership In Catholic Ministries

    $21.00

    Through reflection on first-person narratives of a range of women involved in leadership positions in Catholic ministries (social justice, LCWR and religious congregations, educational, media, diocesan, NGOs, etc.), will examine the role of women in leadership in the Catholic church. The book shows the range of leadership roles that women play in the Catholic Church, explores the particular challenge that women face, as well their distinctive styles of leadership, while also pointing toward an expanded understanding of ministry and leadership in the church. The contributors represent a broad range of women in leadership positions, ranging from the conservative Becket Fund, to Sr. Simone Campbell, Kerry Robinson, Kerry Weber (America media), Sr. Carol Keehan (Catholic Health Association), Kim Daniels (staff for USCCB), etc.

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  • What Makes Education Catholic

    $24.00

    The award-winning author of What Makes Us Catholic provides a history of Catholic education: its spiritual roots, from the historical Jesus to the Didache, to Augustine and Aquinas to Merici and Ward, and shows how these foundations ensure that Catholic schools, deliver the education they promise.

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  • Way Of The Mystics

    $25.00

    First time in print: Howard Thurman’s sermon series on mystics, from St. Francis to Buddha, William Blake to Gandhi, figures who, in his words, have an acute experience of the Divine Life and a commitment to the world and its transformation.

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

    $30.95

    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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  • Worship At Home Lent 2021

    $9.99

    Worship at Home: Lent 2021 is packed with weekly worship services you can do on your own or with others and includes services for each week in Lent, including Ash Wednesday and services for Holy Week. This book is for congregations and individuals who want to stay spiritually connected and growing, even when they’re not worshiping together in the same space. It provides everything you need to conduct meaningful, spiritually fulfilling, traditionally rooted worship services at home or in other intimate environments.

    Each service includes essential worship elements, from gathering to benediction, with words and actions you can say and do yourself, links for online musical selections plus traditional hymn suggestions from a variety of hymnals.

    Here’s how individuals and families can use Worship at Home:
    – Individuals can use the resource for personal devotion and worship at any time, wherever they like. Use the entire service, or simply choose whatever portions are helpful.

    – Families can use Worship at Home in the same ways, any time and any place.

    – Suggestions are included for creating worship spaces at home, and for involving children in the services.

    Here’s how congregations or groups can use Worship at Home:
    – Pastors or group leaders can use this resource as complete worship plans for weekly church services. The pastor might prepare a sermon or homily, but everything else is ready to go.

    – People can use the resource for worship in any space-at a senior care center, in a park, on the lawn, at the church, and so forth. No bulletins or hymnals are needed.

    – People gathered to worship via Zoom, FaceTime, Instagram Live, or livestream will all be reading aloud the same prayers from these books, singing the same songs or singing along with a video.

    This provides real participation and a sense of community, even when people are worshiping remotely.

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  • Breaking Open The Word Year B

    $17.99

    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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  • Ambassadors For Christ Cycle B

    $15.95

    What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ? This is the question that John Jamison asks throughout this Lenten season. During this time where we remember Jesus’ final weeks and actions before his death and resurrection, we must ask ourselves how we can live more like Jesus did, and how we are showing God’s presence to the world? Jamison uses a unique mix of historical fact and modern examples throughout his sermons to show his congregation the many ways that the disciples had lived in Jesus’ example, and how we can do the same. Although we all have those days where we may not act in a way that is befitting of Jesus, Jamison reminds us that there are no requirements for who can be saved by God’s love, for he sent his son to die for all people. So, do what you can today, and do your best to help others using the gifts that God has given you. Remember that nobody is without God’s grace, and that you should love others as you are loved by your Father in heaven.

    “The pastor lay awake with the feeling that tonight, he had seen the church as it was meant to be. He had seen those people doing what he believed Jesus would have done. He had been a pastor for many years, but what he saw tonight amazed him. As he walked into his office and joined that nine o’ clock meeting, he was exhausted, but he felt like the church, and he, had been reborn.”

    Sermon titles include:

    Seventeen sermons based on the Second lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary (Cycle B) for the seasons of Lent and Easter are included in this single volume. The reader will find these messages inspiring, thought-provoking and comforting. The content of this book will be useful for sermon preparation, study groups and for personal devotions.

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  • Lord You Called Me

    $12.95

    Lord, You Called Me provides methods of prayer and biblical history to guide youth as they listen for and discern God’s call for them.

