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gnatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540 to reach people around the world with the Gospel and to help them find God in whatever they did, wherever they were. Always innovative, the first Jesuits established printing presses in many lands; in this tradition, William P. Lyons, SJ, founded Loyola Press in 1912 as a publishing ministry of the Chicago Province. From its beginning, Loyola Press has remained true to its Jesuit heritage: helping people find God in all things, develop a deep personal relationship with Christ, and become women and men who serve the needs of others. Through our faith-formation programs, books, and online resources, we are committed to our mission of helping people of all ages grow in their faith in God and passionately live their faith amid today’s realities. We look ahead to our 100th birthday in 2012—and to the many exciting things we will offer you over the coming years—but we always look back to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose open-minded and warm-hearted spirituality continues to inform all that we do. We honor and sustain your desire for a deeper friendship with God, and we are glad to be your companions as you proclaim the reign of God. Thank you for allowing us to share the journey with you.


Welcome! According to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” Of course, joy can be found in countless places and situations in our lives; but as Catholics, we often find it in parish life. Although work in a parish setting can be stressful and filled with seemingly unending challenges, there is also unmistakable joy to be experienced—through the Eucharist and the sacraments, faith formation, our relationships with parents and children, and, in fact, everywhere we seek it. This second edition of Parish Life contains articles and resources that we hope will help you bring the joy of our faith to the people of your parish. Each brief article—from how you can help parents embrace their child’s faith formation to how you can add a little “love” to the RCIA process—was written by someone with lived experience. Some of the resources following each article may serve a practical or spiritual need in your parish; others may be helpful for you either in your work or in your personal faith journey. As you meet the challenges and seize the opportunities in your parish in the weeks and months ahead, it is my hope that you will find joy in whatever you do, for whomever you do it. As parish life changes, as it inevitably does, may our loving God be your constant source of delight.

Paul Brian Campbell, SJ Vice President, Mission & Identity

Contents Finding God in Hectic Times . . .4 Equip Parents to Embrace Their Child’s Faith Formation . . . 8 Help Parishioners Rethink Their Most Important Relationship . . . 10 Unlocking God’s Word with Seven Keys from St. Paul . . . 12 Prayer is as Easy as 1, 2, 3—You Can Count on It! . . . 14 Expand the Reach of Your Parish Grief Ministry . . . 18 A Little Reminder on Why the Sacraments Are a Really Big Deal . . . 20 Grandma’s Kitchen: A Lesson in Love for the RCIA Process . . . 22 Un año en torno a la Palabra de Dios . . . 26 Solve the Challenges of Parish Change Through Creative Channels . . . 28


Finding God in Hectic Times Terry Hershey author of The Power of Pause

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It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. —St. Francis of Assisi

There was an exhausted woodcutter who kept wasting time and energy chopping wood with a blunt ax because, as he said, he did not have the time to stop and sharpen the blade. Do you know the feeling? Have you ever tried to pray, only to find your mind swimming with yesterday’s or tomorrow’s worries? Life is hectic for all of us. Finding God? We’ll be lucky to find the appointment calendar buried under the heap of work on our desk. Our own busyness and rushed pace blind us to the fact that God can be found right in the middle of our chaotic lives if only we would take a moment to pause. Here’s what I know: Jesus didn’t wait to become overwhelmed. He was proactive, which meant that he frequently made sure he found a place to take off the blinders. He would literally get up from a crowd and leave—and depart to a quiet place. I know that’s not easy for us to do in a world that rewards busyness, but we can look to Jesus as our example. Was Jesus busy? Most certainly. Was he in a hurry? Never. So I have one gentle suggestion for you today. Find a place to pause and sit still—literally. For just ten minutes. Take a deep breath, and ask yourself these questions: What do I notice? What do I see, hear, and touch? When I stop rushing, I see. If I see, I pay attention. If I pay attention, I savor. If I savor, I recognize that this moment, this very moment, is the sacred present . . . and that God has been here all along.

