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Sacramental Resources

Feeding Hungry Hearts Feeding Hungry Hearts: Celebrating the Eucharist DVD
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 Eucharist.

Simply for any Catholic wanting to deepen their appreciation of the Eucharist and understanding of the Mass, or for study groups, personal reflection, new Catholics or RCIA participants, youth groups, young, middle-aged, or senior adults, this DVD 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 this Sacrament. (Item #9780764819490) $34.99

A Child's First Communion A Child’s First Communion: And So Much More DVD
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.

“For Children”: 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 “Eucharist.” (Item #9780764820519) $34.99

Big AL LIVE: Gospel Values for Children DVD Volume 4
  • 4-1 Does your Baptism matter ? (Baptism)
  • 4-2 How big is your list? (Advent)
  • 4-3 Why do we have Christmas (Christmas)
  • 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 ? (Mother’s Day)
  • 4-9 Is your dad holding on or letting go? (Father’s Day)
  • 4-10 Who are you ? (Halloween)

(Item #978-0-15902-308-2) $19.99

Celebrate with Jesus
A Child's Book of the Sacraments

The newest book in this popular series introduces each sacrament to young children with a story in the life of Jesus. Key words for each sacrament help children understand and remember the main emphasis of these celebrations of life and sources of grace within the Church.

As always, engaging activities help children “heart-learn” as well as “head-learn.” A symbol for each sacrament is used to provide an instant visual reminder.

In addition to learning about the sacraments, children will also become familiar with common sacramentals, such as palms, the rosary, and holy water. The sacredness of daily activities is presented as well, to reassure that the sacraments are not our only means of grace.
32 page, 6" x 9" (Item #87590) $4.95

A children's picture book that explains the seven sacraments in an entertaining and informative manner. Each sacrament is referenced to its origin in scripture, and then presented in a way the child might experience it today. Ages 5-9. (Item #90995) $10.95
by Sue Stanton
In child-friendly language, this volume explains the sacrament of baptism as it tells the story of Anthony, a young boy whose baby brother is about to baptized by the Church. Includes interactive questions encouraging discussion between young readers and a parent or teacher: Full color. Hardcover, Ages 8-12
(Item #81388) $9.95
The Sacraments DVD
Featuring Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt, O.F.M. Cap.
New DVD format

Through story and ritual Gaynell Cronin and Father Jack Rathschmidt explore the sacraments as signs of God's love and care for us. For children grades 5 to 8.

This DVD includes five progams:
We Belong: Baptism and Confirmation (14 min.) Scenes of actual Baptism and Confirmation are woven into this story of welcoming and joining.
We Feed: Eucharist (12 min.) Interspersed throughout this story are lessons about how the Eucharist feeds the hunger in us all.
We Forgive: Reconciliation (12 min.) Explains how through reconciliation we recognize that we must change, ask forgiveness of those we hurt and celebrate God's mercy and forgiveness through the Church.
We Commit: Marriage and Holy Orders (12 min.) This story explores married life and the ordained priesthood as vocations of life-long commitment and service.
We Care: Anointing of the Sick (12 min.) Through this sacrament, we learn that we are not alone in our struggles.

(Item #89645) $19.95

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



Together at Baptism


Like Together for Life, Through Death to Life, and Together in the Spirit, this updated edition of Together at Baptism offers both spiritual support and solid information about the sacramental life of the Church.

New, free downloadable materials include a simple program guide for leaders and tips for godparents. While unaffected by the changes to the Roman Missal, Third Edition, Together at Baptism has been revised to follow the Rite of Baptism for Children, which supports the now-common practice of communal celebrations of the sacrament. A selection sheet for recording reading choices is also provided for parents, creating a meaningful memento of the joyous occasion.

Ideal Uses for Together at Baptism:

·        Sacramental preparation

·        Liturgical planning

·        Communal celebrations of baptism

(Item #83006) $4.50

My Baptism Book
Baptism is one of the most important events in a child's life, and My Baptism Book is a perfect gift to mark the occasion. Gentle, enchanting illustrations bring to life the simple teachings about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that are appropriate for the youngest of children.


  • Brief, meaningful prayers, poems, scriptures, and blessings
  • Baptism Gift inscription page
  • Ribbon marker
    My Baptism
    I am baptized
    to show that I am truly a child of God.
    I am baptized
    to show that I truly want to follow Jesus.
    I am baptized
    to show that I want God's Holy Spirit to be my friend and helper.

