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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is Coming!

I hope everyone has had a blessed Advent! In these last days of our Christmas novena we are keeping you and all of your intentions in our prayers. Let us rejoice as we remember the coming of our Lord to earth!

Christmas and New Year's Hours

December 24th 10:00am-3:00pm
Thursday December 25th Closed
Friday December 26th Closed
Saturday December 27th Closed

Wednesday December 31st 10:00am-5:00pm

Thursday January 1st Closed

God Bless you!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Preparing for Christmas

In the bookcenter we have some beautiful nativity scenes! I wanted to share with you all some pictures of a few of them. We have much more in the center so please come in and see for yourself! We also have many books that are a great help for prayer and reflection during this advent season as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Children's Christmas Contest

This is just a reminder for those of you who would like your child to enter our annual Christmas ornament contest. Please stop by our Center to pick up your packet of materials. The packet includes this information flyer with all the directions you need to enter the contest.

Our award ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th (the day of our Baby Jesus Party).

Friday, November 28, 2008

Are you ready for the new year?

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new year in the Church. Are you ready for the new year?
Following the daily scripture readings from Mass can help us enter into the season of Advent and the whole liturgical year. Our new book Word of Life helps us to recognize the richness of Scripture as we begin this new year.
"Word of Life offers a series of Biblical reflections focused on the liturgical readings for each day. Throughout the year, the Church spreads before us a rich feast drawn from the word of God. When we prayerfully ponder that word, it gradually penetrates our hearts and minds, thus transforming our lives." (from the introduction)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We just finished praying together (hence the lit candles!), and we prayed for all of you and your intentions during this Thanksgiving holiday.

I can't think of a more fitting prayer of thanksgiving for this post than that of St. Paul to the Philippians. Think of it as being addressed to you personally!

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 3:11)

Feast of Blessed James Alberione

Today Paulines the world over (that would include us!) celebrate the feast of our Founder, Blessed James Alberione. How fitting that this feast falls around Thanksgiving time. It provides us with one more reason to thank God for his providential care in raising up this heroic apostle, who poured out his life harnessing the powers of media to communicate the love that God has for each of us.

I never knew Fr. Alberione personally (he died in 1971), but I've witnessed his spirit alive in the many sisters with whom I've lived. They too spend themselves every day to proclaim God's gracious gift in Jesus, who is our Way, our Truth, and our Life. Now that's something to be thankful for!

Blessed James Alberione, pray for us!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Something unique to share with you!

Hi! I'm Sr. Kelly and this is my first post on our blog. I hope that this will be the first of many posts!
In our Pauline Books and Media Center you can find many different items to share with your friends and family. I’d like to tell you about something very unique that is only available at our Book Center. Hand made cards from our very own Sr. Armanda. Each card is one of a kind! Sr. Armanda has made many cards for Christmas, a few of them are pictured on the left.
If you have any questions for me feel free to comment. I look forward to meeting many of you while I'm here in Redwood City!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fr. Kennedy to speak on Nov. 13

Our good friend Fr. Kevin Kennedy will be joining us once again, this time to share his insights into St. Paul and the journey of Christian discipleship.

As many of you know, Fr. Kennedy is a priest of the archdiocese who currently serves as chaplain at Sequoia and Kaiser Hospitals. He is a wonderful and engaging speaker, and his presentation will explore how, for Saul turned Paul, the road to Damascus marked the beginning of an extraordinary relationship with the Risen Christ and shaped his understanding of Christian discipleship.

Please join us for this free lecture right here at our Book Center on next Thursday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m.

Welcome, Sr. Kelly!

Rejoice with us! Our community has been blessed with a new (albeit temporary) addition: Sr. Kelly Tyler, one of our novices, will be with us here in Redwood City until next March. She is here for her "apostolic experience," a special time in her Pauline formation during which she leaves the novitiate house in Boston (bet she won't miss those Boston winters!) to immerse herself fully in the life and mission of the Daughters of St. Paul.

Sr. Kelly got here on Sunday (yes--during that rainy spell we just had...), and she has already been helping at the Book Center on Broadway. This weekend, she will also be participating in the parish display which we will be having at St. Matthew's Church in San Mateo. We've been telling her how Californians are the FRIENDLIEST people on the planet, and she's eagerly looking forward to meeting many of you! In the meantime, our community has grown again to four sisters (thank you, Jesus!)

