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More Than A
By the Southside Dragons,
2010-2011 Sophomore Class at St. Mary's High School
Forward by: Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis
When we selected "More Than A Message" as the title for our book we
were looking for something catchy that may inspire people to take a closer
look. We did not realize that our chosen title may very well reveal the
book's true purpose. We believe this collection of our poems, all written as
part of a class in our sophomore curriculum, is a worthy contribution to the
literary landscape. But it is more than that. There is a wisdom dwelling in
the heart and soul of every young person, a wisdom our world needs in
troubled times. We do not claim to have all the answers, but young people
everywhere are asking the right questions. We invite you to read the poems a
couple of times. Some of them belong with your finest collections, others
may not be ready yet for prime time. But all of them are expressed from
within the imagination of young people who have something very important to
say. Perhaps you can find your own questions in the midst of these poems.
Your reading, just as our writing, will contribute meaning to the world.
All proceeds from the sales of "More Than A Message" support the important
work of our St. Vincent de Paul Society. 6x9, 108 pages, paperback
(Item #88252) $15.00
Tracking Virtue, Conquering
A Guide for Spiritual Survival
By Father Joseph Classen
Father Joseph Classen, author
of the popular Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord, will be your
guide on a new expedition, where deep love for the great outdoors and good
humor intersect with spiritual truth in ways that will appeal to you,
regardless of your faith tradition.
Drawing upon a wealth of stories from his experiences as a
hunter and angler, Father Joe provides powerful and insightful connections
between real life and God's plan. Whether he is connecting the dangers and
pitfalls of the outdoors with the many obstacles that can derail your faith
life or providing clues on tracking your own path through unchartered
wilderness, Father Joe is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable guide in
this must-have book for any sports man or nature lover!
(Item #84510) $14.95
Meat & Potatoes
by Rev. Joseph F. Classen
What is so special about Sacraments?
How did the rituals and traditions of the Mass get started?
Why do we have a pope?
What's the point of going to confession?
Father Joe Classen has heard all these questions and more from parishioners,
fishing buddies, neighbors, and acquaintances. They seem to recognize right
away that this straight-shooting and approachable young priest speaks a
language they understand.
You will find real questions and direct answers
from a passionate, engaging priest who wants nothing more than to share his
love of the Faith in real life terms. Get to know what the Church teaches
and why, and discover Father Joe's secret recipe for a happier, more
fulfilling life. Paperback, 240 pages. (Item #88404)
Table of Contents
Hunting for God,
Fishing for the Lord:
Encountering the Sacred in
the Great Outdoors
by Rev. Joseph F. Classen
Fr. Joseph Classen is a
native of historic St. Charles Missouri and received his
theological education at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Fr.
Joe was ordained to the priesthood in 2003 and is
currently living and serving in the St. Louis
with his priestly ministry, Fr. Joe is a dedicated,
accomplished, and passionate outdoorsman. In this his
first book, Hunting for God, Fishing for the
Lord, Fr. Classen uses his love of the
outdoors as a catalyst for delving into issues of faith
and spirituality while sharing with the reader tales of
outdoor adventure and wisdom. It is written with an
ecumenical flavor, and so is intended for Christians of
all denominations and even those who perhaps have little
or no faith at all but love the outdoors and are
possibly “hunting” for God.
Paperback. (Item #88414) $12.95
for the Third Millennium
by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
clearly sets forth what it takes to be a Catholic priest in the Third
Whether he is stressing the necessity of regular
Confession and the need to celebrate daily Mass and say the Liturgy of the
Hours or discussing priestly celibacy in frank, realistic terms, he
emphasizes true priest identity by presenting a life worth living, a life
worth sharing, a life worth offering up to the Father through Christ and in
the Holy Spirit.
Pastoral, practical, and thoroughly Catholic, Priests
for the Third Millennium will renew the joy of being Catholic in the
heart of seminarians, priests, and the people they serve.