Terry Hershey is the founder of Hershey & Associates, an organization that provides workshops and seminars on building balanced lives and healthy relationships. He is the author of eight books, including Beginning Again and The Power of Pause.

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I pause to be surprised, to let the cares of the day be carried away, and to let my soul catch up with my body. — from The Power of Pause

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Equip parents to embrace their child’s faith formation Tom McGrath author of Together: Preparing at Home for First Eucharist and Together: Preparing at Home for First Reconciliation

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I suspect that at some level, most parents who enroll their children in religious education have a tremendous desire that their child will know the benefits of faith. But as with most of our desires, we also experience accompanying resistance. Here are four suggestions to help you more effectively invite parents to embrace their responsibility in raising their children in the light of God’s love. Watch your language. Every profession has its jargon, and religious education is filled with its own “insider language.” One of your most important tasks is to interpret the great theological insights you have been blessed to receive into language (including stories, imagery, rituals, and plain talk) that hits home for your listeners. This isn’t dumbing down the message; it’s teaching as Jesus taught in his parables, his interactions, and his presence. Use the ordinary opportunities that already exist. Help parents make the most of mealtime, and help them see the holiness that surrounds them in their daily life together as a family. Teach them simple but profound methods of prayer and reflection they can use in the course of their day so they see that God is present in all things, in every moment. Invite them not into shame but into depth. It’s so tempting to add an edge of guilt or shame to our interactions with parents, knowing that they may not be stepping up to their crucial role as first teachers

and nurturers of the faith. Instead, put them in touch with the depth inside them, which will move them to want to share what’s becoming alive in them. Take great care with every touch point you have with the parents, offering them substance from their perspective, not yours. Leverage their desire for “what’s best” for their child. Most parents are willing to go to great lengths to provide what they consider to be best for their child. But some don’t fully appreciate that nurturing their child’s faith formation is an essential component of providing what’s best for their child. Invite parents to reflect together on how their faith has helped them in their life so far. Then ask them to consider together how our children will fare growing up and facing the challenges ahead of them without being solidly grounded in a relationship with God. Tom McGrath has been actively involved in the ministry of the written word for over 25 years. He has authored a multitude of resources, including Raising Faith-Filled Kids and The Meal Box, and is a frequent speaker on faith formation in the family. More activities and advice for Catholic families are available online at www.loyolapress.com/family


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Together: Preparing at Home for First Eucharist Together: Preparing at Home for First Reconciliation Tom McGrath Parents will love using Together family guides. These attractive, magazine-style resources help parents reflect on and share their own experiences as they help their child prepare for the sacraments. Together can be used on its own or as part of the God’s Gift sacramental preparation program (see page 21 for more information).

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Help parishioners rethink their most important relationship William A. Barry, SJ author of A Friendship Like No Other

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What would it take to convince your parishioners that God wants their friendship and that they can develop a close relationship with him? While many people find this a strange notion at first, you can help them accept this idea and encourage them to develop a friendship with God. Here are some suggestions to begin the discussion:

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ing one’s experiences with God. Discernment means paying attention to our states of heart and mind and deciding whether these states are in line with our friendship with God. As our friend, God wants us to be alive and at peace with ourselves and others. When we feel this way, we’re in tune with God. Likewise, if we feel out of sorts and anxious, we’re not in tune 1 Ask your parishioners to recall people to whom with God and can ask God for help. they tell the truth about themselves. What makes this trust possible? Illustrate how this same relation- This idea of being friends with God may be someship with God is possible by sharing Scripture stories thing you have to continue to discuss with those in that show God as someone people love and trust. In your parish, but it will be worth the effort. And God Genesis, for instance, God creates the world as a gar- will be pleased with that effort because friendship is den where human beings and God work together and what he wants of us. then sit down at the end of the day to talk over things, the way friends do. God also shows his desire for our William A. Barry, SJ, is a veteran spiritual friendship by becoming a human being. Jesus calls his director who is currently serving as the terdisciples friends and invites them to love one another tian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. His many works include just as he has loved them. A Friendship Like No Other, God’s Passionate Desire, Seek My Face, and Here’s My Heart,