I'll try to interview Kelly in an upcoming post to share a little more with you about her background and especially her journey in religious life so far. Please keep her and this important time in her formation in your prayers.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Advent/Christmas items arriving!

These days we've been busy receiving a lot of stock for the upcoming Advent/ Christmas season. The 2009 Ordo just arrived, along with the liturgical calendars and planners.

We've got some lovely gift items this year...which we'll be telling you about in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I couldn't resist sharing the above photo with you of our assistant manager, Evelyn. She was putting out one of the new nativities for children, and she seemed to be perfectly color coordinated with the creche!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Photos from Fr. Witherup's Talk on Paul

I'm a little late getting these up (blame mid-terms that kept the community blogger from such enjoyable extra-curricular activities!)

We had a great turnout for Fr. Witherup last week--and everyone loved his lecture on St. Paul.

For those of you unable to attend the lecture, Fr. has written a number of books on Paul, which are of course available here at our Book Center:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Upcoming Lecture on St. Paul Oct. 16

This is just a reminder not to miss Fr. Ronald Witherup's presentation on St. Paul, which will take place NEXT Thursday evening, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. right here in our Book Center. Father Witherup has written a number of books on Paul, and in his lecture he will help us to examine the lasting testament the Apostle has given to the Church. Paul's tireless preaching and writing, his extensive travels on behalf of the gospel, and his love for Jesus Christ witness in a powerful way that conversion is not a one-time event but a lifelong commitment.

A member of the Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians), Fr. Witherup was recently elected Superior General of the Order. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the former academic dean, vice rector, and professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick's Seminary. Plan on coming early, to make sure you get a good seat for this wonderful event!

Theology of the Body ONLINE Study Group

Tomorrow evening, our Sisters in Chicago will be hosting an online study group with Fr. Thomas Loya (they've been going through John Paul's book, Man and Woman He Created Them, his masterful vision on the Theology of the Body) . You can follow it (live!) by webcast below or you can also click to the webcast site (here's the address for the webcast: and participate directly in the chat. Again, the webcast takes place TOMORROW, Wed., Oct 8 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time (4:30 Pacific), and every second Wednesday of the month.

Webcam chat at Ustream

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Meet the Author!

Michael McDevitt will be joining us on Thursday, October 2, at 7:00p.m. to give a presentation based on his new book, The Unseen Power of Prayer. Mike is Executive Director of the Mystical Humanity of Christ, a Catholic organization dedicated to spreading the devotion to the living Jesus dwelling within each of us. He is a well known speaker and retreat leader who has appeared at numerous locations in the bay area and beyond.

His book is being released in October, so this will probably be one of his first venues in connection with it. We look forward to hosting this event and hopefully seeing you there!

We're BACK!

After a long summer hiatus, we're back to bring you up to speed regarding all that's happening here at Pauline Books & Media on the Bay!

First off, the reason I (Sr. Donna) wasn't able to keep up with the blog was because I spent a whole month in Boston at our motherhouse. After a blissful 7-day retreat (during which I prayed for all of you!), I helped out with not just one but TWO new choral recording projects. That's right--two projects are slated for release in early-to-mid 2008. One of the albums will be a follow-up to our Catholic Favorites, which we released this past year. The other is a new genre for us: Latin sacred chant with gorgeous arrangements and hauntingly beautiful instrumentation. I think this is going to be one of our best yet! So stay tuned for more information on this new project.

In the meantime, one of our sisters put together a "behind-the-scenes" video, which I hope you enjoy (it's actually quite entertaining!):

And while the two new albums won't be released until next year, we DO have a new "anniversary album" that was released this month--celebrating 20 years of making beautiful (we hope!) music for God. This album is a compilation of favorites we've sung together over these 20 years. My, time flies!

Songs include:

How Can I Keep from Singing?
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Ave Verum
On Eagle's Wings
Be Not Afraid
They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

and many more!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Closed for Inventory

Please be informed that we will be closed all day this Friday, July 18, for inventory.

Regular book center hours resume on Saturday, July 19, at 10:00 A.M., with our Veggie Tales Saturday event at 11:00 A.M.

