Catholic Summer Reading Club

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Let’s pick a book from the following to have a summer book club. We can meet at the store on
Wednesdays at 2 PM starting on July 1, 2009.

Send an email to Catholic Summer Reading by June 5 with your vote and a decision will be sent out by Monday June 8 with books available by Friday June 12 or order on line GodSpace

The Angels and Their Mission

The Angels and Their Mission
By: Jean Cardinal Danielou, S.J. ~ $13.95

The truth about angels —
according to the Fathers of the Church

From St. Augustine to John Henry Newman, the greatest among the saints and men of God have lived on familiar terms with the angels; and the Church has always accorded them a very large place in her theology.

Recent theologians have dwelt on dry questions about the nature of the angels, but the early Fathers of the Church, with the memory of Jesus fresh in their minds (and of the angels of whom He spoke often) were fascinated with the energetic action of the angels among men and the ways in which the angels have carried out that mission from the instant of Creation through the time of Jesus; and how they will continue their work even unto the end of time.

From the works of these early Fathers of the Church, the late French Cardinal Jean Daniélou has drawn forth threads of knowledge and wisdom which he has here woven into a lucid and bright tapestry that shows us who the ministering angels really are, and how—in every instant and in every way—they are working for your salvation and mine.

Here you’ll find no sentimental cherubs: the Fathers knew that majesty and power cloak actual angels, which is why God gave them the formidable tasks of shepherding not only souls, but entire nations, and the motions of the entire material universe itself.

Open these pages to meet the glorious angels as they were known by the Church’s greatest saints and theologians: Origen and Eusebius, and Sts. Basil, Ambrose, Methodius, Gregory of Nyssa, Clement of Alexandria, and John Chrysostom (among others).

Soon you, too, will find yourself on familiar terms with the angels, and they’ll begin to play in your life the larger role that God intends them to play.

The End of the Present World

The End Of The Present World

By: Fr. Charles Arminjon ~ $17.95

In the late nineteenth century, Father Charles Arminjon, a priest from the mountains of southeastern France, assembled his flock in the town cathedral to preach a series of conferences to help them turn their thoughts away from this life’s mean material affairs—and toward the next life’s glorious spiritual reward. His wise and uncompromising words deepened in them the spirit of recollection that all Christians must have: the abiding conviction that heavenly aims, not temporal enthusiasms, must guide everything we think, say, and do.

When Father Arminjon’s conferences were later published in a book, many others were able to reap the same benefit—including fourteen-year-old Thérèse Martin, then on the cusp of entering the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. Reading it, she says, “plunged my soul into a happiness not of this earth.” Young Thérèse, filled with a sense of “what God reserves for those who love him, and seeing that the eternal rewards had no proportion to the light sacrifices of life,” copied out numerous passages and memorized them, “repeating unceasingly the words of love burning in my heart.”

A Postcard from the VolcanoA Postcard from the Volcano

By: Lucy Beckett ~ $ 19.95

Beginning in 1914 and ending on the eve of World War II, this epic story follows the coming of age and early manhood of the Prussian aristocrat, Max von Hofmannswaldau. From the idyllic surroundings of his ancestral home to the streets of cosmopolitan Breslau menaced by the Nazi SS, Hofmannswaldau uncovers the truth about his own identity and confronts the modern ideologies that threaten the annihilation of millions of people.

A Postcard from the Volcano opens with the outbreak of World War I and the Prussian pride and patriotism that blind the noble von Hofmannswaldau family to the destruction that lies ahead for their country. The well-researched narrative follows the young count as he leaves home to finish his education and ends up a stranger in the land of his birth.

Both intelligent and sensitive, Beckett’s prose explores the complex philosophical and political questions that led Europe into a second world war, while never losing sight of a man whose life is shaped by his times. A deeply moving historical novel that shows the horrific impact that two world wars had on whole countries, and how individuals struggled to deal with the incredible challenges presented by such devastation.

