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2017/2018 Catalogue New Titles & Key Backlist


Dear Friends You are very welcome to our 2017/2018 catalogue which has been compiled to provide you with details of our new titles and resources, many specifically published in response to requests from our readers. In addition we are using this catalogue to provide you with information about long standing favourites such as I Belong, one of our First Holy Communion programmes, which has sold over a quarter of a million copies and Sunday Plus, one of our regular Sunday bulletins, which is welcomed in so many parishes throughout the UK. You will also find details about our brand new Board Game, The Gospel Journey (see page 94). This is an ideal learning resource as well as being great fun for parish groups, families and schools. Wherever you are, whatever challenges you face, Redemptorist Publications wants to be beside you in your life. This is why we are launching a new Pastoral Outreach series on page 97 which offers practical support for the challenges of Depression and Loneliness in your parish. We shall add new titles to the series each year. Also look out on page 99 for one of our best-selling books, Dementia – Hope on a Difficult Journey. Don’t miss our section on page 40 as a starting point to support you in preparing for Adoremus: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, involving every parish and diocese in England and Wales, culminating in Liverpool in September 2018. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced that the theme for the Congress will be focussed on the Eucharist at the heart of our Catholic faith. Redemptorist Publications will be preparing dedicated resources and responding to the needs of dioceses, deaneries and parishes over the coming months. A highlight will be our Adoremus Extra, a publication which will prepare dioceses and parishes to journey from the Feast of Corpus Christi 2018 to the National Eucharistic Congress. In the meantime, we shall be using our Advent Extra, Lent Extra and other new publications to support your preparations.

Advent Extra and Lent Extra

These hugely popular A4 Seasonal magazines are crafted in-house by Redemptorist Publications and offer a mix of reflections and articles to help all ages prepare for both Christmas and Easter.

With thanks, as always, for your interest and support for our mission: to bring the Good News to everybody in everyday language. We do this by helping you to find the connection between the beauty of the Gospel and your own life. Yours sincerely

extra Lost and found

Trapped by the chains of my past and stuck in my ways, back and forth like a football in this football game of life.

YOUR JOURNEY TONever CHRISTMAS scoring, myself abhorring the chances that I’ve had.

People that I’ve seen; places that I’ve been; children who’ve been born, but through my weakness, their lives I’ve torn. Shattering their dreams before my very eyes, I’ve seen myself go from a loving father to nothing short of a big time waster.

With articles specifically commissioned by Redemptorist Publications from topical subject matters to highly regarded authors, these magazines are packed with information and ideas to help you deepen your Christian life.

Squandering gifts, God’s loving hand I so dismissed.

Tears running down my face, kneeling on the ground, I hear a voice within my mind. “My son, who was lost, but now I have found...”

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Kevin has discovered God’s overwhelming forgiveness whilst serving his prison sentence. He is the Prodigal Son who was lost and whom God, Kevin’s loving Father, found and welcomed home. Although still in prison, a new day has dawned...


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A great addition to the preparations and celebrations within parishes and schools or as useful resource for personal reflection and preparation. Advent Extra: Code: 1033 Price: £2.25


The Way of the Cross: a way to new life


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It is only now, now! When I am at my wits’ end, do I ask for his help on bended knees, send a prayer for forgiveness, sorrow in my heart. “Take these chains from me, Lord. I need a brand new start.”

Since 2015, each edition of Advent Extra & Lent Extra includes a beautifully illustrated double-sided A3 pull-out sheet to engage and excite children during these important milestone events in the Christian calendar.

I would like to use this opportunity to announce, as Provincial, that our Redemptorist Province is offering our priests as a preaching resource for dioceses, deaneries and parishes, including groups such as eucharistic ministers and catechists for Days of Recollection and Retreats. These would be to deepen faith and promote understanding about the centrality of the Eucharist. Please feel free to contact me at or our Mission Co-ordinator, Father Kieran Brady C.Ss.R. Clearly we cannot include the thousands of titles in the catalogue that we have available. For more information and our full list, please visit our website - you will also find new video clips and other digital technologies which we hope you will find really useful.



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Advent Extra and Lent Extra Bulk Price Schedule 1-20 copies : £2.25 21-49 copies : £1.95 50-99 copies : £1.75 100+ copies : £1.50 Postage & packing from £1 up to a maximum of £5 for 100 copies

RP Bookclub THE

Redemptorist Publications has the longest established UK Religious Book Club. For nearly 30 years this service has provided excellent value for money and a convenient way of ensuring you receive the very best titles.

How does it work? When you join the Bookclub you will receive 6 new books a year at the current rate of £8.00 per title, resulting in a massive RRP saving. Payment is due approximately 14 days after despatch. All postage and packing is completely free! You are under no obligation to keep any pre-selected title you receive, simply return it to us for a full refund. Alongside this great value offer, RP Bookclub members also receive great member benefits, including exclusive member discounts, early invitations to events and promotions.

Ronald McAinsh C.Ss.R. Provincial and Chair of Trustees

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Stations of the Cross - then and now, Denis McBride

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Contents About RP and How to Order 2 Denis McBride C.Ss.R. 3 Jim McManus C.Ss.R. 13 More from Redemptorist Writers 17 Supporting the Parish 21 Parish Bulletins 22 Sacraments, Liturgy and Faith Development 27 Eucharist and Pilgrimage 40 43 Supporting the School Primary Highlights 48 Teachers Enterprise in Religious Education 52 Secondary Highlights 54 Supporting the Family 57 Bibles and Guides 61 Prayer 67 Pope Francis 73 77 Spiritual Wellbeing Cards 84 85 Catholic Classics 91 Activities to Share and Enjoy 95 Faith in Challenging Times Christmas Cards 100 AUDIO




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About RP

For more than fifty years Redemptorist Publications has been providing high quality practical resources to support Christians both in the Catholic and the Anglican traditions. It’s really important to us that everything we produce is genuinely supportive and understanding of people, whatever their level of faith. We work hard to make sure our publications reveal the truth of the Gospel in a way that people can spot the connections with their own lives. Everything we write uses inclusive, everyday language and we use the best of contemporary design to keep our material looking fresh and appealing. For each Sunday of the year we prepare bulletins for Catholic and Anglican parishes which help congregations celebrate the liturgy and reach parishioners of every age. Each newsletter or service sheet is specifically designed to meet the needs of the particular groups. Redemptorist Publications also publishes a collection of titles to serve the catechetical and pastoral needs of the churches. We have a selection of colourful, well-designed booklets that provide guidance and a wealth of information for occasions like baptisms, weddings, funerals and other key moments. We have a range of materials for children, including two of the weekly bulletins; we produce magazines for the seasons of Advent and Lent; each year we publish a number of new titles which will enrich the lives of those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with the Lord. We are proud to be able to offer our customers a huge range of Christian books, not only our own titles but books published by other UK and US religious publishers. With over 3,000 titles in stock at any one time, we have a considerable range of resources and books to meet the needs of our Catholic and Anglican customers. We also fulfill orders for The Tablet Bookshop and undertake its parish distribution service. In recent times we have made advances in the Catholic and Anglican education sector by providing assembly materials, classroom resources, pupil diaries and student planners. We have also published resources for Headteachers, Governors and staff through our How to Survive series.

Pastoral Booklets

We publish a collection of unique titles to serve the catechetical and pastoral needs of the Church. Our colourful pastoral booklets provide guidance for key moments of our Catholic life.


Redemptorist Publications is a registered charity. We are dedicated to the support of shelter, medical and family assistance programmes in Zimbabwe and India.

Our Promise

At Redemptorist Publications we pride ourselves in putting the customer at the heart of what we do. We offer high quality, scripturally correct, authoritative publications and resources. Our dedicated customer care team is available to offer support and advice, and work with you to help meet your needs.

How to Order

Order online at This catalogue gives details of a selection of RP titles and our distributed products – for our full range, along with images and descriptions of the products, please see our website. If you order more than £50 online for delivery to most UK addresses, postage is free.


Call us on 01420 88222 Our knowledgeable customer care team will be able to help you with any queries you may have regarding a purchase, a product or your account. They will ensure you receive the highest levels of customer care. The telephone lines are open between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays and between Christmas Eve and New Year. Our customer care team is happy to visit trade outlets and large parishes to discuss your requirements. Prices and availability subject to change without notice. 01420 88222

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Stations of the Cross then and now Denis McBride C.Ss.R.


In Catholic churches across the world, from the busiest cities to the most remote villages, a series of simple crosses or fourteen images - the Stations of the Cross - describe the passion and death of Jesus. They begin with Pontius Pilate condemning Jesus to death and steadily move towards the moment when his mother and a few faithful followers place Jesus’ body in a borrowed tomb. Sometimes there is a fifteenth station: the resurrection shows us that Jesus’ suffering fulfilled a purpose. Even on the cross, Jesus was not alone.


Yet the way of the cross is not confined to a lonely road in Jerusalem two thousand years ago: it is a busy highway winding through every village, town and city in our modern world; the experience of millions of people who face personal agony and loss at some moment or other. Jesus’ suffering and death are, for each one of us, our reality today.

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Denis McBride reflectively guides us along the way of the cross. He contrasts the beauty and solemn simplicity of the more traditional Stations by artist Curd Lessig with modern images that challenge us to link Jesus’ story to the struggle of our everyday lives. Through its rich array of scripture passages, paintings, poetry, prayers, photographs and reflections, Stations of the Cross – then and now becomes a companion not only on our Lenten journey but throughout the year: suffering is not limited to one liturgical season. Whether we walk in solitude or with others, this book translates the passion of Jesus into our own life and times. The Gospel best comes alive when the story of Jesus resonates deeply within our heart and our personal experience. Let Stations of the Cross – then and now shine new light on your own journey. Code: 1735 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9780852314722

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The audio book read by Denis McBride and broadcaster Julie Etchingham contains the full text of the book and is accompanied by an illustrated booklet, containing all the pictures. Code: 1741 Price: £16.94 ISBN: 705632049006

A supplementary booklet of all the images used in Stations of the Cross - then and now to accompany the audio book when used for study groups is available. Code: 1742 Price: £1.95 ISBN: 9780852314869

Stations of the Cross then and now Denis McBride C.Ss.R.


Due to unprecedented demand the fourteen Stations of the Cross have now been adapted for public use. In this DVD of the book, presented by Denis McBride, the voice and visuals open up new ways of thinking about Jesus’ journey. You’ve never experienced the Stations of the Cross like this before; some of the images chosen may shock you but they will demonstrate how the passion story in all its savagery continues in our own time. The Gospel best comes alive when the story of Jesus resonates deeply within our heart and our personal experience. Let The Stations of the Cross - then and now shine new light on your own journey and share the experience with your parish. Lasting about an hour, the DVD is ideal for use in parishes, schools and groups. Code:1758 Price: t.b.c. EAN: 0705632049075

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Denis McBride C.Ss.R. The Discipleship Journey DVD

Denis McBride C.Ss.R. & David Wells

Join two best-selling authors, Denis McBride and David Wells speaking at the inspirational The Discipleship Journey, recorded live in Salford Diocese. This DVD contains the full event with Fr Denis talking on Jonah the Awkward Disciple; and David Wells on modern-day discipleship. Jonah, the Awkward Disciple, is a story for our time – the only prophet who needed to be called twice. You watch him struggling with his identity, his direction and his outlook. He is stunningly modern, a challenge for our time. The

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Jesus and the Gospels Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

This book reflects on the key moments of the Jesus story as the four evangelists present them. It is an excellent workbook for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the person of Jesus and the writing of the Gospels. Written and compiled by Fr Denis to accompany the lectures for Jesus and the Gospels it is full of artwork and key scripture with charts and graphs to help provide context for the reader. Code: 1368 Price: £13.95 ISBN: 9780852312582

Jesus and the Gospels 36 CD Set & Book

These lectures were recorded by a BBC sound engineer at Hawkstone Hall before a live audience of course participants. They cover the major moments of the Jesus story and they come with a free copy of the book which provides notes, graphs and illustrations to go with the lecture series. Listen to clips on the website. Code: 1383 Price: £99.00 ISBN: 9780852312773


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Journeying with Jonah

The struggle to find yourself Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

In this new book Fr Denis has chosen to explore the character of Jonah – a somewhat unlikely hero. The prophet Jonah is a sympathetic partner, albeit a curious one, to help us review our lives. Although a believer in God, Jonah struggles to come to terms with the awful strangeness of God’s choices, particularly God’s mercy; he grapples to find his true self and purpose in life; he tries to flee from the presence of God; he is angry when he finds that God is not angry but all-merciful. Jonah is offered to us as an unusual teacher – awkward, reluctant, disobedient, opinionated, fearful, flighty: the prophet who remains stubborn to the end. But his story celebrates the beauty of the indiscriminate mercy of God, a message for our time. The story of Jonah is for anyone who is reflecting on their own life. Code: 1581 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314388

Journeying with Jonah: 2 CDs Denis McBride C.Ss.R.


In 2016, Fr Denis addressed the annual meeting of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) held in Dublin. His two lectures, about an hour each, reflect on Journeying with Jonah - the struggle to find yourself. Jonah appears as someone who has emerged from among us: someone who has to struggle to find his true identity, someone who has to discover his direction in life, someone who has to allow his own outlook on life to be shaped by God’s mercy. This is an ancient narrative that speaks gently to our own stories today. Code: 1747 Price: £7.96 ISBN: 0705632049044

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Denis McBride C.Ss.R. Seasons of the Word

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“We all know that the word of God does not work automatically: it has to be worked on, opened up, wrestled with, prayed about.” In this book, now in a new edition to celebrate twenty years since its first publication, Denis McBride takes his readers through the full liturgical cycle of readings for Sundays and feast 20th An niv days. His insightful reflections throw e new light on familiar and unfamiliar NOWH WITOM! passages of scripture. R CDWearing his scholarship lightly, Denis McBride uses his background in biblical studies and psychology to open up the readings in a way that is accessible for all readers. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, always thoughtprovoking and informative, this book is a vital tool for preachers and for all those who want to deepen their understanding of the word of God as it is found in our liturgy. A CD-ROM is included, containing all the texts along with additional prayers and introductions to the readings. ersary Edition n iv • An

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Praying with Pictures Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

When it comes to personal prayer, some people find it difficult to get started, unsure what to say or how to say it. This little book is a godsend; it helps people begin to find words for what is going on in their lives. With the help of a variety of pictures, it finds a voice for a wide range of experiences. Code: 1485 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852313725

The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Mark

A modern classic, this book was welcomed as bringing “a notable power of popular exposition to bear on the Gospel… the language is consistently fresh and contemporary”.

Reflecting on Mark’s great story of action, we follow the restless drama of the narrative from its opening on the banks of the River Jordan through the dramatic passion narrative to the empty tomb.

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The Gracious Visit of God Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Following the death of Jesus in Jerusalem, two disappointed disciples leave the city of lost hopes and head away. They meet a mysterious stranger who helps them reinterpret the past in a new light, giving them fresh hope. For many people, the story of Emmaus is the most moving of the resurrection narratives, and Denis McBride’s reflections uncover the depth and beauty of Luke’s unique scene. Code: 132118 Price: £13.50 ISBN:9781871552904

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In this book by Denis McBride, a variety of works of art are used to open up a conversation between the human story – our story – and that of Christ. Using works by varied artists McBride brings the depicted characters and scenes dramatically to life, and speaks through them to us – the onlookers, the casual observers, the passers-by. Code: 1458 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852313510

Awakening to Yourself Reflecting with Paintings Volume 2 Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

In this second volume of Reflecting with Paintings, Denis McBride takes us on another fascinating and challenging journey of imagination. Focusing on ten paintings by artists from a range of times and cultures, we explore the thoughts and feelings of a wide variety of characters, from Joseph the husband of Mary to a lone woman in a New York cafe. Code: 1482 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852313619

Reflecting with Paintings Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Anyone who has heard Fr McBride speak will know that he delivers his ideas and insights in a lively, clear and accessible way. These narratives, recorded in front of an audience, provide an opportunity to encounter God, ourselves and others more deeply. Listeners will be surprised at how the stories touch them and how they highlight some of today’s moral, ethical and religious issues. 8 CD Set, with a running time of 8 hours Code: 1477 Price: £35.75 ISBN: 9780852313626

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Denis McBride C.Ss.R. Praying the Rosary

A journey through scripture and art Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Fr McBride takes a fresh look at the Rosary in this beautifully illustrated book. Through the four sets of mysteries he takes us on a leisurely journey through twenty episodes in the lives of Jesus and Mary, offering us prayerful insights on the way. The format for each decade is simple: first there is a reading from scripture, which is followed by a reflection on the passage; a painting is also included which offers its own take on the subject, accompanied by a brief reflection; finally there is a prayer on some aspect of the mystery. Focusing on a scriptural understanding of the mysteries, this prayerful book will prove a sure companion for everyone who loves the Rosary. Code: 1556 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9780852314159

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Praying the Rosary is available to buy as an eBook through, Amazon or iTunes. Code: 1572 Price: £10.96 ISBN: 9780852314296




Six Women from the Bible Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

“The language of Praying the Rosary is, therefore, one of companionship and friendly dialogue rather than of instruction. It is not one more of how many ‘how to’ books, but is, rather, an invitation to rest, reflect and pray.”

Why does Matthew’s Gospel list Jesus’ ancestors and, amongst the men, include five women? Why did Luke name and shame Simon the Pharisee but allow a repentant woman to remain anonymous? In Six Women from the Bible, his new DVD, Fr Denis McBride tells the stories of six biblical women who have a message for us today. Recorded with a live audience of Catholic head teachers at Ettington Chase in Stratford-upon-Avon and hosted by EducareM.


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“My hope is that these reflections will be a real support to you in praying the Rosary and help you, in some small way, to grow personally closer to the loving lives of Jesus and Mary.”

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Impressions of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

In this book we meet a wide range of characters from the Gospel and share their reflections and reactions to Jesus. In a brilliantly imaginative way, we experience Jesus meeting real people in the real world in real human situations.

Jesus invests much of his teaching in parables which have as much power today as when they were first spoken. The insights and patterns of the contrary wisdom of God challenge us in and through the scriptures. In this book the reader gains fresh and exciting insights into the power of the parable.

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Code: 1071 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852311370

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Where Does the Jesus Story Begin? Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

This book reflects on the four different beginnings the Gospels provide to the life of Jesus, offering the readers keys that open up each of the Gospels in turn. Alongside that, there is the recurring question: where does your own story begin? Given who you are today, where would you say that story really started? Code: 1429 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852313299

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The Transfiguration in the Gospels and in Life Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

The Transfiguration in the Gospels and in Life, and its application to each of our lives is the focus of this inspiring lecture by Fr Denis McBride. It was recorded at a National Headteachers Retreat. Code: 1591 Price: £10.99

The Power of the Parables

Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

In this DVD, recorded live in Salford Diocese, Fr Denis brings fresh insight, looking at how the parables are just as important and powerful as when Jesus first delivered them. He offers an exciting and refreshing look at these messages from the New Testament. Code: 185440 Price: £10.00

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Waiting on God

Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Most of us live in a culture of immediacy where there is little tolerance for waiting, so there is mounting rage in the face of delays and setbacks: people act out their frustration and anger when what they want is not available instantly. This book develops a countercultural spirituality – a way of being that is a real gift for our present time. Code: 1397 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780852312841

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Stations of the Cross then and now

Denis McBride C.Ss.R. “I have called the book Stations of the Cross then and now in an attempt to recognise that the way of the cross winds through every village, town and city in our world. The way of sorrows was not only an ancient road located in Jerusalem two thousand years ago; it is a crowded highway, populated by millions of people who endure violence and suffering today. These fourteen Stations of the Cross serve not only to celebrate the memory of Jesus’ passion but also as a way to become more alert to the passion of so many around us who struggle under the burden of their own cross. I did not write these stations for public performance but for personal devotion: anyone can make the way of the cross at home. After all, it is there, for many people, that they live out their own suffering. Reflecting on one station might prove sufficient for the day. These reflections can also be used as a course book for Lent, for people coming together to reflect not only on the passion of Jesus but on how that way of sorrows persists today. How would you link that time-honoured story to the suffering in our world today? What modern images would you select to put beside the ancient Stations of the Cross? The way of the cross is so familiar to us that we are no longer shocked by the brutality the story contains. In psychology, desensitisation is defined as the diminished emotional response to a negative stimulus after repeated exposure to it. A few of the modern images I have chosen, however, may shock you: I have not chosen them to upset anyone but to arouse awareness of how the passion story in all its savagery continues in our own time. Jesus speaks to us about this in the parable of the last judgement, when he locates his real presence amidst those who suffer in the midst of an ordinary day. The Gospel comes alive best when the story of Jesus throws light on our own but, paradoxically, that our own story can throw new light on the story of Jesus.” Extract taken from the Introduction of Stations of the Cross then and now

Prayer O God of love, whose compassions fail not: we bring before you the suffering of all mankind; the necessities of the homeless; the plight of refugees; the sighing of prisoners; the pains of those sick and injured; the sorrows of the bereaved; the fragility of the aged and infirm; the anxiety of all who are passing through the valley of shadows. Almighty and merciful God, you who are afflicted in the affliction of your people, comfort and relieve all of them according to their several needs and your great mercy; for the sake of your Son and our saviour Jesus Christ. After St Anselm

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Jim McManus C.Ss.R. Healing in the Spirit Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

In this enlarged edition of this widely acclaimed book Jim McManus focuses on the rediscovery of the healing power of prayer among the medical profession and the recovery of the healing ministry within the Church. In both medicine and spirituality there is a search for a more holistic approach to the human person. Medicine is not concerned solely with the body, nor spirituality concerned solely with the soul. Both are concerned with the whole person. As both medicine and spirituality take a more holistic approach to their subject, to the human person, they find a common ground for the healing and the wholeness of life. Code: 1377 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780852312650

Going to Mass

Embraced by Mercy

Becoming the Eucharist We Celebrate Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

God’s Ultimate Gift Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

Fr McManus enables us to absorb more gratefully the amazing good news that “God’s mercy is from age to age” (Luke 1:50). Step by step, we will be guided along the road of divine mercy, receiving afresh Jesus’ revelation of the Father’s mercy, in the parable of the Prodigal Son, and hearing again St Paul’s personal testimony of how he received God’s mercy. We experience that very same mercy as we confidently open our hearts to worship God our Father in our daily prayers and as we celebrate the sacraments of the Church. Code:1597 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852314470

Going to Mass can be seen as one of the defining marks of being a Catholic. But what do Catholics do when we go to Mass? In this insightful book, Fr Jim McManus considers how our understanding of who we are as people and as a community is expressed in our going to Mass. Code: 1570 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314289

The Inside Job

A Spirituality of True Self-Esteem Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

True self-esteem is the most essential human ingredient for happiness and it cannot be purchased in the world’s marketplaces. This book explores the many and varied dimensions and effects of self-esteem. True self-esteem is a gift that only we can give to ourselves; and only we can deprive ourselves of it. In this book Jim McManus, an expert in the area, provides information, encouragement and simple exercises for all who are interested in discovering more about psychology, spirituality and themselves. An essential read for those hoping to improve their self-esteem. Code: 1400 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852312902

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NEW Our Spiritual Lifeline

the oxygen of Christian prayer Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

The latest book from popular RP author Fr Jim McManus seeks to assure readers that, no matter what their situation in life may be, they have a gift of prayer which is expressed not only in formal prayers that they may have learned as children, but also in the prayer of their hearts: that inner personal dialogue with God that they often quite unexpectedly (or unexpectedly?) find themselves engaging in during the day. Code: 1739 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780852314845

At Home in the Mysteries of Christ the grace of the Rosary Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

If you have been a life-long devotee of the Rosary, or if you are coming back to the Rosary after a long break, or if you are feeling attracted to the Rosary for the very first time, you will find in this book, At Home in the Mysteries of Christ, great encouragement, enlightenment and a new desire for a deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In the Rosary, we contemplate the love and mercy of God the Father, now made manifest to us in the person of Jesus his son; we ponder too the presence of the Holy Spirit through whose power Jesus was conceived in his mother’s womb, performed all his great works of mercy, offered himself for our sake on the cross and rose triumphantly from the dead; we become more aware that the risen Jesus has given us that same Holy Spirit when he established his Church on earth. We contemplate all these mysteries of Jesus through the eyes of his Mother Mary as we pray the Rosary. All our great saints and mystics tell us that the Rosary is the great Trinitarian and Marian prayer of our Catholic tradition. It is a spiritual treasure. That is why the subtitle of this book is the grace of the Rosary. Code: 1731 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852314654

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Jim McManus C.Ss.R. Finding Forgiveness

The Healing Power of the Sacraments

Jim McManus C.Ss.R. and Stephanie Thornton

Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

The most surprising people sometimes display a truly puzzling inability to forgive. The authors look at every facet of unforgiveness - its causes, symptoms and consequences. Then, drawing on real-life case studies, the words and example of Jesus, they demonstrate the truly healing power of forgiveness and guide the reader in search of this elusive quality.