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

    $16.95

    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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  • Rites Of Passage

    $29.95

    Rites of Passage is a much-needed, practical homiletic resource for priests and deacons who preach Christian baptisms, weddings, and funerals. The three authors, a religious priest, a diocesan priest, and a permanent deacon, draw from the scriptural and liturgical resources available to the preacher for these three important ritual moments to suggest ways to build an effective homily. This book will serve as a helpful and engaging resource for priests and deacons in parish life and as a blessing to the faithful.

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  • Shouting Joy To The Storm Cycle C

    $15.95

    How are we to respond when the violent storm of change rolls into our lives?

    Should we hide from the storm? Hide in the status quo?

    As this volume of sermons reminds us, that is not the way of the Christ.Followers of Jesus are called to believe that our greatest treasure ought not be found in the comfort of worldly life as we make it. The Lord calls us instead to step outside and face the coming storm, as he did.

    When we do, we face all manner of fears in a world that does not like its order challenged. Mockery when we follow God; poverty when we stop worshipping money; grief when we are vulnerable enough to love the oppressed.

    Shouting Joy to the Storm reminds us that, just as the Father partnered with the Son to bring him through the storm of Calvary, so he will bring us through our storms. We are not in this for a mere lifetime. We are in it for the long haul.

    “They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid (Ezekiel 34:28, ESV).”

    Sermons include:
    *Long View – The Long Haul(Luke 13:31-35)
    *What Is Truth? (John 18:1-19, 42)
    *Death Shall Be No More (John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6)

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  • Light In The Darkness

    $19.95

    Although the Catholic funeral rite has not changed in the past few decades, society has. Parishes have new questions to face that their liturgical book does not consider: eulogies by family members, the final disposition of cremated remains, and the collapse of the traditional three-stage funeral liturgy. Light in the Darkness takes a fresh look at the pastoral challenges society is posing, while giving concrete suggestions for implementing the vision of the Catholic Church’s Order of Christian Funerals. The appendix includes catechetical materials for families planning a funeral and an extended commentary on all the Scripture readings for a funeral Mass.

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  • Wealth Wages And The Wealthy

    $34.95

    Fulfilling what he has called a “grave responsibility,” Pope Francis has often addressed the issue of economic inequality and the use of personal, corporate, and national wealth. Francis’s teaching is rooted in the teaching of Jesus, preserved in the pages of the New Testament. The Bible has more to say about the use of wealth than it does about other moral issues of our day, yet this teaching seldom enters into the conscience of believers. In Wealth, Wages, and the Wealthy: New Testament Insight for Preachers and Teachers Fr. Raymond F. Collins redresses this issue and provides the reader with a careful examination not only of what Jesus said about wealth but also of what each of the New Testament authors wrote about the topic.

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  • Whole Life Worship

    $14.99

    This book is a continuation of the LICC series begun by Neil Hudson’s Imagine ChurchWhole-Life Worship will demonstrate that the contemporary Western Church has reached a point where our “gathered” worship is separated from our “scattered” lives outside of church. This is detrimental to the congregation’s spiritual development and their effectiveness on their “frontlines”. Church worship should be inspired and informed by our everyday experiences. It should empower and send the congregation out to continue worshipping. The book will provide patterns and resources to better connect gathered worship with the lives of the congregation beyond church meetings.The book will unpack a biblical grounding for both gathered and scattered worship. It will then identify patterns within our gathered services which help us re-make these connections. It will provide practical resources such as songs, prayers and activities which can help churches connect Sunday to the rest of the week. It will draw examples and stories from other church streams and traditions, to demonstrate how different kinds of Christian spirituality engage worshipfully with everyday life. In the second half of the book is a practical resource looking specifically at different aspects of a gathered service, and how each one can have an “outward” dimension.

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  • Accompanying Discerning Integrating

    $17.95

    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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  • Longing To See Your Face

    $14.95

    Thomas Scirghi, SJ, has trained priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers in the art and theology of preaching for decades. In Longing to See Your Face, he makes his insights and experience accessible to a much wider udience.

    Scirghi begins with a discussion of the purpose of preaching and offers a theological sounding on proclamation, taking up several descriptions of the role of the preacher in relation to the congregation. He also addresses current theological issues for the contemporary preacher. The second part of the book discusses the practical matter of preparing to preach and proposes a method of preparation by following a pattern of reflection, research, writing, and rehearsing. The third part focuses on two specific sacramental celebrations: funeral and weddings.

