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 Once Upon a Gospel: Inspiring Homilies & Insightful Reflections Once Upon A Gospel
When the words "great homily" come to mind, the name Bill Bausch inevitably pops up. And, by his own admission, this is his "best homily book ever." Coming from a great homilist, that's saying something!

Almost all of these homilies are new, never before published, and all are original. In addition to homilies reflecting the liturgical year, there are special occasion homilies for holy days, holidays, and other celebrations. There are funeral homilies that offer unique ways a homilist can confront the mystery of death, and there is a section called "Twice Told Tales," homilies that have been previously published but are now out of print.

All are shaped and finessed with stories--and why not? The Bible itself is essentially a story book. As Bausch himself says, "We never exhaust the meaning of a good story. The reason is because stories deal in myth, symbol, and metaphor that resonate in the deeper fissures of our hearts. There is never a last word to a story. Truth wrapped in story is irresistible--and that's why I use stories."

These homilies are irresistible as well! This is a great resource for homilists, of course, but also for all those who want to ponder Scripture in deeper and fresher ways. It is--no question about it--Father Bill Bausch's best homily book ever. 624 pages, 6x9"
(Item #85480) $34.95
   
Homilies for Weekdays: Year 2
Looking for homily suggestions that faithfully represent the Scripture readings and offer hearers of the text practical applications for Christian life? Homilies for Weekdays, the first of two volumes by Father Don Talafous, OSB, contains creative suggestions of what a homilist might say about the daily readings for the two-year Lectionary cycle.

This extensive compilation for each day is a result of Father Talafous’ many years of experience in preparing homilies. Written on both a popular and pastoral level, these homily ideas may also serve as daily reflections or meditations on the Scriptural texts for readers interested in nourishing their Christian lives with Scripture. (Item #87317) $15.95

Also available Homilies for Weekdays: Three-volume set

   
NEW!
The Great American Book of Church Signs
The Great American Book of Church Signs brilliantly captures faith on the road--from California to Virginia, from Michigan to Georgia. Every sign tells its own story, encouraging us to live better lives, to love more deeply, to pray more often. And, of course, with every turn of the page, we are reminded to laugh along the way. Perfect for your home or for a friend. You will love this profoundly funny and inspiring full-color book! Hardcover, 109 pages. (Item #75389) $24.95
   

NEW!
Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
by Kenneth A. Riley and Paul Turner
You’ll want all of your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to read this new guide. Appropriate for training new extraordinary ministers or for updating experienced ones, this book may be used by individuals or groups. It conveys the latest teachings of the Catholic Church, gives sound advice for dealing with the practical everyday challenges of parish liturgies, and nurtures spiritual growth in the minister.

In addition to practical, theological, and spiritual instruction, you’ll find frequently asked questions, advice for responding to unusual or difficult circumstances, a resource list, glossary, questions for reflection or discussion, and prayers. Saddlestitched, 6 x 9, 80 pages (Item #87872) $4.95

   
NEW!
Seasonal Retreats and Prayer Services for Young Adolescents
by Jenni Vankat
Designed in light of the developmental level of young adolescents, the prayer services and retreats in this book explore themes central to the seasons and help young teens reflect on their faith and make meaningful connections between their lives and the liturgical life of the community. By incorporating various media and interactive and hands-on experiences, these sessions are sure to engage the participants and inspire them to participate more fully in the liturgies of the season.

Seasonal Retreats and Prayer Services for Young Adolescents offers a fully-designed retreat and prayer service for each of the four seasons: Advent, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. 144 pages, paperback (Item #88615) $23.95
   

Faith That Dares to Speak
by Donald Cozzens

In Faith That Dares to Speak, Donald Cozzens addresses the laity's role in challenging a feudal church to embrace accountability and transparency and to bring light where there is now darkness. Awakened to their dignity and responsibility as full, equal, and adult members of the church, lay Catholics in North America are finding their voice and daring to speak to church authorities long accustomed to deferential obedience and compliance.

Church life, Cozzens believes, will never be quite the same. Hardcover (Item #83794) $19.95

   
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Quickening the Fire in Our Midst
The Challenge of Diocesan Priestly Spirituality
by George Aschenbrenner, S.J.