In this revised and expanded edition of this book, Fr McManus explores how lives are healed, changed and enriched through the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Code: 1413 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780852313084

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Searching for Serenity

Jim McManus C.Ss.R. and Stephanie Thornton

In this book, Jim McManus and Stephanie Thornton take an honest look at every aspect of old age. They show how, far from being a time of loss of health, the vigour of youth, the occupations which have been the basis of our identity, of those we love, and possibly even our mental faculties, it is instead one of God’s most wonderful gifts. It is a time for real spiritual growth. Each chapter contains a meditation as a practical exercise in deepening our understanding of ageing, and discovering how it affects us as individuals. This book will help anyone believer or non-believer who is facing old age, or is curious about how they will cope with it, or wants to understand what a loved one is going through. Code:1503 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852313800

Diamond Jubilee of my Religious Profession

Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

My dream when I became a Redemptorist sixty years ago was to be a missionary priest. Redemptorists take a vow of obedience and it is our Provincial Superior who appoints us to our ministries. In 1964 I was sent to Rome to continue my studies. Then I was appointed to teach moral theology for six years in our seminary. After that I was appointed to our spiritual renewal centres in England and then in Scotland, a ministry in which I was engaged for twenty-five years. During those years I discovered the truth, to use Pope Francis’ image, that “the Church is like a field hospital after battle and those in ministry must heal the wounds.” I was elected to serve as Provincial for nine years. Each of these assignments gave me the opportunity to combine preaching some missions and retreats, with my other community duties. In these last eight years I have been appointed to parish mission preaching as my full-time ministry. As I celebrate my Diamond Jubilee, I am very grateful to God that my boyhood dream has at last become my full-time job. I can recommend missionary preaching to any committed man or woman. There is no greater reward than to see the joy on the faces of a congregation as they hear afresh the good news of Christ’s love and mercy during a week’s parish mission. I write my books to help people hold on to that joy or recover it if they lose it.

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More from Redemptorist Writers The Adventures of Freddie Freckles Fr Tim’s Tales for Christian Children Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R.

We all know how much children love a good story. Fr Tim’s tales for Christian children, featuring the loveable Freddie Freckles, will hold children’s attention and capture their imagination whilst sharing the Gospel with them. The fifteen separate adventures with Freddie Freckles are suitable for children to read themselves; or a priest, teacher, parent or catechist can tell the tales. Good times and bad are explained with the help of Jesus’ teaching. Includes introductory notes for teachers and parents. Code: 1486 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9780852313701

Freddie Freckles and the Sacraments Fr Tim’s Tales for Christian Children Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R.

Join Freddie as he goes on a journey where he learns more about the sacraments. This collection of short stories is written for children aged seven to nine and explores many rites from the Catholic Church – looking back to the significance of their baptism and forward to their confirmation. Along the way Freddie also learns the true meaning of Easter and Christmas and begins to have a better understanding of prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For each chapter Fr Tim has written helpful guides for when to tell each story along with scripture references. Ideal for small groups of children but also great for children to read on their own. Freddie Freckles is a gentle way to teach them about the sacraments. Code: 1562 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9780852314180

How to Survive being Married to a Catholic

Michael Henesy C.Ss.R. and Rosemary Gallagher

St Mary’s Clapham Brendan McConvery C.Ss.R.

This A4 revised edition of the classic best-seller presents a clear, frank and honest guide to Catholic attitudes, beliefs and practices. Not only useful for those concerned with a mixed marriage but also for those sharing an interest in the faith. You’ll find answers to more than eighty of the questions most commonly asked about Catholicism, plus a glossary of terms.

“St Mary’s Clapham is probably, after Sant’ Alfonso and the Alphonsian Holy Places, one of the Redemptorist houses best known to Redemptorists worldwide. For many, it has been a place of welcome while they pursued studies in London, or learned English. For others, it has been a place of refuge from war or persecution in their home country. For others, it has been a place of rest for a day or two before beginning the next leg of their missionary journey.” (Letter from Michael Brehl, Fr General C.Ss.R.).

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Gospel Joy

Pope Francis and the New Evangelisation Dennis J Billy C.Ss.R.

This book examines the central elements of Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as it sets out to preach the Gospel to people of every nation and every walk of life. In four chapters, it examines the heart of his message and the focus of his vision for the future of Catholicism, Christianity and the world. Central to that vision is his call to continue the new evangelisation. Code: 196091 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9781565485662

Blessings of the Rosary Dennis J Billy C.Ss.R.

This helpful book offers prayerful reflections on each of the twenty mysteries of the Rosary along with thoughtful questions that will inspire a richer awareness of God’s presence. Newcomers to the Rosary, as well as people long familiar with this venerable prayer form, will benefit from Father Billy’s meditations. The reflections in Blessings of the Rosary will encourage readers to make the Rosary an integral part of their daily devotions. Code: 14710 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780764819438

The Cloud of Unknowing Dennis J Billy C.Ss.R.

The Cloud of Unknowing is a fourteenth-century work of Christian mysticism that explores contemplative prayer and serves as a spiritual guide to those looking to explore these aspects of their faith. The Cloud directs the reader to know God better not through knowledge but through a contemplation driven by love and devoid of worldly thoughts and desires. In this modern translation Dennis Billy brings The Cloud into language easily accessible to the modern Christian and includes background information and his own reflections to assist the reader in contemplation. Code: 14876 Price: £12.50 ISBN: 9780764822889

Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament and to Holy Mary Dennis J Billy C.Ss.R.

A collection of meditations created by Alphonsus, one of the greatest figures of eighteenth-century Catholic spirituality, to help believers pray on a daily basis before Jesus in the sacrament. His simple and accessible writings are dedicated to helping the faithful have a heart-to-heart conversation with Jesus and his mother, Mary. Code: 104655 Price: £13.99 ISBN: 9780870612442

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Living the Consecrated Life in the Third Millennium

The Three Faces of Christ

Ronald J McAinsh C.Ss.R.

Reading the Sunday Gospels with the liturgical year Brendan McConvery C.Ss.R. & Cairan O’Callaghan C.Ss.R. Do you sometimes feel that you get little out of Mass and you don’t understand some of the readings? If so, then this book is for you! Scripture scholars Fr Brendan McConvery and Fr Ciaran O’Callaghan provide reflections and insights into the Sunday Gospels for the three-year liturgical cycle. Written with a warm and accessible style, this book will encourage you to be a little better prepared for Mass.

Fr Ronald has developed a practical workbook, focusing on ten themes that offer opportunities for reflection on the consecrated life. Each session can be used at monthly community gatherings over the year or can be used by individuals for retreat days. The purpose of this book is to help individuals and communities deepen their commitment to the consecrated life, and is a great aid for all those in community life, helping everyone to face challenges together. Code: 1563 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852314197

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One Man, One God

The Peace Ministry of Fr Alec Reid C.S.sR. Martin McKeever C.Ss.R.

St Gerard Majella

Rediscovering a Saint Brendan McConvery C.Ss.R.


Gerard Majella’s name is familiar to many Catholics. They have relied on his prayers at difficult times, especially while trying to conceive a baby, to bring it to full term and when faced with the great life-giving mysteries of labour and birth. Many carry his name through life. But sometimes those who pray through Gerard’s intercession know relatively little about him. Free bookmark prayer card included. Code: 185414 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780955890697

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Few people made a bigger contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process than Fr Alec Reid. One Man, One God is the first book to examine in detail the extraordinary ministry of Fr Alec Reid. It provides unique insight into what motivated Fr Alec, what inspired him, and what kept him going during years of disappointment, frustration and seeming failure in a situation of political conflict. Moved by the suffering of people on both sides of the divide, he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to work for an end to violence. Code: 185520 Price: £12.95 ISBN:9780992721626

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1. He is a light in the darkness for the upright: he is generous, merciful and just. The good man takes pity and lends, he conducts his affairs with honour. R. 2. The just man will never waver: he will be remembered for ever. He has no fear of evil news; with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord. R. 3. With a steadfast heart he will not fear; open-handed, he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm for ever. His head will be raised in glory. R. SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. When I came to you, brothers, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have

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GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!

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through whom we were of life, to receive the author

your Son… PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS our Lord Jesus Christ, O Lord our God, who once established these created things 6:22-27 FIRST READING NUMBERS to sustain us in our frailty, to grant, we pray, also gives them the words that they may become for us now of their The people of God are say. At the beginning PRAYER DIARY the Sacrament of eternal life. his getting ready to leave journey God is reminding still Through Christ our Lord. I have a prayer diary. It was given to me many are to love Mount Sinai. They years people of his promise Amen. emblems from an ancientago, and is decorated with calligraphic in the desert, on


book of hours. I have further highlighted wandering and embellished it with gilt paint so it is a lovely thing to look and to theiratway to handle. When I am asked for prayers, the names are inscribed


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Maybe when we say, “I will pray for you”, we are just God’s to mouthpiece: “Yes, GodGod is with No one expected you in your need.”

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Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.



RESPONSE They are happy who follow God’s law!

1. They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law! They are happy those who do his will, seeking him with all their hearts. R. 2. You have laid down your precepts to be obeyed with care. May my footsteps be firm to obey your statutes. R. 3. Bless your servant and I shall live and obey your word.

Open my eyes that I may consider the wonders of your law. R.

was somewhat had a human alarmed by my debilitated Jesus being(Ijust condition waslike walking human withwe sticks at be the sons time),and and not at all impressed can that we were. when I suggested that it was, at God. a minor caninconvenience, and at best a means of worst, We daughters of decelerating myself a little – a grace indeed! “Poppycock and and live God “Father” call fiddlesticks” (I paraphrase) was her response. “I will pray for you, because ever and you forbe healed.” himwill I am still not sure what sort of healing she with us. had her ofhave had inwas mind, but she as one would born Jesus work cut out: there were plenty of other because our mother Mary areas is of my life requiring more healing life to us all. given than has she my slight lameness.


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to God, using when they ask for prayers? What does itpraise GOSPEL ACCLAM ATION these words taken mean when I offer to pray

and I will keep them to the end. Train me to observe your law, to keep it with my heart. R.

DO YOU KNOW? “Rosary” means a crown or garland of roses in Latin, and roses represent Jesus’ mother Mary. Using a string of rosary beads is a special way of praying. Holding the beads as we pray helps us to be still and peaceful as we focus on the life of Jesus and his mother Mary. Find out how many Hail Marys make a decade.

So what exactly are people hoping for for someone?

Alleluia, alleluia! the Bible. Knowing that I was being prayed for reallyfrom times in the past At various 2:6-10 ways, counted when I was poorly. I didn’t have any expectation and in various different or desire for any sort of the prophets; through spoke to our ancestors “miraculous” intervention – I was


God so loved the world that he gave his Only Begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.

Next Sunday’s Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2. 17-18 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Matthew 5:38-48

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science, so my own prayers of petition and gratitude were primarily for the people who were caring for me, not for myself. But the offer of prayers did answer a deep human need: a need for acknowledgement by those who were praying for me, and ultimately a sense that I was acknowledged before God. I remember a friend, whose sister died unexpectedly a few years back, asking for prayers. She wrote something similar: “I don’t know why I am telling you this, but it will help me just to know that you all know.” Even for a hermit well used to a solitary and independent lifestyle, when I was poorly, the acknowledgement of my circumstance, the appreciation that I was going through a tough time, was a source of much comfort.

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instruction, and this has made them symbols of hope for all who struggle to God by strange routes. The magi are the My patrons name isof all those who see signposts to God that others neither see nor follow. Most of us travel to God by the routes that have been mapped out by generations of faithful Christians, but we should be hesitant to condemn those who take other roads in their search for the same God. If we are all journeying in faith, then we can teach each other Connect something new about the the dots almighty. to see We may seem strange the other, to each Gosp but what if the story stranger is the one el and then who knows the good news and colou heading for God’s new address? r it in. is


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COLLECT O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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PROFESSION OF FAITH I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, (all bow during the next two lines) SECOND READING Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, (For shorter form, read between > <) suffered under Pontius Pilate, A reading from the letter of St Paul to the was crucified, died and was buried; Philippians he descended into hell; My brothers, be united in following my rule on the third day he rose again from the of life. Take as your models everybody who dead; Gerlinde Symons is already doing this and study them as is you a Catholic lay into heaven, he ascended used to study us. Ichaplain have told you often,UK and at two and is seated at the right hand of God the prisons. I repeat it today with tears, there are many Father almighty; who are behaving as the enemies of the from there he will come to judge the living cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. and the dead. They make foods into their god and they are I believe in the Holy Spirit, proudest of something they ought to think the holy catholic Church, shameful; the things they think important the communion of saints, are earthly things. the forgiveness of sins, > For us, our homeland is in heaven, and the resurrection of the body, from heaven comes the saviour we are and life everlasting. waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he Amen. will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He PRAYER OVER THE will do that by the same power with which OFFERINGS he can subdue the whole universe. May this sacrifice, O Lord, we pray, So then, my brothers and dear friends, do cleanse us of our faults not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. and sanctify your faithful in body and mind I miss you very much, dear friends; you are for the celebration of the paschal festivities. my joy and my crown. < Through Christ our Lord. The word of the Lord. Amen. Thanks be to God. 4.


Frail parents and grandparents may others will laugh, but no matter how tired we are – or excited – today, Christ says “yes, to life” and he says, “I am with you.” And as such we can resume our journeys, again THE WORD connected to the simplest joys in life. struggle, 21 FEBRUARY 2016

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord! (R.)

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baby Jesus! Perhaps we know people who aren’t Amen. Jesus took with him Peter and John and River.” James and went up the mountain to pray. orist liked but whom we could redemp PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE As he prayed, the aspect of his face was The word of the Lord.Sunday Plus. Edited by Denis McBride C.Ss.R. and Sr Janet Fearns your faithful, we pray, O Lord, changed and his clothing became brilliant FMDM.Bless Thanks be to God. Alphonsus House, Chawton, Copyright Hampshire © Redemptorist GU34 3HQ, a registered with a blessing that enduresPublications, for ever, as lightning. Suddenly there were twocharity. men include and treat well. p u b l i c a t i o n s

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Response: The Lord is my light and my help. 1.

The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; before whom shall I shrink? (R.)


O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: “Seek his face.” (R.)


It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face. Dismiss not your servant in anger; you have been my help. (R.)


there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.” And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.

lus and keep them faithful to the Gospel of your Only Begotten Son, so that they may always desire and at last attain that glory whose beauty he showed in his own Body, to the amazement of his Apostles. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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Today: and a firebrand that went between the for allowing us while still on earth Monday: GOSPEL Luke 9:28-36 Isaiah halves. That day the Lord made a Covenant Tuesday: 60:1-6 to be partakers even now of the things of Isaiah 42:1-4. 6-7 or with Abram these terms: Ephesians Thursday: Hebrews Gospel accordingWednesday: 3:2-3.in5-6 Acts 10:34-38 A reading from the holy 2:5-12 Hebrews heaven. 2:14-18 Matthew Mark 1:21-28 to Luke. 2:1-12 “To your descendants I give Matthew this land, 3:7-14 Through Christ our Hebrews Lord. Mark 1:29-39 3:13-17 Mark 1:40-45 from the wadi of Egypt to the Great



ohn tells peop le about greatness. He tells them Jesus’ he saw the that Holy down on Jesu Spirit coming baptises with s like a dove. John will baptise water, but Jesus people with Spirit. John the tells everyone Holy Jesus is the that Chosen One who has com of God, e to bring new life.


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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.


quite God Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: happy to rely on God’s creative grace time, the last days, own you have the message eternal life. but inofour expressed Alleluia! to us through his Son. through the wonders of medical

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possession; but God draws all sorts of different people to him by all sorts of different routes. The wandering magi were led to God more by natural wonder than dogmatic

by Gerlinde Symons We are called to reach out to those A prison sentence has wider Psalter Week 2 implications most vulnerable in our society than the courts. According to PACT and that includes the families Whichtheline (Prison Advice and Care Bill Hampson founded of Trust), a Catholic Epiphany lead those who are in prison. Trust to help young people charity that supports prisoners dove who struggle s to a and their for support because theythat is exac families, almost one hundred by Bill Hampson are out of the tly the thousand public eye: www.epiphany.or same as children have a parent the one in a UK prison, usually the father. Although shown belo they’ve done All children are a wonder: w? nothing wrong, these children those with anorexia and those can often FIRST READING Genesis 15:5-12. 17-18 finding experience feelings of shame, guilt God does not Lord of light, because a way through being and A reading the book of Genesis. bullied; fear, justfrom like the imprisoned parent. those at risk of the modern manifest himself Taking Abram outside the Lord said, “Look - day the Magi lost sight Often, and count the don’t up to heavenfamilies starswant if you can. to admit that Herods and those newly will bemember your descendants,” he told in the power of this born or of the star, they aSuch family is inLord, prison, met struggling to survive just him. Abram put his faith in the who so they tell lies before about counted this as where making him justified. world, but speaks to they are: for example, Herod or after birth. We may “I am the Lord,” he said to him, “who fear for TOTALLY before they saw working abroad. the Chaldaeans are also brought you out of Ur ofThere to financial their futures but through us in the humbleness implications itTRANSFORMED all you. Help me to keep make you heir to this “My Lord, the – ifland.” a working man goes to there is a hope, and at Epiphany Lord,” Abram replied, “how am I to know of prison his my then love. LUKE 9:28b-36 eyes open and to God’s that I shall inherithis it?” partner He said to him, “Get may love become the this hope explodes upon me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old us like sole breadwinner and this can is great. God’s love is see you, not just in cleansing water, a warm goat, a three-year old ram, a turtledove and be very wind, a stressful. Shepherds were looked For He a young pigeon.” brought him all these, most children, the hardest strong fire, a huge hug at powerful. But the love cut them in half and put half on one side Just the end the big thing events they have thecope like Jesu of life, R a c down he l D e nton o n by many people and half facing it onto other; with but theis birds missing of the long day: the Christ dad ACCLAMATION s we are GOSPEL COMMUNION ANTIPHON orhemum, of child but also did not cut in half. Birds of prey came God and is not humble, bapt Glory and praise to you, O Christ! being This is my beloved Son, with whom I am in c o nt inue s he r able the to yes, little is born and as he enters Jesus is on his way to ised. We seeFrom them Find the hidd down on the carcasses but Abram drove time. But God the bright cloud the Father’s voice well pleased; regularly Jesus’ again celebrate them off. because the prison may be r e f lein c t io en ns o n li v ing happening into our year, he comes Jerusalem, toowas farheard: very humble. listen to him. bein where his mission whereREFLECT the sun was setting Abram fell gspart into all theawayNoworastravelling “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to words whic is just of God w it h chose unaffordable. illne s s. shepherds to be our families, into a deep sleep, and terror seized him. its climax. he Transfiguration an epiphany, a moment of revelation to the disciples (and ’s familyisJesus him!” PRAYER AFTER COMMUNIONregardless of will h and theirreachyou Pope wheIncan When the sun had set and darkness had Francis canclothes the reader) of who truly is. The symbols of the cloud, the dazzling Glory and praise to you, O Christ! As we receive these glorious we be alone shapemysteries, be or size or confidence. fallen, there appeared a smoking furnace Now, as Lent begins, we hear about the are bapt first people to visit the and the presence of Moses and Elijah emphasise the divine presence, but at the forwards we make thanksgiving to you, O Lord, together. ised.


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making be gracious before O God, God – even Blessedwhen are those who prayers mourn,– for theythem shallpresent be consoled. I am not actively involved a prayer activity myself. Blessed are those who hunger andinthirst for 4:4-7 GALATIANS If a request for prayers is just another way of talking to God, and LISTEN. I remember visiting a Franciscan Sister several READING righteousness, years ago. I had been then maybe SECOND the inspiration of as a born experiencing mild neurological problems prayers is God’s Jesus for was some for theyoffering shall have their fill. way of reassuring people that they are noticed, they are cared for. time, and she mother

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n today’s Gospel we hear Matthew’s classic story of the arrival of strangers in Jerusalem. They know something the local people do not: that the king of the Jews has just been born in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The presence of these strangers worries King Herod, the chief priests and the scribes. On hearing the news, the establishment of Judaea gathers in an aristocratic huddle of discontent. The outsiders have unsettled the institution. The scene is set for conflict. The wise strangers of Matthew’s Gospel are the vanguard of all people

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GOSPEL Matthew 5:13-16 A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew. Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if gave birth to the King, salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good Hail, Holy Mother, who for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot earth for ever. who rules heaven and by men. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it Mary on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed God, Othat, the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so race bestowed on the human seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father salvation, the grace of eternal in heaven.” grant, we pray, The Gospel of the Lord. the intercession of her, that we may experience Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. found worthy

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was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great “fear and trembling” and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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FIRST READING Isaiah 58:7-10 A reading from the prophet Isaiah. Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, clothe the man you see to be naked and turn not from your own kin. Then will your light shine like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over. Your integrity will go before you and the glory of the Lord behind you. Cry, and the Lord will answer; call, and he will say, “I am here.” If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


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COLLECT Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.



I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him. I am no longer trying for perfection by my own efforts, the perfection that comes from the Law, but I want only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God and based on faith. All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his sufferings by reproducing the pattern of his death. That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have become perfect yet: I have not yet won, but I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me. I can assure you my brothers, I am far from thinking that I have already won. All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come; I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:16-21

A reading from the prophet Isaiah. Thus says the Lord, who made a way through the sea, a path in the great waters; who puts chariots and horse in the field and a powerful army, which lay there never to rise again, snuffed out, put out like a wick: No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before. See, I am doing a new deed, even now it comes to light; can you not see it? Yes, I am making a road in the wilderness, paths in the wilds.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and that the Lord God of hosts may really be with you. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

The wild beasts will honour me, jackals and ostriches, because I am putting water in the wilderness (rivers in the wild) to give my chosen people drink. The people I have formed for myself will sing my praises.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, “Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What APRIL have you to say?” They 3 asked him 2016 this as a test, looking for something to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, “If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent down and wrote on the ground again. When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing there. He looked up and said, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she replied. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus, “go away, and don’t sin any more.”