(Item #98934) $24.95
Called to Be Holy
by Archbishop Timothy Dolan
How will you -- how can you -- answer God's call to
holiness? The path to holiness is traveled step by
step. The way of holiness is lived grace by grace. Your journey to God
is nothing more, and nothing less, than that series of steps.
But how do you take that step each day?
How do you live that grace each day? How, each day, do you answer God's
call, God's personal invitation to holiness?
What Milwaukee's Archbishop Timothy M.
Dolan recommends, urges, reminds, and teaches is radical in the truest
sense of that word: It is basic. It is at the roots. It is fundamental.
This solid theologian, noted Church
historian, and natural-born storyteller goes first to the source: what
Christ said and promised, what Scripture and Tradition tell us. Then
building on that firm foundation, here, too, is what the Church teaches;
what the saints have discovered, lived, and shared; what the Fathers and
Doctors of the Church have written; what "ordinary" Catholics -- on that
path, accepting those graces -- have come to learn.
Here is a detailed examination and
encouraging explanation of faith, hope, humility, love and chastity,
human formation, patience, penance, joy, and obedience.
Here is how to be a good steward of
the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as you hear and answer God's call.
Paperback; 160 pages (Item #82156) $12.95
To Whom Shall We Go?
Lessons from the Apostle Peter
By Archbishop Timothy M.
To be a Christian today, to
follow Our Lord and accept His call to discipleship, demands heroic courage.
It takes deep faith to live the particular - special, unique - vocation
that's yours alone. Heaven knows it isn't easy. St. Peter knows it, too.
He's well aware that even the most enthusiastic and committed Christian can
become frightened and unsure, can make mistakes and betray a loved one, can
seek and receive forgiveness, can begin again and - with an even stronger
faith - can go on to face life's most difficult challenges.
To Whom Shall We Go?
presents the words and actions of St. Peter as it clearly shows how his life
- his strengths, weaknesses, joys, and sorrows - offers an example for all
of us. How it offers hope for each of us. (Item
the Holy Water!
Young children can be both mystified and
confused by what they witness while attending Mass with their
families--even when they can see over the adults sitting in front of
Don't Drink the Holy Water! explains the Mass with creative,
full-color illustrations and simple descriptions that resonate with
kids. A special section at the back of the book helps adults answer
kids' questions about the Mass.
Featuring a 50-minute DVD--broken into 20 small segments, perfect
for engaging kids and offering opportunities for questions and
reflection--parents, grandparents, godparents, and teachers alike
will appreciate this lively, versatile
teaching tool. 64 pages.
(Item #82057) $19.99
You Want Me to Be Good All Day?:
and Other Prayers for Children
Father Joe Kempf and his furry friend, Big Al,
are back with more heartwarming prayers for children and their parents.
This follow-up to the best-selling My Sister is Annoying, addresses
some of the challenges of growing up. In a delightful combination of events
that impact children's lives, Big Al learns lessons including compassion,
responsibility, and individuality through prayer. Read the prayers and enjoy
the included audio CD where Father Joe and Big Al introduce each prayer read
With an introduction by Annie (Big Al's "annoying" sister), You Want Me
to Be Good ALL DAY? is perfect for every child in your life. 8"x8",
Hardcover. 48 pages. Audio CD included. (Item #98452)
My Sister/Brother is Annoying!
And Other Prayers for Children
By Fr. Joe Kempf
Children say the most wonderful things! This book of prayers, by Fr. Joe
Kempf and his furry friend, Big Al, is written the way children talk—and the
way they think! My Sister is Annoying is a beautifully illustrated,
fun way for children to talk to God about things that are important to them,
such as the joy of playing outside, celebrating a birthday, and trying to
figure out the right thing to do. Read the prayers and listen to the CD with
a child you love as Father Joe and Big Al introduce these prayers read by
My Sister is Annoying will help children—and their parents—to pray
the way Jesus taught us to pray…simply and from the heart.