Monday, June 30, 2008

More speaking engagements...

Yesterday, for the beginning of the Year of St. Paul, Sr. Germana Santos (Sr. Armanda's sister) spoke at all the Masses at St. Leander Parish in San Leandro.

The Masses included a special entrance procession with a beautiful icon of Paul. Copies of the Letters of St. Paul, which we recently published, were available for the people to purchase after Mass. Reading Paul's letters is the best way to understand the Apostle's mind and heart.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Official Website for Year of St. Paul

Here is the link to the official website coming out of the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome (and it's in English--yay!):

Lots of good resources and helpful information here. An interesting bit: what is believed to be the surviving links to St. Paul's chain (worn during his final imprisonment shortly before his martyrdom) are currently on display next to the tomb of the Apostle.

Ah, to be in Rome for the opening of the Pauline Year...!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Speaking Engagement for Year of Paul

Sr. Susan James will be speaking on St. Paul tomorrow, June 28th, at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland. She is actually part of a day-long program the parish is offering on Paul.

The schedule is as follows:

10:15 - 11:15:
Showing of the PBS documentary From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (Part I)

11:30 - 12:15: Sr. Susan's presentation on The Conversion of St. Paul

Potluck lunch

12:30 - 3:00: Continuation of Parts II, III, and IV of From Jesus to Christ.

All are invited to this special celebration at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsion Avenue, Oakland, CA.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Where can you find a good biography on Paul? Where else?

Sr. Julia Mary (she of the Best Catholic Books video series that you can watch here on YouTube) has posted a good write-up for a biography on St. Paul we published a couple of years ago, entitled Paul: Least of the Apostles. I can't say it any better than she, so please follow this link to read Sr. Julia's take on the book. Then, of course, you'll want to stop by our Center and pick up a copy of said book for your first great read of the summer.

The Year of St. Paul officially opens this Saturday, June 28th! Can you tell we Daughters of Paul are excited?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fr. Pettingill's Talks on St. Paul Now Available

We had a nice large group on hand the other evening for Fr. Pettingill's dynamic presentation on Paul the Apostle. It was a great way to begin the Year of Paul!

For those who may be interested, we are able to provide audio CDs of Father's two presentations. Please call 369-4230 for more information.

Sung Novena to St. Paul

Our Sister Anne Joan in Chicago (you can link to her blog here!) has put together a nice video for the novena to St. Paul. This is the novena that we Daughters of St. Paul pray every year before St. Paul's feast. This year, as always, we remember your special intentions in our prayers!

Again, the Year of St. Paul officially opens next Sunday, June 29th.
Praying the novena is a great way to begin this special year in the Church!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bible Story Hour Saturdays in July

Attention, Parents! Every Saturday in July, beginning July 5 at 11:00 a.m., we will be hosting a Children's Bible Story Hour, featuring a Veggie Tales or Bugtime Adventures DVD, a related activity or game (with prizes!), and yummy refreshments. Children ages 3 and up are invited (accompanied by parent, please).

No sign up is required, but if you would like your child to attend, please e-mail us at and let us know your child's name and age. We 'd like to have an idea of how many attendees to expect.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fr. Pettingill's next talk on St. Paul

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Fr. David Pettingill's follow-up presentation on Paul, exploring the Apostle's writings with a view to understanding his pastoral theology and vision of Christ.

What: "Saint Paul, the Man and His Letters"-- A lecture by Fr. David Pettingill

When: Thursday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Pauline Books & Media, Redwood City

Why: To learn more about the life and teachings of this great, passionate lover of Christ!

For more information, call 650-369-4230

Monday, June 9, 2008

Ever Made a "Film Retreat"?


the 9th Annual National Film Retreat

hosted by the Pauline Center for Media Studies
Culver City, CA

Date: Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6, 2008
(Registration deadline is June 28, 2008)

The National Film Retreat is an inter-faith project of the Partnership for Spirituality and Film and the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals

This year's theme is Melting Pots: Food & Family

For more information and to download the registration form, visit

Sr. Rose Pacatte, Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, has a M.Ed. in Media Studies from the University of London. This Daughter of St. Paul has been working in the area of media literacy education for many years. She is the author of several books published by Pauline Books & Media and is a film columnist for St. Anthony Messenger Magazine

Local Marian Author Will Stop by Tomorrow!