    The message of My Baptism Book is one of God's eternal love and care. If you are looking for the perfect baptism gift, this book for ages 0-8 is a popular and well loved choice. 64 pages, hardcover (Item #85202) $14.95


    Your Baby's Baptism
    Now updated with revised text and new photography, this popular guide deals with the practical questions that concern parents, and sets the scene for personal parish instruction. The full-color, magazine-style format is easy-to-use and appeals to today's parents. It covers such topics as: the baptism service, common questions people ask, practical suggestions on family life, and more.
    Why Baptism?
    Before the Baptism
    Questions People Ask
    The Baptism Service
    Early Days of Family Life
    You and God
    The Best Prayers
    How Your Child Learns
    (Item #80226) $3.95

        GODPARENT BOOK - Elaine Ramshaw (Item #98078) $11.95

        #97819) $3.95

        RITE OF BAPTISM - (Item #87214) $1.95

    86743.jpg (3333 bytes) One At The Table: The Reception of Baptized Christians
    (Item #86743) $11.00



    Making Things Right - Revised
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation

    un Activities Help Children Learn Profound Truths About God's Infinite Mercy and Love

    Designed for use in the classroom or at home, Making Things Right, Revised is the perfect way to help children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here is catechesis at its finest as, page after page, ideas and activities engage children and reinforce lessons presented by a parent or catechist.

    Children are eager to ...

    • Fill in missing words
    • Draw and color illustrations
    • Match answers
    • Solve word puzzles
    • Decode messages

    They learn about ...

    • God's love and mercy
    • Loving God and others
    • Sin and its effects
    • What it means to be sorry and ask for forgiveness
    • How to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with joy

    Consistent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Making Things Right, Revised includes material at the end of the book to enrich the faith of the parent and catechist and to help them prepare each lesson. The Parent/Catechist Guide gives an overview of each section, explains the focus of each page, and suggests ways to integrate the ideas presented into the children's own faith and life. It is no wonder that Making Things Right, Revised remains the top choice of religious educators nationwide! (Item #84182) $6.95


    Conforms with the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

    First Reconciliation (English Edition)
    Lessons focus on biblical stories about Christian living -- including the Good Samaritan, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Prodigal Son - to help children appreciate that God loves them and is always ready to forgive them. Activity stickers help children relate the stories to their lives. A Reconciliation Prayer Service booklet for each child to make helps review the parts of the sacrament.

    Colorful, sturdy 9" x 12" Keepsake Folder
    Six four-page take home lessons with hands-on activities
    Attractive stickers to highlight important concepts
    Family Focus poster with at-home activities
    Four-page handout with answers to "Questions Parents Ask"
    Sacrament Commemorative Certificate
    PLUS new “Computer Fun” CD to reinforce concepts in each lesson.

    The 48-page teaching guide includes tips for getting organized plus step-by-step plans for each lesson. Annotated illustrations of the children's handouts guarantee teaching directions will be easy to follow and lessons will be successful. Reproducible prayer rituals for each lesson reinforce the power of prayer in all that we do.

    The Together in Jesus First Reconciliation program is complete and affordable, with take-home leaflets for each lesson to get families involved, too.

    Student Edition (Item #80070) $10.95
    Teacher Guide (Item #80071) $19.95


    First Reconciliation Reproducible Activities: Primary Grades (Grades 1-3)

    These books of age-appropriate reproducible activities are the perfect supplement for primary or intermediate-grade children preparing to receive Reconciliation for the first time. Games, puzzles and other activities help reinforce their lessons in a way that entertains, teaches, and holds their attention.

    Each book, with 20-23 reproducibles, follows the progression of most sacramental preparation programs -- yet each activity stands on its own so you can decide when to use it. The new books for intermediate grades are also ideal for RCIA programs, or for review with children who have already received First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. 

    For primary grades reproducibles are in four sections: We Are Family, Sometimes We Fail, We Ask Forgiveness, We Try Harder. (Item #98905) $9.95

        First Reconciliation: Reproducible Activities for Young Children
        Item #98905 $9.95



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        First Eucharist: Reproducible Activities for Young Children
        Item #98901 $9.95

    Click to preview the contents of the inside of the book

    My First Holy Communion

    This beautiful gift book for First Holy Communion has the color illustration and textual simplicity to appeal to children around the ages of 7 or 8, and the charm and respectfulness to appeal to the adult buying the book.