In this thoughtful examination of diocesan priestly spirituality, George Aschenbrenner, S.J., distills the years of wisdom gained through working with diocesan priests and seminarians to offer hope, inspiration, and encouragement to those discerning and living out a priestly call. He outlines the gifts that define diocesan priests, explores the particular stresses priest face, and points to attitudes and resources that are essential for maintaining or recapturing priestly joy. Most important, he shows how a continuing experience of the love of Jesus can help diocesan priests offer pastoral love to those they serve.
Paperback, 196 pages.
(Item #84715) $14.95
    

THE JOY OF PREACHING
Embracing the Gift and the Promise

by REV. ROD DAMICO
The author offers preachers of all denominations a wealth of material, often amusing and always practical. He invites readers to deeply embrace both the painful sacrifice and exquisite joy of the call to speak of what they love.

“Joy is the thread that holds this book together…the joy of speaking of what we love to whom we love. ”
—From the Foreword by Walter J. Burghardt, S.J.
160 pages; Paperback (Item #89076) $6.95

New Edition! CREATING SMALL CHURCH COMMUNITIES: A Plan for Restructuring the Parish and Renewing Catholic Life - Third Revised Edition by Arthur R. Baranowski. In this book, Father Baranowski updates his story of
a pastor's vision of church and a parish's journey to renewal. Baranowski brought the church into the homes of his people by restructuring his parish into Small Church Communities. The people of his parish do not just go to church, they are church. His story can become your story. "I believe that by our deliberate pastoral attempt to bring parishioners together into small groups can serve as a model for any parish, for all parishes. This book is an effort to share the vision which inspired us as well as the nuts and bolts of how we did what we did." - Baranowski. (Paperback Item #83348) $7.95

Hunger for the Word
Lectionary Reflections on Food and Justice—Year B

Larry Hollar, Editor

We have all experienced hunger, whether it’s a need for spiritual guidance or physical nutrition. Our hunger for God’s Word can benefit those needing material sustenance. God’s Word calls us to nourish the physically hungry and poor, just as it nourishes our faith and sustains us in our struggle for justice.

Hunger for the Word explores the Lectionary with a focus on anti-hunger advocacy, social activism, and political issues affecting marginalized people. Using insights, images, and stories from pastors, professors, and lay people who are active in anti-hunger campaigns, this ecumenical book offers devotional connections to inequality issues, as well as themes to help in our struggle to understand and eliminate injustice. Hunger for the Word: Year B, edited by Larry Hollar of Bread for the World, brings concern for hunger and fairness into our daily religious life.

With weekly sermon/homily reflections, Hunger for the Word is an invaluable resource for pastors, liturgical ministers and those interested in justice-oriented Bible study and spiritual growth. Also includes suggestions for musical worship, and ideas for children’s sermons to help spread God’s Word of activism, compassion, and integrity throughout the congregation. Paper, 240 pp., 6" x 9" (Item #87308) $19.95

ALSO AVAILABLE:
YEAR A (Item #83732) $19.95

    
The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers
Eating with the Bridegroom, Year B

by John Shea

With a goal of transcendent awareness, John Shea presents this commentary on the Sunday Gospel readings for those who are drawn to the spiritual wisdom of the Gospels. Ideal for Christian preachers and teachers, and Christians who meditate on the Gospels, Shea’s book takes a literary-spiritual approach. He analyzes the mindsets of characters and how Jesus complimented, critiqued, praised these mindsets, to inspire meditation, reflection, and spiritual development. You Give Them Something to Eat, Year B is the second book of a four-volume set, The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers. This set is a Lectionary-based resource that references both Roman Catholic and Revised Common Lectionaries, making it useful and interesting to various Christian denominations. A Scripture index makes Shea’s insightful reflections accessible for personal reflection on the Gospel texts as well as other uses outside of liturgical preparation. With wisdom relevant to our contemporary world, The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: You Give Them Something to Eat will find its way to the top of your resource list. Paper, 360 pp., 6" x 9" (Item #86942) $29.95

ALSO AVAILABLE:
YEAR A (Item #83795) $29.95

Parables for Preachers
Year B, The Gospel of Mark

by Barbara E. Reid, O.P.

In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus never explains his parables. Yet Sunday after Sunday preachers are asked to open up the meaning of the parables to their congregations. How can a preacher avoid offering pre- masticated fruit? How can the one who opens up the Scriptures do so in a way that enhances their savory, without ruining the power of the story? How can a preacher offer fresh fare when the same parable appears time after time in the Lectionary? In Parables for Preachers, Barbara Reid explores the answers to these questions.

