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Catechism Of The Council Of Trent
St. Robert Bellarmine's Committee formed by the Council of Trent & isssued by Pp. Pius V

For more than four centuries it was known simply as The Roman Catechism - the source, guide and standard for all other catechisms. Commissioned by the Council of Trent, written under the supervision of Saint Charles Borromeo, and promulgated by Saint Pius V in 1566, it was the most comprehensive and authoritative statement of Catholic doctrine ever published.

An important resource in our time of doctrinal confusion offering precise, simply - worded answers to questions about the Faith in a style different from more recent catechisms. This 1923 translation by the Dominicans John A. McHugh and Charles J. Callan is unsurpassed for accuracy and readability, and features many useful extras.

All the doctrines of the Faith are expounded under four headings: The Apostles' Creed, The Sacraments, The Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer. Includes a complete "Sermon Program" for Sundays and Feasts linking doctrinal material in the Catechism to the Epistles and Gospels. Contains complete texts of definitions and dogmatic statements since Trent, subheadings for ease of reading & quick reference, useful citations to passages of Saint Thomas Aquinas and others. Translator's introduction gives historical background, extremely detailed Table of Contents and Subject Index.  604 pp. Foil-stamped sewn hardcover.
(Item #84856) $39.95

      
  CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Released in 1994. Draws from Scripture, Church tradition, Liturgy, Canon Law, and the lives/teachings of the Saints.  (Paperback #82000) $24.95
(Pocket Size Paperback #84000) $8.99
(MAC #85064) $39.95

 

COMPANION TO THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
(Paperback Item #91833) $34.95

    
Compendium of the Catechism

WASHINGTON (August 31, 2005)— The English language version of the new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a 200-page synthesis of the 1992 Catechism, will be published by USCCB Publishing, the publishing office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Two years in the making, the Compendium was prepared by a commission headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope presented the Compendium at the Vatican in late June. Containing 598 questions and brief answers, it makes the essential contents of the faith accessible to the broadest possible audience.

The Pope said he hoped the compendium would give Catholics and non-Catholics easy access to the basic and essential tenets of the Catholic faith.

The new compendium, he said, is “an authoritative, certain and complete text regarding the essential aspects of the faith of the Church” and it is “in harmony with the catechism approved by the Pope and destined for the whole church.”

Hopefully the Compendium will “reopen an ideal dialogue between the teacher and the disciple, through an urgent series of questions, which involve the reader, encouraging him to continue in the discovery of ever new aspects of the truth of the faith,” Pope Benedict said.

The Holy Father expressed the hope that abbreviating the text and reducing it to the essential “might favor the assimilation and possible memorization of the contents.”

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church originated in 2002 when the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith held an International Catechetical Congress to mark the tenth anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the congress, a suggestion was made that a more concise version of the Catechism would be helpful for use with youth and young adults. Blessed John Paul II accepted the suggestion and appointed the special commission headed by Cardinal Ratzinger. In 2004 a draft text was sent to Presidents of Episcopal Conferences for consultation.

Seen as a companion to the widely-used Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium is structured in four parts like the Catechism. While the text does contain some direct quotes from the Catechism used in a sidebar fashion, the questions and answers themselves are original text. Paperback
(Item #87742) $14.95

NEW!
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

The presence of the Catholic Church in the United States reaches back to the founding days of our country through the leadership of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. His story like the stories at the start of each chapter in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults give us a glimpse into the lives of Catholics who lived out their faith throughout our country's history. Each chapter in the Catechism for Adults includes stories, doctrine, reflection, quotations, discussion questions, and prayer to lead the reader to a deepening faith. The Catechism for Adults is an excellent resource for preparation of catechumens in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for ongoing catechesis of adults. (Item #92723) $24.95
   
National Directory for Catechesis

Faith is nurtured and practiced at the heart of the human and Catholic families. Catechesis for life in Christ is led by many different people, requiring a multiplicity of materials. The new National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) is the resource that provides the inspiration for all catechesis in the United States and the reference point for formation of catechists and preparation of catechetical materials. A companion to the General Directory for Catechesis, the NDC builds on its themes and contextualizes catechesis within the life of the Church in the United States, paying close attention to ongoing social and cultural challenges. At its core is a desire to renew catechesis in dioceses, parishes, and schools, to fire a new energy and commitment to proclaim the Gospel. Comprehensive in scope, the NDC provides the fundamental theological and pastoral principles and offers guidelines for applying those principles within the catechetical mission of the Church in the United States. The NDC is divided into ten chapters that delve into the catechesis and diversity, evangelization, the faith of the Church, methodology, worship and sacraments, moral formation, the settings for catechesis, those who catechize, catechetical ministry, and resources. Throughout the NDC, it is reinforced that Jesus is the heart of catechesis regardless of where catechesis takes place. The NDC is a “must-have” for anyone in catechesis or Catholic education—teachers, principals, directors and coordinators of religious education and youth ministry, catechists, and students in the field.
Paperback
(Item #87394) $19.95
    
Reasons To Believe: How To Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith
by best selling author Scott Hahn

This book unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith.