GLORIA Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

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We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Acts 5:12-16


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The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. People even came crowding in from the towns round about Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Psalm 117


Response: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1 Let the sons of Israel say: “His love has no end.” Let the sons of Aaron say: “His love has no end.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love has no end.” (R.)

3 O Lord, grant us salvation; O Lord, grant success. Blessed in the name of the Lord is he who comes. We bless you from the house of the Lord; the Lord God is our light. (R.) SECOND READING Apocalypse 1:9-13.17-19

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who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

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hey have caught a woman committing adultery and bring her before Jesus. But there is no sign of the man she was with, even though Jewish Law clearly stated that both should suffer the death penalty (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22.22). Two people have broken the Law, but only the woman is charged. The man gets away scott free.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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Imagine how the woman must feel. The religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees, have caught her in the very act of committing adultery.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Has no one condemned you, woman? No one, Lord. Neither shall I condemn you. From now on, sin no more.

Maybe she had been a willing participant. Or maybe she had been forced to commit adultery against her will. Whatever the reason, now that she’s in the Pharisees’ hands, she knows what’s in store for her. She can feel them staring at her, the contempt in their eyes. Being stoned to death is a terrible way to die.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION We pray, almighty God, that we may always be counted among the members of Christ, in whose Body and Blood we have communion. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

The Pharisees drag her before Jesus. Here is a chance for them to put Jesus under pressure, to test his fidelity to the Law of Moses. If he agrees that she should be put to death, he will be contradicting the message of compassion he has been preaching in the Temple and in the local towns and villages. If he does not condemn OF EASTER her to SECOND death, thenSUNDAY he is showing himself to be unfaithful to the Law of Moses, and therefore a false teacher. But Jesus is fully aware of the Pharisees’ motives, and he is not going to play their game, or allow them to use the woman in this cynical way. She shivers fearfully as Psalter Week 2 they ask Jesus what should be done with her. Jesus doesn’t answer but bends down and starts to write on the ground with his finger. As they persist with their question, Jesus looks up at them, and says simply: “Let the one among you without sin cast homas would have made a good defence lawyer in a court of law. He states there can be noPRAY proof without evidence. Before he believes that Jesus has been Pray forfrom all those who have been the raised the dead, he wants to victims unjust judgement see theof physical evidence. or punishment, especially those who suffered in church-run Word of mouth won’t do it. Hearsay institutions. won’t do it. Circumstantial evidence isn’t enough either. He wants solid, concrete, incontrovertible proof. He wants to see the risen Jesus with his own eyes, touch Jesus’ wounds with his own hands. Only then will he have the evidence he is looking for. Only then will he believe.



“I’M A BELIEVER” JOHN 20:19-31 It is evening on the first Easter Sunday and the disciples are locked behind closed doors, “for fear of the Jews.”

Thomas isn’t present when Jesus appears to the disciples, and when they tell him the good news of the resurrection, he does not believe. He wants hard evidence that it is true.

Jesus appears among them and greets them with words of peace. He reminds this fear-filled group that, with his peace, there is no need to face the Jewish authorities with fear.

The Gospels were written almost 2,000 years ago, yet even today women continue to be discriminated against. In many societies, women remain second-class citizens. In some, they continue to be stoned or flogged or jailed for alleged sexual misbehaviour while the men suffer no such fate. Women are regarded as little more than possessions.


PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS Hear us, almighty God, and, having instilled in your servants the teachings of the Christian faith, graciously purify them by the working of this sacrifice. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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My name is John, and through our union in Jesus I am your brother and share your sufferings, your kingdom, and all you endure. The Gospel of the Lord. I was on the island of Patmos for having Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 4-5 preached God’s word and witnessed for sunday-message-march-may-2015-spread-v3.indd Jesus; it was the Lord’s day and the Spirit PROFESSION OF FAITH possesed me, and I heard a voice behind me, I believe in God, shouting like a trumpet, “Write down all that the Father almighty, you see in a book.” I turned round to see who Creator of heaven and earth, had spoken to me, and when I turned I saw and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, seven golden lamp-stands and, surrounded by them, a figure like a Son of man, dressed (all bow during the next two lines) in a long robe tied at the waist with a golden who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, girdle. born of the Virgin Mary, When I saw him, I fell in a dead faint at his suffered under Pontius Pilate, feet, but he touched me with his right hand was crucified, died and was buried; and said, “Do not be afraid; it is I, the First he descended into hell; and the Last; I am the Living One. I was dead on the third day he rose again from the dead; and now I am to live for ever and ever, and I he ascended into heaven, hold the keys of death and of the underworld. and is seated at the right hand of God the Now write down all that you see of present Father almighty; happenings and things that are still to come.” from there he will come to judge the living The word of the Lord. and the dead. 17 April 2016 Thanks be to God. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

One week later, Jesus appears again and, using Thomas’ own words, offers him the proof he is looking for. Pay particular attention to how the last part of verse 27 is translated. The Greek text reads: “do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Jesus Jesus then shows the disciples his hands is inviting Thomas to move from unbelief Fourth Sunday of Easter and side. They break into rejoicing as the to belief, and offers himself as the basis reality of his resurrection dawns on them. for this. Thomas’ response to Jesus’ offer the holy catholic Church, is profound – “My Lord and my God!” GOSPEL ACCLAMATION the communion of saints, Jesus again offers them peace and tells Alleluia, alleluia! Thomas recognizes, not only that Jesus is ENTRANCE dust from their feet in defiance and went off the forgivenessANTIPHON of sins, them that he is sending them out to Jesus said: “You believe because you can but that he is Lord and shares God’s The love of fills the earth; PROFESSIONrisen, OF FAITH to Iconium; but the disciples were filled with themerciful resurrection ofthe theLord body, continue God’s work. He breathes on see me. I believe in God, glory. Thomas comes to this profound faith, byand thelife word of the Lord the heavens were joy and the Holy Spirit. everlasting. them. The Bible often uses the verb “toalmighty,not by touching Jesus, but by accepting Happy are those who have not seen and yet the Father made, alleluia. Amen. The word of the Lord. breathe” when talking about God’s acts of Creator of heaven and earth,gift of himself. believe.” Jesus’ Thanks be to God.creation. Jesus’ breathing theand Holy Spirit Christ, his only Son, our Lord, in Jesus Alleluia! GLORIA PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS on the disciples is, for the Gospel writer, a the next Glory to God in the (all bow during two lines) Thomas and the other disciples have all Accept, O Lord, wehighest, pray, new act of creation. The Holywho Spirit is the earth peace to people faith because they have seen GOSPEL John 20:19-31 and theon oblations of your peopleof good will. was conceived come by theto Holy Spirit, PSALM Psalm 99 breath of the new life offered born by God to Virgin all Mary, Jesus. Now Jesus offers a blessing to of the (and of those We praise you, you have brought to new birth), A reading from the holy Gospel according to who believe in Jesus. It is thissuffered believing under Pontius Pilate, that, renewed future believers – people like us – who have we bless you, by confession of your name and Response: John. We are his people,community, the sheep offilled his flock. with the Holy Spirit, was crucified, died and wastoburied; by Baptism, we adore you, come faith without seeing. or hework descended which will now continue God’s beguninto hell; In the evening of that same day, the first day we glorify they mayyou, attain unending happiness. Alleluia! on the third day he rose again dead; in Jesus. of the week, the doors were closed in the we give you thanks your great glory, Through Christ ourfor Lord. Filled withfrom the the Holy Spirit, we are the he ascended into heaven, God, heavenly King, room where the disciples were, for fear of the Lord Amen. believing community commissioned to 1 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. and is seated at the right hand of God the O God, almighty Father. Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. Serve the Lord with gladness. Father almighty; spread the Good News in our day. n COMMUNION He said to them, “Peace be with you,” and Come before him, singing for joy. (R.) Lord Jesus Christ, OnlyANTIPHON Begotten Son, from there he will come to judge the living and Bring your hand the of the showed them his hands and his side. The Lord God, Lamb of and God,feel Son of place the Father, the dead. LEARN DO 2 Know that he, the Lord, is God. disciples were filled with joy when they saw you nails, take away the sins of the world, I believe in the Holy Spirit, He made us, we belong to him, and do not be unbelieving but believing, the Lord, and he said to them again, have mercy on us; the holyacatholic Church, “Thethe wounds are a scandal, Have you wounded another or being we are his people, sheep of of Jesus his flock. “Peace be with you. you alleluia. take away the sins of the world, the communion of saints, stumbling block for faith, yet they are also wounded by someone? On this Divine Mercy (R.) As the Father sent me, receive our prayer; of sins, the test of faith. That is why onthe theforgiveness body Sunday, seek healing and, if necessary, ask PRAYER COMMUNION so am I sending you.” you are seated AFTER at the right hand of the Father, the resurrection of the body, 3 Indeed, how good is the Lord, of the risen Christ the wounds never pass for forgiveness. Grant, pray,on almighty God, After saying this he breathed on them and havewe mercy us. and life everlasting. eternal his merciful away:love. they remain, for those wounds are the that our reception of this paschal Sacrament said: Amen. He is faithful from age to age. (R.) For you alone are the Holy One, enduring sign of God’s love for us.” may have a continuing effect “Receive the Holy Spirit. you alone are the Lord, PRAY in our minds and hearts. For those whose sins you forgive, Pope Francis PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS you alone are the Most High, SECOND READING Apocalypse 7:9.14-17 Through Christ our Lord. they are forgiven; Grant, we pray, O Lord, Jesus Christ, Pray for those with little or no faith, the Amen. for those whose sins you retain, that we may alwaysdoubting find delight in these of our time. Ask the A reading from the book of the Apocalypse. with the Holy Spirit, Thomases they are retained.” SAY paschal mysteries, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Lord to increase your faith. I, John, saw a huge number, impossible to

Discrimination against women takes place in other ways too, even in Western countries like ours. The so-called glass ceiling keeps women from rising to the top of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications. A gender pay gap continues to exist, with many women earning less for doing the same work as their male counterparts.

the first stone.” Then he resumes writing on the ground. Imagine how the religious leaders feel when they hear these words, how they feel when it dawns on them that Jesus has caught them out. Law-abiding as they are, they are aware, too, that none of them is perfect, that all of them are sinners. And so they silently begin to shuffle away, until only the woman is left with Jesus.

And in the Church, too, tremendous work needs to be done to give women a real and meaningful voice. As Christians, we know that every person has equal dignity because God has created every person in God’s own image. God does not discriminate between people, but treats everyone the same.

Imagine how the woman feels when she sees her accusers vanishing before her eyes. It must seem like a miracle. “Has no one condemned you?” Jesus asks her.

That is the way we Christians are called to see and treat each other. n

“No, sir,” she replies. “Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus says. “Now go and sin no more.” Imagine what the woman feels and what she says after that life-saving encounter with Jesus. Nothing will ever be the same for her again. She is a new person. Saved. Redeemed. Forgiven.

LEARN “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”

Like last week’s parable of the Prodigal Son, this episode is about Jesus’ welcome for the sinner. Once again, it is the heart of the Good News we need to hear in Lent. n

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“Lord, never let me rush to judgement about people. Let me treat them with love and justice and compassion. Amen.”

How quick are you to judge others? Take some time today to look at your life and examine your conscience.

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And then the risen Jesus presents Thomas with the evidence he is looking for. He appears in the room where Thomas has gathered with the other disciples, and his invites Thomas to touch his wounds. But seeing is believing for Thomas. The evidence of his eyes is enough. He requires no more proof. Instead, Thomas makes his wonderful statement of faith: “My Lord and my God.” We could argue that it was easy for Thomas to make his statement of 17 APRIL 2016 faith after being presented with the conclusive proof he was seeking. And Jesus seems to acknowledge as much when he tells Thomas: “You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”


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PROFESSION OF FAITH I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE Response: Bless, O Lord, your people, What marvels the Lord worked for us! who long for the gift of your mercy, Indeed we were glad. and grant that what, at your prompting, they desire 1 When the Lord delivered Zion from they may receive by your generous gift. bondage, Second Sunday of Easter Through Christ our Lord. it seemed like a dream. Amen. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lipsthe there were songs. Thomas, called Twin, who was (R.) one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus 2 The heathens themselves said: “What came. When the disciples said, “We have marvels seen the Lord,” he answered, “Unless I see thethat Lord worked for them!” the holes the nails made in his hands What marvels the Lord worked for us! and can put my finger into the holes they Indeed we were glad. (R.) made, and unless I can put my hand into his side,3I refuse tous, believe.” later Deliver O Lord,Eight fromdays our bondage the disciples were in as streams in the dry house land. again and ThomasThose was with The doors were whothem. are sowing in tears closed, will but sing Jesuswhen camethey in and stood reap. (R.) among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he 4 to They go out, they go out, full of tears, spoke Thomas, “Put your finger here; look, seedGive for the here arecarrying my hands. me sowing: your hand; put they come back, come full of it into my side. Doubt nothey longer butback, believe.” song, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas replied, carrying their sheaves. (R.) The Gospel of the Lord. Jesus said to him: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are Sundayare Message. © Redemptorist Publications, Alphonsus House, Chawton, Hants, GU34 3HQ, a registered charity limited by guarantee. Registered in England 3261721. not recorded in this book. These recorded Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. so that you may believe thatPsalms Jesus is the theGrail Psalter reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd © 1963. All rights reserved. Concordat cum originali: +Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of from p uthe b lSon i c of a God, t i o and n s that Dublin.believing Additional material, Christ, this cum permissu: +Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin. Commentary by Gerard Moloney, C.Ss.R. . you may have life through his name.

3 April 2016 ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Receive the joy of your glory, giving thanks to God, who has called you into the heavenly kingdom, alleluia.

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

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Philippians 3:8-14

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians.

COLLECT By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eargerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Paul and Barnabas carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to the synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. When the meeting broke up, many Jews and devout converts joined Paul and Barnabas, and in their talks with them Paul and Barnabas urged them to remain faithful to the grace God had given them. The next sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, prompted by jealousy, used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, “We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life, we must turn to the pagans. For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said:

so that the renewal constantly at work within “My Lord and count, of people from every nation, race,my God.”us tribe and language; they were standing in may be the cause of our unending joy. front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, Through Christ our Lord. dressed in white robes and holding palms Amen. in their hands. One of the elders said to me, “These are the people who have been COMMUNION ANTIPHON through the great persecution, and because The Good Shepherd has risen, they have washed their robes white again who laid down his life for his sheep in the blood of the Lamb, they now stand in and willingly died for his flock, alleluia. front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his sanctuary; and the One who sits PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION on the throne will spread his tent over them. Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd, They will never hunger or thirst again; neither and be pleased to settle in eternal pastures the sun nor scorching wind will ever plague the sheep you have redeemed them, because the Lamb who is at the throne by the Precious Blood of your Son. will be their shepherd and will lead them to Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. springs of living water, and God will wipe Amen. away all tears from their eyes.” The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me. Alleluia! John 10:27-30


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. Jesus said:

I have made you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.

“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.”

It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they thanked the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside. But the Jews worked upon some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city and persuaded them to turn against Paul and Barnabas and expel them from their territory. So they shook the

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cautious, careful, sensible. We might well have done the same had we been in his shoes. Unfortunately, we don’t have Thomas’ advantages. We are not in a position to see the risen Lord for ourselves, to observe the wounds on his body, to touch his wounds with our hands. The only evidence we have to rely on is offered through the eyes of faith.


We see the risen Lord present in the Eucharist, in the word that is proclaimed, in the sacraments that he has left us, in the community of faith that we are part of, in the Spirit-filled acts of love and service that build up God’s kingdom. This is the evidence that allows us to proclaim with Thomas: “My Lord and my God.” n

Thirteenth-century mosaic of the Good Shepherd seen in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

The liturgies of Easter do not concentrate exclusively on the accounts of the resurrection. 15/12/2015 09:31 They also go back to earlier passages of the Gospel in an attempt to get deeper into what the death and resurrection of Jesus means. The Good Shepherd is one of the great images of Easter. This was the favourite image of Jesus in the early Church. Long before they ever carved a crucifix, the Christians of Rome and elsewhere carved images of the Good Shepherd.

to rich pastures, the followers of Jesus follow him because he has promised to give them eternal life. It can be hard for us to understand what is meant by “eternal life.” We think of eternal as meaning something like “without end”. A better way might be to take the word life: life at its best is for ever changing, exciting, opening up fresh possibilities. That is the kind of life Jesus gives.

In Chapter 10 of John’s Gospel, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Today’s Gospel takes up three short verses from that chapter. They emphasise, first of all, the relationship between sheep and shepherd. Just as sheep learn to trust the sound of their shepherd’s voice, the followers of Jesus listen to his voice speaking to them. This is the source of trust between the Lord and his followers.

There is an added assurance: the sheep that are in the care of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, are also in the care of God the Father, the Shepherd of Israel. The most popular psalm of all is probably Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. One of the great Easter hymns, the Latin sequence Victimae Paschali, reminds us that Jesus is both the paschal lamb and the Good Shepherd: “The Lamb has redeemed the sheep, the innocent Christ has reconciled us to the Father.”

The second important aspect is the promise of eternal life. Just as sheep follow the shepherd confident that he will lead them

DO Watch out this week for someone who is vulnerable or weak. Be a good shepherd to them.

PRAY Today is a day of prayer for vocations. Pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for a deepening of the fundamental vocation to follow Christ, the Good Shepherd, that we all share.

LEARN “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice and I know them.” The voice of Jesus is unmistakable! He guides us along the path of life. Pope Francis

This is the good news we celebrate this Easter season and every day. n



ho or what guides you? Perhaps it is the editorial page of your favourite newspaper; perhaps it is the wisdom of your go-to culture writer or commentator. Perhaps it is Anna Wintour’s lead on fashion and lifestyle trends. Or maybe social media shape how you see and act. But it is absolutely clear who and what must guide us as Christians. It is the voice of Jesus. He is our Good Shepherd, who leads us along the right path and shows us how to live. If we listen to his voice, and stay attuned to his message, we cannot go astray. n

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This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.

3. Our soul is waiting for the Lord. The Lord is our help and our shield. May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you. R.

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that Simon is being treated I suspect, dear Lord, you feel embarrassed RESPONSE Givelesson thanksintowitnessing the Lord for he is good, like a slave in front of his two sons. It is their first for his love has no end. in their lives, one that assumes a brutal military authority intervening Or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! sadly, there is no power on earth to contest its dictates. This story, 1. Let the sons of Israel say: continues to be told around the world. “His love has no end.”

3. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes. This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad. R.


Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Alleluia!

you; you follow to sons Let the of Aaron say: glance 12 MARCH 2017 Simon moves in obediently behind you, your thanks. love has register no end.” he might back with a look of gratitude, hoping“His GOSPEL John 20:19-31 Let thoseweight who fear the Lordlifting say: suddenly a huge 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT As he shoulders your burden, you feel“His love has no end.” R. most COMMUNION ANTIPHON from you and then you realise that he is deliberately bearing YEAR A Whatever Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, right shoulder. yourthrust, thrust down and falling of the load: the cross barely rests2.onI was WEEK DIVINE OFFICEand doIInot be unbelieving but believing, alleluia. but the Lord compelled to being was my helper. happened to Simon, he has moved from being The Lord is myastrength Thissong; and my participant. to being compassionate, from being a passer-by he was my saviour. There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the just. R.

love her. Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who Be joyful, all who were in mourning; breast. and be satisfied at her consoling

Next Sunday’s Readings: Acts 2:14. 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35

One of the cries from those who question exult the relevance of the Church is that everything is too complex – ritual,READING 1 Samuel rules 16:1. 6-7. 10-13 FIRST doctrine, and regulations. Almost all organisations start from a small 22 base – PSALM Psalm a handful of enthusiasts with a vision, and a conviction that things can work. The Acts of the Apostles gives us a delightfully is my shepherd; simple RESPONSE The Lord I shall want. picture of life in the early Church: of people who were faithful is nothing there in just four areas – to what had been passed on to them, to care for shepherd; one 1. The Lord is my another, to the Eucharist and to a life of prayer. But shall want. nothing Inot is sprang, that there from a set of rules that were imposed, but from a realisation are the pastures Fresh and green that one gives me repose. thing leads to another. Early Christians may have where beenhefree of the Near restful waters he leads me, accretions (the clutter, we might call it) of later centuries, butdrooping they spirit. R. revive my didn’t lose sight of what mattered. The teaching of to the apostles could not be disregarded, because it sprang not only from me along the right path; guides 2. He the teaching of Jesus, but from their experience of him in their own is true to his name. he lives. darkness If I should walk in the valley of I love to picture Thomas when the others told him, I fear. evil would no“We have seen with your crook and your staff; the Lord!” There seems to be a sense in which his response You are there is, “Fine these you give me comfort. R. – I’m glad that it’s changed you, but I can’t get by on with a second-hand me experience. It’s not enough for me to stand in the shadows. I need it a banquet for 3. You have prepared for myself.” in the sight of my foes. head you have anointed with oil;

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1. The word of the Lord is faithful and all his works to be trusted. The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with his love. R.

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Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, O God of Israel, from all our distress.




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I was blessed, being a sixth-former in the 1960s, with having two RE teachers, both priests, who encouraged us in our search, who never silenced us when we asked questions, or pooh-poohed our doubts. Years later, when I thanked one of the priests, I asked him why he and his who helps colleague felt able to do this when contemporaries of mine were still being It is not, dear Lord, your leading apostle, Simon bar-Jonah, Simon told, by their elders and betters, that it was wrong to ask questions you carry your cross but a passing stranger, Simon from Cyrene. about probably things disciples, your to do with faith, but that they should accept them on trust. The of remainder the with fled has bar-Jonah priest most likely, very simply by saying that if he had tried to stop our questions, returning north to the shelter of Galilee, where they will all,replied we of trawling would have asked even more. He knew how important it is for enquiring reclaim their old identity as fishermen and their old direction not to feel free to probe and push. them young minds Not only is that respectful to the lake – exactly what you summoned them to leave behind the but it also keeps the older generation them but people, too long ago. Now you are no longer the one who leads young on their toes. one who is being led away by the Roman guards. In this Lenten

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Next Sunday’s Readings:

Ezekiel 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11

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in your As you trudge wordlessly on, the two of you try to find a rhythm to think about footfall, a temperate measure for the road ahead. You try not trudge by what awaits you, focusing on the demands of the present moment, the scoffing faltering trudge. You have trouble seeing anything but you hear for the mess crowd as they show their relish that someone is paying a price prayer from a we all get ourselves into; you hear low murmurs of pity and you hear few of the onlookers; you hear your own heartbeat pulsing loudly; steps. his Simon behind you take deep breaths in time with




of a parable stranger’s generosity astonishes you, and you are reminded your hearers you told, the Good Samaritan, when you wanted to astonish victim. How in telling the tale of the rank outsider who moves in to save the often your fictional stories come around to being too true to life.