The purpose behind Reid's work is two-fold. First, to aid preachers by bringing together current biblical research on the parables in the hope that it will open up new vistas of meaning and help spark their creativity. Second, she offers an understanding of how parables communicate, and invites preachers to try out the parabolic techniques of preaching. The Synoptic Gospels show Jesus preaching primarily by means of parables, both spoken and lived. A greater understanding of the dynamics and meaning of Jesus’ parables in their original context can aid preachers today in creating the same effect in modern believers.

In Parables for Preachers the first chapter explores the dynamics of Jesus’ parables. Understanding how a parable "works" is the first step. Chapter two sketches contemporary trends in biblical interpretation of the parables. Next is an overview of the Gospel of Mark, its author, historical context, and major theological themes. The remaining chapters examine each of the parables found in the Gospel of Mark in the order in which they appear in the Lectionary for Year B. The concluding chapter and bibliography point toward further areas of study.

Parables for Preachers is not only for preachers, but for all who are interested in a deeper understanding of parables, particularly teachers, catechists, liturgy planners, and members of groups for homily preparation, Bible study, or faith sharing. Paper, 144 pp., 5 3/8" x 8 1/4"

YEAR A (Item #87434) $14.95
YEAR B (Item #87104) $11.95
YEAR C (Item #83420) $24.95

      
The Cultural World of the Apostles
The Second Reading, Sunday by Sunday, Year B

by John J. Pilch

Preachers and liturgy planners will find The Cultural World of the Apostles a companion to John Pilch's previous series, The Cultural World of Jesus. Each essay offers brief historical and literary information on the second (or middle) reading assigned for the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle. Suggestions for cross-cultural comparisons with Western culture and links with the gospel for each Sunday encourage readers to explore pastoral applications to modern life.

The second readings were intended to be an independent, semi-continuous reading of the Acts of the Apostles and the letters attributed to Paul and James, with selections from Peter and the book of Revelation. In The Cultural World of the Apostles, Pilch explains that, because the readings were shortened, their brevity has deprived readers of sufficient context to interpret the text-segment in a responsible way. To help people make sense of such high-context documents, Pilch provides a broader literary context for each reading. Paper, 144 pp., 5 3/8" x 8 1/4" (Item #87927) $11.95

ALSO AVAILABLE:
YEAR A (Item #87925) $11.95
YEAR C (Item #82905) $11.95

       
The Cultural World of the Prophets
The First Reading and Responsorial Psalm, Sunday by Sunday, Year B

by John J. Pilch

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 readings and responsorial psalms assigned for the liturgy of each Sunday.

The Cultural World of the Prophets relates the first reading and responsorial psalm to the Gospel as intended by the architects of the Lectionary. It will encourage readers to pursue further in-depth study when the opportunity presents itself and help them appreciate the specific meanings of the first reading and responsorial psalm in their own right. Paper, 144 pp., 5 3/8" x 8 1/4" (Item #87929) $11.95

ALSO AVAILABLE:
YEAR A (Item #82913) $11.95
YEAR C (Item #82910) $11.95

PATHWAYS TO RE-CREATING RELIGIOUS... - Patricia Wittberg (Item #82987) $14.95

CREATING SMALL CHURCH COMMUNITIES - (Item #83348) $7.95

MINISTRY OF COMMUNION - Michael Kwatera (Item #83811) $3.95

RECONSTRUCTING CATHOLICISM - Robert Ludwig (Item #86958) $17.95

AN IMPORTANT OFFICE OF IMMENSE LOVE - Joseph M. Champlin (Item #81969) $8.95

CULTURAL WORLD OF JESUS: Cycle B - John J. Pilch (Item #82909) $11.95

STORYTELLING THE WORD - William Bausch (Item #82958) $14.95

YEAR B: SUNDAY AND HOLY DAY LITURGIES - Flor McCarthy (Item #80530) $27.00

 
StoryTelling The Word: Homilies and How To Write Them
by Fr. William Bausch
Today's congregations are part of a visual culture, raised in a society flooded with television images. For an effective homily, listeners need word pictures. Bausch shows how to weave story and the scriptural word together as he draws upon his lengthy preaching experience and extensive storytelling research. (Item #82958) $14.95
   
Still Preaching After All These Years: 40 more seasonal homilies
Still Preaching After All These Years: 40 more seasonal homilies
By Fr. Bill Bausch
This excellent collection of homilies can be used by preachers and teachers, but also by anyone who longs to be a disciple of Christ and enjoys learning about Scripture. For over twenty years, Father Bill Bausch has been guiding and inspiring preachers and teachers as they proclaim the Scriptures. And these forty new homilies demonstrate that he has lost none of his wit and wisdom; nor has he lost his ability to break open the Word in surprising and inspiring ways. He has only gotten better. And true to his storytelling style, he weaves story and Scripture together seamlessly.