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  • Deepening Faith : Adult Faith Formation In The Parish

    $14.95

    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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  • Journey Of Faith For Adults Catechumenate

    $6.99

    Journey of Faith for Adults welcomes adults of all ages and backgrounds to the Catholic faith and meets them where they are in their own faith journey, using an engaging pastoral style. Based on the ever-popular and long-running Christian initiation program from Liguori Publications, Journey of Faith and Jornada de Fe (previously, Camino de Fe) addresses relevant life issues, faith topics, and questions in a catechetical approach to RCIA.

    Now with a new, more modern design, Journey of Faith combines discussion questions, private journaling, and other activities to appeal to a variety of learners and offer a program that’s flexible enough for you to modify to your particular needs. For parishes that enjoy Liguori’s Catholic Update newsletter, lesson-by-lesson references allow you to easily supplement any topics with timely and enlightening articles.

    The lessons in Catechumenate guide participants toward full conversion by discussing core concepts of Catholic belief and practice in straightforward language using real-life examples. Complex and sensitive issues are addressed from a contemporary perspective with authority and understanding. The topics in Catechumenate include the RCIA process and rites, salvation history, each of the sacraments, Church history, dignity of life, social justice, and moral living.

    The comprehensive Leader Guide gives you everything you need to walk into your RCIA sessions and start leading-whether you’re a veteran catechist or a first-time volunteer. Additional discussion points prepare you for their responses and keep the conversation going. The contemporary wraparound design enables you to see what your participants see so you can spend more time sharing and growing in faith alongside your group.

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  • Together For Life (Revised)

    $5.99

    Together for Life has been the most trusted source for wedding planning in the Catholic Church for more than forty-five years. This new edition of Together for Life contains the new texts of the most recent translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony. It includes all the tools engaged couples use when meeting with a priest, deacon, or lay parish minister to plan their weddings and prepare for living the sacrament of Marriage.

    Written by Msgr. Joseph Champlin (1930-2008) and first published in 1970, more than ten-million copies of Together for Life have been sold. The previous edition was updated in 2011 with the help of Rev. Peter A. Jarret, C.S.C., to include the revised liturgical texts of the third edition of the Roman Missal. The 2016 edition contains all the necessary texts from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony.

    Each reading choice is accompanied by a reflection written by lay married theologians or pastoral leaders who are committed to the sacramental life of the Church. Contributors include Ann M. Garrido, Msgr. Michael Heintz, Diana Macalintal, H. Richard McCord, Geoffrey D. Miller, Tim Muldoon, Julie Hanlon Rubio, and Deacon William F. Urbine.

    Together for Life includes all of the information, prayers, blessings, and readings needed to plan a wedding that will be held within Mass, without Mass, or between a Catholic and a catechumen or non-Christian. FAQs address questions couples may have about traditions such as readings, music, witnesses, and unusual circumstances.

    Together for Life includes:

    *Approved texts for The Order of Celebrating Matrimony and prayers from the& Roman Missal

    *”The Word Brought Home,” scripture commentaries by Catholic leaders

    *Catechetical commentary by Rev. Peter Jarret, C.S.C., to help couples deepen their understanding of the Church’s liturgy

    *Hints for incorporating ethnic and cultural devotions and practices into a Catholic wedding

    *Sample intercessions

    *How-to guides to help parish ministers

    *FAQ section about the celebration of Catholic weddings

    The material in Together for Life is supported by TogetherforLifeOnline.com. The site includes an online selection form, Catholic wedding planning resources, and articles providing enrichment to both married and engaged couples.

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  • Surprise Surprise Surprise Cycle A

    $12.95

    But What Of Lazarus? (John 11:1-45)
    For The Glow Of It (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21)
    Friday (John 18:1-19:42)
    Learning To Walk In The Dark And Remembering The Dark Is As Day To God (Matthew 26:14– 27:66)
    Nicodemus Came By Night (John 3:1-17)

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    Two voices, fourteen sermons…

    The lives of David and Marian Plant have been intertwined for 46 years, their mutual ministries, for even longer. Their voices were shaped by their ministry experiences that began together in shared, co-pastorate positions, and then matured into individual settled ministry positions and then again, moved into their own specialties of the last 20 years: Marian, in the teaching ministry and David in the interim and church revitalization ministry. Marian’s voice is one practiced well from a traditional setting of pulpit with written text in hand. David’s voice is one practiced in a relational style of informal conversation, often done without notes, and in back and forth dialogue with the gathered worshipers.