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Unlocking our faith with seven keys from St. Paul Daniel J. Harrington author of Meeting St. Paul Today

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As we approach the end of the Pauline Year, we might take stock of some of the main points we have learned Each Christian has been gifted by the Holy Spirit and from Paul and see how they help us to better undermust use those gifts for the common good and for stand—and live out—our faith in the years to come. building up the body of Christ. In response we can and should worship God in and through our everyday lives. Paul insists that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection have made possible a new and better relationship with God and with one another. We are no longer under Ministry is service on behalf of God’s people. Paul the power of sin and death. We have been freed for places a high value on collaborative ministry, and life in the Holy Spirit. women are prominent in Paul’s mission and ministry.

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Our faith in Christ’s saving power and our experience We must rejoice in our present blessedness in Christ of the risen Christ bring us together into the body of and look forward to the future and definitive glory of Christ. As such we are the people of God, while livGod’s children. ing out our continuing relationship with the Jewish people through Jesus and Paul. In proclaiming Jesus as the word of God, Paul often uses the words and images of the Jewish Scriptures. Baptism is the sacrament of initiation by which we Paul knew and loved those texts, and found Christ to have come to share in the saving action of Jesus. The be the key that opened up their many mysteries. Eucharist is the sacrament of ongoing Christian life in which we all stand as equals before God in the Christian community.

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I grew up in a small town in Ohio. The focal point of the town and its people was Holy Trinity Church. Thus I was happy to discover, upon entering the Jesuits, that the focal point of Jesuit life and spirituality is the Holy Trinity. This focus dates back to its founder, Saint Ignatius. One day after his conversion, Ignatius was praying. At one point in his prayer, the church’s bells began to ring. Suddenly, he was given to understand how the three Persons in God are one. The three keys of a musical instrument have their own sound, but, when played together, they form one sound. Throughout his life, Ignatius cherished that moment. Against this background, the Trinity has always held a special place in my prayer life. One prayer form that I follow is called the 3-Minute Replay. It makes an ideal prayer before bed and is an easy method you can share in helping others kick-start their prayer life. During the first minute, I pick out a high point in my day, something good, like going out of my way to help someone. I speak to the Father about it and give thanks for the grace to do it. The second

minute, I pick out a low point in my day, something bad, like speaking ill of someone. I speak to Jesus about it and ask to be forgiven. The third minute, I look ahead to a critical point I will face tomorrow, like making an important decision. I speak to the Holy Spirit about it and ask for special guidance. Like three notes that together form one rich, beautiful chord, the 3-Minute Replay can enrich your prayer life by blending together three things— thanksgiving, an examination of conscience, and petition—in a single prayer to the Trinity. The simplicity of the prayer also makes it ideal for those unsure about how to pray. Remember, prayer does not have to be grandiose or complex . . . in fact, it can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Mark Link, SJ, has written and edited more than 60 books, including Praying the Way Jesus Prayed. He is one of the best-selling Jesuit writers of the modern era.

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Where do our prayers come from? from Novenas, A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions, and A Catholic Book of Hours and other Devotions by William G. Storey

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1 Check with your diocesan office about becoming

a minister of consolation. There is probably a training program in your backyard that you didn’t even know existed. If you cannot locate a program close to you, the Church has a National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Visit www.griefwork.org for more information.

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress . . . —James 1:27 (NIV)

Network with other churches to share responsibilities. Don’t feel like you have to minister all by yourself. Form a bereavement committee made up of parishioners from your church cluster. The committee can then decide what programs are needed to best serve those who are grieving.