Collectively, these forty homilies center around two major themes: the constant presence of Jesus in our lives and the persistent call to genuine discipleship. Thus they can be used by preachers and teachers, but also by anyone who longs to be a disciple of Christ and enjoys learning about Scripture. Even after all these years, Father Bausch is a gifted homilist, writer, and spiritual companion. Or to put it another way, he's a true "Samuel," who listens to God before he speaks, and thus is a faithful and invaluable guide for the spiritual journey.
5.5 X 8.5" -- 176 pages (Item #*TW-95327X) $16.95
   
The Yellow Brick Road: A Storyteller's Approach to the Spiritual Journey The Yellow Brick Road: A Storyteller's Approach to the Spiritual Journey
by Fr Bill Bausch
Father Bausch offers an irresistible invitation to a richer spiritual life using the memorable classic characters from The Wizard of Oz. By presenting the many aspects of spirituality through an appealing, familiar storyline, he introduces the reader to our rich Christian traditions. past and present. Although thoroughly entertaining, these stories are meant to provoke thought.

Here's a book that will bring laughter, tears, inspiration, and hope to every reader- and inspiration to discover what lies "around the bend" on our quest to become spiritually whole and holy. 6 X 9" -- 320 pages (Item #83001) $22.95
   
A World of Stories for Preachers & Teachers
A World of Stories for Preachers & Teachers
by Fr Bill Bausch
A World of Stories for Preachers and Teachers should be in the hands of every preacher, storyteller, teacher, and reader--indeed, every person seeking to impart or gain wisdom. The comprehensive thematic index makes this an indispensable resource for homilists.

Did you know that the "Twelve Days of Christmas" is a religious code in song? Or that a sandpiper comes to bring us joy? Have you read the story of St. Francis and the wolf? Or "The Angel Song," the story of a young man's escape to freedom on Christmas Eve? These newest tales (350!) from Fr. Bausch are not just a plateful of "literary twinkies" but an immense and varied menu with rich meals, wholesome lunches, and snacks, and even "Playful Fare."

These stories range in length from several pages to several on one page. All of the stories aim to nudge, provoke, and stimulate the reader and listener to resonate with the human condition, as did the stories of Jesus. They originate from different cultural settings and literary genre (legends, Scripture, lives of the saints, folk tales, family stories). Your heart and spirit will be moved by tales such as "The Tin Box," a gentle parable about memories; "St. Alexander," the story of the charcoal burner who was made a bishop; Ragman, a moving allegory of redemption; and The Doctor, a true story of compassion and respect.

A World of Stories for Preachers and Teachers should be in the hands of every preacher, storyteller, teacher, and reader--indeed, every person seeking to impart or gain wisdom. The comprehensive thematic index makes this an indispensable resource for homilists. 6 X 9" -- 534 pages  (Item #95888) $29.95
   
In the Beginning, There Were Stories: The Oral Tradition of the Bible
In the Beginning, There Were Stories: The Oral Tradition of the Bible
by Fr Bill Bausch

This intriguing and challenging resource provides an ideal introduction to the oral tradition of the Bible and to a more informed reading of Scripture. It encourages both reflection and group discussion.

Storytelling is a key element of our faith, and the Bible is a true repository of faith stories. Stories of God's action in history, rooted in the culture of the people, were handed down in oral fashion, sometimes for generations before they were ever written down.

In this latest book, popular author Bill Bausch uses the key of storytelling to help readers approach the Bible with new eyes and hearts. In his conversational style and with many examples and anecdotes, he discusses revelation, truth wrapped in story, the difference between print and the oral story, and the chasm between the biblical culture and contemporary culture. Father Bausch believes that God's passionate love is revealed not in doctrine and dogmas but in the stories of Scripture.
(Item #*TW-95361X) $16.95
   
60 More Seasonal Homilies

 

60 More Seasonal Homilies
by Fr Bill Bausch
Wonderful homilies from one of the best homilists in the country. Father Bausch offers stories, anecdotes, and insights about the gospels and about life. Though directed to homilists, this is a resource that will delight anyone who reads it. 5.5 X 8.5" -- 144 pages
(Item #*TW-951986) $19.95

 

   
Funeral Homilies from Fr. Bill Bausch
Funeral Homilies from Fr. Bill Bausch
By Fr. Bill Bausch
Father Bill Bausch's homilies are always outstanding. He brings a deep pastoral presence and much thought and preparation to each of them. This has never been more evident than here in this book of funeral homilies. Each is crafted to reflect the person remembered as well as the message of Scripture. Each reflects the communal nature of a Catholic funeral and is sensitive to the status of the mourners: non-Catholics, lapsed Catholics, faithful parishioners, relatives, and friends.