    Designed with a fill-in page to commemorate the child's First Holy Communion, and space for a photo to be stuck in, My First Holy Communion contains prayers on the themes of praising God, remembering baptism, coming to confession, taking part in Holy Communion, and living a Christian life. This keepsake concludes with a section of appealing and reassuring blessings and will be welcomed not only as a memento of a special day, but as an encouragement to grow as a Christian throughout one's life. (Item #85203) $14.99

    Mass Prayers for Young Catholics: A First Missal
    Colorful, clear illustrations lead them, step by step, through the order of the Mass. Color-coded text - priest's words- cues for actions, responses- ensures that kids will be able to participate in the mass on their own. Reinforces what they're learning as they prepare for First Holy Communion. (Item #16067) $2.95
    Prepare children for what will happen on that special day when they meet Jesus in a new way. Full-color illustrations. Engaging, easy-to-read language. Ages 5-9. Hardcover. (Item #90996) $
    The Mass Book for Children
    Here's a delightful way to introduce your little ones to Jesus in the Eucharist. With its captivating writing style and charming art, The Mass Book for Children not only teaches young children the parts of the Mass but also shows them why joining in the joyful gathering is an experience of love.

    Entertaining and educational, The Mass Book for Children is perfect for the home or classroom. For children preschool to 9 years old. 48 page, Paperback (Item #83874) $6.95

    The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith
    written by Josephine Nobisso
    illustrations by Katalin Szegedi

    When a poor devout widow begs for a scrap of bread from a rich faithless baker, she promises to participate in the king’s wedding mass as payment for the baker’s generosity. The baker writes "One Mass" on a scrap of paper and places it on his scale to determine how much bread it is worth. To his and the entire town’s surprise, nothing in the shop, not even the gigantic wedding cakes made for the king, outweighs the simple piece of paper representing the true worth of a mass. Luminous old-world watercolor paintings grace the interior of the book and gold foil artwork lends an air of solemnity and sacred beauty to the story.
    Hardcover (Item #81305) $17.95

    JESUS WITH US: The Gift of the Eucharist
    Ages 7-10 - This book narrates the history of the Eucharist while stressing that every Communion is a special meeting with Jesus. Ideal for First Communicants. Paperback (Item #84351) $6.95 
    Welcome Children!
    A Child's
    Mass Book
    Here's a fun, reverent and educational way to help children celebrate the Eucharist. Activities to develop understanding of the Mass are arranged in an easy-to-follow sequence that parallels the progression of the Mass. As Jesus opens the door to invite children in, an activity identifying what they see - altar, tabernacle, candles, crucifix - immediately helps them become familiar with the worship space.

    Special faith-building features include mass responses (up-to-date and indicated in red); simple icons that show when to sit, stand, kneel; illustrations of traditional gestures and postures; 16 activities that explain the parts of the Mass.

    With activities on the left-hand pages and Mass prayers on the right, parents can easily help children find their place with little interruption of their own prayer experience. Once complete, the book becomes a personal keepsake to use week after week. Welcome, Children! can help prepare children for First Eucharist - or reinforce participation at Mass for those who already receive Communion. It's a great resource for RCIA too! 
    32 page, 6" x 9" (Item #87266) $4.95
    (Item #96258) $1.50

    Inexpensive start to your child's Catholic book library!


    First Eucharist (English Edition)
    Lessons explore the sacraments of initiation, the liturgical seasons, and the biblical stories of Zacchaeus, the loaves and the fish, and the Last Supper -- drawing children into fuller and more active participation in the life of the Church. An easy-to-make First Eucharist booklet teaches the parts of the mass and serves as a memento of the special event.

    Colorful, sturdy 9" x 12" Keepsake Folder
    Six four-page take home lessons with hands-on activities
    Attractive stickers to highlight important concepts
    Family Focus poster with at-home activities
    Four-page handout with answers to "Questions Parents Ask"
    Sacrament Commemorative Certificate
    PLUS new “Computer Fun” CD to reinforce concepts in each lesson.

    The 48-page teaching guide includes tips for getting organized plus step-by-step plans for each lesson. Annotated illustrations of the children's handouts guarantee teaching directions will be easy to follow and lessons will be successful. Reproducible prayer rituals for each lesson reinforce the power of prayer in all that we do.