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you were Laid low again, dear Lord, as was agitated and grieved about what threw yourself on the ground, you grove. In your prayer to Abba waiting for you beyond that olive dreaming of a quick exit, to avoid expressed your longing for leaving, the became a beggar, prostrate on facing the nightmare ahead. You beseech to spare you and then rising to ground, imploring your Father no an answer. But they could find your disciples to help you find they? could you, for answer to for three years is now reduced The mighty prophet they followed Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. authorities, religious the on who took graphic vulnerability. The one continues this series who seemed able to take on the who opposed the powers of darkness, collapse Your wreck. of reflections on the crumbling a like world – this man now looks more in w ay o f t h e c r o s s. hardly likely to promote confidence and prayer of desperation were and leadership of idea the onto hold your disciples. Few people can vulnerability in one person. approaching pain. Remember You decided bravely to face the “Get up, let us be going”? how you said to your disciples, to you but to abandon you They did get up but not to follow sense of what was happening your fate. They could make no led being followed was now to you: the great leader they had and sentenced. away and handed over to be tortured dear Lord. Numbed in this Now you hit the ground again, a dream and that you’ll soon new fall, do you think you are in peace of Nazareth, and wake up in bed, in the uneventful all been a misunderstanding, register with relief that it has dazed, do you dream that a passing nightmare? Lying there a new morning, realising that you might soon come round to no cross on your back, only there are no soldiers hovering, – one that does not accuse a cockcrow outside your door anyone but heralds a new day? soon, and you come back to The numbness wears off, too wretched, undeniable reality. the present moment and its that is like no other you’ve The road awaits you for a walk home village, not a stroll taken – not a wander around your saunter north to Tyre and Sidon welcome a not Galilee, by the Sea of from all the bother of crowds pressing 26 MARCH 2017 with your disciples to get away is it, the final journey. in with their demands. No, this 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT shoulder; you lie stock-still, hoping You feel a sharp pain in your The YEAR A or at least decrease the intensity. the stillness might dismiss it to magically, you know, so better DIVINE OFFICE WEEK IV throbbing is not going to go away get up and move on.

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eard the joke about Jesus’ transfiguration? Me neither. Odd, isn’t it? After all, jokes abound about every other episode in his life: his birth (remember that absurd opening sequence of Monty Python's Life of Brian? Not forgetting that wonderfully offmessage Christmas card: “why fuss about Christmas – is the birth of a man who believes he’s God really such a rare event?”) You name it: Cana, walking on water, feeding the five thousand, even his crucifixion: all have been sent up comically by someone, somewhere. All except the transfiguration. Which is a great pity, as a good joke can freshen our perspective on an extraordinary event, helping us squeeze the meaning out. But could the transfiguration maybe reveal something about God’s own sense of humour?

This, let’s recall, is the unique occasion in his earthly life, when Jesus radiates his divine glory as Son of God. So what amazing A-listers does he choose to share this supremely transcendent moment with? A bunch of flaky panto clowns, that’s who! Peter, his foot rarely out of his mouth; James and John – that pantomime-horse act with one beady eye ever on the main chance; Moses and Elijah? OK, not the ugly sisters, but an intensive anger-management course beckons, all the same. Basically, people like you, me and the guy on the pew next to us. Seriously, who but God would be crazy enough to share his glory with the likes of us? Who but God would become human, suffer and die to make it all happen? And yet it’s true. It IS funny in a way. But also mindblowing.

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In pointing out their potential, we have the power to set them free. We notice how important blessing others is to Jesus. He made clear that the way we treat others is the way we treat him. Through our words and actions, do our friends and neighbours experience us as a blessing?

by Sr Thérèse Garman Abraham was blessed by God to be a blessing to others. God sends us on the same mission. But before we can bless others, we have to be living and responding to the blessings God has given us, because these are what we share. We can be a powerful blessing to others through forgiveness, restoring relationships, and using words of kindness and encouragement. Holding on to hurts has no place in our mission. Our families and friends long to hear words of approval or acceptance and affection, especially after disagreements and mistakes. With these spoken blessings, we express the value of the person.

Sr Thérèse Garman is a Sister of Our Lady of Providence.

Hope bids us live fully in the present, giving our all to the life of the family, for the best way to prepare a solid future is to live well in the present. Pope Francis

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SUNDAY since before OF EAST ER time, the end the world was made, faith in God, of the ages, for your has been reveale d only in who raised sake. Throug that very reason our him h him you now have – so that youfrom the dead and that, of spirit, effectsrejoicin of conquest on the conqueror gave him The word would have g now glory for we may of faith and hope and conquered. look forwar in the restored glory Thanks be the Lord. in God. d inrationale to the He to God. of our adopti confide rejoicin gave believers fornt hope g of theaday on, GOSPEL of resurre living lovingly. Such is conversion. ACCLAMATIO FIRST ction… Amen. READING Allelui N a, allelui All of the believers Actswho gave us A reading from the Acts 2:14. 22-33 Lord Jesus, a! the New Testament were converts. On the Make our explain the scriptu day of Pentec of the Apostles. were the first converts. Peter hearts res addresThey to us. burn within sed the crowd ost Peter stood Alleluia! us as you and Paul were the most up with the I am going in aspectacular. loud voice: talk to us. to say:committed GOSPEL Jesus the totally devotion “Men of Israel, Eleven and to youTheir Luke 24:13by God Nazarene listen to what by the A reading 35 was workedtothroug Christ made sensemiracle for humanity. from the holy s and porten a man comme h him nded Two of the man, who Gospel accord People should livewhen in peace could ts heand was was disciples among you, and signs that God put ing to Emmaus, of foreknodo so if they hadinto the your mind and heart as wledge seven miles Jesus were on their Luke. of God, you power by the deliberyou all know. This together about the Law.ofYou way to a from Jerusa Christ Jesus. 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Now as Hades; and outside prevented power since, it was believers the for heirs, make imposs visible him to life, freeing them from and walked by their they talked this over, as are him from David says ible for him matters are recognising I saw the side; but of him:We whatLord that love concretely achieves. to be held you discus something him. before He in short, its for withpray sing said me always their faces come., himtogether: thy kingdom downcast. as you walk along? to them, “What Then one So my heart at my right hand nothing ” They stoppe was Richard Taylor has taught scripture can shake glad be the only of them, called Cleopa and my Fr d me. tongue s, answered and theologycried across the especially things that person staying in my body, outworld, with many him, “You Jerusalem have been too, where living by love and hope in this world Jesus rejected the exclusivism in Rome, he was based for joy: will rest must things?” he who happening that in the hope will not abando there these does not know the and looking forward to the next. of the Pharisees. He establishedyouyears. “who provedasked. “All about nor allow last few n my soul Jesus your holy to Hades in the sight he was a great prophe of Nazareth,” days.” “What one You have made known to experience corrup of God and t by the things they answered, priests you will fill of the tion. and the he me with gladne way of life to me, and had himour leaders handed whole people; and said and did “Brothers,draw attention dedication to God’s unique plan for to themselves with how our chief him over to crucified. no one can ss through your the one to is dead andtheir be senten Our own presence. their lives, sharing their deep faith fancy clothes and cars.that “Empty deny set Israel ced hope buried: to the had death, gone by since free. And prophet, andvessels makehis patriarch and reverence for God’s word. Jesus most noise. ” this is not been that he would is still David himsel knew thatthe tomb all: have astoun it all happened; be God had swornwith us. But since f would have learned from the way in by Jo Siedlecka his descendants and some two whole days have a Catholic journalist, runs him he was a succee and when ded us: they went spoke about Jo Siedlecka, women from an oath to d himCatholic which Joseph, as head of the family, they did not on the to the website News, to make one was throne theIndependent had seen was not abando resurrection find the body,the tomb in the early our group of , what he by Br. Martin Horwath led the prayers at table. It was the a be found foresaw and morning, they came nedatto our friends vision of angels who corruption. Hades, and of the Christ: he is back divinely inspired craftsmanship of Why didn't the disciples recognise OCSO women had went to the tomb and declared he was to tell us they witnes some God raised this man whose body did the one who alive. Some not experie Joseph that helped form Jesus for his Jesus? Did he look different in ses to that. Now reported, found everyth Jesus to nce but of Then he said of life, and all hastalking raised to way? Or were they sohebusy ing exactly received from mission. the heights of us are to them, “Youhim they saw nothing as the full messa by God’s they just didn’t notice?and Afterwhat all, they .” Jesus inherited the characteristics foolish men! you see andthe Father the Holy ge right hand, Spirit, should suffer of the prophets! Br. Martin Horwath OCSO is a So slow to hear is the The weren’t expecting to meet him then of word was promis of his mother, Mary, and also of Cistercian monk of Mount St Bernard’s outpou believe the Love inspires a ring ofwho and so enter Was it not ordaine the Lord. Moses and ed, that Spirit.” were they? Is one of theThank lessons shere d that the into his glory?” going his heavenly Father and of Joseph. Abbey, Leicestershire. be to God. through all the passag sincere esteem for Then, startingChrist about expecting the unexpected? PSALM the prophe es Parents leave a deep imprint on Psalm 15 ts, he with When they throughout the scriptu Being awake? How RESPO often do we go every human being their children as they nurture their res that wereexplained to them made as if drew near to the about himsel village to through life on auto-pilot?NSE: Only Show us, Lord, growth, though these likenesses may nearly evenin go on; but they presse to which they Or f. and the recognition the path Lord, help were going, paying attention to people who are Allelui g,” they said, of life. d not be immediately visible. in to stay a! “and the dayhim to stay with them. he 1. Preser with his or her own loud? ve me, of The two disciples on the road to me to see is almost over.” “It is took the bread them. Now while God, I take I say tois the he was So he went refuge in A sign of real greatness the Lord: and said the Emmaus did not recognise Jesus loveliness it to them. right to happiness. you. “You blessing; with them at the table, And their Lord, capacity to get along O with everyone. then he broke it is you who are my God. because, through his passion and but he had eyes were he thismyperson is youbut it and handed Jesus was a captivatingitteacher, he Ilflove are yourse “Did not ourvanished from their opened and they recogn resurrection, something exteriorly even in who are my portion and cup; sight. Then 2. I son ised him; willwho prize.” was also a carpenter's talked and I see him or R. bless and explain hearts burn within they said had changed in him, though his the the Lord to ed us each other, who the scriptu as easily with outcasts,who tax even collectors They set essence was unchanged. When the res to us?” he talked to us on at night counsel, herdirects withgives the me eyes people I keep the road and the poor. I’m sure he wasthe ableLord to my heart. found the out that instant and “stranger” explained the scriptures ever Eleven assem returned to sinceunnoticed. in mywho of God, said to them, he is at my sight:gives slip away into the crowds Jerusalem. bled togeth to them and broke the bread at table, I find right hand, “Yes, it is There they er with 3. And to Simon.” Many of the greatest saints I shall‘for sohad they recognised him as their risen most everything mythat stand firm. Then they true. The Lord has their companions, heartus rejoices, my who road and evenwas R. risen and capacity: Mother Teresa myequally Lord. body shall how they told their story of what soul is glad; has ourrest enjoyment’. had recogn For and had happen appeared youthe in safety. at home with royalty The Gospe willpoor Throughout his childhood Mary unlovable and ised him at not leave ed on the l norcelebrities the breakin my let your that Praise to of the Lord. Francis in Calcutta. It’s the and Joseph lived out their total inconvenient. Amen. among g of bread. beloved knowsoul Pope you, Lord 4. You will Jesus Christ decay. 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Giving hope by Catherine McElhinney It has been said that hope is as essential for humans as food, water or oxygen. Hope helps people to keep going when it would be easier to give up. We all find it hard to be hopeful sometimes and we need others to help us with this. The many small but positive things that we do without even thinking about them can have much bigger

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consequences than we realise. A smile, a few words of encouragement, a thank you or a compliment can make a big difference to someone else. We may never see the impact that our words and actions can have but we know what it feels like to have our day brightened by the kindness or thoughtfulness of another person. Our words and actions may be the one glimmer of hope in another person’s day – we can make all the difference. Catherine McElhinney is a Primary School Headteacher and the author of My School Diary, available from Redemptorist Publications.

Living in a family makes it hard for us to feign or lie; we cannot hide behind a mask. If that authenticity is inspired by love, then the Lord reigns there, with his joy and his peace. The spirituality of family love is made up of thousands of small but real gestures. In that variety of gifts and encounters which deepen communion, God has his dwelling place.

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he apostles and evangelists told their hearers and readers who the historical Jesus of Nazareth was. He was the perfect example of love, illustrating this through what he said, what he did, what it cost him and how God rewarded him. They showed the meaning of this for humanity, for society, for each individual. “Accept him”, they said, “and you are a child of God, because he is God’s Son and accepts you into the family. If you accept him, this is pure grace, not thanks to your genius.” Recognising Jesus is a gift of revelation. If all who accept him act like him, it shows what being saved means: being rid of selfishness and

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia. COLLECT May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection… Amen.

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Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility caused our for the human Saviour to graciously take flesh race to follow grant that and we may heed submit to the Cross, suffering his lesson and so merit of patient a share in his Resurrec tion.…


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Children who have celebrated their First Holy Communion often find a children’s sheet too juvenile, while an adult sheet is not ideal. Ichthus is the Sunday liturgy sheet for this age group (8 plus). This sheet has the text of the readings and Gospel in age-appropriate language, with additional teaching elements and prayers to help children participate at Mass fully. Ichthus will hold the attention of children who are beginning to get to know Jesus, the Church and its rich history.


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Ichthus guides the reader through the Mass service explaining why we do certain things and asking questions that engage the child, helping them see how their faith applies to their daily lives. The readings are given in ageappropriate language, “Do you know?” sections reveal interesting facts, whilst “Pray” and “Do” suggestions equip the reader with prayers and activities to take into the week, to live out their growing Catholic faith.

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Jesus appeared to his friends in the upper room. Thomas was not there and he said he would not believe Jesus had come unless he could put his hands in the wounds that the soldiers had given to Jesus on the cross. When Jesus appeared the second time Thomas believed and he fell to his knees and adored Jesus as his Lord and God.

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I Belong

An Original First Holy Communion Programme

I Belong is a programme that contains lively, colourful material in which illustrations and examples are used to reflect the world where today’s children live and experience faith. It is hoped that the children using this book will create a personal momento of this special time in their relationship with God. At the end of each chapter is a “Family Time” page with suggestions for prayer and something to do together as a family. Small information boxes have been added throughout the book. These cover areas such as: search the church for particular items, explanation of Catholic practices, what to look out for while at Mass and new words associated with reconciliation, First Holy Communion and the Mass. There is also a symbol of a Bible to check out bible references at the end of scripture passages. A small candle features on the corner of each page which, when coloured, indicates progress through the book. Code:1051 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852313770 Buy the set of three for £24.00 Code:1003

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This friendly, but comprehensive, full-colour guide enables every parent to take a full part in their child’s First Holy Communion preparation. Parents can keep in touch with the thinking and planning behind each stage. Plus there is a separate pull-out for grandparents.

This is an up-to-date First Holy Communion Programme with full and clear resource links to the latest catechetical approaches. A step-by-step guide to the programme carrying clear fullcolour links to every page of the children’s book. Complete with plenty of ideas and original suggestions.

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I Belong Special

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I Belong Special is a translation of the best-selling First Holy Communion children’s book which will help children with an intellectual disability to encounter the person of Christ. Children with intellectual disabilities can sometimes have differing language and cognitive skills but in this translation Christina Gangemi has incorporated special education teaching and learning techniques to ensure that all children will enjoy an accessible journey towards receiving the gift of the Eucharist. Importantly, every section matches the standard I Belong, thereby offering inclusivity for all children in the parish. Due to the expertise and care that has resulted in this fantastic resource it is highly recommended that when purchasing I Belong Special you also order the accompanying I Belong Special Leader’s and Parent’s Guide. This guide will enable you to use this resource to greatest effect by using the teaching methods and techniques detailed within. This book belongs to:

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Danny Curtin Packed with activity ideas, real life issues, discussion topics, prayers, scripture readings and tips for leaders, this course is sure to engage any group of young people. The materials are flexible to enable any parish to run a successful course that will prepare their young people for the sacrament of confirmation. Drawing on life experiences, Truth will help the young people in the group deepen their understanding of their faith, the sacraments and their community. It will encourage them all to examine how their faith is relevant to their own daily lives and help them to commit to putting their faith into practice. The Catechist Guide gives all the information that is needed to run a course which is made up of nine sessions, eight of which are preparation for the sacrament of confirmation and the final session is a post-confirmation session. Candidate’s Book Code: 1512 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852313893 Leader’s Book Code: 1515 Price: £14.95 ISBN: 9780852313886

A post-confirmation course for teenagers Danny Curtin and Tom Calouri Why do many young people see the Church as irrelevant to their lives? Why do many drift away after confirmation? What can be done? There is no one-size-fits-all solution. World Youth Day, pilgrimages, school retreats and diocesan events may offer young people real faith experiences, but when they return from these “mountain-top” moments there is often little support and encouragement to help them continue to grow in faith. Life is a programme rooted in the Vatican II teaching on the formation of the laity. The SEE, JUDGE, ACT model is a well-tried approach, which enables young people to discover how to live the Gospel in the events and circumstances of their daily lives. Designed for young people aged between thirteen and sixteen, Life offers real possibilities for adults who feel called to accompany young people on their journey of faith. Candidate’s Book Code: 1582 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852314326 Leader’s Book Code: 1583 Price: £13.95 ISBN: 9780852314319

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Getting Confirmed Your Wedding in the A Journey of Questions Catholic Church and Answers Steve Givens

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The Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass

This booklet, which follows the design and layout of our classic liturgical booklets, contains everything that is needed to celebrate a marriage within Mass. It contains the new Rite of Matrimony within Mass, three Eucharistic Prayers in full, the Alternative Collects, Prefaces, Nuptial Blessings, the Profession of Faith and the Apostles’ Creed, together with a selection of suitable hymns and Bidding Prayers. Code: 1017 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852314500

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The Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a Non-Christian

A new booklet to help participants who may not be familiar with a marriage service within a Catholic gathering. With clear instructions, this easy-toread booklet will ensure everyone can participate.

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These classic books continue to be parish favourites; they are easy to read and understand, accurate and durable. We are delighted to be able to offer fully revised and redesigned editions. Buy any combination of these titles and get fantastic discounts! These popular booklets contain the rites of marriage, baptism and funerals during Mass. Although the books are produced to be a practical aid to congregations, their design reflects the beauty and dignity of the Mass and will be a joy to use for many years.

• Easy-to-read, spacious layout • Clear distinction between priest’s and people’s parts • Non-intrusive headings • Clear indications of posture • Mass book also includes: Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei in Latin • Extra Eucharistic Prayers for reconciliation • Large print Mass edition available (font size 16 and larger-sized booklet) Mass: Code Booklet: 1016 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852313947 Mass (Large Print) Booklet: Code: 1375 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852313954 Matrimony Booklet: Code: 1017 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852314500 Baptism Booklet: Code: 1022 Price: £3.25 ISBN: 9780852313909 Funeral Booklet: Code: 1309 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852313923


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The Order of Mass contains the core texts that do not change from week to week. Printed on 300gsm artboard with impact gloss lamination to protect from marks and general wearand-tear, to ensure that the leaflet is durable. Code:1519 Price: £0.60

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NEW To Know Him, To Love Him, To Serve Him forming Parish Evangelisation Teams Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech

This new book is a hands-on support for parish priests. Drawn from members of the parish, the evangelisation team are called to inspire the entire parish community to act upon the central mission given to the Church by Jesus to proclaim and witness to his truth. This book provides ideas for establishing and supporting the evangelisation team in their time of formation and in the early days of their work together. It helps the team to be formed through reflection on recent papal teaching and gives them initial guidance on how to engage the people of the parish community, and beyond, in the mission of proclaiming and witnessing to the Good News. Code: 1745 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314760

Welcome to Witness

Becoming an Evangelising Parish Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech

Pope Francis describes the parish as “a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach.” This book grew out of the authors’ work in the Department for Evangelisation in Salford Diocese and nationally, and the practical experience of working in a parish. It is designed as a hands-on support to priests, catechists and parishioners. It will help a parish truly become, in the words of St John Paul II, “the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters.” Code: 1564 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852314173

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NEW Encounters of Evangelisation Diana Klein

Although fewer people are coming to Mass today, people still turn to the church to celebrate important moments in their lives. They say that they are aware of the significance of these key experiences. This book leads parishes to make the most of these brief encounters as there may be few opportunities to engage with them. Code: 1759 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9780852314883 Chap

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How to Survive Working in a Catholic Parish how o survive working in a

Catholic Parish A guide for priests, volunteers and paid parish workers

A guide for priests, volunteers and paid parish workers Diana Klein and Fr Bernard Cotter

If you do voluntary work in a parish, if you are a priest, a seminarian or a parish employee – or if you are thinking about working in a parish – this book will help you understand how Catholic parishes work, how parish life is organised and what it’s like to work in them. How to Survive Working in a Catholic Parish is a practical and user-friendly guide to surviving (and thriving) in a Catholic parish. Code: 1715 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9780852314609

Diana Klein and Bernard Cotter Foreword by Archbishop Bernard Longley

Symbols of Faith Diana Klein

Symbols of Faith offers parents, priests and catechists creative insights and ideas on the faith formation and sacramental preparation of people with learning disabilities, recognising their gifts and talents, in keeping with Church teaching. The materials are adaptable, flexible and appropriate to their ability, to help them come to know the person of Christ, who leads us to the Father through the Holy Spirit. A CD is included with this book, providing additional resources and unlimited use of activity sheets to complement the sessions. Code: 1573 Price: £15.95 ISBN: 9780852314258

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Supporting the Parish Divine Renovation From a Maintenance to a Missional Path James Mallon

Fr James Mallon shares with us the many ways of bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colourful stories, Mallon challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the Good News with all peoples.

Vatican I and Vatican II Councils in the Living Tradition Kristin M. Colberg

Vatican I and Vatican II represent two of the three ecumenical councils in modern times, yet relatively few studies have sought to understand their relation to one another. See the links between Vatican I and Vatican II. How did the Church, through its Ecumenical Councils, try to meet the challenges of the twentyfirst century? Code: 199059 Price:£15.99 ISBN: 9780814683149

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Divine Renovation Guidebook A Step-by-Step Manual for Transforming Your Parish James Mallon

From the bestselling author of Divine Renovation comes this essential guide for priests seeking to build healthy parishes. Now, for the first time, Mallon offers to us in his newest book, Divine Renovation Guidebook, an engaging and resourceful guide for building healthy and strong mission-oriented parishes. Code: 42060 Price: £26.50 ISBN: 9781627852241


Beloved Disciples

An Inspiring DVD Course for the Over Sixties David Wells and David Payne


This DVD consists of four 30-minute sessions (with subtitles) which includes mid-point questions for reflection or discussion and finishes with prayer. It is suitable for parishes, homes, groups and individuals. Code: 185518 Price: £39.95 ISBN: 9781903623992

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Disciples of All Nations Your guide to living and understanding the new evangelisation Josephine Lombardi

What is the New Evangelisation? Why is Pope Francis so keen for us to put it into practice? Why and how is the New Evangelisation relevant to our daily lives? Dr. Lombardi’s practical examples enliven and explain how the New Evangelization influences everything from politics, culture, and social media to personal relationships and our own self-perception. Clear, accessible, and completely relatable, this is perfect for course leaders, lay leaders, and all who seek a transforming encounter with Jesus. Code: 43105 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781627850223

Evangelization and Catechesis

Echoing the Good News Through the Documents of the Church Daniella Zsupan-Jerome You might be surprised. Papal documents have an amazing relevance to a catechist’s growing understanding of their personal “big picture” in the life of the Church and the New Evangelisation. This inspiring and energising book reveals much about the life-giving spirit of catechesis. Code: 43216 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9781627852494

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Death is Only an Horizon

The New Funeral Book

Contains a selection of the new Funeral Rites. Fully revised and redesigned edition. Bulk discounts available for more information-see page 36. Code: 1309 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852313923

Thoughts in time of Bereavement Michael McGreevy, C.Ss.R.