Father Bill's words are faith-filled and compassionate, comforting and challenging, communal and personal. He regards the funeral liturgy as one of the greatest teachable moments the Church offers and here this is very evident. Highly recommended for all priests, deacons, and preachers.

William J. Bausch, a homilist of distinction, has inspired countless other homilists to break open the Word of God through story, humor, deep conviction, and compassion. Now retired, Father Bausch continues his ministry at a local parish in New Jersey and he gives lectures, retreats, and days and evenings of reflection. He is author of Once Upon a Gospel: A Book of Homilies and Reflections and Touching the Heart: Tales for the Human Journey, also available from Twenty-Third Publications.

"A funeral definitely falls into the category of a teachable moment. Our best music, careful ritual, and a meaningful homily must take advantage of this."
6 X 9" -- 208 pages (Item #*TW-957279) $19.95
    
View Full Sized Version Funeral Homilies
A collection of reflective pieces by a variety of people, chosen to provide the homilist with invaluable assistance.
(Item #82293) $9.95
    
Captured Fire: The Sunday Homilies
This series the three-year cycle of reflections on the liturgical readings for Sundays and Holy Days has been prepared with the "average" Sunday congregation in mind. Through the use of meaningful quotes and colorful examples, these brief homilies are meant to inform, edify and inspire those who read or hear them. Scripture is once again at the center of these reflections, and its application to the problems and concerns of daily life is always cogent, clear and timely. Priest and lay person alike will find the message in these pages helpful in preparing their own thoughts for each Sunday and Holy Day Celebration.
Cycle A
(Item #97804) $14.95
Cycle B (Item #97805) $14.95
Cycle C (Item #97806) $14.95
     
View Full Sized Version Lift Up Your Hearts: Homilies and Reflections for the "A/B/C" Cycle
Homilies for the Sundays and various feasts of Cycle A/B/C. Helpful for those who preach as well as people in the pew who want to participate more fully in the liturgy.

Cycle A (Item #83772) $19.95
Cycle B (Item #83769) $19.95
Cycle C (Item #88860) $19.95
   
Preparing the Wedding Homily: A Guide for Preachers and Couples (Celebrating the Sacraments Series) Preparing the Wedding Homily is a breakthrough book that promises to make every wedding more meaningful. Paul Turner, a priest and homilist, believes it is essential to involve the couple in homily preparation. His approach departs from the usual custom of picking readings first. Instead, he provides tools that help the couple think through the message they want to share and then select the most appropriate readings. Clergy and marriage preparation teams will want to use this important tool in their ministries. (Item #90549) $11.95
   

Seasons in the Word, by Fr. John Sandell, is the first of a three-volume collection of homilies covering the Lectionary, including feast days. The book results from decades of prayerful preaching on the Sunday Scriptures by Fr. Sandell to congregations in the Diocese of Fargo.

Useful for priests in their own homiletic preparation, Seasons in the Word, will also be important for lay people who wish to prepare for the upcoming Sunday readings and individual devotion.

Year A (Item 83804) $10.95
Year B (Item #80351) $10.95
Year C (Item #80352) $10.95

    
  Homilies on the Gospel of John
Few ancient Christian authors attempted anything like a complete commentary on the Gospel of John, among them Origen, John Chrysostom and Augustine. Of these, Augustine’s must count as the greatest. Unlike Origen’s, it has come down to us in its entirety, and of the others that remain it is certainly the most theologically profound. John’s gospel allows Augustine to range broadly over themes that were his life’s work — the Trinity, the person of Christ, the nature of the Church and its sacraments, the fulfillment of the divine plan.


The 124 homilies that constitute Augustine’s commentary, however, are masterpieces not only of theological profundity but also of pastoral engagement. In the question-and-answer style that he frequently employs, for example, one can sense Augustine’s real awareness of his congregation’s struggles with the gospel text. And the congregation’s response to Augustine, which he frequently alludes to, is an indication of the success of his dialogical preaching style.