Pauline Books & Media is pleased and excited to welcome Ginny Kubitz Moyer, author of the new book Mary and Me, who will be appearing here tomorrow. She will speak about her book to the Pauline Women's Book Club, which meets every other Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. You may have seen the recent article about Ginny, who lives in the S.F. Bay area, in the Catholic San Francisco. As she explains at her website, the book is the fruit of her own interest in learning what Mary means to Catholic women today. The stories and insights she gathered for the book come from women ages twenty-four to ninety-two and are "thought-provoking, enlightening, at times amusing, at times deeply moving."

Copies of the book are available for purchase at our Book Center. Order yours today!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Evening with Fr. David Pettingill

This past Thursday evening, May 22nd, we had the first of two lectures by Fr. David Pettingill. He spoke to a gathering of about forty people who had come from all over the Bay Area to join us in preparing to open the “Year of St. Paul,” which will officially begin on June 28th this year in commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of his birth.

Fr. Pettingill’s warm style, ease with Sacred Scripture, and expertise as a professor added up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience as we listened and discovered more about Paul, whose love for Christ and zeal for the Gospel had him traverse the then-known world not once but THREE times.
Paul’s surrender to the Risen Lord Jesus and his response to the revelation of Christ became the driving force of his life and caused him to become a prolific writer and speaker. Fr. Pettingill discussed the “letter” as a literary form and introduced the topics he will cover in next month's talk, which will delve into the principal themes of Paul’s letters to the Galatians, Romans, Corinthians, and Ephesians.

Spontaneous questions and sharing among the lively participants, an ample display of supplementary readings and CDs, and a wonderful pictorial art exhibit of the Apostle Paul were other appreciated features of the evening.

Be sure to join us for Fr. Pettingill’s second lecture on Thursday, June 19th at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Getting Ready for the Year of Paul!

OK, for once I'm a little early, but we wanted to inform you that for the Year of Saint Paul (announced by Pope Benedict to commemorate the 2,000 years since the Apostle's birth and extending from June 28, 2008 through June 2009) we will be hosting at Pauline Books & Media a special art exhibit similar to the one we did last year for Mary during the month of May. This time, we are featuring various images of Paul. We've collected some incredibly fascinating iconography--so do stop by some time soon to view it!

And more events have been planned to celebrate this special jubilee please stay tuned!


Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and you may have heard of the recent book written by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State for the Holy See. The book details conversations the cardinal had with Sr. Lucia, the last visionary of Fatima. Here is a piece from the introduction which makes this book look like a fascinating read:

Among the many mysteries unveiled in this book, we learn about the secret meetings between Cardinal Bertone and a nun who for decades had knocked mostly in vain at the door of the Vatican.... Cardinal Bertone's notes reveal to us the real Lucia, whom the cardinal describes as a persistent, stubborn, exuberant Carmelite nun.... [Lucia] introduces us to the "meta-story" of Fatima and sets aside once and for all the suspicions that the Fatima texts were doctored to hide the truth.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Prayer to Mary, Queen of Apostles

O Mary, you who gave birth to the Word made flesh, be present among us: assist, inspire and comfort the ministers of the Word.

O Mary, you who are Queen of the Apostles, intervene with your protection that the light of the Gospel may reach all peoples.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus, Way, Truth and Life, intercede for us, so that heaven may be filled with those who sing the hymn of glory to the most
Holy Trinity.

--Blessed James Alberione

Today's feast in honor of the Queen of the Apostles was established on the first Saturday after the Ascension by the Sacred Congregation of Rites. Mary initiated her mission as Queen of Apostles in the Cenacle. She gathered the Apostles together, comforted them, and assisted them in prayer. Together with them she hoped, desired, and prayed; with them her petitions were heeded and she received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day Ideas

In case you're wondering what might interest Mom this year, we have a number of suggestions.

The first two books are by Danielle Bean, an experienced writer who blends practicality and humor in a style that is engaging and highly accessible. Her website has become a recognized source of encouragement and support for Catholic mothers (link provided here).

You may also wish to check out Amazing Grace for Mothers, a wonderful book filled with examples and stories of faith and inspiration.