The death of someone close to us can be one of the most painful experiences we will ever suffer. This little book will be a help. This is a small compassionate booklet for which there is need, time and again, in parish life. It is a booklet of comfort and also of hope. A practical booklet, that deals with anger, guilt, grief and healing. At the back of the book there are some useful addresses of groups and agencies you might find useful. Code: 1006 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780852311134

A Catholic Funeral

A Guide for the Family Tim Buckley C.Ss.R.

This book is a practical and thoughtful guide for all those involved in arranging a Catholic funeral. It briefly addresses the feelings of grief that you will be feeling. The true value of this book is the practical advice that it offers: covering everything from who to talk to and what needs to happen immediately after the death of a loved one; to the funeral arrangements and the traditions inherent in a Catholic funeral explained. Code: 1399 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9780852312872


DVDs: The Sacraments transforming everyday life CaFE

Meeting God in the Upper Room

The Sacraments is a four-season series exploring Why Sacraments?, Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Code:185519 Price: £39.95

Three Moments to Change Your Life Peter J Vaghi

Recalling his own Holy Land pilgrimage experience, Monsignor Peter Vaghi explores three significant events in the life of the early Church that can be traced back to the Upper Room in Jerusalem Code: 15396 Price: £11.95 ISBN: 9781632531261

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A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask Michael Kerper

Read this book, and you’ll soon be armed with little-known knowledge that will fascinate and impress all those who have never taken the time to seek the Catholic answer. Code: 30130 Price: £11.95 ISBN: 9781622824168

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Supporting the Parish Your Sunday Missal Designed to help anyone prepare for Sunday Mass and take an active part in its celebration, this Missal contains a short introduction to the special character of each Sunday, and the Mass text is laid out in a straightforward way. This Missal has a leatherette cover, goldembossed lettering, colourful ribbons and high-quality Bible paper which means that it should become a treasured companion for a lifetime. The texts for all Sunday services in the Roman Catholic Church for the three-year cycle are included in this Missal. Alongside these are a number of additional resources, including the two Eucharistic Prayers for reconciliation, and four for Masses for various occasions. The main ordinary texts of the Mass are also given in Latin. Additionally, we have provided an original prayer for each day of the week, a selection of litanies and prayers by St Alphonsus Liguori including his Stations of the Cross. Code: 1522 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9780852313978

Your Sunday Missal Limited Edition


With a gold cover and gilt edging on the pages. This Limited Edition of Your Sunday Missal will make a beautiful gift to treasure. Code: 1773 Price: £25.00 ISBN: 9780852315088

Your Faith

a popular presentation of Catholic belief R Gallagher and Fr J Trenchard

Your Faith presents the fundamental truths of the Catholic faith in a simple and popular way. It has been completely revised and updated with beautiful images and illustrations to help link faith with daily life. The book is divided into seventeen sections that can be used separately, each dealing with a different aspect of Catholic teaching. It is an ideal resource for those who are interested in knowing more about the rites, rituals and practices of the Catholic church, whether they are baptised Catholics, RCIA, confirmation candidates or secondary school pupils. Code: 1008 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852310274

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Poster Sets

Each set of six posters stunningly depicts either the Easter story, the Advent story or Christian values. The sets are available as banners (1100 x 297mm), or in A3 and A4 sizes. They can be used for school assemblies, in the classroom and in church settings.

Christian Values Sets

Banners: Code: 1553 Price: £42.00 A3: Code: 1554 Price: £30.00 A4: Code: 1555 Price: £18.00

The Advent Story Sets

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Eucharist and Pilgrimage With Burning Hearts:

A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life Henri J M Nouwen

From mourning to discernment, from invitation to intimacy, and from community to the charge to go forth and witness, this work seeks a fuller understanding of the Eucharist through the story of the disciples on their way to Emmaus and calls us to experience the entire journey, to know that what we celebrate and what we are called to live are one and the same. Code: 1040087 Price: £14.99 ISBN: 9781626982109

Telling the Story of Jesus Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

In this collection of powerful addresses, Cardinal Tagle focuses on three fundamental dimensions of Christian experience: authentic spiritual worship of Jesus in and beyond Eucharist, our communion in the word of God, and the mission each one of us has to tell the story of Jesus based on our experience of him. Cardinal Tagle combines biblical narration and personal experience with sound theological reflection so that the story of Jesus becomes a story of love that leads to hope for the poor, for the church, and for the life of the entire world. Code: 199035 Price: £5.99 ISBN: 9780814648148

A Prayerbook for Eucharistic Ministers Janet Schaeffler

Every Eucharistic Minister will be inspired by these beautiful and heartfelt prayers. Each expresses an essential aspect of the call to be what he/she offers, the Body and Blood of Christ in the world. Sr. Janet expresses deep reverence and awe at standing before others to offer the Bread of Life. Code: 43030 Price: £0.99 ISBN: 9781585958061

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament for the 21st Century Richard Tobin C.Ss.R.

This book is a 21st century update of a booklet written in 1745 by St Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists. This booklet contains twentyeight beautiful meditations and prayers. They are engaging and contain a warm and deeply authentic spirituality, which enables readers to blossom into prayer as they give their time and their hearts to the One who invites them.


A Prayerbook for Eucharistic Adoration Daniel Connors

This beautiful, heartfelt, and poignant prayer book offers readers personal and inspirational guidance as they visit the Blessed Sacrament. Each prayer offers food for thought as well as deep reverence for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Code: 43031 Price: £0.99 ISBN: 9781585958092

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God’s way of embracing us Ronald Rolheiser


We are a Eucharist people, a Eucharistic church, a community formed and nurtured by the Eucharist. How does the Eucharist work? What are its various meanings? We pause to reflect upon the Eucharist. Code: 13871 Price: £18.95 ISBN: 9781632531186

Eucharistic Adoration:

Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition Franciscan Sisters

Provides Catholics who pray before the Real Presence with a new and unique resource to deepen their adoration experience and do so within the Franciscan tradition. Each of 52 reflections for Eucharistic Adoration features four parts that address the spiritual advice of St. Clare to gaze, consider, contemplate, and imitate Christ. Code: 13629 Price: £6.50 ISBN: 9781616363253

Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests Stephen J Rossetti

Pope John Paul II once said that the priest is “above all, a man of the Eucharist.” In the spirit of this statement, Msgr. Stephen Rosetti weaves together reflections on the Eucharist from over twenty notable contributors, including Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, and the late Cardinal Avery Dulles. Code: 1040102 Price:£13.99 ISBN: 9781594712173

Jesus, Present Before Me:

Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration Fr Peter John Cameron

Through meditations, prayers and probing questions for reflection, Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., invites you to see beyond appearances and enter into the mystery and miracle of Jesus present in the Eucharist. You were made for this presence, Father Cameron says. Jesus, Present Before Me includes thirty separate Eucharistic meditations, Eucharistic reflections on the twenty mysteries of the rosary, a Eucharistic colloquy, a litany and a Way of the Eucharist, all designed to help you offer your time of adoration wholeheartedly, without weariness or distraction. Code: 15260 Price: £13.95 ISBN: 9780867168570

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The Eucharist and Pilgrimage The Road To Emmaus:

Pilgrimage as a Way of Life Jim Forest In an age of tourism, the great challenge is to see ourselves at a deeper level: the dimension of pilgrimage. Being a pilgrim might involve a journey to distant places associated with God-revealing events, but it has more to do with simply living day by day in a Godattentive way. Jim Forest’s book assists the reader to see ones life as an opportunity for pilgrimage, whether in places as familiar as your living room or walking the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. Drawing on the wisdom of the saints and his own wideranging travels, Forest leads us to a range of “thin places,” including Iona, Jerusalem, the secret annex of Anne Frank, the experience of illness, the practice of hospitality, and other places and occasions where we may find ourselves surprised by grace. Code: 1040104 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9781570757310

The Soul of a Pilgrim:

Eight Practices for the Journey Within Christine Valters Paintner Christine Valters Paintner helps readers travel to the frontiers of their souls to discover the hidden presence of God. In The Soul of a Pilgrim, Paintner identifies eight stages of the pilgrim’s way and shows how to follow these steps to make an intentional, transformative journey to the reader’s inner “wild edges”. Each phase of the exploration requires a distinct practice such as packing lightly, being uncomfortable, or embracing the unknown. Paintner shows how to cultivate attentiveness to the divine through deep listening, patience, and opening oneself to the gifts that arise in the midst of discomfort. Each of the eight chapters offers reflections on the themes, a Scripture story, an invitation to the practice of lectio divina, and a creative exploration through photography and writing. Code: 1040009 Price: £10.99 ISBN: 9781933495866


The Gracious Visit of God Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Following the death of Jesus in Jerusalem, two disappointed disciples leave the city of lost hopes and head away. They meet a mysterious stranger who helps them reinterpret the past in a new light, giving them fresh hope. For many people, the story of Emmaus is the most moving of the resurrection narratives, and Denis McBride’s reflections uncover the depth and beauty of Luke’s unique scene. Code: 132118 Price: £13.50 ISBN:9781871552904

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Supporting the School NEW

“A brilliant piece of focused professional scholarship. It brings together great clarity on the subject of ‘Gospel values’, supported by in-depth biblical and theological knowledge and creative, practical suggestions for translating ideas into Gospel reality in our schools.” Professor Gerald Grace, KSG, KHS, St Mary’s Catholic University, London

Gospel Values for Catholic Schools a practical guide for today Raymond Friel

Raymond Friel brings his vast experience of Catholic educational leadership to bear in addressing the centrality of Gospel values in the current climate, in which the very existence of schools with a religious character, which pre-date state schools, is increasingly being challenged. As the title suggests, Friel’s account is rooted firmly in the Gospels and encompasses a coherent narrative of the significance of Gospel values for the Catholic school in general and its leadership in particular.

“A serious contender to be a prescribed textbook in the formation of Catholic teachers and, most certainly, for those in or aspiring to be leaders of our schools.” Willie Slavin Networking Magazine

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See page 27 for our range of Christian Values Banners and Poster sets, perfect for school assemblies, classrooms and church settings. Choosing a Catholic School A practical guide Sr Judith Russi SSMN

Catholic schools have an impressive reputation for providing both inspiring environments and delivering academic excellence. It is hardly surprising therefore that they are amongst the most consistently soughtafter schools in terms of pupil intake each year. With such an important far-reaching choice to be made by parents (and pupils) it has never been more important to have clear, informative and reflective guidance on hand to help you make the best decision possible. Choosing a Catholic School will help guide your decision-making at every step. Whether you are a parent looking for authoritative and impartial advice in selecting a school and the application process, or a Catholic school looking for a practical resource to help guide parents during the application and admissions period for the next intake, this book will prove an invaluable and thoughtprovoking first port-of-call.


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How o survive... Raymond Friel was a headteacher in Catholic secondary schools for over a decade, and has first-hand experience of everything that working in a Catholic school entails. Sr Judith Russi SSMN is the director of EducareM and has worked for many years as a teacher, advisor, curriculum developer and author with expertise covering primary schools through to sixth form.

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How to Survive in Leadership in a Catholic School

How to Survive as a Governor in a Catholic School

Written specifically for headteachers and those in senior leadership, this book is a personal and practical guide to leadership in Catholic schools based on the real-life experiences of the author as well as a variety of other headteachers. How to Survive in Leadership in a Catholic School examines the challenges and rewards inherent in Catholic headship. He explores how young people connect with the Gospel, the structure of the Church, what the role of a Catholic school is and should be, and how to inspire children whilst trying to balance the demands and expectations of the government, Church and parents.

This book is designed to assist all governors and those considering becoming a governor in Catholic schools. This highly practical and accessible resource looks at the key priorities that every governor needs to be confident about in order to fulfil his or her leadership role in the mission of the Church in education today. This book provides a reflective tool that works both for individuals and for the ongoing formation of a governing body as a whole. It will deepen readers’ knowledge, understanding and effectiveness as governors of Catholic schools today.

Raymond Friel

How to Survive Working in a Catholic School Raymond Friel and Judith Russi SSMN

This is a guide for teachers and support staff. Whether you are practising or lapsed Catholic, practise a different faith or are not religious at all, the Catholic school system can sometimes be a bit confusing. This book deals with all your possible concerns. Issues covered include understanding the Catholic ethos, the differences in teaching and knowing the correct way to address a member of clergy. This book is not just for teachers: it is a fantastic aid for support staff, caretakers, lunchtime supervisors and governors, providing a clear exposition on Catholic education. You can be confident the next time a child asks you a tricky question! Code: 1545 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852314043

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Judith Russi SSMN

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“By helping them to understand that each person,

young or old, is a child of God and precious in his sight, this excellent book will help priests, governors, teachers and parents to understand their role in supporting our Catholic schools and their mission.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP


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Supporting the School How to Survive Working in a Church School Caroline Hodgson

Whether you are a practising or lapsed Christian, practise a different faith or do not consider yourself at all religious, working in a church school can raise questions and doubts about where you fit into the picture. This book aims to deal with all your possible concerns and, above all, to reassure you that whatever your background, outlook and faith, you have a meaningful role to play within a church school, and a real contribution to make to the faith life of the school. It also looks at how working in a church school should and can be fulfilling and enriching – professionally and spiritually – for everyone who engages with the school’s ethos. It is a practical resource which contains useful information to help you navigate your way around the Bible and understand the Church year, with a glossary of terms. This book is for everyone who works in a Church of England or Church in Wales school – support staff, site managers, teachers, lunchtime supervisors and administrators alike.


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“It’s very good to have a book dedicated to helping those who teach in Church of England and Church in Wales schools to reflect on the unique gift that church schools offer.This book gives a very helpful glimpse into the ethos and practices of church schools.” The Right Reverend John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford and former Chair, Church of England Board of Education

For more information on My School Diary, please see page 48.

How to Survive as a Governor in a Church School Alexandra Green

How to Survive as a Governor in a Church School aims to help all governors in church schools, whether new or experienced, coming from a church-based background or none. The aim is to provide them with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to enable them to serve the school of which they are a governor, or considering becoming a governor. This in turn should enable the school, its staff and students to achieve their full potential.



For more information on the Christian Personal Planner, please see page 54

Code: 1728 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314647

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A3 Learning Journal

Hard wearing and practical, this A3, spiral bound Learning Journal, can be customised for your school, including your name and logo. With one hundred blank pages there’s plenty of space for recording class progress and achievements throughout the term. Learning Journals offer a lovely way to share the accomplishments of your students with parents at Open Days or with governors or even school inspectors. Code: 1748 Price: £17.95

Teacher’s Planner

Support your staff with their planning, and lesson preparation with this practical staff planner. The Teacher’s Planner includes spiritual reflections to inspire your staff alongside timetable pages, a year planner and an A4 page per day for lesson planning. Also included are assessment record pages, home-school communication records, meeting minutes pages and termly summary pages. The Teacher’s Planner can be customised with your school name and logo on the front page. Code: 1749 Price: £15.00 MENT


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YOUR DIARY Pre-order yours now for 2017-18! This diary is designed to help children develop strong Catholic values and reinforce the positive ethos of your Catholic primary school. For each week of the school year there is a double-page spread: on one side is the weekly diary and on the other, Sunday’s Gospel story is re-told in age-appropriate language, with fun, engaging activities to help the children get to know Jesus. For further information about the customised diary call 01420 88222 or visit

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This new diary for primary schools is designed to help children develop strong Christian values. For each week of the school year there is a double-page spread. On one side there is a weekly diary and on the other a Christian theme is explained in age-appropriate language with fun, engaging activities. Themes such as respect, humility, reverence and thankfulness are explained by using either a value or a modern tale, and faith-building facts, puzzles, quizzes and colouringin motivate the children to think about how the value can impact on their lives and helps them to make good choices. The major festivals in other religions are highlighted and when possible, there is an explanation or story to describe what a non-Christian child (possibly a classmate) might be celebrating. If this diary is used daily as a channel of communication between parents, carers and the school it will help those families that are not Christian come to understand the special mission of a church school – to grow and educate each child emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually.

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Lessons from Pope Francis for Children

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Pray Together Patricia Ainge

Pray Together provides ready-made acts of worship linking children’s prayer to the universal Church which can be used with little or no preparation. An invaluable classroom resource, it follows Prayer of the Church and features child-friendly versions of scripture. Each week is based around a theme from the daily liturgies and a prayer. There are also suggested songs for each day and a resources section containing posters to display in a prayer corner. Code: 107864 Price: £59.99 ISBN: 9781848671782

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Prayers for Catholic School Days Lisa Mladnich

Catechetical thought leader Lisa Mladinich offers nearly 300 original prayers that will resonate with every Catholic teacher, principal, DRE or catechist who has ever uttered the words, “Class, let’s bow our heads...” Code: 14913 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780764826443

Pope Francis has lessons for all of us – young and old alike. In this beautifully illustrated book, the Holy Father talks about God’s love, friendship with Jesus, the gift of the Holy Spirit, prayer, taking care of the poor, getting along in our families and more. Each lesson is paired with a story from the Bible – from the parable of the Good Samaritan to the Wedding Feast at Cana. This is a wonderful way for children to understand the Holy Father’s teaching as they grow in their Catholic faith. Ideal for children aged seven to eleven, it is a wonderful gift for any young person. Code: 1558 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852314166

The Adventures of Freddie Freckles Fr Tim’s Tales for Christian Children Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R.

We all know how much children love a good story. Fr Tim’s tales for Christian children, featuring the loveable Freddie Freckles, will hold children’s attention and capture their imagination whilst sharing the Gospel with them. The fifteen separate adventures with Freddie Freckles are suitable for children to read themselves; or a priest, teacher, parent, or catechist can tell the tales. Good times and bad are explained with the help of Jesus’ teaching. Includes introductory notes for teachers and parents. Code: 1486 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9780852313701

Freddie Freckles and the Sacraments Fr Tim’s Tales for Christian Children Timothy J Buckley C.Ss.R.

Join Freddie as he goes on a journey where he learns more about the sacraments. This collection of short stories is written for children aged seven to nine and explore many rites from the Catholic Church – looking back to the significance of their baptism and forward to their confirmation. Along the way Freddie also learns the true meaning of Easter and Christmas and begins to have a better understanding of prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For each chapter Fr Tim has written helpful guides for when to tell each story along with scripture references. Ideal for small groups of children but also great for children to read on their own. Freddie Freckles is a gentle way to teach them about the sacraments. Code: 1562 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9780852314180

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Supporting the School - Primary Highlights Teaching Kids to Care

Reflections, Activities and Prayers on Practicing Virtues Janet Schaeffler, OP This book provides hundreds of ideas, approaches and practices, all organised by the virtues of caring: compassion, empathy, helpfulness and more. You’ll find engaging activity ideas, along with conversation starters, saint stories and book recommendations. Code: 43217 Price: £6.50 ISBN: 9781627852524

Celebrating Prayer

An Illustrated Book of Prayers for Children Inside this delightful book are traditional Catholic prayers, including the Our Father, Apostles’ Creed, the Rosary and other Marian prayers, as well as child-friendly prayers. Code: 43223 Price: £5.50 ISBN: 9781627852678

5 Minutes with the Psalms and the Wisdom Books Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers Edited by Lou DelFra CSC and Ann Primus Berends

Written by teachers for teachers, this book is a valuable resource not only for teachers, but also for pastors, principals, administrators and school board members as they seek to motivate others and to reflect on their own role in education. More than seventy meditations will help you get back in touch with Jesus, the source of all wisdom who gives meaning and coherence to your life as a teacher. Code: 1040099 Price: £10.99 ISBN: 9781594717093

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Reflections by Leaders in Catholic Education Among the leaders in Catholic education I interviewed, there was no clear concensus about whether it was the language of virtue or the language of values that should be adopted. However, it did seem as if the serving head teachers preferred the language of values which they often regarded as institutional rather than personal, as a helpful framework for the overarching narrative of what they stood for and what informed their practice. The language of values was also seen as being closer to the discourse of today’s society rather than the more traditional discourse of virtues. The language of virtues seemed to some to be more intellectually compelling but there was no corresponding framework from Church leaders for how Christian virtues might be used in practice, apart from the example of Jesuit schools. The most recent guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Christ at the Centre, strongly favoured the language of Gospel values, based on Beatitudes of Matthew’s Gospel, and provided a list of those values. In most of the mission statements of Catholic schools and colleges I have studied, the language of values is preferred to that of virtues, although there is no consistency in what consititues these values. Raymond Friel, Author, General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference “We recognise that we are a Catholic school because of the values that underpin what we do. We serve these children because they are unique. Why do we do this? A special school down the road would do exactly the same, they work just as hard. It’s the why that makes it different here. And I think, also, it’s that willingness to operate out of love, and unashamedly so and name it as such and I feel that very much amongst the staff. You get that sense of them trying to love the learners, but also each other, because I think they recognise they’re in an extreme situation. But I think it is a transforming and lifegiving community, which is what you want a Catholic community to be.” Dave Purcell, Head of Religious Studies, St Joseph’s Special School, Cranleigh

An extract from Chapter I of Gospel Values for Catholic Schools: a practical guide for today

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Teachers Enterprise in Religious Education aims to support teachers in Catholic schools and in the wider Christian community in their daily task of unfolding for pupils the mystery of God, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life. “This programme provides teachers of all levels of experience and background, the security to teach the faith in a meaningful way.”

The Way, The Truth, and The Life Year 1 Primary Big Book Code: 9004 Price: £35.00 ISBN: 9780956662927 Year 2 (Pupil)

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Year 2 (Teacher)

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Supporting the School Be Still

A Prayer Resource for Schools & Parishes Miriam McNulty

Be Still introduces children and their teachers to a variety of meditative approaches to prayer. Young children have an innate capacity for quiet, reflective prayer and respond well to traditional meditative techniques. These meditations are based on The Senses, The Old Testament and The New Testament and can be used as part of an RE or catechetical programme or as stand alone sessions. Be Still offers a range of reflective exercises which are designed to build upon children’s natural gifts and also to introduce them to traditional forms of Christian meditation. Features a 64 page PDF book on CD with 12 PowerPoint presentations. Code: 113530 Price: £23.94 ISBN: 5039126100375

Simple Stories for Children

PowerPoint Presentation Mary Richardson and Hilda Joanna

This PowerPoint Presentation makes an interesting and colourful way for children aged 5-7 to learn about well-known stories based around the Bible.

Set of 4 A3 Children’s Prayer Posters

These popular stories make an excellent visual resource for younger children.

Laminated posters with scripture and notes on the reverse side. The perfect way to display the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Angel of God.