    The Together in Jesus First Eucharist program is complete and affordable, with take-home leaflets for each lesson to get families involved, too.

    Student Edition (Item #98093) $11.95
    Teacher Guide (Item #98094) $19.95


    First Eucharist Reproducible Activity Books

    These books of age-appropriate reproducible activities are the perfect supplement for primary or intermediate-grade children preparing to receive Eucharist for the first time. Games, puzzles and other activities help reinforce their lessons in a way that entertains teaches, and holds their attention.

    Each book, with 20-23 reproducibles, follows the progression of most sacramental preparation programs -- yet each activity stands on its own so you can decide when to use it. The new books for intermediate grades are also ideal for RCIA programs, or for review with children who have already received First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. 

    For primary grades reproducibles are in six sections: Belonging, Listening and Learning, Caring and Forgiving, Remembering and Thanking, Sustaining Life, Making a Better World. (Item #98901) $9.95

    For intermediate grades reproducibles are in five sections: We Celebrate, We Prepare, We Listen, We Break Bread, We Make a Difference. (Item #87285) $9.95



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    My Confirmation Book

    “My Confirmation Book is the perfect gift for any Confirmand. Full of inspiration and wisdom, each chapter poses a thought-provoking scenario to help bring the various gifts of the Holy Spirit to life. Donna-Marie's book will be my present of choice for the special teens in my life preparing to receive this beautiful sacrament.” -Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

    "Another winner from Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle! Clear, concise, and inspiring - everything Confirmation candidates could want in a book that will help them prepare for one of the important moments in their Livers ! A great resource for parents and catechists, too. Kudos on a job well done!"
    Marge Fenelon, Author, Columnist and Speaker.

    Part keepsake, part teaching book, this small volume is filled with inspiration, encouragement, and reflections to ponder for 4th graders and up. Through simple text, it explains the privileges and responsibilities imparted through the sacrament of Confirmation. Compelling stories about saints and children their own age will help kids become more familiar with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and learn how the gifts can be active in their own lives. The apostolic mission of a confirmed Catholic is emphasized and readers are reminded that the sacrament of Confirmation is exciting—the same Holy Spirit who appeared to the apostles and the Blessed Mother at Pentecost is the one who will come to them when they are confirmed. 64 pages, hardcover
    (Item #71545) $16.99

    St. Joseph Confirmation Book
    An ideal book for Confirmation candidates. Contains Confirmation rite, prayers, instructions, and readings from the Gospels.
    (Item #16081) $7.95

        - Fr. Francis Martin
          An excellent explanation of what the baptism in the Holy Spirit entails and where it is found in          Scripture and Church History. Helpful for pastors, skeptical Catholics, and charismatics who          seek a deeper theological and scriptural understanding of their experiences. (Item #88090) $3.95

    GUIDE FOR SPONSORS - Ron Lewinski (Item #83035) $6.00

    - Fr. Francis Martin
    An excellent explanation of what the baptism in the Holy Spirit entails and where it is found in Scripture and Church History. Helpful for pastors, skeptical Catholics, and charismatics who seek a deeper theological and scriptural understanding of their experiences. (Item #88090) $3.95

    ( Item #85978) $1.50

    Inexpensive start to your child's Catholic book library!


    RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation- Adults)

    RCIA JOURNEY IN FAITH - Vincent Peterson (Item #93215) $2.95

    RCIA: PRACTICAL APPROACH - Rosalie Cirtom (Item #84541) $26.95

    CREDO: The Catholic Faith Explained
    by Fr. Marcus Holden and Fr. Andrew Pinsent
    This new illustrated pocket catechism offers a succinct and reliable introduction into the fullness of the Catholic faith. Drawing on Scripture and Tradition, it is fully cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Compendium.
    (Item #87831)

    COMBINING EFFORTS — Father Marcus Holden, left, and Father Andrew Pinsent look over the text of their combined catechesis for adults. The two are from England and were ordained there in 2005. Father Pinsent is in residence at St. Ambrose Parish on the Hill while pursuing studies at St. Louis University.


    Evangelium is a resource which enables all parishes to run courses for adults on the Catholic Faith. It offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. A modular resource, it follows the same division as the Catechism of the Catholic Church into Creed, Sacraments, Morals and Prayer.

    Evangelium not only teaches about the Faith. It also gives a rich visual experience of the Faith by means of contemporary multimedia technology and over one hundred of the greatest works of art in Christian history.