    Their latest work, Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! provides fourteen cycle A gospel sermons for Lent/Easter. In these sermons you will see the mix of the lives of the Plants, committed to social justice, the important context of the role of the church as that which speaks for Christ, and the importance of the need for individuals to take up the challenge of living their faith more fully. There is no doubt that their mutual passions for addressing the ills befalling our culture and our world were foremost on their minds, and they could not but help influence one another’s work by virtue of their lives lived in the practice of ministry and marriage. They offer these words to you, as colleagues in ministry, even if only a sentence is valuable to you.

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  • Monastic Sermons

    $39.95

    In addition to his eighty-six Sermons on the Song of Songs and the Sermons on the Liturgical Year, in which he follows the calendar from Advent through autumn, Bernard of Clairvaux composed these ‘sermons on various subjects’. His choice and handling of subject matter provides insights into Bernard the abbot more than to Bernard the public figure and renown preacher.

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

    $14.95

    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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  • Music Architect : Blueprints For Engaging Worshipers In Song

    $27.00

    Guidance for Leaders Seeking a Richer Way to Employ Worship Music
    Worship expert Constance Cherry offers comprehensive guidance to Christian leaders seeking a deeper, richer way to employ worship music in engaging ways for twenty-first-century worshipers. Following Cherry’s successful book “The Worship Architect,” this work helps Christian leaders think theologically and act pastorally about worship music in their churches. It addresses larger issues beyond the surface struggles of musical styles and provides tools to critically evaluate worship songs. The book is applicable to all Christian traditions and worship styles and is well suited to both the classroom and the local church. Each chapter concludes with suggested practical exercises, recommended reading, and basic vocabulary terms.

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  • DOCAT : Catholic Social Teaching For Youth

    $19.95

    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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  • Feasting On The Word Worship Companion Year B 2

    $42.00

    This is the sixth and final volume in the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion series, which provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship. It offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship for churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

    During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the Revised Common Lectionary, this resource offers an entire set of materials for both tracks. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.

    Liturgy writers include:

    Kimberly L. Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky; Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.)
    Daniel M. Geslin, Pastor, Union Congregational Church of Hancock, Hancock, Maine; United Church of Christ
    Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; United Methodist Church
    Melinda Quivik, Liturgical Scholar, Houghton, Michigan; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Carol L. Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky; Episcopal Church

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  • Humble Confidence : Spiritual And Pastoral Guidance From Karl Rahner

    $19.95

    The influential German Jesuit theologian, Karl Rahner (1904-84), famously claimed that the more scientific theology is the more spiritually and pastorally relevant it will be. This book attempts to demonstrate the truth of this claim by drawing together resources scattered throughout Rahner’s voluminous writings in order to make his wisdom more available for people seeking a deeper spirituality and a more effective pastoral ministry. The book also provides summaries of Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to those critics who claim that Rahner is passe by emphasizing the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the Gospel.

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  • Feasting On The Word Worship Companion Year A 2

    $42.00

    Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 2 provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship. Written and compiled by an ecumenical team of 11 seasoned liturgy writers, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

    During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.

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  • Evangelizacion Y Catequesis En – (Spanish)

    $9.99

    Los latinos representan mas de un tercio de los catolicos en E.E.U.U. impactando y transformando con su presencia a la Iglesia de este pais. En parroquias dispersas a lo largo de la nacion, los hispanos dan forma a los apostolados, ocupan puestos de liderazgo, dirigen movimientos y muchas actividades mas. “Evangelizacion y catequesis en el ministerio hispano: Guia para la formacion en la fe,” el autor Hosffman Ospino ofrece una guia, tanto a los lideres como a las personas involucradas en la vida parroquial, de como organizar mejor los programas de formacion en la fe y las actividades de las parroquias. Ospino expone tambien algunas pautas sobre como los lideres pueden colaboran para integrar mejor las tradiciones hispanas con las ideas propias de la estructura parroquial.

    Latinos make up more than one-third of U.S. Catholics and their presence is impacting and transforming the Church here. In parishes across the nation, Hispanics are shaping ministries, leadership, movements and more. “Evangelizacion y catequesis en el ministerio hispano: Guia para la formacion en la fe,” (Evangelization and Catechesis in the Hispanic Ministry: A Guide to Faith Formation) author Hosffman Ospino provides a guide to both leaders and parishioners on how to better organize faith formation programs and activities at the parishes. It also guides leaders on how to better integrate the Hispanic traditions and ideas within the parish structure.