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Expand the reach of your parish grief ministry Christi and Mark Tripodi Founders of Cornerstone of Hope

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Scripture challenges us to care for those who are grieving, yet many of our parishes have limited resources commited to bereavement ministry. Why is this? Much can be attributed to a lack of knowledge or personal insecurity in guiding a family or individual after the death of a spouse, child, parent, or loved one. Bereavement ministry is not for everyone, but there are many members of the church community who do feel called to serve those who grieve. For those answering God’s vocation, there are a variety of resources available to help compensate for a knowledge gap. Here are some tips:

Collaborate with existing agencies in your community. Most major cities have a dedicated bereavement center or a local hospice that already provides programs. Cultivate relationships with their program directors before referring families to any facility for services.

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Honor those who have died and gone before us. In November, the Church especially recognizes these souls. Host an annual memorial service this month for parishioners who have died during the past year.

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Teach the truths of our faith. Make sure you have trusted mentors in your parish who can provide encouraging words for those grieving and teach them the importance of the sacraments, prayer, and adoration.

Christi and Mark Tripodi founded Cornerstone of Hope, a comprehensive grief center in Cleveland, OH, after the sudden death of their son Bobby at age three. Cornerstone of Hope offers individual and group counseling, educational programs, and training for professionals and volunteers. Visit www.cornerstoneofhope.org for more information or e-mail mark@cornerstoneofhope.org


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A little reminder on why the sacraments are a really big deal Liz Kelly author of May Crowning, Mass, and Merton

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It is critically important that we remember the sacraments are not traditions. They are not little rituals we play out like the make-believe games of childhood. They have the power to bring heaven to earth, rip the veil between all things seen and unseen, and allow humanity and eternity to commingle in mysterious, yet palpable ways. Through the sacraments, heaven comes, not just to visit, but to live with us and in us. In the sacraments, we are graced. My appreciation for how the Church upholds and protects the seven sacraments has been vividly reawakened as I watch my brother prepare for the priesthood. Living a sacramental life is the great gift and calling of every Catholic, and we sometimes forget just how powerful and healing that is. Learning the history of how a particular sacrament developed is a useful way to reignite our respect for its practice. For example, the rite of ordination has developed over centuries, but from apostolic times, we believe the prayers of consecration combine with the laying on of hands to effect the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Here, when the bishop calls upon the Holy Spirit, an indelible spiritual mark impresses upon the

soul of a man and he becomes typos tou Patros, the living image of God the Father. Here, he is graced for the duties of his ministry. Here, he becomes a priest forever. During the ordinations I have attended in recent years, as I watch the ordinands stretched out on the floor, knowing that one day soon it will be my own brother lying there, prostrate and anointed, there is one simple thought which consumes me: “This is a really big deal.” Here’s some more news: all the sacraments are—they’re a really big deal. For each of us. It is particularly important for us to teach children that sacraments are so much more than a ceremony to prepare for; they are God’s way of reaching down to us and offering us a lifelong gift—a gift of grace that gives us a glimpse of heaven and a taste of eternity.

Liz Kelly is the managing editor for Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and the author of three books, including May Crowning, Mass, and Merton, which won a Catholic Press Association Award in 2007. She lives in Minnesota.

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Grandma’s kitchen:

A lesson in love for the RCIA process Joe Paprocki author of A Well-Built Faith

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My wife’s Grandma used to bake a delicious sweet bread that everyone loved. Interestingly, however, the recipe was in her head and not on paper. While she had a definite idea for what steps to follow and what ingredients to use, she also knew that making her bread was an act of love, not a science. When it comes to making Christians, we can learn something from Grandma: yes, there is a recipe—the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults—but making Christians is an act of love, not a science. The RCIA is a process, not a program. For those of us coordinating the RCIA process in our parish, this means that we have to loosen up on our grip a little bit and make some room for the Holy Spirit, who guides the process. Does this mean starting from scratch every year? Of course not. But by adding a dash of this and a pinch of that to the basic recipe—the Rite itself—we can shape the RCIA experience to meet the needs of our candidates: 1 Begin by familiarizing yourself with the steps and process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and by looking to the liturgical year (especially the Sunday Scripture readings) to serve as the foundation of our “curriculum.” 2 Take time to get to know your catechumens and candidates so that you can assess their individual needs. 3 Gather and employ a variety of catechetical resources to serve these needs. 4 Identify a variety of people in parish leadership who can share their talents as presenters or guest speakers. 5 Look for opportunities to immerse the catechumens and candidates in the life and ministry of the parish, especially giving service to others. Baking bread requires us to “jump right in” and shape the ingredients into a delicious work of art. The same can be said of making Christians. So put on your apron, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to join the Holy Spirit in the “kitchen” that we call the RCIA.