Bestselling author Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, has experienced the doubts that so often drive discussions about God and the Church. In the years before his conversion, he was first a nonbeliever and then an anti-Catholic clergyman. In REASONS TO BELIEVE, he explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith—drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. But He doesn't merely exist. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernible and knowable. Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form—a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and that is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses. At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the ten "keys to the kingdom"—the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ. Hardcover, 196 pages. (Item #88651) $22.95

   
  The How-To Book of the Bible
by Karl Schultz
Perhaps you know very little about the Bible... or enough to realize there's so much more to discover! Maybe your previous attempts to read the Bible have not been fruitful, and you don't get much out of the readings at Mass.

The How-To Book of the Bible is your key to unlocking this treasure. Unlike other Bible-related books, this one not only introduces you to the Scriptures, but also helps you develop a deep, fulfilling, and lasting bond with the Bible.

352 pages, paperback. (Item #83729) $13.95

   
The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions:
Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You

What do you say when someone asks, "You're a Catholic. So tell me, what do Catholics do when they pray a novena?"... Or when they "offer it up."... Or "wear a medal."... Or "go to Confession."... Or any of the dozens of other devotions that set Catholics apart from other Christians.

If you've ever been tongue-tied trying to explain Catholic practices...or if you have a few questions of your own ... or maybe you are just learning about Catholicism, you've got to read The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions.

The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions is the only book that not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of the most time-honored traditions of the Church but also the how.

In this collection of Catholic devotions, authors Mike Aquilina and Regis J. Flaherty outline everything you need to know but nobody ever taught you about the ways Catholics pray with sign and symbol.

From the Angelus to an Examination of Conscience to First Fridays, Vigil Candles, and more, you'll learn exactly what words to say, what gestures to make, what actions to take - in short, you'll find step-by-step guidelines to all the devotional rites and rituals of the Catholic Faith.

But that's not all. The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions also furnishes a history of each devotion and a reflection on its importance in the prayer life of Catholics as well as succinct and salient quotes from saints and prominent members of the Church.

And there's still more! With its down-to-earth, practical advice, The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions incorporates cautions, drawn from Scripture and Tradition for potential temptations and distractions as well as revealing the blessings and graces associated with the devotions. If you want to learn what devotions comprise a truly Catholic life, and share those practices with others, you can't be without The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions. 272 pages. Paperback. (Item #99880) $13.95

    
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A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

by Peter Kreeft
For the first time in 400 years the Catholic Church has authorized an official universal catechism which instantly became an international best-seller, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Using this official Catechism, the highly-regarded author and professor Peter Kreeft presents a complete compendium of all the major beliefs of Catholicism written in his readable and concise style.

Since the Catechism of the Catholic Church was written for the express purpose of grounding and fostering catechisms based on it for local needs and ordinary readers, Kreeft does just that, offering a thorough summary of Catholic doctrine, morality, and worship in a popular format with less technical language. He presents a systematic, organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental Catholic teachings in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church's Tradition.

This book is the most thorough, complete and popular catechetical summary of Catholic belief in print that is based on the universal Catechism.  (Item #90750)
$19.95
  St. Joseph
People's Catechism

A Catechism of the Catholic Faith that answers the needs of people today. It makes use of the latest findings of Catholic scholarship. 192 pages. Paperback. (Item #85942) $4.95
Top 10 Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic Church
With more people returning to church during this time of crisis as well as those heading back to church around the holiday time, you'll want to do everything you can to reach out to them. The Top Ten Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic Church helps you convey that no matter how long a person has been away, they can always come home. (Item #85428) $0.45
   
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Ransomed from Darkness: The New Age, Christian Faith and the Battle for Souls
by Moira Noonan
Moira Noonan left Catholicism for the New Age in the early 1970s after suffering a crippling accident for which her faith seemed to have no answers. She went on to serve as a minister in the Church of Religious Science for 20 years, mastering such disciplines as clairvoyance, hypnotherapy, spiritual healing, and past-life regression. Her tumultuous life at the time, and her subsequent return to her original faith after a series of powerful inner experiences, are the subjects of this absorbing account of spiritual quest and rebirth. Noonan's story has been an inspiration to thousands of people who have begun to feel the inadequacy of New Age-inspired road maps to enlightenment. Her knowledge of that world is unusually thorough and grounded in experience, and she approaches it in a constructive, upbeat manner, making her story all the more compelling. (Item #88610) $15.00
   