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Traditional Good Shepherd 15” Cross (available in 10”, 6” and 4”)

Each one of these beautiful wooden crosses and plaques was hand-painted in Latin America. Part of their charm is that each one is unique with slight variations depending on the artist. In a fun and inviting way they display the Gospel values and story of Jesus. Perfect for schools, churches or the homes, these would make a wonderful gift for teachers, catechists, a first Holy Communion or confirmation candidate. Code: 200013 Price: £32.95

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Risen Christ 15” Cross (available in 10” & 6”) Code: 200017 Price: £32.95 Rainbow Cross 15” Cross Code: 200022 Price: £32.95 Noah’s Ark 6” Cross Code: 200007 Price: £8.50 New Creation 15” Cross Code: 200012 Price: £32.95 Modern Good Shepherd 15” Cross (available in 10 and 6”) Code: 200025 Price: £32.95 Last Supper 10” Cross (available in 6”) Code: 200011 Price: £17.95 Holy Family 10” Cross (available in 6”) Code: 200021 Price: £17.95 Christ of All Nations 10” Cross (available in 6” and 4”) Code: 200019 Price: £17.95 Children of the World Unite 15” Cross (available in 10” and 4”) Code: 200015 Price: £32.95


Using simple contemporary designs, these lapel pin brooches, presented on a “Blessings” card, make an ideal gift or keepsake. They make a perfect reward for senior pupils or class ambassadors, or a gift to confirmation candidates. Cross Lapel Brooch Code: 200037

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Reinforce the Catholic ethos of your school with Gospel. this planner that places the Gospel right at the heart of every day. It helps to educate and support Can be customised to meet your your students with many of the key Catholic school’s needs. traditions such as the sacraments, Church symbols, customs, saints and the liturgical year. Written specifically for those attending Catholic Plenty of room for recording secondary schools, the reflections, thoughts and homework and coursework. prayers help the students to directly link the Gospel to their own lives. The Catholic Personal Builds strong Catholic values Planner puts the Catholic faith at the heart of and helps pupils make positive your school, makes it accessible to every student choices. and locates it in the homes of your students. The first sixteen pages of the planner are completely yours to customise! You can choose to have any school information, timetables, illustrations or photography you wish on these pages. Simply decide what information you would like included, send this to us as a Word document, and our experienced in-house team of designers will transform your content into beautiful pages that represent your school in a professional and unique way. More and more Catholic schools are investing in the Catholic Personal Planner as an essential resource to enhance their teaching. Redemptorist Publications has commissioned writers and editors to provide invaluable content for the 2017-18 academic year.

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The New GCSE Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools

These textbooks are ideal for schools looking for high quality resources to support the delivery of the GCSE Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools. They have been written by specialists who are experts in all the key areas necessary to achieve excellence in the school setting: theology, pedagogy and assessment. Furthermore, both books have been granted a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Catholic Church and have been designed to serve the educational needs of pupils studying for GCSE Religious Studies under the DfE specifications applicable from Autumn 2016. The New GCSE Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools has been produced in consultation with the Catholic Education Service (CES) and the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisors (NBRIA). In addition, we have also liaised with two examining boards, AQA and EDUQAS to ensure our textbooks map into their respective GCSE pathways.

Key features: • A stimulating experience for pupils in Catholic schools • Helps students to be attentive with a methodology distinctive to Catholic tradition • Enables students to study the key doctrines and practices of Judaism as a distinct faith within the Abrahamic tradition • Provokes critical engagement with ethical themes from modern society or from the Gospels to develop insights into moral issues

S The New Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools QA U (EDUQAS) ED Dr Anthony Towey & Philip Robinson

This single volume textbook follows the EDUQAS Route B specification: Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology Theme 1: Origins and Meaning Theme 2: Good and Evil Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology Theme 1: Life and Death Theme 2: Sin and Forgiveness Component 3: Study of a World Faith (Judaism) Included at the end of each theme are sample assessment materials. Code: 1730 Price: £17.95 ISBN: 9780852314791


The New Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools (AQA) Volumes 1 & 2 Dr Anthony Towey & Philip Robinson

The AQA edition is published in two volumes. Volume 1 covers the first year and includes Component 1 of the syllabus, Catholic Christianity, covering Creation, Incarnation, Trinity and Mission, Redemption, Church and Kingdom and Eschatology. Volume 2 includes the options for the second year as set out in Component 2 of the syllabus, Perspectives on Faith. Code: 1708 Price: £17.95 ISBN: 9780852314579 (For the set) For orders placed from 1st September 2017 the price will increase to £24.95. (For the set)

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Supporting the School - Secondary Highlights The Survival Guide for Young Catholics John Chater

Do you wonder why, as a Catholic, you do some of the things that you do? Have you ever found yourself unable to answer basic questions about what you believe and why you believe it? The Survival Guide for Young Catholics will tell you a bunch of stuff that you might already know and a lot more that you probably don’t. You won’t get long, boring answers. Instead you will get quick-fire, straight up answers that any parent or pope would be proud to hear. So prepare for an overview of the Catholic faith that is sure to leave you a little smarter, a lot more confident and the envy of your fellow Catholics. Marriage: when two become one While we have seen that the Church places great importance on marriage, fewer people than ever before are choosing to “get wed” – with many couples opting to cohabit instead. So, is marriage still relevant?

It should be obvious by now that the Catholic concept of marriage involves more than simply the wedding within the church, although, like everyone else, Catholics love a good wedding. However, what makes a marriage Christian is not a good knees-up following the ceremony, but a personal relationship of life-giving love in which two people make the love of Christ present to each other, and one in which the partners become a sign of love of Christ to those around them. This is a high ideal, a sacred ideal. And it’s because of this that the Church supports and actively promotes marriage. In addition, marriage provides


Why do Catholics have to get married in church? When Catholics marry they believe that God ratifies their union. This is expressed during the wedding ceremony, in the words: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Catholics see marriage as something that God is involved in: that is why the wedding takes place in church.

many benefits, one of which is stability. This is important because a stable family provides the best environment in which to bring up children, giving them the firm grounding and confidence they need to learn and grow. It is also the best environment for the husband and wife to grow together, and for their love to deepen as the years pass.

justice – part 1 Chapter Five: Morality and

Catholics The Survival Guide for Young


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The Catholic Youth Prayer Book

Help youth understand the meaning of Christian prayer by introducing them to traditional and devotional prayers of the Church, as well as to contemporary styles and methods. This all-in-one resource will assist youth develop the habit of daily prayer, its prayer forms were specially written for teens, in the PRAY IT! STUDY IT! LIVE IT! model, like The Catholic Youth Bible and The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth. The most comprehensive prayer book for teens The Catholic Youth Prayer Book does more than teach about prayer. It helps teens become prayerful people. Code: 25152 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781599823331

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Catholic Youth Prayer Book Teaching Manual Rebecca Rushing

This manual provides activities and prayers to incorporate into a theology class, presenting the tools to introduce different prayer elements into the classroom in a way that complements and enhances a teacher’s current curriculum. Code: 25013 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9780884898993


Youth Prayer Book

A book designed to help you on the prayer path of friendship with God. This book includes modern, new prayers, along with traditional prayers, and the time-honoured prayers of Holy Scripture. It also gives a lot of practical advice on how to pray: in the morning, in the evening, and in between; in sorrow or in joy. The prayer book is illustrated with many photos of young people from all over the world. Code: 135228 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9781860828522


What to do?

With its focus on the social teaching of the Catholic Church, DOCAT shows young people how to work towards building a “civilisation of love”. Written in the ever popular style associated with the series, DOCAT tackles tough questions on issues like politics and economics, human rights, the family and the environment. Whether used within the classroom or for faith-formation or for youth ministry, DOCAT is a superb resource to help guide young people to know, to understand and to live out Catholic Social Teaching. Code: 135299 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781784691318

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Supporting the Family Being a Catholic Grandmother

The challenge of being a grandmother can demand more from us than we could possibly have envisaged – but it also brings unimaginable joy and delight. With contributions from many Catholic grandmothers from a range of backgrounds, this book is packed with first-hand accounts and insights from grandmothers who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Above all, this book is designed to give practical advice and tips to help grandmothers to learn ways of managing the role and coping with the challenges of grandmotherhood. Code: 1511 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852314005

Being a Catholic Mother Elizabeth Davies

It may be that the life of a Catholic mother has never been harder where faith is concerned. But if that is the case, it has never been more important that Catholic women take time out to think deeply about what it is they do as mothers, and how and why they do it. This book offers a way to begin to do that. The contemporary design and beautiful photographs make this a real pleasure to read with personal advice and anecdotes from many Catholic mothers. Code: 1497 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852314104

St Gerard Majella

Rediscovering a Saint Brendan McConvery C.Ss.R.

Gerard Majella’s name is familiar to many Catholics. They have relied on his prayers at difficult times, especially while trying to conceive a baby, to bring it to full term and when faced with the great life-giving mysteries of labour and birth. Many carry his name through life. But sometimes those who pray through Gerard’s intercession know relatively little about him. This book by Redemptorist Fr Brendan McConvery is an introduction to Gerard’s life, especially for those who might not be familiar with it. The text and images offer an insight into the reality of Gerard’s world, allowing the reader to see the places he would have known, some of the objects he might have seen and some of the people who were part of his story. This book is also an invitation to pray with Gerard. Free bookmark prayer card included. Code: 185414 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780955890697

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Handbook for Today’s Catholic

Fully indexed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Since Handbook for Today’s Catholic first appeared in 1978, it has sold well over five million copies. Now, as the Catholic Church has embarked on its third millenium, this revised and updated fourth edition explains the basic doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church for the present generation. Written in easy-to-read, easy-to-understand language, Handbook for Today’s Catholic details the essential faith basics of Catholicism, suggests practical way’s readers can integrate the Catholic faith into their lives and also discusses sound ways to live the faith in the spirit of Vatican Council II. Foreward by Cardinal Francis George. Code: 14001 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780764812200

Handbook for Today’s Catholic Children Francine M O’Connor

In the style of Handbook for Today’s Catholic, this booklet entertains, informs and inspires children in the ways of the Catholic faith. With illustrations, creative analogies and simple text, it helps children develop a Catholic identity and a lasting faith. Code: 14491 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780764810138

Handbook for Today’s Catholic Family

A practical manual for Catholic living that helps families write their own “faith histories” for future generations. In the changing face of today’s Catholic families, this revised edition addresses the shift in the family structure of Catholics today, with examples for blended and single-parent families. It stresses the significance of prayer, sacraments and traditions that can build a stronger Catholic identity. Code: 14034 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780764817199

Handbook for Today’s Catholic Teen Jim Auer

The breezy, friendly tone of this handbook discusses serious issues in a teenappropriate manner. The major sections confirm Catholic doctrine, practices, prayers, and the theology behind them. The book ends with a direct and lively discussion of Catholic Christian moral issues that doesn’t avoid the hard topics like violence, media, sex, substance abuse and issues of conscience. Code: 14543 Price: £4.75 ISBN: 9780764811739

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Reflection Our Lady of the Bananas “Our Lady of the Bananas” is perhaps an unlikely title with which to honour the Mother of God. Yet it proclaims her interest in the ordinary, everyday things of life and her concern for rights of the world’s “little ones”. In fact, not only is Mary associated with bananas: they are actually a particular variety of banana known as poovan bananas! That is why, in the Indian State of Kerala and in the town of Koratty, every October, thousands of people bring their personal body weight of poovan bananas to the shrine of Our Lady. The result is a pile of fruit higher than the parish priest’s head, a mound which stretches along the floor in a long line of goodness, generosity and self-giving. In a special ceremony called the Poovankula, the bananas, which represent the pilgrims’ total gift of themselves to Mary, are blessed and distributed amongst the poor people of the area. So how did Mary come to be associated with bananas? According to a local fifteenth-century tradition, a poor man decided to make a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Koratty. He wished to carry an offering of some sort but could find nothing suitable amongst his few possessions. Finally, he cut down two bunches of poovan bananas, a type of plantain, from the trees outside his home. The pilgrim’s seven-mile route led through a rich landowner’s rice fields on the very day that the rich man chose to survey his rice fields and the workers who slaved under the hot sun for very little payment. He saw the pilgrim’s approach and demanded some of the poor man’s bananas as a snack, ignoring his protests. Eventually the pilgrim reached the shrine, where he laid his bananas at the foot of Our Lady’s statue and apologised for his inability to offer everything he had intended. Unknown to the poor man, the landowner would also soon travel to Koratty. Shortly after eating the two bananas, he experienced acute abdominal pain which no medicines could cure. He realised that the problem was not with the fruit, but with his own behaviour: he had stolen the peasant’s bananas, the only thing he had to offer to Our Lady. The rich man also realised that his recovery depended on his making amends. He immediately gave away half of his rice fields to the poor and carried the title deeds to Koratty, laying them at the feet of Mary’s statue – hence her title of Mother Mary of the Poovan Bananas. In fact, the shrine has a solid gold replica of a bunch of poovan bananas which is only exposed to public gaze during the eight-day festival in October.


A rough translation of the word ‘Korattymuthy’ is ‘Mother Mary of Koratty’. Time and again, Mary has proved herself mother to the throngs of pilgrims who have come to pray before her in a village that would have remained unknown had it not been for a poor man whose bananas were stolen by a greedy landowner. Yet even two bananas, offered in love, are important to Mary. Janet Fearns

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Bibles and Guides

The Catholic Children’s Bible (Hardback)

Introducing the vibrant hardback The Catholic Children’s Bible which will not only inspire, but empower children to read, live and love the full word of God. Children will know and understand God’s saving plan revealed through 125 featured story spreads highlighting key bible passages. Code: 25167 Price: £24.95 ISBN: 9781599821788

The Catholic Children’s Prayer Book (Paperback) Code: 25170 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9781599827889

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The Catholic Children’s Bible (Paperback)

Code: 25153 Price: £18.95 ISBN: 9781599821771

The Catholic Children’s Bible Colouring Book Code: 25177 Price: £4.25 ISBN: 9781599828695

The Catholic Children’s Bible (Activity Book) Focusing on the forty featured stories in The Catholic Children’s Bible, this activity booklet offers two levels of activities for each story: Level One for younger children and Level Two for older children. This enables teachers and catechists to have greater flexibility in creating lesson plans. Code: 25154 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9781599821818

Also available The Catholic Children’s Bible (Leader’s Guide) This enables teachers and catechists to effectively support children as they use The Bible Catholic Children’s Bible. Code: 25155 Price: £23.95 ISBN: 9781599820422

La Biblia Catolica Para Ninos The Catholic Children’s Bible is the first-ever complete children’s Bible that not only inspires, but empowers children to read, live, understand and love the word of God. The stories of our Catholic faith come alive with vivid, awe-inspiring artwork, larger text and many more design features that not only enhance comprehension but create enjoyment as well. Spanish translation. Code: 25169 Price: £17.95 ISBN: 9781599826752

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Christian Community Bible There are many translations of the Bible in modern languages. However, some of them are difficult to understand because they use a language that most people cannot identify with. The Christian Community Bible is a very accurate translation from the Hebrew and Greek biblical texts into everyday language used by ordinary people. It features commentaries that enlighten and help the reader to comprehend the meaning of the biblical texts.

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Christian Community Bible: Magnetic Flap  ISBN: 9789719476641

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Bibles and Guides

The Jerusalem Bible Popular Edition

The Jerusalem Bible text is a version in modern English which keeps as close as possible to the literal meaning of the ancient texts from which it has been translated. Brief introductions are provided to indicate the historical setting of each book, and a small number of short footnotes clarify only the literal meaning of the text without attempting interpretation. The Jerusalem Bible first appeared in 1966 and was the work of a team of scholars (including J. R. R. Tolkien) under the direction of Father Alexander Jones, influenced by La Bible de Jerusalem – a French translation of The Bible produced by the French Biblical School in Jerusalem. It was hailed as a masterpiece of textual accuracy and modern style. Code: 105029 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9780232512830

Holy Bible NRSV Catholic edition

This brand new Catholic Bible includes the Deuterocanonical books in Septuagint order and carries the imprimatur of the Catholic Church. It has many extra features to help readers in their devotionals, including Dei Verbum, Catholic prayers and lectionary material. The extra devotional features make it a fantastic tool for those wanting to read the Bible, and the hardback format also makes it ideal as a pew Bible. The NRSV Holy Bible uses enduring words and expressions in the tradition of the King James version, with special sensitivity to gender inclusiveness, without any loss of clarity.

The CTS New Catholic Bible Compact Edition

Confused about which bible to choose? Bewildered by all the different choices? Here is a bible tailor-made for every Catholic. It will lead you through the exact same English texts that the Church uses at each Mass, with brand-new notes and introductions edited by Vatican expert Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB. Contains full text and notes, and is identical in contents to the standard edition. Code: 135087 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781860824661

Code: 185337 Price: £10.99 ISBN: 9780564096343

Also available as large print Code: 185459 Price: £31.99 ISBN: 9780564094349

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Good News Bible New Life

Getting to Know the Bible John Daley

The perfect bible for young adults – accessible, relevant and enjoyable. This version of the Good News Bible is absolutely unique and ideal for young adults (aged 12+) who are discovering what the world has to offer and who are eager to find out what The Bible has to say about it all – in depth, yet in an enjoyable and very accessible way. It is the only edition to include a 64-page section of colourfully illustrated and down-to-earth articles offering summaries of biblical teaching on everyday contemporary issues such as the internet, food, abortion, sexuality, poverty, the media and much more. Also provided are new navigational features in the headers and margins to help young people find their way around with ease.

Many people want to read the Bible but don’t know where to begin as it is not a book that can be read from cover to cover. To understand the New Testament we need to know something of the Old Testament – the story of Jesus’ own people and their relationship with God. In this revised version, short summaries of the different kinds of Old Testament literature are interspersed with detailed summaries of the Gospels and New Testament books. A chronology has been added and the books themselves dated. Code: 1043 Price: £5.50 ISBN: 9780852313138

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Studies Your Bible

Every Catholic’s Essential Companion Noel Donnelly

The essential companion for all Catholics wishing to learn more about The Bible. Introducing the reader to different aspects of The Bible through bite-sized portions, it offers insights into the Old and New Testaments, a range of biblical characters and, of course, the life of Jesus. Timelines and maps put the information into context and diagrams, and glossary definitions make this full-colour book easy to use and understand. Code: 1494 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852313763

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Bibles and Guides The New Jerusalem Bible A Bible for Everyone Reader’s edition

The New Jerusalem Bible is recognised as one of today’s most accurate, clear and modern translations, the fruit of long collaboration between leading biblical scholars. This Reader’s Edition presents The New Jerusalem Bible in an easily accessible and manageable form suitable for everyone. It contains the full bible, with special features to help you understand and navigate the text: a glossary, with verse references, explaining key terms and themes, a chronological history, showing biblical events against contemporary world rulers and dynasties, an index of persons with verse references, brief introductions to every book, and almost 200 footnotes on key words and concepts. Code: 105153 Price: £16.99 ISBN: 9780232519303

The New Jerusalem Bible Study Edition

The accessible language and richly recounted stories, poetry and letters in this edition are consistent with previous versions. However, this latest version stands out because of its:

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clear format clean double columns with easy-to-read type quick reference headings.

Code: 105244 Price: £25.99 ISBN: 9780232520774

New Jerusalem Bible pocket edition

This edition of the scholarly translation of The Bible provides convenient access to Holy Scripture. The text is well laid out and the section headings are accurate and well worded. Contains amplified notes and a theological glossary. Full-colour hardback binding with head/tail bands and ribbon marker, and gilt page edges.


Red Leather: Code: 105137 Price: £24.99 ISBN: 9780232518924 Black Leather: Code: 105221 Price: £24.99 ISBN: 9780232518917

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Celebrating 150 years of the Icon of Love Jim McManus C.Ss.R.

In 2016 we celebrated the great jubilee of the 150th anniversary of the miraculous Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour being enshrined in the Redemptorist church of St Alphonsus in Rome in 1866. This icon is now one of the most popular images of Our Lady and the novenas inspired by her are loved all over the world. Fr McManus explains the history of the icon and how it came to be placed under the guardianship of the Redemptorists in Rome. He also explains how to read the icon and the many details with important meanings within it. The book also looks at the extremely popular Perpetual Novena inspired by the icon. There is also a special jubilee prayer. Code: 1588 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852314371

Catholic Book of Novenas

Lawrence G Lovasik

The Novena

This volume contains more than thirty of the most popular novenas carefully arranged for private prayer in accord with the Liturgical Year on the feasts of Jesus and Mary as well as favourite saints.


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Ideal for parish or personal use, this 150th anniversary booklet, which includes a variety of hymns, psalms and prayers, sets the Novena within Eucharistic adoration and/or Morning or Evening Prayer. Code: 1073 Price: £3.95 ISBN: 9780852311301

New Novena Devotions

Perpetual Novena

Code: 1013 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780852310243

Code: 1014 Price: £3.50 ISBN: 9780852310991

This pocket-sized booklet is ideal for those who wish to pray the Novena both within the context of Eucharistic adoration in church and in the privacy of their own home.

Those who pray the Perpetual Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will easily recognise this familiar, pocket-sized booklet, so beloved of countless thousands of people across the world.

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Mother of Perpetual Help Reflections on an Icon George Wadding C.Ss.R.

In this beautiful booklet, Fr George Wadding leads us into meditation on the various messages contained in the icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help and suggests a simple prayer after each meditation. Read each meditation slowly and in an atmosphere of prayer. You will find yourself drawn closer and closer to the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Code: 185431 Price: £2.50 ISBN: 9780992721619

Daily Spiritual Reading - add a minute of meditation to your day

In this series of uplifting daily meditations you will find prayers, reflections, scripture readings and more to guide you on your daily journey with God.

Uplifting Thoughts for Every Day John Catoir

Code: 83075 Price: £6.50 ISBN: 9780899421919

Minute Meditations for Each Day Bede Naegele

Code: 83047 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780899421902

Daily Meditations on God’s Love Joseph Champlin

Code: 83091 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9780899422183

Daily Companion for Young Catholics

Day by Day with St Joseph

Daily Meditations with the Holy Spirit

Code: 83102 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9781937913939

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Allan F. Wright

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Jude Winkler

Daily Meditations on the Psalms Anthony Ziccardi Code: 83109 Price: £7.25 ISBN: 9781941243053


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Prayer Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

A Handbook of Practical Approaches Robert J Wicks Within the Catholic tradition, there are many ways to pray. Yet, while there are smaller books, books on praying with saints and contemporary figures, volumes assembling groups of individual prayers, or prayer within one particular strand of Catholic spirituality, there is no truly comprehensive work available on how to learn, practice and teach ways of prayer in the broad Roman Catholic tradition. This handbook breaks new ground, offering forty important voices on forty essential topics for a comprehensive look at the learning, practice and teaching of all that it means to pray in the Catholic tradition. Code: 13866 Price: £31.99 ISBN: 9781632530325


Personal Prayer

Our Deepest Longing Ronald Rolheiser

Living in love with God John Trenchard

Many of us find personal prayer difficult and this booklet has been written for everyone who is interested, even if only slightly, in enriching their relationship with God. Personal Prayer looks at the prayer of Jesus, considers some of the ways in which God gets through to us and speaks to each us personally, and views some of the methods of prayers that others have found helpful.

With simple down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers insights on how to pray, using examples from daily life, scripture and contemporary writers. He delves into the places we fear to go with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.