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  • Feasting On The Word Worship Companion Year A 1

    $42.00

    Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1 is an invaluable aid that provides liturgical pieces needed in preparing for worship each week. Written and compiled by a team of eleven ecumenical and seasoned liturgy writers under the creative leadership of Kimberly Bracken Long, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

    During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. A CD-ROM is also included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.

    Liturgy Writers include:

    Kimberly L. Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    Daniel M. Geslin, Pastor, Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, Denver, Colorado; United Church of Christ
    Kimberly Bracken Long, Assistant Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; United Methodist Church
    Melinda Quivik, Liturgical Scholar, Houghton, Michigan; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Carol L. Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky; Episcopal Church

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  • Special Service Worship Architect

    $30.00

    This book takes the principles found in Constance Cherry’s successful The Worship Architect–in which she provided dynamic blueprints for designing worship services–and applies them to special services in the life of the church. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, offers theological reflection, practical guidance, and suggested resources to help worship leaders and ministry students in training to create meaningful special services related to the sacraments, life passages, and other occasions.

    Cherry sets forth a process concerning worship design for special services and demonstrates how this process is conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. She includes a model order for each service type, including weddings, funerals, baptisms, child dedications, Holy Communion, and more. The book not only explains what leaders do in order to preside at special services and how to do it, but also why they make certain choices. Each chapter includes discussion questions, practical exercises, and a basic glossary.

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  • Table Manners : Liturgical Leadership For The Mission Of The Church

    $35.99

    There is a growing (if not urgent) need for those being trained for ordained (and lay) ministry to be provided with a more solid grounding in liturgical principles, and Simon Reynolds seeks to address this by demonstrating how good liturgical leadership can be the foundation from which all other theological, historical, pastoral and missiological issues arise.

    Table Manners attempts to avoid being a ‘party’ book and will consciously avoid issues of churchmanship (except in pointing to what is positive in the various Christian traditions). Rather, it is written from the conviction that (i) a proper understanding of the Eucharist, and a theologically-informed approach to celebrating it (even if this manifests itself in many different styles), should mean that worshippers can go to churches of an unfamiliar tradition and yet still be caught up in the action, because what is essential and enlarging about good liturgical celebration would be recognisable; and (ii) that the success of presidency also demands the liturgical education of the whole people of God, because until they know what to ask for, their expectations will remain constrained.

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  • Feasting On The Word Worship Companion Year C 2

    $42.00

    Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 2 is an invaluable aid that provides liturgical pieces needed in preparing for worship each week. Written and compiled by a team of eleven ecumenical and seasoned liturgy writers under the creative leadership of Kimberly Bracken Long, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

    During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.

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  • Year Of The Lords Favour

    $24.95

    This Homiliary provides a comprehensive guide to doctrinally based preaching for the entire Church year, presented in the Dominican tradition: a preaching of Scripture which takes doctrine as guide to the clarification of the Bible’s main themes. Doctrine is necessary to preachers because in its absence the Scriptural claims and themes do not easily hang together.

    The grace the Word imparts always has a reference to the Mystical Body which mediates all the grace that is given by Christ as the Head. So, precisely as a fruit of grace, preaching is necessarily related to ecclesial awareness. Doctrine ensures that preaching does not fall short of its true dimensions – expressing the biblical revelation, the faith of the Church. The second, third, and fourth volumes of Year of the Lord’s Favour cover between them the Temporal Cycle of the Church of the Roman rite: this fourth volume furnishes texts for Weekdays through the Year; the second for the Privileged Seasons-Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Eastertide; the third for Sundays through the Year. Preaching about the lives of the saints provides the subject matter of the first volume of the Homiliary.

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  • Year Of The Lords Favour

    $24.95

    This Homiliary provides a comprehensive guide to doctrinally based preaching for the entire Church year, presented in the Dominican tradition: a preaching of Scripture which takes doctrine as guide to the clarification of the Bible’s main themes. Doctrine is necessary to preachers because in its absence the Scriptural claims and themes do not easily hang together.

    The grace the Word imparts always has a reference to the Mystical Body which mediates all the grace that is given by Christ as the Head. So, precisely as a fruit of grace, preaching is necessarily related to ecclesial awareness. Doctrine ensures that preaching does not fall short of its true dimensions-expressing the biblical revelation, the faith of the Church. The second, third, and fourth volumes of Year of the Lord’s Favour cover between them the Temporal Cycle of the Church of the Roman rite: this third volume furnishes texts for Sundays through the Year; the second for the Privileged Seasons-Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Eastertide; the fourth for Weekdays through the Year. Preaching about the lives of the saints provides the subject matter of the first volume of the Homiliary.