NEW!
Catholic Basics for Kids DVD
Featuring Father Jack Rathschmidt, O.F.M. Cap.
New DVD format

This DVD includes four special Ikonographics programs especially for grade-school-aged children:
What Is the Bible? (16 min.) Father Jack explains the Bible as God's Word for our daily lives and the story of God's unending faithfulness and friendship with us.
What Is a Sacrament? (11 min.) Father Jack explores sacraments as signs and symbols of the sacred that help us remember and celebrate our most important faith stories.
What Is the Church? (12 min.) Father Jack explores different ways we understand Church, as well as the meanings of home church, parish church and world church, challenging us to become a faith community that continues to imitate Jesus.
A Tour of Our Parish Church (12 min.) Father Jack invites young people to tour the church with older students as they learn the names and discover the meaning of the objects of our Catholic faith that help us remember and celebrate God's presence. A wonderful resource for children and parents involved in sacramental preparation.
(Item #89646) $19.95
   
100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
by Ellen Rossini
Sometimes when teaching children an aspect of our Catholic Faith, it is helpful to have a special activity to reinforce the lesson. They need exercises that train the mind or move the heart. For this reason, Catholic teachers and parents will appreciate these one hundred thoughtfully crafted activities drawn from the new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The worksheets, memory games, Bible studies, etc. in this book require little preparation or materials and are designed to supplement any catechetical text or program for children in grades 1 through 8. Though simple to use, these exercises uncover some of the depth and richness of Catholic doctrine and practice. Topics of the activities are organized according to the four pillars of the Catechism -- Faith, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. Each activity is self-contained, perforated to tear out and reproduce for group use. Whether it is memorizing the Creed, understanding the Bible, or learning to pray, these exercises will enrich the faith of children and those who teach them.  Softcover, 125 pages (Item #84768) $14.95

   
Catholic Dictionary
Complete Catholic Dictionary and reference guide. Contains thousands of listings for topics covering theology, doctrine, canon law, saints, liturgy, vestments, architecture, religious orders, holy days and catechetics. More than 3,00 entries. Paperback (Item #80846)
$12.95
90755.gif (6850 bytes) Why I Became Catholic
by Sir Joseph Pope
Originally written as a personal testimony to his own children on why he became a Catholic, this is a thoughtful and timeless conversion story of Sir Joseph Pope written during the early part of the 20th century. Born in 1854 to a family renowned for distinguished service to the Canadian government, Joseph carried on the family tradition as a highly regarded civil servant.

Like St. Thomas More, Pope was held in high esteem as a public servant, and he enjoyed the total confidence of prime ministers and governors, all whom sought his advice. He was a prolific author of some two dozen books and pamphlets, including the official biographies of major Canadian historical figures.

Amidst this busy public life, Sir Joseph Pope developed a profound spiritual life and a mind always hungry for eternal truth. Raised in a nominal Anglican family, his persistent and courageous search for the fullness of truth and grace finally led him home to the Catholic Church. (Item #90755)
$9.95
80103.gif (18135 bytes) The New Catechist Handbook
Addresses basic concerns of catechists, including lesson planning, motivating students, creating a welcoming environment, and discipline.  It is a practical guide to becoming a good catechist (even if you already are one) and a helpful resource when recruiting new catechists.
32 pages; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 
(Item #80103) $3.95
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Filled with valuable ideas to benefit beginners and refresh veteran religion teachers, this volume is particularly helpful for learning the historical roots of catechesis, how learning takes place at different ages, and practical, significant ways to involve students in prayer.
32 pages; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
(Item #80113) $3.95
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Ritual Edition (Item #96106) $17.00
Study Edition (Item #96105) $17.00
80072.gif (36490 bytes) The Mass:
Understanding What We Do and Say
Why do we kneel in church? How are the Scripture readings like family stories? What does incense symbolize? This booklet provides a step-by-step walk through the Mass. Great not only for people new to the faith, but for "cradle Catholics" who need a fresh perspective.

32 pages, 4" x 6 3/4"
(Item #80072) $2.95

86743.jpg (3333 bytes) One at the Table: The Reception of Baptized Christians
(Item #86743) $11.00
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(Item #83035) $6.00
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(Item #90857) $16.00

  CATHOLIC SOURCEBOOK - by Peter Klein (Paperback Item #88621) $27.00

90810.gif (7774 bytes) The Belief of Catholics
by Ronald Knox
Ronald Knox was one of the most influential British convert-writers of the 20th century. Of his many works, The Belief of Catholics is his best-known book and his premiere piece of apologetics. While it deals extensively with Protestantism, its target is more the unchurched or lightly-church modern who, if he gives any thought at all to Catholicism, thinks it mildly foreign.