The Catholic Prayer Book Large Print Edition

In a day when Catholics have less time and yet a greater need than ever for personal prayer, The Catholic Prayer Book is a muchneeded resource, filled with a wide range of prayer from the rich tradition of the Church. Code: 15288 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9780867169584

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Praying on Empty

A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self Mary Kathleen Glavich SND

You used to pray. You felt connected to God. Then something happened and it all became dry. Infused with stories of saints and everyday folks who’ve been there, this reassuring book can serve as a map towards spiritual growth. Code: 43215 Price: £10.50 ISBN: 9781627852654

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Yearning for You, My God

Living a Life of Mercy

In Yearning for You, My God, Fr Torrens helps us open our minds and hearts to thirty three of the psalms, thoughtfully selected from each of the genres of praise, thanksgiving, lament and more. His powerful reflections, accompanied by nine of Fr John Griesbach’s glorious, full-colour paintings, invite us into the world of the psalmists and help us to raise our own prayer to God.

In these 30 reflections, Chittister urges us to see that we can begin to live a life of mercy only when we begin to grasp God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for ourselves. We can only truly forgive others when we accept and forgive our own human weaknesses, faults, and failings just as God has forgiven us.

A Companion for Praying the Psalms James Torrens SJ

30 Reflections, Prayers and Practices Inspiration from Joan Chittister

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Mother Angelica on Suffering and Burnout

Mother Angelica on Christ and Our Lady

Mother Angelica provides consolation and advice that only a spiritual mother can provide, helping you to understand the purpose of suffering, how it can be redemptive and when to know you’re allowing your suffering to go to waste. You’ll learn how Christ is closest to you when he is silent and how his silence can be one of the most powerful and purifying elements of the spiritual life.

As Mother Angelica spent time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, she’d write down insights she was given on the life of Jesus and his Immaculate Mother. Those insights have now been collected in this first-of-its-kind volume, bringing you to a deeper appreciation for the life story of Our Lady, the personality of Jesus, the depths of his love, the Beatitudes and his Sacred Heart.

Mother Angelica

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Mother Angelica

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Prayer Healing Promises

The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart Anne Costa

In Healing Promises, you will learn about the many ways to express devotion to the Sacred Heart as well as the history and relevance of the Sacred Heart for our lives today. You will also hear from saints, popes and ordinary people who have been touched by the heart of Jesus. This is truly a treasure trove of resources and inspiration for anyone who wants to learn more about the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Code: 15395 Price: £15.95 ISBN: 9781632530967

Prayer Services for Parishes and Schools Michael Cymbala

This easy to us, practical resource provides 47 prayer services for use at the Catholic parish and school meetings. Resources for the liturgical and school year are provided together with those for specific needs such as; beginnings, discouragement and sickness. The services follow a basic structure: scripture, intercessory prayer, concluding prayer and the Lord’s prayer. Since little or no preparation is needed for these prayer services, this book will ease the minds of organisational leaders who need to lead prayer at a variety of occasions. This book will make it easy for any staff member, volunteer or committee to lead prayer.

Prayer Seeds

A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections and Poems for Spiritual Growth Joyce Rupp

People who attend Rupp’s retreats or workshops often approach her to ask for a copy of a prayer that she composed for the event. In 2000, she collected her prayers in the book Out of the Ordinary. In Prayer Seeds, Rupp follows up with about a hundred neverbefore-published prayers written since the publication of the first collection. The prayers are organised thematically. Rupp’s warmth and closeness to God along with her sensitivity to the joy and sadness of life make her an ideal prayer companion. Code: 1040100 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9781933495989

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365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups Interactive, Seasonal, Traditional Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

In this comprehensive resource, you’ll find prayers for a wide range of topics relevant to teenagers, from dating to decision-making and from prom to finding your purpose in life. Each topic is connected to scripture, and each prayer includes interactive questions to spur discussion and conversation. Themes include athletics and sports, friendship, life’s sacredness, loneliness, relationships, technology and much more. Plus, you’ll find prayers to help you celebrate saints days, feasts, and liturgical seasons. Whether you teach in a school, lead a parish youth group or confirmation programme, or work with teens in any faith-based setting, use these inspiring and dynamic prayers every day to foster spiritual reflection, growth and life-long faith. Code: 43209 Price: £15.95 ISBN: 9781627852098

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Pope Francis Morning Homilies IV Pope Francis

Each morning Pope Francis says Mass and offers a short homily for fellow residents and guests in the chapel of St Martha’s Guesthouse. Through these accounts, the homilies offered at daily Mass from July to November 2014, it is possible for those not present to experience his unforgettable reflections on the Gospel. Code: 1040095 Price: £14.99 ISBN: 9781626982284

Vol I, II and III also available Vol I - Code: 1040011 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9781626981119 Vol II - Code: 1040048 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9781626981478 Vol III - Code: 1040077 Price: £11.99 ISBN: 9781626981799


NEW With the Smell of Sheep

Mother Mary

Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Our journey of faith is the same as that of Mary, and so we feel that she is particularly close to us. As far as faith, the hinge of the Christian life, is concerned, the Mother of God shared our condition. She had to take the same path as ourselves, a path which is sometimes difficult and obscure. She had to advance in the “pilgrimage of faith.” Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying: “Behold your Mother!”

The Pope Speaks to Priests, Bishops, and Other Shepherds Pope Francis

In this moving and often intimate volume, consisting of all Pope Francis’ addresses to priests and bishops, he shares his vision of the priesthood, ministry and service to the people of God. Confiding personal stories from his own ministry, he stresses the importance of mercy, of drawing strength from prayer and intimacy with the heart of the Good Shepherd. Code: 1040098 Price: £14.99 ISBN: 9781626982246

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NEW Walking in Misericordia with Pope Francis 30 Days with the Pope’s Letter on Extending the Practice of Mercy Code: 43219 Price: £1.50 ISBN: 9781627852593

The Art of Accompaniment Bill Huebsch

In this clear and easy-to-use group reading guide, Bill Huebsch helps pastors and parishioners deepen their understanding of Pope Francis’ urgent call, and explore ways to make it real in parish life. As well as pastors and parish leaders, this is perfect for catechists, committees involved in outreach of any kind and anyone who ministers to the people of God. Code:43218 Price: £3.95 ISBN: 9781627852623

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Dear Pope Francis

Pope Francis gives children the chance to voice their concerns and ask the big questions resting deep in their hearts; he celebrates their spiritual depth by directly answering questions from children around the world. Code: 105744 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9780232532647

Pope Francis Takes the Bus Through the Year with Pope Francis Rosario Carello Following a quirky A-to-Z format, these eighty light-hearted anecdotes are full of warmth and humour, revealing the simple humility of the man whose spirituality and concern for others has transformed the Church and captured the imagination of Catholics and nonCatholics alike. Code: 15394 Price: £9.99 ISBN: 9781632531308

Pope Francis is capturing minds and hearts with his joyful faith. Now you can start, or finish, every day encouraged by the same engaging spirit alive in these 365 short meditations written by Pope Francis. Let his words inspire and challenge you, push you deeper into scripture, raise your prayer to new heights or simply fill you with gratitude for God’s personal love for you. Code: 89184 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9781612787664

The Infinite Tenderness of God

I Believe

Short reflections provide plenty of food for thought and prayer. Pope Francis urges his flock to read the Gospels in order to get to know Jesus and this book will help you do so.

Drawn from his writings, interviews, and homilies, I Believe provides an intimate window to the Pope’s personal faith and an incomparable introduction to the Gospel. Organised around the principle themes of the Apostle’s Creed, these short readings make it clear that the Creed is more than a list of dogmatic propositions: it is an invitation to encounter the living God in the deepest place in our hearts.

Pope Francis

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The Promise of the Creed Pope Francis

Preparing for a Lifetime of Love Deborah McCann

Imagine an engaged couple preparing for marriage having an opportunity to sit down with Pope Francis himself and listen to the Pope speak from his heart about marriage, love, commitment, faith and joy! That’s exactly what Preparing for a Lifetime of Love offers every engaged couple. Code: 43214 Price: £2.25 ISBN: 978162785233

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Pope Francis Pope Francis Notebook Pope Francis

This notebook offers the opportunity to reflect on 100 of His Holiness’ most widely shared quotes in a creative way. On every other page is a thought-provoking passage with an intricate frame for you to colour in whilst you meditate. Relax, unleash your inner creativity, clear your mind and let the words of Pope Francis touch your heart. Code: 1598 Price: £5.00 ISBN: 9780852314623

What Pope Francis Says About Hope 30 days of reflections and prayers

What Pope Francis Says About Community and Unity 30 days of reflections and prayers Code: 43221 Price: £1.50 ISBN: 9781627852388

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What Pope Francis Says About Peace

30 days of reflections and prayers Code: 43222 Price: £1.50 ISBN: 9781627852395

What Pope Francis Says About Healing

What Pope Francis Says About Prayers

30 Days of Reflections and Prayers

30 days of reflections and prayers Deborah McCann

In these thirty reflections, readers will discover ways we are called to bring healing into our daily lives, to better our world and to be a true reflection of the face of Christ. In his life and witness, Pope Francis himself demonstrates what Christ-like living looks like.

If there is one message Pope Francis repeats regularly it is this: pray for me. These simple words remind us that everyone, including the Pope, needs prayer.

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Spiritual Wellbeing The Beatitudes of Peace

Meditations on the Beatitudes, Peacemaking and the Spiritual Life John Dear

The Beatitudes are the hope and prayer and vision of Jesus... the blueprint for Christian discipleship, the job description of every Christian, says John Dear. These stirring meditations are more than mere reflections. They are a call to action, a summons to take up the Beatitudes as a daily handbook for life, written by an internationally known voice for peace and non-violence. Set against vivid descriptions of peace efforts in places like Afghanistan, Israel and Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dear combines scriptural wisdom with practical advice from peacemakers like Gandhi (who regularly read the Beatitudes), Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and many more. In each chapter, Dear affirms that the God of peace is alive and at work among us, calling his sons and daughters into the fullness of a life of true, lasting peace. Code: 43211 Price: £14.95 ISBN: 9781627851077

The Gift of Spirituality

10 Key Principles for Nurturing the Soul Robert F. Morneau

A richer, more fulfilling life is within reach of anyone, says Bishop Morneau; we simply need to be more attentive to God’s abiding grace within us, and share it with others. Here he outlines ten simple principles that can help us discover and immerse ourselves in God’s presence, even amidst the stresses and demands of modern life. What can cause our souls to stretch and expand, or shrink and contract? How can moments of holy solitude actually help us grow in community? Woven with insights from Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Therese of Lisieux and even Simon and Garfunkel, these and other questions are beautifully addressed, with practical tips for growing in spirituality and becoming the loving, generous and merciful people God wants us all to be. Code: 43212 Price: £2.25 ISBN: 9781627851527

In God’s Hands

The Spiritual Diaries of Pope St John Paul II

The spiritual diaries of Pope St John Paul II – published for the first time ever in English – provide the most intimate insight into the longest-serving pontiff of our time. Ten years after his death, the popularity and devotion towards John Paul II, the pope who helped bring down communism in his native Poland, the great statesman, and the most-travelled pope in history, remains as strong as ever. Since his early years as a priest in the 1960s, up until 2003, two years before his death, the pope kept a spiritual diary, recording his reflections on God, life, spirituality, the problems facing the church – and his own struggles. Never intended for publication, these diaries were entrusted before his death to his personal secretary, who saw fit to have them published as they represent an unprecedented and important testament to the spirituality of this Christian leader, adored to this day by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Code: 102603 Price: £25.00 ISBN: 9780008101053

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Desperately Seeking Spirituality A Field Guide to Practice Meredith Gould

In Desperately Seeking Spirituality, sociologist Meredith Gould, combines practical wisdom with lived experience to explain why and when traditional practices don’t work for today’s seeker and then how to choose ones that will. In short, easy-to-read chapters and with characteristic wit, Gould provides counsel for reframing perception to discover the sacred in everyday life. Code: 199058 Price: £9.99 ISBN: 9780814648506

Pope Francis Devoted to Mary Peggy Weber

Celebrate with Pope Francis the rich Catholic tradition of devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. In Pope Francis: Devoted to Mary, you will learn why Pope Francis has visited so many Marian shrines, why he calls Mary his “Mamma,” and why such devotion is important for all Catholics. Code: 39422 Price: £1.50

Walking in Love with Pope Francis 30 days with The Joy of Love Deborah McCann

These thirty reflections are drawn from the sections of The Joy of Love in which Pope Francis speaks directly to families how they live and grow, how they meet daily challenges and how they pass on the faith. Code: 43192 Price: £1.50 ISBN: 9781627852340

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Spiritual Wellbeing Meditations on Vatican Art

Towards Unity

Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years after the Reformation

Discerning, and clearly written, this book will appeal not only to academics and ecumenists, but to all Christians who, reflecting on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, have come to believe divisions among Christians go against the mind of Christ. Code: 42062 Price: £24.95 ISBN: 9782896884223

Angels Mark Haydu LC, STL

Open your heart to the presence of angels, God’s holy messengers and protectors. In this book you can reflect on stunning depictions from the Vatican museums and contemplate angelic encounters in scripture. Fr Mark Haydu, international coordinator of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, serves as your spiritual guide for a breathtaking journey through time, meditation and the Vatican art collections. Code: 14886 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9780764825606

Meditations on Vatican Art Mark Haydu, LC, STL

Fr Mark Haydu serves as the spiritual guide for this exquisite collection of art, contemplation and prayer. The book follows the four categories of the Ignatian Exercises: creation, sin, Jesus Christ and resurrection. Each day of prayer includes: a Vatican Art image with a poetic overview and short descriptive background information about the art, scripture passage, reflection on the art image and scripture passage, Concluding prayer and reflective questions for the reader to ponder or use as writing prompts. Code: 14837 Price: £19.95 ISBN: 9780764824104

Books by David Wells The Reluctant Disciple Daring to Believe

In this book of his personal reflections, David helps us to see God in a range of situations that are often funny, sometimes painful, occasionally toe-curlingly embarrassing. Related with characteristically self-deprecating humour, the stories in this volume range from his moving account of visiting war graves in France to the hilarious account of his “Mr Bean in a ballet” moment in California. “With self-deprecating humour, David tells gentle stories that describe a powerful Spirit at work in his life” – Fr Christopher Jamison OSB Code: 1565 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314210

“This is a book from which everyone can benefit, from the seasoned preacher to the tentative inquirer.” Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP

The Grateful Disciple Daring to be Loved

Following on from his popular first book, The Reluctant Disciple, Wells offers more thought-provoking and inspirational insights into scripture, based on his own experience. With self-deprecating humour, David draws on his life as a teacher, speaker and family man to engage the reader in this, his journey. Code: 1584 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314272

RP Exclusive: buy both books for £15! Code: 1723

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The Revolution of Tenderness

Being a Catholic in today’s Church Raymond Friel

In this book Raymond Friel explores issues facing the Catholic Church today, with both humour and passion, while drawing on the remarkable and often moving testimonies of twelve ordinary Catholics – five men and seven women – from the UK and the Philippines. Beginning with a survey of the Church’s journey over the last hundred years or so from the Syllabus of Errors of Pope Pius IX to the unexpected announcement from St John XXIII of a Vatican Council, Raymond Friel draws on his own cradle Catholic upbringing to reflect the huge changes taking place in and around the Church, with a particular focus on the inspiration of Pope Francis and ways to develop a personal faith. The age of mass membership, or cultural Catholicism, is gone, and the age of the “intentional” disciple has arrived. An inspirational read for anyone searching for perspective on the Catholic faith in a modern world. Code: 1707 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9780852314364

Building Positive Relationships Freeing our present from our past Len Kofler

Wherever we go we take ourselves, especially into relationships which are central to our lives. It takes time to unlearn destructive attitudes that we have learned over time, sometimes unthinkingly, and acquire new habits. Imagine what your life would be like if you took ten minutes a day to read this book and apply the contents to yourself? This is not a book to read through and return to the shelf: this book is a life companion to bring out the best that is in you. Keep it beside you, allow yourself to be challenged by it, take your time pondering its wisdom, and it will help you to change your life for the better. Code: 1580 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314265

Looking after Yourself

A Christian Guide to a Balanced Life Len Kofler

Fr Len brings together for the first time an impressive range of practical tips and guidelines for working on your own body, mind and spirit. Using easy-to-digest theory and engaging “try it yourself ” suggestions, he enables you to make quick, positive changes to the way you look after yourself. Every area of life is an opportunity for growth, and Len Kofler’s gentle style will shepherd you on a journey towards a fully human life in a truly Catholic sense, using Jesus as your model. The journey is one towards greater freedom, fulfilment, happiness and healing and will richly reward all who travel it. Code: 1506 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852313817

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Spiritual Wellbeing COMING SOON

The Joy of Being Anglican

A collection of essays edited by Caroline Hodgson and Heather Smith Foreword by The Right Revd Dr Graham Kings, Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

What makes Anglicanism distinctive and what draws Christians to it, even in turbulent times? This collection of essays from authors ranging from “grass-roots” Christians to church leaders brings a unique perspective to the subject. Through their insights and personal reflection, the reader gains an opportunity to reflect on the Anglican Communion and what it means to them – and perhaps to rediscover for themselves the joy of being an Anglican. Product code: 1762 Price: t.b.c ISBN: 9780852314777

Extracts from The Joy of Being Anglican The Joy of the Seasons for an Anglican, by the Revd Canon Dr Jeni Parsons Jeni is a retired parish priest, now a smallholder in Wales. “Candlemas makes sense to me now as a theological act of solidarity in a way that I wouldn’t have understood in the past. Our neighbour is lambing two months earlier than us, in the dark, needing a candle in the window for company. There is a deep loneliness in shepherding in the dark, waiting to help bring lambs to birth. It is also a time of deep wonder if, as we do, you lamb out in the field under the stars or in the pouring rain. New life in lambs and Easter usually coincide for us, but nothing is easy or guaranteed in this life process and there is tragedy as well as delight in it, as there is in the Holy Week story.” Extract from The Joy of the Seasons for an Anglican

The Joy of Scripture for an Anglican, by the Revd Canon Dr Trevor Dennis As well as being a respected scholar and author, Trevor is an Anglican priest and retired Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral. He has long been passionate about opening up the world of biblical scholarship to a wider audience. “The joy of scripture? Really? For an Anglican? You quite sure? I’ve always been an Anglican, so I should know. I was brought up to revere the Bible, to believe it and obey it, but no one ever spoke of me enjoying it. Oh, but I do! In the early 80s I joined the staff of a theological college in Salisbury to teach Old Testament studies, and it was there that I gained a profound joy from grappling with biblical texts, and from entering into them more deeply than I had ever done before. At the time academic literary studies of the Bible were in full swing, and I learned a simple but far-reaching lesson: in exploring biblical texts I was dealing with great art, with creative storytelling and poetry of the highest order.” Extract from The Joy of Scripture for an Anglican

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The Gift


A Life in the Spirit Course

An inspiring and practical series aimed at people of all ages to help them encounter the Holy Spirit and empower them to share their faith. The six sessions cover: The Father’s Loving Plan; The Joy of the Gospel; The Gift of the Spirit; Unwrapping God’s Gift; Encountering God’s Spirit; Living in the Spirit, plus an optional movie presentation of The Cross by Billy Graham. Code: 185512 Price: £25.94 ISBN: 9781903623923

That You Might Have Life

Saints Helping Us Today


A six session DVD course exploring: St Therese of Lisieux (Simplicity of Faith); St Benedict (a Rhythm of Prayer); St Francis of Assisi (God’s Heart for the Poor); St Patrick (Spreading the Good News); St Ignatius of Loyola (Discerning Life’s Journey); and St Catherine of Siena (Holiness in the Spirit). Showing how the age-old wisdom and teachings of the saints can be a practical help to us today. Each session lasts approx. 40 mins with a midpoint break ideal for discussion or twelve shorter sessions.

No matter where we are in our life journey, we all feel the desire for something “more”, something transcendent that gives our life meaning. How do we connect to that spiritual dimension? How do we nurture it? Haas helps us to see that holiness is the key to our search and it begins when we realise that we are God’s beloved children. He offers twelve simple spiritual practices that can be taken in any order, individually or with a small group. Code: 43224 Price: £10.50 ISBN: 9781627852579

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Spiritual Guidelines for Souls Seeking God


Basil W. Maturin

The Big Picture

An Inspirational Bible Course

An inspirational twelve-session bible course with an easy-to-use book and DVD that helps people find their place in the big picture of salvation history. The course covers twelve engaging sessions taking you through salvation history, starting at the very beginning with God the Creator right through to the end times with the second coming of Christ. Your journal gives you six daily bible reflections and questions for you to prayerfully ponder before then meeting with your sharing partner or group. Code: 185514 Price: £14.95 ISBN: 9781903623602

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12 Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Call to Holiness David Haas

Here is a brief, lucid, readable work that will help you finally not merely draw closer to Christ but abide in his presence today, tomorrow and ever after. In it, Fr Basil Maturin, a holy priest wise in the ways of the soul, explains what you must do — and what you must allow Christ to do — in order to come to know him as you should. Code: 30149 Price: £10.50 ISBN: 9781622823581

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Spiritual Wellbeing - Cards

Single Cards (Mass, general, occasion, etc.) A wide range of beautiful and original designed cards for bereavement, anniversaries, get well, weddings, baptisms and much more.

Prayer Cards

Reflections on an Icon

Prayer cards with beautiful images and reflections.

White Violets Code: 145001 Price: £0.95

Watercolour A Prayer for You Code: 145005 Price: £0.95

MPH Deep Sympathy Code: 145002 Price: £0.95

Prayer for your Recovery Code: 145006 Price: £0.95

Purple Lily Code: 145003 Price: £0.95 (image is prayerful sympathy)

MPH Pray for us Code: 145007 Price: £0.60

MPH Ornate Code: 145004 Price: £0.95 (Image is a mass bouquet..)

Get Well Rose: Code: 145008 Price: £0.60

Greetings Cards

Susanna Goho-Quek

Left blank for your own message these lovely greeting cards have beautiful illustrations of nature and animal scenes. Available in packs of six these cards are perfect for any occasion. Susanna is an established artist working out of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. She drew these paintings to help her grandchildren celebrate the wonder of God’s creation. Available in packs of 6 with envelopes.

Each card measures 160mm x160mm.

Nature Cards


Animal Cards

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Catholic Classics A programme based on the four parts of The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed; Sacraments; Prayer; Mortality. These seven engaging books by Bill Huebsch help adults understand their faith through the lens of modern life and their own experiences. In their own way, each book breaks open the Catechism’s main themes: the Mystery of God, Christology, Christian Anthropology, Ecclesiology, Sacraments, Mortality, Liturgy and Prayer. Each book includes a group sessions guide.

The Human Journey of Faith

The Mystery of God

Our Catholic Life Book 2 Bill Huebsch

Our Catholic Life Book 1 Bill Huebsch

Code: 43203 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9781627851688

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Drawing Closer to Christ

The Mystery of the Church

Code: 43204 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9781627851701

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Living the Sacraments

Living the Commandments

Code: 43206 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9781627851725

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Our Catholic Life Book 3 Bill Huebsch

Our Catholic Life Book 4 Bill Huebsch

Our Catholic Life Book 5 Bill Huebsch

Our Catholic Life Book 6 Bill Huebsch

Praying our Way Through Life Our Catholic Life Book 7 Bill Huebsch

Code: 43208 Price: £5.95 ISBN: 9781627851695

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The Hope that is Within You

Timothy Radcliffe in conversation with Raymond Friel Dominican priest Fr Timothy Radcliffe is renowned across the world for his work for social justice and human rights. In the first of the CD series The Hope that is Within You, he speaks to Raymond Friel of his deep conviction that, “with the grace of God, people discover a hope which is deeper than any I’d ever known before.” Code: 1712 Price: £7.96 ISBN: 9780852314630


Eamon Duffy in conversation with Raymond Friel Renowned historian Professor Eamon Duffy and former member of the Pontifical Historical Commission has lovingly told the story of English Catholic history. In the third of the CD series The Hope that is Within You, he tells Raymond Friel “that Christianity is life-giving and that it is the best candle in the dark.” Code: 1770 Price: £7.96 ISBN: 070563249037

Gemma Simmonds in conversation with Raymond Friel Theologian, broadcaster, member of the Congregation of Jesus, Sr Gemma Simmonds knew from her earliest childhood that Jesus held a special place in her heart. In the second of the CD series The Hope that is Within You, she speaks to Raymond Friel of her profound belief that “we find our heart’s desire by giving it away, by letting go.”