Audio CD included. (Item #94541) $16.99
Life is Just Not Fair
and will always
be there to help
us find a way.
life can be
Father Joe Kempf
and his furry
friends, Big Al
and Annie, are
back with plenty
of support. The
issues in this
book in a way
that a child
If God is so
good, why do
suffer? What is
our hope when
someone we love
dies? How do we
go on when our
the heartaches come, these
reflections, prayers, and
activities will help every child
find their way forward with God.
In the back of the book,
parents, grandparents, and
teachers will find the coaching
they need to love their children
through the difficult times.
This wonderfully illustrated
book meets the child (and the
child in each of us) right where
we are with just what we need.
No one connects faith and real
life like Fr. Joe and Big Al.
Sometimes Life is Just Not Fair
is the perfect book for when the
difficult times come…and they
visit us all.
(Item #83512) $19.95
Faith Filled Lullabies
(with Audio CD)
with Big Al & Annie
Featuring the songs and prayers of Cathy Pescarino & Fr. Joe Kempf
will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
Bring comfort and joy to the child
in your life – and the child in you
— in this new CD. Fr. Joe and his
Al and Annie, with musician and
songwriter Cathy Pescarino and her
friends, present their special
collection of music based on:
Sacred folk songs Comforting
Scriptures Traditional favorites
Plus all-new, original songs
You’ll be delighted by the companion
book of lyrics, along with beautiful
illustrations, scripture passages,
and special prayers just for
Soothing music, and faith-filled
lyrics, bring calm and quiet to
children of any age as well as to
their parents, grandparents, or any
adult in their lives.
(Item #81845) $16.95
Big AL LIVE:
Gospel Values for Children DVD Volumes
1, 2 and 3
- 1-1 What names have you
- 1-2 What good are broken
- 1-3 Is Jesus
- 1-4 What’s your note to
- 1-5 Forgive… or clobber
- 1-6 How big is your
- 1-7 Who will take your
- 1-8 Do you stay connected
- 1-9 Did you see Him?
- 1-10 Do you try to be
Volume 1 (Item #978-0-15902-087-6
Volume 2 (Item #978-0-15902-088-3
Volume 3 (Item #978-0-15902-089-0)
LIVE: Gospel Values for Children
DVD Volume 4
are you ? (Halloween)
- 4-1 Does your Baptism
matter ? (Baptism)
- 4-2 How big is your list?
- 4-3 Why do we have
- 4-4 What does God do when
we say we’re sorry ? (Reconciliation)
- 4-5 Why give up something
for Lent ? (Lent)
- 4-6 Are you good at
finding Easter eggs? (Easter)
- 4-7 What is the best food
you ever had? (Eucharist)
- 4-8 What is a mother for ?
- 4-9 Is your dad holding on
or letting go? (Father’s Day)
One Cries the Wrong Way
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says this
about Fr. Kempf’s books: “Fr. Kempf, with grace and
sensitivity, helps us learn what to say – and do –
in moments when people long for a word of hope and
(Item #83514) $14.95
Hearing the Voice of God: Reflections for Prayer
Joe Kempf says he has learned that
“God is omni-lingual” – meaning God
speaks your language!
practical application, this means
that wherever you come from, whoever
you are, and whenever you pray, God
hears you and speaks uniquely and
distinctly to you.
The question is: how can you open
your heart and find the stillness to
hear His voice? And how do
Through this CD of guided
reflections and prayers, you will
deepen your ability to become aware
of God, praying in the language of
your heart, and hearing God’s voice
as He speaks directly to you. From
his own life, his study of the
disciplines of prayer, and his
pastoral experiences, Fr. Joe Kempf
has created reflections geared for
adults at any age or stage of life.
This is an excellent tool for
individuals or adult study groups.
Each of the reflections includes an
invitation to pause and respond to
two questions in the beautiful
companion book. You can come back to
each prayer again and again, to open
your awareness of God’s voice, and
experience His peace long after the
reflection is over.