    Flexible and adaptable to the needs of your parish

    ■ evening courses or study days

    ■ short or long courses

    principal uses

    ■ RCIA

    ■ refresher courses for adults

    other uses

    ■ confirmation preparation

    ■ marriage preparation

    ■ youth catechesis

    ■ sixth-form students

    ■ self-instruction

    Communicates Catholic teaching

    ■ content rigorously reviewed by leading theologians

    ■ cross-referenced fully to Scripture, the Catechism and the new Compendium of the Catechism

    ■ a sure and faithful presentation of the riches of the Catholic faith

    Stimulating Presentations

    ■ beautiful religious art is the focus for each lesson

    ■ attractive, strongly visual slides

    ■ concise, precise wording

    ■ enlightening quotations from Scripture and saints

    ■ suggested further reading and activities for each module

    ■ Participant’s Book summarises the presentations, provides references and reinforces learning

    Excellent support for the group leader

    ■ easy-to-use materials

    ■ clear and structured programme

    ■ tried and tested lessons

    ■ written by experienced catechists

    ■ references to additional resources and activities

    ■ easy-to-use software on CD-ROM

    ■ no additional software required

    What started as a seminary assignment to teach the faith to Italian youth has turned into a multi-media course now used by adults entering the Catholic Church in England.

    Fathers Andrew Pinsent and Marcus Holden hope their book and CD-ROM, "Evangelium," become more widely accepted in America.

    Father Pinsent, is in residence at St. Ambrose Parish in the Hill neighborhood of South St. Louis while studying at St. Louis University. He and Father Holden, assigned to a London parish, recently spoke about "Evangelium" during the latter’s visit to America.

    "We picked 25 key topics, with two sides (pages) per topic. It’s short, but with as much content as possible," said Father Pinsent. Both priests were ordained in their home dioceses in England in 2005.

    The four major categories in the book — creed, sacraments, morals and prayer — follow the sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Father Pinsent said.

    The two priests didn’t think anything more would come of their efforts at educating the Italian youth until Father Holden mentioned the project to the pastor of his parish in London. That pastor was a member of the editorial board of the eventual publisher, the Catholic Truth Society.

    Fathers Holden and Pinsent worked on the book and CD-ROM for two years, and it was published in England last fall. There it is being used by 500 parishes in preparing people for entrance into the Church.

    Already it’s been accepted for use for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. About 100 people in St. Ambrose Parish have purchased it through the parish for private use, Father Pinsent said. He added that the book and CD were now available through Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc.

    Among the topics covered are the meaning of life, salvation history, the Incarnation and life of Christ, the Trinity, Scripture and Tradition, the Blessed Mother, the Eucharist, marriage, the priesthood, prayer and the Mass and devotions, among others.

    The use in a class setting incorporates the PowerPoint presentation found on the CD, which allows the students to view a dazzling assortment of Catholic artwork, mostly from the Renaissance, that the two priests chose to illustrate each faith concept.

    "This way you get the full visual experience of it," Father Holden said.

    They both said they strove for a balance in offering enough depth on each subject without overwhelming a newcomer to the Church with information. The priests also strove for a certain level of objectivity, to merely present the truth of the Catholic Church’s teaching without adding any commentary of their own.

    That approach has earned them praise from both liberal and conservative Catholic media in their home country, they said.

    "All we tried to do was present the material as clearly as possible," Father Pinsent said.

    While the two agreed on the concepts, Father Holden said with a smile that "We fought a lot — but it was healthy fight" in choosing the manner in which their instructional effort would present those truths. He later described their collaboration as "intense discussions" on the way each subject could best be presented.

    "We prayed before every (planning) session," Father Pinsent said. "It was a good lesson in teaching us objectivity. We had to sacrifice our own opinions."

    Both are encouraged by their experience with youthful reception to their efforts after decades of seeing the parents of the current youth leave the faith.

    "Unlike older generations, who were rebelling, this youngest one just hasn’t had someone explain to the faith to them," Father Holden said.

    "It’s reliable in that it’s based only on Church teaching, and it’s concise for busy people," said Father Pinsent.

    Father Joseph Johnson, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, was impressed with its content. He said it has been used already by the Asian community and that the Hispanic community was looking to translate the book for its needs. His own parish will use it starting in the fall for adult faith formation classes, Father Johnson said.