Jean Vanier in conversation with Raymond Friel Code 1764 Price: £7.96 EAN: 0705632049068



Pádraig Ó Tuama in conversation with Raymond Friel Code: 1772 Price: £7.96 EAN 0705632049099



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The Role of the Catechist Inspiration and Professional Growth Cullen Schippe

The “Called to Be a Catechist” series provides information, guidance and inspiration to catechists whether seasoned or rookies that will help them be more capable and confident in their responsibility of developing the faith in new generations. This helpful booklet highlights those tasks and explores essential practices that make faith formation a life-giving vocation. Written by a leader or practitioner in the catechetical field, each chapter ends with encouragement to reflect on a task and to dialogue with other catechists about the wisdom received. Both new and experienced catechists will find inspiration and ideas for their very next session!

Thomas Keating OCSO and Joseph Boyle OCSO with Lucette Verboven

In these conversations with film-maker and writer Lucette Verboven, Thomas Keating OCSO – bestselling author, Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement – looks back on his long life and spiritual development. Code: 112708 Price: £10.99 ISBN: 9781472942487

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World Without End

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Catholic Classics Joyce Rupp: Essential Writings Edited by Michael Leach

Drawn from more than thirty of her books and dozens of essays, here are moving reflections on life by Joyce Rupp, one of the most beloved spiritual writers of our day. Code: 1040096 Price: £17.99 ISBN: 9781626982338

James Martin: Essential Writings Edited by James T. Keane

Gathered here together for the first time are selections from the writings of James Martin, the well-known Catholic priest and spiritual writer. This famous Jesuit offers reflections and insights on everything from prayer to depression, to sexuality to finding one’s individual path to holiness; along the way he introduces the reader to saints and sages ranging from Thomas Merton to Mother Teresa, to his wise nephew Charles. Code: 1040097 Price: £17.99 ISBN: 9781626982130

A Mighty Current of Grace

The Story of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Alan Schreck

In this book, theologian and author Dr Alan Schreck writes a historical appreciation of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, a renewal that has touched millions of Catholics throughout the world. Tracing the origins of the Renewal, Schreck outlines its characteristics, how it spread, what is meant by the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the charismas that are associated with it and the communities that grew out of it. Code: 22207 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9781593253097

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Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day

Eight Steps to Happiness Raniero Cantalamessa

Gianluigi Pasquale

Translated from the Italian, here is a wonderful collection of 365 letters written by Padre Pio, providing spiritual wisdom and advice to both laypeople and priests. Some of the letters are also between Padre Pio and his own spiritual directors, providing a unique window into the spiritual life and struggles of this beloved contemporary saint.

Cantalamessa will lead you not only to a deeper appreciation of these famous words of Jesus, but also into the presence of Jesus himself who lived them perfectly and who will give you the ability and the enthusiasm to do the same. Code: 15275 Price: £9.50 ISBN: 9780867169225

When the Well Runs Dry Thomas Green

In this proven and popular roadmap for those digging deeper into the mystery of prayer, Green skilfully coaxes readers to re-examine their perspectives on prayer. Code: 11107 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9781594711374

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The Journey and the Dream Murray Bodo

Richard Rohr

Francis: the Journey and the Dream continues to inspire people of all ages with its lyrical prose and depth of love for the Poor Man of Assisi. This beautiful anniversary edition includes Fr Bodo’s story of writing the book and its worldwide influence, a reader’s guide for discussion groups and a list of Fr Bodo’s favourite Franciscan resources, culled over three decades of research on Francis and his followers.

Rohr and Feister explore the Gospel according to Matthew and delve into the Sermon on the Mount, considered the blueprint of the Christian lifestyle. They emerge with a clearer understanding of the Gospel writers, especially Matthew, who passed the sermon on to us. Code: 13169 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780867162035

Code: 13007 Price: £9.50 ISBN: 9781616364106

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Breathing Underwater

Jesus’ Plan for a New World

Spirituality and the Twelve Steps Richard Rohr

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America’s most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. He makes a case that the Twelve Steps relate well to Christian teaching and can rescue people who are drowning in addiction and may not even realise it. Code: 13618 Price: £10.95 ISBN: 9781616361570

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Catholic Classics

The Happiness Habit

The Healing Habit

This little book is calling you. Think for a moment before putting it back on the shelf. “You can have a happier life,” it says. Can you afford to refuse this invitation? It is coming just at the time you are ready for it. It takes courage to believe that you can turn your life around, and to know that you do not have to be a victim of circumstance any longer - you can be free at last.

You have a beautiful mind. Mind it! By guiding you towards a deeper understanding of who you truly are and the awesome power of your thinking, your mind is offering you the gift of renewing your life, of living it to the full. The efforts of this little book can be wonderfully successful, a tonic for your spirit, a healing for your heart, a setting-free of your precious mind. It therefore carries the promise of a happier life.

Daniel O’Leary

Code: 133122 Price: £9.99 ISBN: 9781782182559

Daniel O’Leary

Code: 133131 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781782183082

People of God’s Mercy

What 14 figures from Scripture reveal about Divine Compassion Marci Alborghetti

Marci Alborghetti brings her unique narrative voice to fourteen biblical figures who famously experienced God’s mercy. We see God granting selfish, petty, brother-killing Cain protection from his enemies. We meet Leah, worn down by jealousy, yet given the gift of strong sons. Their personal stories, along with those of New Testament people like Martha, Matthew and Peter, are pieced together imaginatively using biblical and historical evidence. Includes thoughtful reflection questions. Code: 43197 Price: £11.95 ISBN: 9781627851237

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Activities to Share and Enjoy

My Very First Prayers to Know by Heart

My Hospital Prayer and Activities Book

The Encyclopaedia of Bible Crafts

This delightful little volume contains over twenty favourite nursery prayers for the very young to say and remember. Alex Ayliffe’s playful illustrations make this a treat to share, and its padded cover and appealing little format make it a treat to give!

Going to hospital can be a scary experience for any child. This fantastic book is designed to prepare children for their visit and keep them entertained during their stay. The charming illustrations and on-the-page activities are complemented by some more ambitious craft tasks. This is an excellent resource for children to work through with parents, visitors or hospital chaplains, but is also a super companion for when the child is on their own.

This bumper collection of 187 creative, fun-filled and easy-to-do bible crafts is designed to inspire and enthuse leaders and children alike as they explore the Bible together. The crafts are easy to prepare, easy to do and require very little equipment or materials. For ages 5-11.

Lois Rock

Code: 104881 Price: £3.99 ISBN: 9780745962733

Peter-Michael Scott

Laurie Castaneda

Code: 140093 Price: £12.99 ISBN: 9780857462176

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Lessons and Activities on What Makes Us Catholic Janet Schaeffler OP

In this creative and practical resource, Sr Janet shows us step by step how to introduce young minds and hearts to all these wonderful ways of being Catholic. Activities include a group project to help students personalise Catholic social teaching and a Marian feast activity to build awareness of the powerful and loving role Mary plays in daily living.


Lessons, Prayers and Activities on the Teaching of Jesus

Enriching Faith

Includes more than thirty strategies and ideas to help catechists, teachers and parents share the Beatitudes and Jesus’ teachings about loving God and their neighbour. Accompanied by reproducible pages, simple prayers and complete directions.

Help children develop a lifelong love for our Blessed Mother with thirty-two child-friendly lessons and activities. This easy-to-use resource can help you teach memorably about Mary and invite your learners to deeper reflection and prayer.

Lee Danesco

Code: 43163 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9781627851046

Code: 43147 Price: £9.50 ISBN: 9781627850827

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Lessons and Activities on Mary Mary Kathleen Glavich SND

Code: 43173 Price: £11.95 ISBN:9781627851459

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A Heart which Sees

Sees where love is needed and acts accordingly

These cards encourage adults and children to look with their hearts and respond to what they see. They are designed to be given out, challenging people to come back with a story about what happens next. Better still, your community or class can look at the cards, write their own and get going. These simple gestures turn our thoughts about mercy into actions and encourage us all to look at the world differently. These cards will prompt those who use them to turn their good thoughts into behaviours and in doing so, develop a habit of being merciful. Code: 1736 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852314814

Jesus has a Family… and I do too! My Stickerbook of Faith and Family Anne E Neuberger

This sticker booklet reveals the happy news that Jesus had a family. Children add bright stickers to each colourful page to complete scenes of Jesus’ family life.

Learning all about Mary

Colour in Peace Postcards

Code: 39423 Price: £1.50

Colouring in has been shown to be beneficial for all – namely for its de-stressing power. It slows down breathing, promotes a relaxed state, and also counters feelings of anxiety. Colour in Peace postcards is a collection of popular images from the colouring book Colour in Peace for readers to colour in and send to their friends and family.

Children will discover why (and how) our Blessed Mother Mary is loved so much by so many people all around the world. Colourful stickers and fun activities teach children how Jesus’ mum is our mum too!

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A reflective journey James Newman Gray

Code: 1040091 Price: £7.99 ISBN: 9780745980133

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Board Game The Gospel Journey


Devised by Denis McBride, C.Ss.R. & George Allen

The Gospel Journey is an exciting and engaging board game that challenges the players’ knowledge of the New and Old Testament. It takes the form of a pilgrimage to Paradise and is aimed at ages 14 upwards. It can be enjoyed by 2-4 players. The Gospel Journey is biblically orientated with a series of questions on: The Birth of Jesus Mary Joseph King Herod The Wise Men The Old Testament John the Baptist The Parables The Miracles

Women in the Gospel Paul The Disciples Peter Judas The Last Supper The Passion and Death of Jesus The Resurrection

The game is fun, educational, and stimulating – a lovely way to learn about the Gospels and also something of the Old Testament and Saint Paul. It is ideal for schools, families and parish groups. Among the question boxes that go around the circumference of the board are random Rewards and Penalty boxes and Pot Luck questions. These add to the fun and variety of the game. Rewards are given to acknowledge the kind things we do on earth, thus offering an opportunity to move closer to Paradise. Penalties are given for doing what is unpleasant or mean in our world; this is punished by delay on the journey to Paradise. Each player has a counter and a figure of the same colour: the counter for going around the outer boxes of questions and challenges; the figure for advancing on the journey to Paradise. The first player to enter Paradise is the winner. Code: 1761 Price: £t.b.c

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Faith in Challenging Times


Knowing Jesus Inside

If you’re a busy prison chaplain searching for ideas for a group you’re facilitating or to work with an individual, this is the book for you. Knowing Jesus Inside is a resource book for prison chaplains, with 120 ideas for activities and discussions. It covers twelve topics ranging from Who is God? to Being a Parent, and the activities provide a way into thinking about Christian viewpoints on important questions that prisoners often ask. It also has additional quotes, Bible passages and ideas to think about, grouped in the twelve topics, which you are welcome to photocopy and hand out to prisoners to take back to their cells. Code: 1763 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314753

Faith Inside

A Guide for Catholics in Prison Fr Eddie McGhee

Faith Inside is a programme of Catholic teaching designed specifically for those who are in prison and want to learn more about their faith and apply it to their daily lives. It explores topics such as the mercy of God, prayer, the Bible, the sacraments and personal relationships. The course is comprised of two books, one for chaplaincy teams and one for prisoners. Participant – Code: 1732 Price: £1.95 ISBN: 9780852314661 Leader – Code: 1733 Price £10.95 ISBN: 9780852314678

Angels in the Wilderness

Hope and Healing in Depression Katharine Smith

The Gospels tell us that when Jesus had been tempted in the wilderness, and was utterly exhausted, angels came and ministered to him. Katharine Smith has written this book to bring hope and courage to all those who suffer in the wilderness of depression and those who live with them and love them. Code: 1493 Price: £8.95 ISBN: 9780852313749

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Pastoral Outreach for Parishes


What happens when a parishioner needs your encouragement in coping with a difficult personal situation? Do you want to help but sometimes feel worried in case you might “put your foot in it”? The new Pastoral Outreach series is a practical, userfriendly, non-academic pastoral resource which helps clergy and other pastoral care providers to give even more effective and appropriate support. Written by experts in their field, each book offers background insight and sensitive coping strategies. With new titles appearing quarterly, the Pastoral Outreach series will quickly grow into a valuable library for “first responders” with a role in pastoral care.


Adrian Treloar Depression is often trivialised and sufferers told to “snap out of it” or “pull yourself together”. Yet one woman described her experience of depression, saying, “I can’t get away from ‘myself ’ and ‘myself ’ is hurting so much.” Consultant psychiatrist Dr Adrian Treloar addresses the concerns surrounding depression. He suggests practical strategies, helping clergy and other pastoral carers to sensitively support people who are experiencing the pain of depression. Code: 1765 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852315033


Christine Olsen St Teresa of Calcutta remarked, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Christine Olsen is a Community Builder for her local authority and specialises in bringing people together and helping them to find friendship. With her abundant practical experience, she offers insight and strategies which clergy and pastoral workers will find invaluable in their work. Code: 1767 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852315057

Childhood bullying

Adult Bullying

How do you help the bullied and the bullying child to see things differently and to grow towards self-confident adulthood?

Bullying doesn’t end just because you are a grown-up. How many adults face the workplace bully? How many ARE the bully?

Daniel Kearney

Retired headteacher Daniel Kearney draws on his many years of practical experience in a book which will help parents and pastoral care workers to deal with some very difficult situations in the classroom and online. Code: 1768 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852315064

Daniel Kearney

After many years of practical experience, retired headteacher Daniel Kearney offers insight and strategies for helping pastoral care workers to offer support in painful situations which can shatter the victim’s self-confidence. Code: 1769 Price: £4.95 ISBN: 9780852315071

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Faith in Challenging Times Living with Grief Walking the Spiral Bairbre Cahill

Grief often follows a spiral path, bringing us back to a place we have been before but at a different level. In this book the author invites us to walk part of the spiral with her, accompanied by others who have experienced loss and raw grief. In each chapter Bairbre draws on the psalms as an invitation to personal prayer and reflection. There we find anger, despair and frustration - but also peace, hope and joy. Bairbre’s belief and experience is that walking the spiral, although painful, can ultimately be life-giving. For by confronting death we deny its power to control and limit our lives - so that we may live. Code: 1585 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9780852314234

Habits of Resilience

The Gift of Grief

One son’s story following the death of his father Andrew Stringfellow This book courageously faces the real shock and horror of the dying and death of a loved one. It pulls no punches, bringing the reader into the inmost experience of loss. Without neat answers or short cuts, the author attempts to help others see the gifts that lie at the heart of profound loss. This book is ideal for people involved in pastoral ministry or bereavement counselling, or anyone who has experienced bereavement, particularly of a parent, as an adult. Code: 1587 Price: £6.95 ISBN: 9780852314357


Learning to Live Fully in the Midst of Loss Beryl Schewe

When the unthinkable happens, how do we move on? How can we face the next ordinary day, when it seems nothing will ever be ordinary again? Certified chaplain Beryl Schewe has stood with hundreds of families and individuals at these heartbreaking yet defining moments. Her compassionate and tender stories take us into hushed waiting rooms, peaceful hospices and hopeful candlelight vigils. We meet those in sorrow, denial, anger, contemplation and healing. Through their stories, we learn thirteen practices of resilience that can move us beyond our grief and toward a full, rich life. Regardless of our disposition, says Schewe, resilience is a skill that can be developed... strengthened and cultivated. Code: 43198 Price: £12.95 ISBN: 9781627851053

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Dementia hope on a difficult journey


hope on a difficult journey Adrian Treloar

Many people with dementia, whom we care for, carry with them a strong Christian foundation. This book will provide some clues as to how their spiritual needs can and should be met. Legal frameworks require that we act in the best interest of those who lack mental capacity, and therefore there is at least some duty upon all professionals (of all faiths and none) to support appropriate spiritual care. Code: 1734 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314715

Dr Adrian Treloar

Practical and spiritual care of dementia

“The author, a psychiatrist specialising in the care of people with dementia, has produced a sensitive and practical book. Beautifully illustrated, it meets head-on the massive challenge of those who have to face a dementia illness with a loved one. In 29 brief chapters he covers the wide range of issues which both carers and cared-for have to undergo.” Denis Blackledge SJ

“a beautiful piece of literature that is a beneficial read for all healthcare professionals and those who know an individual with dementia” Catholic Medical Quarterly

Who do you say you are?

Finding your true self in chronic illness Lucy Russell

A new book by Lucy Russell, encouraging readers to reflect on their own identity and where this is rooted. What makes us who we are? Chronic illness disrupts lives and can lead to identity loss. This book is a companion to readers who are living with chronic illness and struggling with their identity as a result. Code: 1760 Price: £9.95 ISBN: 9780852314838


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Christmas cards

12 assorted Christmas cards and envelopes.

Each pack contains twelve assorted Christmas cards, with six beautiful illustrations. The greeting message reads, “Wishing you the blessings and joys of Christmas and a New Year filled with happiness”. These cards were designed and printed in Ireland and are sold in aid of the mission and ministry of the Redemptorists. Code: 145009 Price: £4.95

Six Beautiful Charity Christmas Cards

Each pack contains six individual charity cards, depicting a beautiful scene for Christmas. Fr Denis McBride has written a short comment on each picture and composed an individual prayer for each card. The greeting message reads, “Wishing you and all those you love every blessing for Christmas and the New Year”. The Redemptorists in the UK and Zimbabwe have been partners in the construction of over 1000 shelters for the homeless in Zimbabwe. Additionally, the Redemptorists feed the poor, distribute medicines for cholera, and tablets for water purification, and have outreach to children without education. Each card measures 178mm x 120mm and six envelopes are included in each pack. 1 pack £3.76 Code: 1559, 2 packs £6.95 Code: 1560, 3 packs £9.95 Code: 1561

For our full range of cards please go to our website and also look out for our Advent Catalogue.

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Dear Friends You are very welcome to our 2017/2018 catalogue which has been compiled to provide you with details of our new titles and resources, many specifically published in response to requests from our readers. In addition we are using this catalogue to provide you with information about long standing favourites such as I Belong, one of our First Holy Communion programmes, which has sold over a quarter of a million copies and Sunday Plus, one of our regular Sunday bulletins, which is welcomed in so many parishes throughout the UK. You will also find details about our brand new Board Game, The Gospel Journey (see page 94). This is an ideal learning resource as well as being great fun for parish groups, families and schools. Wherever you are, whatever challenges you face, Redemptorist Publications wants to be beside you in your life. This is why we are launching a new Pastoral Outreach series on page 97 which offers practical support for the challenges of Depression and Loneliness in your parish. We shall add new titles to the series each year. Also look out on page 99 for one of our best-selling books, Dementia – Hope on a Difficult Journey. Don’t miss our section on page 40 as a starting point to support you in preparing for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, involving every parish and diocese in England and Wales, culminating in Liverpool in September 2018. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced that the theme for the Congress will be focussed on the Eucharist at the heart of our Catholic faith. Redemptorist Publications will be preparing dedicated resources and responding to the needs of dioceses, deaneries and parishes over the coming months. A highlight will be our Adoremus Extra, a publication which will prepare dioceses and parishes to journey from the Feast of Corpus Christi 2018 to the National Eucharistic Congress. In the meantime, we shall be using our Advent Extra, Lent Extra and other new publications to support your preparations.

Advent Extra and Lent Extra

These hugely popular A4 Seasonal magazines are crafted in-house by Redemptorist Publications and offer a mix of reflections and articles to help all ages prepare for both Christmas and Easter.

With thanks, as always, for your interest and support for our mission: to bring the Good News to everybody in everyday language. We do this by helping you to find the connection between the beauty of the Gospel and your own life. Yours sincerely

extra Lost and found

Trapped by the chains of my past and stuck in my ways, back and forth like a football in this football game of life.

YOUR JOURNEY TONever CHRISTMAS scoring, myself abhorring the chances that I’ve had.

People that I’ve seen; places that I’ve been; children who’ve been born, but through my weakness, their lives I’ve torn. Shattering their dreams before my very eyes, I’ve seen myself go from a loving father to nothing short of a big time waster.

With articles specifically commissioned by Redemptorist Publications from topical subject matters to highly regarded authors, these magazines are packed with information and ideas to help you deepen your Christian life.

Squandering gifts, God’s loving hand I so dismissed.

Tears running down my face, kneeling on the ground, I hear a voice within my mind. “My son, who was lost, but now I have found...”

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Kevin has discovered God’s overwhelming forgiveness whilst serving his prison sentence. He is the Prodigal Son who was lost and whom God, Kevin’s loving Father, found and welcomed home. Although still in prison, a new day has dawned...


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A great addition to the preparations and celebrations within parishes and schools or as useful resource for personal reflection and preparation. Advent Extra: Code: 1033 Price: £2.25


The Way of the Cross: a way to new life


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LENT 2017

It is only now, now! When I am at my wits’ end, do I ask for his help on bended knees, send a prayer for forgiveness, sorrow in my heart. “Take these chains from me, Lord. I need a brand new start.”

Since 2015, each edition of Advent Extra & Lent Extra includes a beautifully illustrated double-sided A3 pull-out sheet to engage and excite children during these important milestone events in the Christian calendar.

I would like to use this opportunity to announce, as Provincial, that our Redemptorist Province is offering our priests as a preaching resource for dioceses, deaneries and parishes, including groups such as eucharistic ministers and catechists for Days of Recollection and Retreats. These would be to deepen faith and promote understanding about the centrality of the Eucharist. Please feel free to contact me at or our Mission Co-ordinator, Father Kieran Brady C.Ss.R. Clearly we cannot include the thousands of titles in the catalogue that we have available. For more information and our full list, please visit our website - you will also find new video clips and other digital technologies which we hope you will find really useful.



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Advent Extra and Lent Extra Bulk Price Schedule 1-20 copies : £2.25 21-49 copies : £1.95 50-99 copies : £1.75 100+ copies : £1.50 Postage & packing from £1 up to a maximum of £5 for 100 copies

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How does it work? When you join the Bookclub you will receive 6 new books a year at the current rate of £8.00 per title, resulting in a massive RRP saving. Payment is due approximately 14 days after despatch. All postage and packing is completely free! You are under no obligation to keep any pre-selected title you receive, simply return it to us for a full refund. Alongside this great value offer, RP Bookclub members also receive great member benefits, including exclusive member discounts, early invitations to events and promotions.

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Redemptorist Publications 2017/2018 Catalogue  

You are very welcome to our 2017/2018 catalogue which has been compiled to provide you with details of our new titles and resources, many sp...

Redemptorist Publications 2017/2018 Catalogue  

You are very welcome to our 2017/2018 catalogue which has been compiled to provide you with details of our new titles and resources, many sp...