Fr. Kempf invites you to enter into
prayer with him in Hearing the Voice
of God: Reflections for Prayer and
Perspective with Fr. Joe Kempf
(Item #81843) $14.95
Feeding Hungry Hearts: Celebrating the Eucharist
In this 45 minute four-part
video, Father Joe Kempf invites
each of us to look at this
sacrament of the Eucharist—and
how, together when we celebrate
as a community of faith at Mass,
we are receiving this phenomenal
gift of the meal called
Simply for any Catholic wanting
to deepen their appreciation of
the Eucharist and understanding
of the Mass, or for study
groups, personal reflection, new
RCIA participants, youth
groups, young, middle-aged, or
senior adults, this
walks us through the celebration
of the Mass—and explains why we
do what we do. Discovering how
the Eucharist is a gift of great
magnitude, we can open our
hearts and our souls to the
nourishment that we so need to
be faithful Catholics and live
our lives as Christ has asked.
In his simple, heartfelt, and
direct manner, Father Joe
teaches the mystery of the real
presence of Jesus Christ—the
body, blood, soul, and
divinity—in both the bread and
in the wine—is a gift that we
experience through faith. He
invites us to open ourselves up
to learning how to be present-to
others and to ourselves—so that
we might become present to Jesus
Christ who is present to us in
(Item #9780764819490) $34.99
Child’s First Communion: And So Much More
This new DVD
featuring Fr. Joe Kempf contains
two programs—one for children as
they prepare for their first
experience of the Eucharist and
one for the adults guiding them
along the way.
Whether preparing for their 1st
or 1500th Communion, children
will be changed by the holiness,
humor, and insight in a 4-part,
23-minute segment. Learning the
fundamentals of our Catholic
faith will inspire them to love
the Mass, God, and each other
more than ever.
“For Adults”: A
3-part, 57-minute segment will
recharge your presence at Mass
and your relationship with
Jesus. Parents, grandparents,
and teachers will be renewed in
their eucharistic understanding
as they teach children the joy
and challenge to be found in
this incredible gift called
(Item #9780764820519) $34.99
Saints at the Dinner Table
Cook up some delicious meals while stimulating quality
mealtime talk. Amy Heyd offers a delicious menu of meals and dedicates each
chapter to a saint who in some way inspired her to create original recipes
for a complete meal- from salad to main course to dessert. Heyd combines a
brief introduction to each saint, a reflection, an inspired menu, a dinner
prayer, and questions for meaningful dinner discussion. You won’t want to
wait to unveil this at family dinner nights, book clubs, and your supper
clubs! (Item #83818)
Catholic St. Louis:
A Pictoral History
by William B. Faherty SJ and Mark Scott Abeln
The history of the Catholic Church in St. Louis is dominated by strong
personalities and architectural grandeur. In Catholic St. Louis, rich text
and photography capture the people and places that have defined Catholicism
in a historic, and historically Catholic, city. Renowned historian William
Barnaby Faherty, S.J., delivers concise historical sketches of the integral
people and the landmark houses of worship; and photographer Mark Scott Abeln
captures nearly forty different area churches in majestic fashion. 176
pages, hardcover, 8.5x11 (Item #81329) $32.95
St. Louis Hills
By Ann Zanaboni
Originally marketed as "country living in the city" by developer Cyrus
Crane Willmore, St. Louis Hills remains an idyllic, slow-paced suburb
within the city proper. The neighborhood has maintained its charm as
well as its small businesses-a meat market, a barbershop, and a frozen
custard stand. St. Louis Hills tells the story behind the famous Ted
Drewes, Hampton Village, the various corner churches and the pastoral
Francis Park. No two houses are alike in St. Louis Hills, creating a
unique architectural gem in the city of St. Louis. This is a unique and
fascinating look at one of the city's best-kept neighborhoods. 120
Pages, Paperback. 8.5x5.5 (Item
Italians: The Hill and Beyond
by Eleanore Berra Marfisi
This book, which celebrates Italian ethnicity, totals 216 pages and also
contains 60 delectable recipes from 29 different chefs who represent some of
the best-loved Italian restaurants in the entire St. Louis metropolitan
area. Next to each recipe is a fascinating profile of each of the 20
restaurateurs, describing their rags-to-riches stories and their secrets to
success. Similar to the first book, the beautiful, full-color photographs of
each prepared dish will stimulate the senses. Saint Louis Italians: The Hill
and Beyond boasts 80 pages of historical descriptions and a staggering
wealth of photographs, which will illuminate the experiences of Italian
Americans in the City of St. Louis. Indeed, our urban landscape has been
enriched by their home country?s cultural heritage, their admirable work
ethic, and their devotion to family and community. While telling the stories
of men such as Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola, and football great Tom Lombardo,
the book begins by resurrecting the now-gone, once-vibrant neighborhood
called Little Italy.