Then, too, we have lovely rosaries, Catholic art books, and other fine gift items in our Pauline Center (such as the Salerni sterling silver plaque shown here). And don't forget that we have an ample supply of religious-themed Mother's Day cards!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Pauline Novena to Mary, Queen of Apostles

This time before Pentecost is particularly significant for us Daughters of St. Paul. We celebrate the Feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, on the Saturday before Pentecost. In our community we've been praying together our solemn (sung!) novena in preparation for the feast, and we want to assure all of you that we remember all your intentions in our prayers.

For those who would like to learn more about Mary under this title, just click on this

Monday, April 14, 2008

Papal Visit to U.S.

Welcome to the United States, Your Holiness!

Pope Benedict will be in the U.S. from April 15 - 21. The theme of his visit, "Christ Our Hope," ties in beautifully with his newest encyclical, Spe Salvi ("Saved in Hope"), which we will begin studying together on April 22nd (see posting below for more info). And isn't the logo above, published by the USCCB and reproduced with their kind permission, striking?

As you know, we have many resources available on the pope and his thought. His recently-published Jesus of Nazareth, in which the pope shows us Jesus as the Son who "lives before the face of God..., in the most intimate unity with the Father," is especially masterful.

For those of you would would like to follow the papal visit online, you can link to the USCCB blog by clicking on the title to this post.

More to follow!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Study Group for Saved in Hope

Now is your chance to "sign up" for our 6-week study group on Benedict XVI's newest encyclical letter, Saved in Hope. This inspirational encyclical explores the concepts of faith-based hope in the New Testament and life of the early Church; eternal life in Christ; the transformation of Christian faith-hope in the modern age; and the "settings" for learning and practicing hope in our own day.

The group will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., beginning April 22nd and extending until May 27th. Those who attended Sr. Susan's first study group on The Sacrament of Charity spoke enthusiastically of the experience. We hope many more will be able join us this time around!

If you are interested in attending, please call Sr. Susan at 650-703-1106 so she can prepare enough accompanying study aids. And don't worry if you can't make all the sessions; come for what will prove to be an engaging and encouraging sharing.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

First Communion Resources

First Communion celebrations are already taking place in parishes here on the Peninsula beginning this weekend.

We have a wonderful selection of gift items, sacramental preparation material--everything a family needs to reinforce the beauty and centrality of the Eucharist in our lives.

I'll highlight a few of the First Communion-related books & media in future posts. In the meantime, please help us spread the word to your friends and relatives. Thanks!

Upcoming Presentation on CATHOLIC FICTION

  • What are the vital ingredients that make a work of fiction “Catholic”?
  • How do these ingredients influence the way Catholic writers tell their stories?
  • Can works of Catholic fiction guide, encourage, and challenge us in living the Catholic faith today?
Dr. Margaret Turek, Associate Professor of Theology and Spirituality at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, will address these questions in her talk, "Looking at Catholic Fiction," which will be hosted here at Pauline Books & Media on Thursday evening, April 24th, at 7:00p.m. She will be exploring the works of Catholic writers like Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, Georges Bernanos, and others.

So please mark your calendars and join us! Whether you prefer mystery or dogma, adventure or history—this lecture will provide you with new insights into the works of some of the great Catholic writers.

“I’m no theologian, but all this
[Catholic doctrine and practice]
is vital to me.”
--Flannery O'Connor

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, March 30th, we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. During the year 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized the Polish nun, Faustina Kowalski, and formally designated Mercy Sunday to be celebrated the Sunday immediately after Easter. John Paul said he had felt a particular closeness to St. Faustina when he was writing his Encyclical Letter on the theme of God's mercy, Dives in Misericordia. In 2005, the Holy Father died on the vigil of Mercy Sunday.

According to the notebooks of St. Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day of special devotion:

"On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." (Diary of Saint Faustina, 699)

We have a number of Divine Mercy resources available here at Pauline Books & Media. The following are just a few suggestions:

Mercy Minutes: Daily Gems to Transform Your Prayer Life
paperback, 450 pages, $12.95

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Sung by Still Waters and Friends, CD, $14.00

Generations Unite in Prayer: The Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song, DVD, $20.00