Joe Paprocki, DMin., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. His books include The Catechist’s Toolbox, The Bible Blueprint, and Living the Mass. He blogs about his work at catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com

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#1 The Crucifix When I look at the crucifix, I see a promise kept. God said he would love me and never abandon me, no matter what, no matter the cost. He keeps his word. #2 Holy Water, Incense, and Candles Catholics “cooperate” with heaven when we dab our foreheads with holy water, burn incense, and light candles. We perform these small outward signs as a means of demonstrating an interior that is soft to the work of heaven through the Holy Spirit. #16 The Communion of Saints From the stories of the saints, I gather strength and inspiration, and I remember that saints are ordinary people who managed to do heroically loving things by cooperating with the grace of God. In doing so, the saints bridge earth and heaven. #31 The Eucharist There were years I explored other expressions of faith . . . but eventually I missed aspects of the (Catholic) church that could not be replaced, namely the sacraments. More than all others, I missed Holy Commuion. There is simply no substitute for the real presence of Jesus. #42 Daily Mass The older I get, the greater my appreciation for keeping things simple. And that is part of the appeal of daily Mass. Those who attend really want to be there; we feel drawn to be there because once on the weekends is simply not enough . . . It is a tremendous grace and a precious luxury that we have the option to attend Mass every day.


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Un año en torno a la Palabra de Dios Miguel Arias Coautór de Santos Americanos

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Es común que en los hogares hispanos haya una Biblia grande, de buena presentación y que esté colocada en un lugar prominente de la casa. Lo que no es tan común es la lecctura de la misma, ya sea a nivel familiar o personal. El reciente Sínodo en torno a La palabra de Dios en la vida y la misión de la Iglesia nos ha recorado la necesidad no sólo de tener una Biblia en el hogar, sino de leerla para que, por medio de ella, desarrollemos un mí todo de oración la Escritura, gozando y sintiendo cada palabra en la persona de Jesucristo. Esta misma lectura orante de la Biblia nos prepara para participar de una forma más consciente y plena en la Liturgia, para que, luego de escuchar esta Buena Nueva, volvamos a lo cotidiano de nuestra vida a vivirla y a unirla a la Tradición cristiana, que nos mantiene fieles a la Palabra de Dios y a lo que esta pide de nosotros en el mundo de hoy. Como hombres y mujeres de nuestro tiempo, no podemos leer la Palabra escrita sin considerar la Palabra acontecida. Las dos se iluminan e informan mutuamente. Esto nos llevará a relacionarnos con la Escritura de una forma digna y a desafiante la vez. Domingo a domingo escucharemos, este año, relatos del Evangelio según San Marcos y también del capítulo 6 de Evangelio según San Juan. Jesús es la Buena Nueva que viene a nosotros no sólo para preguntarnos quién es, sino para saber si estamos dispuestos a seguirle hasta el final. El Año Litúrgico, particularmente los tiempos de Cuaresma, Pascua y Adviento, nos presenta una oportunidad ideal para una lectura personal y comunitaria de la Sagrada Escritura.

La experiencia de lectura en las comunidades de América Latina nos ha marcado el camino en la lectura de la Biblia. Este es un buen año para continuar o comenzar esta experiencia como pueblo emigrante.