(Item #82154) $35.95
Centuries of St. Louis
by Fr. William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.
and prolific historian Father William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., offers
a unique take on the history of St. Louis with Centuries of St.
Louis. This new history—his third on the city—is told through the
perspective of its citizens, some prominent, all respected. From
Marguerite Blondeau Guion LeCompte—the first woman to give birth in
St. Louis—to the venerable sportswriters Bob Burnes and Bob Broeg,
Faherty offers insights into the events and people that define St.
Louis by documenting the lives of these chosen St. Louisans in
context with the eras they lived in.
Many facets of society are covered in this book, including
education, politics, religion, sports, activism, philanthropy, and
business. Faherty chose to write about achievers rather than
celebrities. These achievers were active in their respective fields
and the events that surrounded them.
128 pages, Softcover. (Item #88979)
||So, Where'd You Go To High
Baby Boomer Edition
By Dan Dillon
In volume 2, author Dan Dillon looks back at the high
school memories of St. Louis' Baby Boomers. This fun collection of trivia,
celebrity tales, and photos will have you remembering your prom night
light it was yesterday. From the 1950's through the 1980's, Dillon recalls
the rivalries, the teams, the homecoming nights- and yes, the hairstyles-
that made high school unforgettable. Packed with descriptions of St. Louis
schools, past and present, and with stories from St. Louis personalities
such as Dan Gray and Steve Savard, this book will complete any St.
Louisan's yearbook collection. (Item #87690) $26.95
A new book by Julie Parker of Fenton,
MO empowers children with special needs.
"It doesn't seem fair; it just can't be. Why
is life so difficult for me?"
These words from the empathetic new children's book, "Why Me?" ring
true for just about everyone. The book's simple message of
acceptance and empowerment is the work of physical therapist and
author Julie Parker of Fenton.
Parker grew up in Affton and Oakville, and is a 1991 graduate of
Nerinx High School in Webster Groves. She has a congenital hand
defect, and knows firsthand about growing up "different."
It's OK To Be
"Kids are curious," said Parker. "If they see someone who is
different, they're going to ask questions." Parker said she was made
fun of as a child, and felt singled out because of her hand.
"I work with special needs kids, and it's the most uplifting
career," she said. "These kids don't think of themselves as
disadvantaged. I don't hear 'woe is me.' If it hurts, they cry, then
they move forward. I learn a lot about life by looking at them and
the difficulties they face."
Parker sees a distinct advantage to teaching
children at an early age that it's fine to be different, and to be
curious about the differences in others. Her book, with its simple
text and colorful illustrations (by her sister-in-law, Kelly
Sieckhaus), is a valuable tool in that endeavor.
"If you look around, you'll be surprised to know that we all have
things that challenge us as we grow," it reads.
"I don't think children have preconceived notions," said Parker. "We
can teach them when they're little that it's OK to be different,
it's OK to come out and ask questions, that it's not wrong to ask.
But after you get the answer, accept that they're just like you and
Its mission, she said, is to help children of all abilities be
healthy in mind and body.
Grace to Carry
Through one friendship, two women find
the perseverance, trust, and hope to endure their greatest challenge.
Grace to Carry is the moving true story of St. Louis author, Marcia
Putnam, portraying how God provides all we need with wisdom beyond our own
choices. Inspirational photographs and quotes set the scene for each
chapter. Readers have said, "You'll cry, and you'll laugh, but you'll never
underestimate the power of friendship again. (Item
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