The Johannine literature drew out the best in Augustine. The Homilies on the Gospel of John are the indispensible complement to The Homilies on the First Epistle of John, recently published in this series, and they should be a part of any serious theological library.
(Item #86621) $39.95
   
Homilies for Weekdays: Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials is a requested and welcome addition to the first two volumes of weekday homilies by Father Don Talafous, OSB. Here, he offers creative homily suggestions for solemnities, feasts, and obligatory memorials that fall on weekdays. Readers will deeply appreciate the faithful representation of the Scripture readings and their practical applications for Christian living. (Item #86618) $16.95

Also available Homilies for Weekdays: Three-volume set

   
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Evangelization Homily Hints: A Resource For Catholic Preachers
A collection of brief homily hints for preachers, arranged for all three liturgical cycles, on the subject of evangelization. (Item #83896) $16.95

   
View Full Sized Version Let Jesus Easter In Us: More Homilies on Biblical Justice
A collection of thirty original homilies by this renowned preacher, centered around the theme of biblical justice. Contains an up-to-date index of all of his homilies.
(Item #85658) $19.95
   
View Full Sized Version To Be Just Is To Love
40 new homilies by one of America's premier preachers. Contains an updated index to all of his sermons in this and previous volumes.
(Item #85662) $19.95
   
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The Word: In and Out of Season
Reflections on the scripture readings for Christmas and Easter and for feasts of the year, as well as funeral and wedding homilies.
(Item #85176) $12.95

   
Amadeus of Lausanne

AMADEUS OF LAUSANNE HOMILIES
Educated at the abbeys of Bonnevaux and Cluny and at the court of his kinsman, Conrad of Hohenstaufen, Amadeus became a monk of Clairvaux in 1125, just about the time its abbot, Bernard, began to be noticed by the Church at large. After twenty years in the cloister, Amadeus became bishop of the troubled diocese of Lausanne. Reform and renewal did not come easily. In one of his letters he tells how his vestments once ran red with the blood of a man murdered while the bishop tried unsuccessfully to protect him.

Amid political skullduggery, as well as the demands of pastoral and administrative duties, Bishop Amadeus managed to write–perhaps to preach–these eight homilies in praise of Mary. In them he expresses not only the monastic devotion he had learned in the Order which dedicated–and still dedicates–each of its churches in her honor, but also the more popular devotion which was sweeping western Europe in the mid-twelfth century. Formed as a monk under the charismatic influence of Saint Bernard, Amadeus retained a distinctive piety which finds eloquent expression in this series of sermons, almost all that survives from his pen. (Item #97897) $19.95

     

Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
by Kenneth A. Riley and Paul Turner

You’ll want all of your Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to read this new guide. Appropriate for training new extraordinary ministers or for updating experienced ones, this book may be used by individuals or groups. It conveys the latest teachings of the Catholic Church, gives sound advice for dealing with the practical everyday challenges of parish liturgies, and nurtures spiritual growth in the minister.

In addition to practical, theological, and spiritual instruction, you’ll find frequently asked questions, advice for responding to unusual or difficult circumstances, a resource list, glossary, questions for reflection or discussion, and prayers.

Saddlestitched, 6 x 9, 80 pages. (Item #*LTP-978-1-56854-608-7)
$4.95

   

Guide for Lectors
by Paul Turner and Virginia Meagher

You’ll want all of your lectors to read this new guide. Effective for training those new to the ministry and for rejuvenating the work of veterans, the book can be used by individuals or groups. It gives lectors the background and tools they need to study, pray, and proclaim scripture well, it offers sound advice for dealing with the practical everyday challenges of parish liturgies, and it nurtures spiritual growth in the minister.

Inside you’ll find a pastoral, inviting format and style; a basic theological foundation of the ministry; liturgical catechesis about the minister’s role during the Mass; a brief history of the ministry; encouragement for deepening the spirituality of the minister; generous quotations from the documents of the Church; detailed, practical instruction for carrying out the ministry; suggestions for further formation; frequently asked questions; advice for responding to unusual or difficult circumstances; a resource list; a glossary; questions for reflection or discussion; and prayers.

Saddlestitched, 6 x 9, 80 pages. (Item #96110) $5.00

   
   
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COMPANION TO THE CALENDAR
by Mary Ellen Hynes
Whether used in the home or classroom, this book is a superb resource for saints and special days for children and adults alike. Use this book in conjunction with the Year of Grace Liturgical Calendars. A list of suggested readings, bibliography and handy index are included.
(Item #96628) $18.00
   


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