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Solve the challenges of parish change through creative channels Marti Jewell Director of Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project

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Our world is filled with new and unexpected challenges. We need to know that our Church is alive and well, there to support us, even in difficult times. Whether in traditional parishes with their own pastor, linked parishes sharing a pastor, or mega-churches, Catholics are meeting changes in the Church with amazing creativity. Those parishes that are emerging as the most vibrant and alive are rooted in celebrating, welcoming, Eucharistic communities. If your parish is undergoing pastoral changes, there are some things you can do to ease the transition. A healthy community involves the participation of the whole community, ordained and nonordained, lay ecclesial ministers, professionals, and volunteers, working together to achieve a shared vision for their parish. Therefore, it is important to promote the practice of “co-responsibility” called for by Pope Benedict XVI. Does your parish encourage lay-led ministries and the development of new parish ministries? Many parishes are discovering the growing appreciation for the common baptismal call to discipleship and evangelization with different expressions among clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, and lay parish leaders. One way you can support this growing interest is to recognize

the need to provide formation and training for parishioners. In addition to the changing face of pastoral leadership, changes in the makeup of the parish community should also be considered. You will find that today’s parishes are increasingly multicultural. Promoting an intentional effort to embrace multicultural membership is a good way to ensure a welcoming environment. Many parishes are also finding ways to welcome more people into catechesis by adapting traditional religious education practices, such as offering intergenerational faith formation. Finally, your parish can work to reach youth and young adults through crossparochial ministries and integrating young adult leaders into the life of the parish. Pastorally excellent leaders are realistic about the challenges and changes facing us. At the same time they are optimistic that together we can form vibrant communities of faith. Be creative! It will be a blessing. Marti Jewell, DMin, is the director of Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a joint project of the National Association for Lay Ministry and five other national Catholic associations.

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3-Minute Retreat, 7 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days, 7

Letting God Come Close, 11 Living the Mass, 25 Longing for My Child, 19 Loyola Kids Book of Everyday Prayers, 17

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Beginner’s Book of Prayer, A, 25 Biblia y tú, La, 27 Bible Blueprint, The, 13 Bumping into God, 7

C caja de herramientas del catequista, La, 25 Catechist’s Toolbox, The, 25 Catechist’s Toolbox: A Leader’s Guide, 25 Catholic Book of Hours and Other Devotions, A, 17 Compass Points, 7 Confirmed in the Spirit, 21

D Days of Deepening Friendship, 11

E Empty Cradle, A Full Heart, An, 19

F Facing Pain, Finding Hope, 19 Friendship Like No Other, A, 11

G Gathering Together, 21 God’s Gift, 21 God’s Passionate Desire, 11 Guided Reflections for Children, 9

H Handbook for Catholics, 25 Handbook for Those Who Grieve, 19 Heroic Living, 7 Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand, 11 How Big Is Your God?, 11

May Crowning, Mass, and Merton, 25 Meal Box, The, 9 Mealtime Matters, 9 Meeting Christ in Prayer, 17 Meeting St. Luke Today, 13 Meeting St. Paul Today, 13

N Novenas, 17

P Parenting a Grieving Child, 19 Parish Life Coordinators, 29 Pastoring Multiple Parishes, 29 People for Others, 7 Planos de la Biblia, La, 27 Power of Pause, The, 6 Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions, A, 17 Prayer Book for Catholic Families, A, 17 Prayers of Christian Consolation, 19 Praying the Way Jesus Prayed, 16

R Raising Faith-Filled Kids, 9 Rosary, The, 17

S Sacred Times, 21 Sagrada Escritura, La, 27 Seek My Face, 11 Seis semanas con la Biblia, 27 Shaping Catholic Parishes, 29 Six Weeks with the Bible, 13 Stories of the Old Testament, The, 13

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Together: Preparing at Home for First Eucharist, 9 Together: Preparing at Home for First Reconciliation, 9

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Just as You Are, 11

Waiting with Gabriel, 19 Well-Built Faith, A, 24 Well-Built Faith: A Leader’s Guide, A, 24 When Hope Is Tried, 19


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