12 Days of Christmas

Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas Carol was actually written as a song of faith?
At the time (roughly 1558 – 1829) that Catholics were not able to openly practice their faith in England, this song came into being. It was supposedly used to pass on the truths of the faith and to reinforce the real reason for the joy of the season.
The first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree: True Love is God, the partridge is Jesus.
The second day of Christmas … two turtle doves: The Old and New Testament
The third day of Christmas … three French hens: the symbols of Faith, Hope and Love
The fourth day of Christmas … four calling birds: the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
The fifth day of Christmas … five gold rings: the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy
The sixth day of Christmas … six geese-a-laying: six days of creation
The seventh day of Christmas … seven swans-a-swimming:
seven Sacraments
The eighth day of Christmas … eight maids a milking:
eight Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The ninth day of Christmas … nine ladies dancing: fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control
The tenth day of Christmas … ten Lords-a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
The eleventh day of Christmas … eleven pipers piping: eleven faithful apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas bar James
The twelfth day of Christmas … twelve drummers drumming: twelve points of the Apostle’s Creed: 1. one God, 2. His Son Jesus Christ, 3. Holy Spirit made flesh in Mary’s womb, 4. fastened to a cross, 5. descended in hell and rose the third day, 6. ascended in heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father, 7. come to judge the living and the dead, 8. belief in the Holy Spirit, 9. the Holy catholic and apostolic Church/the communion of saints, 10. forgiveness of sins, 11. resurrection of the body, and 12. life everlasting.



2nd Day of Christmas
Feast of St. Stephen

December 26 is the feast of St. Stephen, one of  the first deacons and the first Christian martyr.
 
Dissatisfaction concerning the distribution of alms from the community’s fund having arisen in the Church, seven men were selected and specially ordained by the Apostles to take care of the temporal relief of the poorer members. Of these first seven deacons, St. Stephen is the first mentioned and the best known through the ages.

Beginning today, December 26, as we celebrate the Holy Season of the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, we begin our sale and we have an entire category of items on sale at 15% off to celebrate and honor the feast of the day. Additionally, we will select one special item, appropriate to the day’s feast, and we will be offering that item at 25% off.

Visit us each day of Christmas, through Epiphany (January 6), to learn more about the Feast of the day and to find out what is on sale.
 
Today take 15% off all vestments – albs, chasubles, copes, dalmatics, stoles, and surplices – as well as clergy apparel.
Today’s featured sale item is this beautiful white alb. Get it for 25% off today only!

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Now this is RICH

Planned Parenthood sent out a request for funds to fend off the assaults of anti-choice foes:

“Relentless Anti-Choice Extremists: They’re
coming after our organization with everything
they’ve got! Help us fight their post-election
challenges!”

The text of the letter explicitly mentions the “well-funded” 40 Days for Life.


Hmmm, $1B tax payer funded Planned Parenthood is threatened by donation based 40 Days for Life with $92,000 in total donations. Obviously 40 Days isn’t well-funded, but is fueled by the fervor of the volunteer “prayors” who stand before abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood, in cold and heat, in rain and sun, praying for an end to abortion.

The last nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign from September 24 to November 2, 2008 mobilized people of faith and conscience across 179 cities in 47 states, 2 Canadian provinces, an American territory, and the District of Columbia. And a documented 614 lives spared from abortion, 8 workers quit the industry.

Volunteers are being asked to pray about their involvement in the next campaign ~ Lent 2009 ~ starting February 25, 2009. Please share your time, treasure and talent to save the babies and their mothers.


To Whom Much is Given: Surviving the Massacre in Mumbai

To Whom Much is Given: Surviving the Massacre in Mumbai

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The Pauline Year

Pope Benedict XVI announced a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul, to run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, marking the approximate 2,000th anniversary of the saint’s birth. What makes the Pauline year more special is the ecumenical nature of his evangelization. St. Paul offered extensive documentation on the early Church. We can learn a lot from his writings in the New Testament and through those who have written about him. All Christian faith practices hold St. Paul in high esteem and therein lies the basis of ecumenical discussion.

St. Paul: Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
http://tinyurl.com/6kao26

Throughout the Pauline Year, we could strive to answer these questions

  • What does Paul’s conversion have to teach me about how power is perfected through my weaknesses?
  • How does his experience as an apostle of Christ teach me about responding to my own vocation in life?
  • How might I apply St. Paul’s bold and creative approach to challenging today’s cultural and social status quo?
  • In what ways might I imitate his care and concern for the world?
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