    "Its beauty is it’s very thorough but very concise and understandable. It uses the power of images, which people of all languages can connect to. Plus it uses masterpieces of art."

    He noted the different sections can be used independently. "One of our parishes used the five sections on prayer for a course during Lent," he said.

    Participant (Item #88985) $17.95
    Presenter (Item #88986) $41.00
    CD (Item #88987) $51.00

    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.
    (Item #87394) $19.95
    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)
    83035.jpg (2125 bytes) Guide for Sponsors
    (Item #83035) $6.00
    84316st.jpg (2253 bytes) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
    Ritual Edition - English (Item #93-0) $17.00
    Study Edition - English (Item #94-9) $17.00
    Ritual Edition - Spanish (Item #96151) $12.95
    90857.jpg (2797 bytes) Echoing God's Word
    (Item #90857) $16.00



    Together for Life

    With over nine million copies sold, Together for Life has been meeting the needs of Catholic parish ministers and engaged couples for over forty years. Based on three years of market research, this new edition retains the long-trusted format and incorporates customer-requested updates, including rich catechetical material. This edition also features the new liturgical texts for weddings required by the Roman Missal, Third Edition. The previous regular and special editions have been combined into a single booklet and all approved liturgical texts needed for planning weddings During Mass, Outside Mass, or Between a Catholic and an Unbaptized Person now appear in one volume.

    Highlights of this new edition:

    ·        Includes approved texts for celebrating the Rite of Marriage and new prayers from the Roman Missal, Third Edition

    ·        New scripture commentaries by married Catholic leaders

    ·        Provides new catechetical commentaries by Fr. Peter Jarret, C.S.C., to help couples deepen their understanding of the sacrament of matrimony

    ·        Offers hints for incorporating ethnic and cultural devotions and practices

    ·      Sample intercessions updated to reflect current liturgical norms

    ·        Previous regular and special editions now combined in single volume

    ·        How-to guides throughout book to help parish ministers

    ·        New FAQ section about the celebration of Catholic weddings

    ·        Information on having a civil marriage blessed or validated by the Church

    ·        Tips for strengthening marriage

    ·        Updated selection form for wedding readings and prayers

    ·        Now supported by a new Together for Life Online website (, which contains the online selection form and helps couples continue the Together for Life experience through engagement, their first years of marriage, and beyond

    (Item #80402) $4.50


    Beginning Your Marriage
    (Item #84555)
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    Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book
    spans 50 years of anniversaries, the first 15, year by year. Featuring elegant watercolors and calligraphy of artist Joy Rodgers-Mernin, each left hand page has an illustrated border that is die-cut to fit a 3 1/2 x 5 or 4 x 6 photo, each right hand page is different quote and illustration with space to write. Each year lists that anniversary's special flower along with traditional and modern gifts. Exactingly printed on heavy, acid-free embossed paper. A matching gift box is perfect for gift giving. Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book will become a cherished keepsake for years to come. Great for showers, weddings and first anniversary. (Item #22523)



    Through Death to Life

    For over thirty years, nearly one million bereaved Catholic families have drawn comfort from the pastoral wisdom of the late Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin in Through Death to Life. The new edition of this leading Catholic funeral planning resource contains all the approved lectionary readings and other liturgical texts needed to celebrate a funeral Mass, bringing together in one place all the official liturgical texts needed for planning a Catholic funeral Mass.

    This accessible, easy-to-use liturgical aid provides a practical tool for priests, deacons, and lay pastoral ministers as they help grieving Catholics plan the funeral of a loved one. Families can select the readings and prayers that they find most fitting and record them on an easy-to-follow selection sheet. This sheet is then passed on to the presiding priest or his designate so that he can prepare the liturgy.

    Highlights of this new edition:

    ·        Nearly one million copies sold in thirty-year history

    ·        Contains all required changes from the 2011 edition of the new Roman Missal, official lectionary readings approved for use at the funeral Mass, and the pertinent texts from the Order of Christian Funerals

    ·        Newly updated pastoral introduction offers comfort to both families and their pastoral leaders

    ·        Comprehensive selection sheet included for families to fill out as they choose their readings and prayers

    ·        Contains two distinct numbering systems: one coincides with the official liturgical books and the other with the Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal ritual card set published for presiders by Ave Maria Press

    ·        Brief, informative appendix explaining Church teaching on the practice of cremation

    (Item #84695) $4.50


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