    Aidan Nichols, a Dominican of Blackfriars Cambridge, is surely the most prolific Catholic theologian writing in English today. Other titles from Gracewing include and, co-authored, His new commentary on the Holy Rosary, is also published by Gracewing.

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  • Year Of The Lords Favour

    $24.95

    This Homiliary provides a comprehensive guide to doctrinally based preaching for the entire Church year, presented in the Dominican tradition: a preaching of Scripture which takes doctrine as guide to the clarification of the Bible’s main themes. Doctrine is necessary to preachers because in its absence the Scriptural claims and themes do not easily hang together.

    The grace the Word imparts always has a reference to the Mystical Body which mediates all the grace, preaching is necessarily related to ecclesial awareness. Doctrine ensures that preaching does not fall short of its true dimensions-expressing the biblical revelation, the faith of the Church. The second, third, and fourth volumes of Year of the Lord’s Favour cover between them the Temporal Cycle of the Church of the Roman rite: this second volume furnishes texts for the Privileged Seasons-Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Eastertide; the third for Sundays through the Year; the fourth for Weekdays through the Year. Preaching about the lives of the saints provides the subject matter of the first volume of the Homiliary.

    Aidan Nichols, a Dominican of Blackfriars Cambridge, is surely the most prolific Catholic theologian writing in English today. Other titles from Gracewing include and, co-authored, His new commentary on the Holy Rosary, is also published by Gracewing.

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  • Year Of The Lords Favour

    $24.95

    Preach with confidence with this comprehensive guide to doctrinally-based preaching for the celebration of Christ, Our Lady, and the Saints.

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  • Let Us Pray

    $26.95

    Since its initial publication in 2006, Paul Turner’s Let Us Pray has become a valuable resource for understanding, planning, and celebrating the Eucharist. This new edition, thoroughly updated by the author to be in full continuity with the Revised English Translation of The Roman Missal, will be one that priests, liturgical ministers, planners, and students will want to keep close at hand.

    Turner offers helpful explanations for the principal rubrics for a typical Sunday Mass. He reflects on the place of ritual within the context of Catholic piety and then explores the regulations governing the furnishings, vestments, and ministers. He carefully walks readers through the entire Mass from the entrance procession to the dismissal. The book is cross-referenced to answer most questions about the Sunday ritual.

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  • Art Of Winning Souls

    $29.95

    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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  • Through Death To Life (Reprinted)

    $5.25

    SKU (ISBN): 9781594712838ISBN10: 1594712832Joseph Champlin | Peter JarretBinding: Saddle StitchPublished: February 2012Publisher: Ave Maria Press

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  • Mosaic : When God Uses All The Pieces A Lenten Study For Adults

    $13.99

    Focuses on how God uses the brokenness in people’s lives to make them better

    Seven sessions, one for each Sunday in Lent and Easter Sunday

    Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or group study, and closing prayer

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

    $14.95

    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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  • YOUCAT : Youth Catechism Of The Catholic Church

    $19.95

    YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will be launched on World Youth Day. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:
    *What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
    *How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
    *How Catholics are to live (moral life)
    *How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)

    The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith. Illustrated.

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  • Word Has Come Down

    $12.95

    Lent holds a central place in the worship of many Christians. After the joyful celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany, it is vital for Christians to set aside time to repent, meditate, and reflect on the fact that Jesus’ life was a buildup to the ultimate sacrifice of himself on the Cross for our sins. In The Word Has Come Down, Huener guides participants through the ashes of repentance of Ash Wednesday, journeying through the Last Supper of Maundy Thursday and the crucifixion of Good Friday, culminating in the revelation of the risen Jesus at Easter. Along the way, Huener stops to look at each of the main characters in these events, people like Caiaphas, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate, and the women at the tomb, allowing each one to tell their side of the story. Huener explores each character in detail, allowing each one to flesh out this central event in Christian history. Whether used for congregational worship, small group study, or personal Lenten devotions, The Word Has Come Down will draw its readers into the beauty, agony, and triumph of Lent and Easter. Beth Huener is the pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oregon, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. She has also served at other Lutheran parishes in Ohio and West Virginia.

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