As Knox knew, it is not the most difficult part of modern apologetics to convince the devoted Protestant that he has much of Christian truth but now needs to move on to the rest, which is found only in the Catholic Church. The most difficult part is
convincing the nominal Protestant (or nominal Catholic), the vaguely religious person, or the person without any religious inclinations that God really does exist, that His existence matters, and that only knowledge of Him and obedience to Him can lead to
answers to the questions that haunt everyone.

Knox discusses “the truths Catholics hold”, “the rules Catholics acknowledge”, “the strength Catholics receive”, and “the ambitions Catholics honour”. These truths, rules, strengths, and ambitions were attractive to the book’s first readers. They were answers to the ever-present “Why?”. These answers will prove equally attractive to today’s readers who, after so many decades of failed isms, yearn for understanding and commitment even more than did their grandparents’ generation. (Item #90810)
$14.95
MY FIRST CATHOLIC PICTURE DICTIONARY
( Item #85975) $1.50

Inexpensive start to your child's Catholic book library!

BELIEVING IN JESUS - by Leonard Foley. Used to introduce the Catholic faith and build on existing knowledge. (Item #90942) $16.99
 

LIFE IN CHRIST: Revised in Accordance... - James Killgallon (Item #80096) $7.95

CATHOLIC CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - by Greg Dues. A quick, easy reference about what Catholics do and why. (Item #94960) $14.95

IN HIS LIGHT (Revised Ed.) - Rev. William A. Anderson (Item #84552) $17.95

  HANDBOOK FOR TODAY'S CATHOLIC - New Revised Edition (Item #99094) $5.99

CHRIST AMONG US (Sixth Ed.) - Anthony Wilhelm (Item #83158) $16.95

WHY DO CATHOLIC'S DO THAT? - Kevin Orlin Johnson (Item #80554) $16.00

WE BELIEVE: Survey of ... (Revised Ed.) - Oscar Lukefahr (Item #96486) $12.95

PEOPLE'S CATECHISM - William O'Malley (Item #89526) $16.95

UNDERSTANDING CATHOLICISM - 2nd Edition - Monika Hellwig (Item #86756) $14.95

LIVING THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - Volume 3
Vol. III: Life in Christ

by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the editor of the monumental Catechism of the Catholic Church, a world-wide best seller, provides a brief and profound commentary on the third part of the
Catechism, Life in Christ. Schönborn gives an incisive, detailed analysis of living the Christian life, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year on how to better live the Catholic faith as
presented in the Catechism. Through these 52 meditations, Schönborn’s hope is for the reader to not just have a better grasp of the Catholic doctrine and belief, but especially to grow in a greater love of
and devotion to the person of Jesus Christ. (Item #90776) $10.95

SURPRISED BY TRUTH: 11 Converts Give the Biblical & Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic - Patrick Madrid, forward by Scott Hahn (Item #80608) $14.99

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SERVE GOD WITH GLADNESS:
A Manual for Servers

- David Philippart
This is the first comprehensive book for teaching children to serve at the altar. (Item #93541) $15.00
NEW!
The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living
by Zmirak, John and Matychowiak, Denise

Jump right into this hilarious new book on enjoying and celebrating Catholicism in a whole new way! Both a comical read, as well as an indispensable resource for observing the Feast Days of the Saints, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living is for anyone who is interested in celebrating the history and humor behind the Catholic Faith. Consisting of selected historical sketches of the feast days, as well suggested activities for celebration, this book serves as a must own for every happy Catholic! 6x9, 240 pages, paperback
(Item #85106) $14.95
chmass.jpg (10736 bytes) What Do We Do At Mass?- VHS
A video for children that takes children seriously! This wonderful new video shows an actual Sunday mass in progress, with narrationa nd explanation by children ages 7-13.  A wonderful way to teach any child about the Mass, especially Altar servers and those preparing for First Communion. VHS 17 minutes.
(Item #96604) $19.95
99660.jpg (15498 bytes) A History of the Mass- DVD
This new video traces the evolution of the Mass and tells how the Mass was shaped and reshaped by times and cultures, by theologies and the arts. This video is for everyone and will be especially useful for high school and college students, catechumens, campus ministry, liturgy committees, liturgical ministers and members of the parish and school staffs. A leader’s guide is included. DVD approx. 35 minutes.
(Item #99660) $24.95

 

 


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