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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

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sample Song Selections Now Online

I was just visiting our publishing house website and saw that it now features our newest album, Catholic Favorites, with sample music selections. Just follow the link in the title above to the site and click on any of the song titles.

And enjoy!

Next Up for Saints Book Club

The next book to read and discuss at our Lives of the Saints Book Club will be Edith Stein--A Biography. Edith is the brilliant German philosopher who converted to Catholicism from Judaism. She became a Carmelite nun and ultimately lost her life at an Auschwitz concentration camp.

Anyone who may be interested in joining the book club is welcome to do so. We meet on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. here at Pauline Books & Media, Redwood City. Next meeting: April 3rd.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Sale

Now is your chance to stock up on remaining Lent and Easter items (both in English and Spanish!), which go on sale today at a 40% discount. Included in this sale are greeting cards.

The sale extends until Saturday, April 5th. C'mon in!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Christ Is Truly Risen, Alleluia!

Happy Easter Monday!
Here's a picture of our convent chapel. This picture was taken yesterday--Easter--and the weather outdoors (which you can glimpse through the window on the right) was simply glorious! Perfect for the Feast of Jesus' Resurrection.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Special Hours

Today, Holy Thursday, we will close at 4:00p.m.
Here is our schedule for the rest of the Triduum and into next week:

Good Friday, March 21: Closed
Holy Saturday, March 22: Open 10:00 to 4:00
Easter Sunday & Monday, March 24: Closed
Easter Tuesday, March 25: Normal hours resume, 10:00 to 6:00

Blessed Easter to all!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Holy Week

Blessings and prayers as we enter the holiest week of the year.

"The Christian story is that Jesus chose to leave heaven and share our lives on earth, and at every stage of that sharing, he gave up some part of what could be seen as the real nature of divinity. He gave up rule and authority and security and dispassion, and chose to extinguish himself so as to identify completely with us.

"Most of us will, out of love, give away something of ourselves and take risks for the people we love. But because what Jesus gives up on the cross is the life of God, that whole huge creative, dynamic power that brings the world into being, as he gives it up, he releases it. It is no longer bound up in him. It is available to be shared. And this is what Easter celebrates."
--Approaching Easter, p. 69

Friday, March 14, 2008

Windows into Heaven

Last evening, March 13th, we had Fr. James Graham, Melkite Greek Catholic priest and Dr. Ruth Ohm, professor at St. Patrick's Seminary, for a truly inspiring presentation on the Spirituality of Icons. Our guests were a lively and participative audience, interjecting personal anecdotes and questions. Our lecture space became a mini-icon chapel as we were surrounded by holy images of Christ, his mother Mary, and the saints. These icons served both to illustrate the points being discussed and then allowed for an actual prayer experience. We were each invited to choose an icon to stand before, quieting our hearts and minds and contemplating the image, even allowing ourselves to be drawn inwardly toward the mystery being represented therein.

Lovely images of ancient and new Monasteries & Churches were made possible through PowerPoint and further enhanced our experience. New friends were made among Greek Orthodox and Eastern Catholic participants. Several remarked that it had been a truly inspiring presentation and many chose to purchase prints of the icons which Fr. Graham made available to us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Our New Choral Album Is In!

Catholic Favorites, the newest recording of the Daughters of St. Paul, arrived on Friday. Features timeless classics and contemporary pieces, all with wonderful, upbeat arrangements and singable melodies and harmonies!
Songs include:
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is
  • Come, Holy Ghost
  • Ave Maria (There is a Heart)
  • Magnificat (Chepponis)
  • Pan de Vida
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Ave Maria (Arcadelt)
  • I Am the Bread of Life
  • Amazing Grace
  • O Sanctissima
  • Table of Plenty
  • Gift of Finest Wheat
  • O God of Loveliness

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Presentation on Icons

Don't forget to join us this Thursday, March 13, at 7:00p.m. for the lecture Windows into Heaven: Praying with Icons.

This special joint presentation will be offered by Father James Graham, a Melkite priest and pastor of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Catholic Mission, and Dr. Ruth Ohm, Professor of New Testament at St. Patrick's Seminary.

For more information, please call 650-369-4230.

Stockton Religious Ed Congress

This past weekend Sr. Susan James and Evelyn, our Assistant Manager, exhibited Pauline Books & Media products at the Religious Education Conference in Stockton. We had a beautiful display, as you can see by the photos, and the exhibit was well attended.

Evelyn, who enjoys these "road trips" very much, is second from the right in this photo.

This coming weekend, from the 14th to the 16th, we will be exhibiting at the annual Divine Mercy Congress held in the Oakland Convention Center. For registration and schedule information, go to

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

More great lenten titles on sale

The Jesus Garden: An Easter Legend

Masterfully weaves best-loved legends surrounding the Lord's death and resurrection into a story children will never forget. Soft, lovely illustrations.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Regularly priced: $14.95

On sale now: $9.95

Lent: An Uncommon Love Story

By well-known author Antoinette Bosco, this book reflects on how the season of Lent mirrors certain "seasons" in our own lives. Specifically, it deals with the question of personal darkness and how Lent is the promise that love will always conquer despair.

Paperback, 111 pages
Regularly priced: $11.95

On sale now: $8.95

The Power of Small Choices: A Creative Approach to Your Lenten Journey

(Explores the themes of two powerful films--The Shawshank Redemption and Babette's Feast--and how these relate to the human ability to make life-affirming choices.)

Paperback, 245 pages
Regularly priced: $14.95

On sale now: $7.95

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Eucharist Catechesis for Parents

Sr. Susan James recently began offering a presentation (a kind of min-catechesis) on the Eucharist for parents of children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion. She was encouraged by the diocesan Director of Religious Education to develop such a program, and the results so far have been very positive.

Sr. Susan has given the presentation, entitled Jesus, the Bread of Life, at St. Pius (pictured above) and Nativity parishes in Menlo Park. Still to come are presentations at St. Luke's in Foster City and two more parishes in Palo Alto. If you think your parish may be interested, ask your DRE to contact Sr. Susan at (650)703-1106.

And please remember us for any First Communion gift needs you may have coming up! We've got many lovely new items, and our First Communion prayer book is really a book for children to treasure!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Final Sale on Select Titles!

Starting today, our remaining Pauline Books & Media sale books go on 90% markdown. Yes, that's right! Now's your chance to pick up some great resources at HUGE savings.

There are quite a few Church documents left among the remaining items, as well as titles like the following:

The Nails and the Cross: an imaginative approach to the Stations of the Cross, this book allows the reader to contemplate Christ's passion through the eyes of certain "eyewitnesses": the Beloved Disciple, Mary, a temple official, Simon of Cyrene... Accompanying Scripture passages from the Psalms and Book of Lamentations make this a remarkable Way of the Cross.

A contemporary married saint! Gianna Beretta Molla (a wife, mother, and physician who died in 1962 and was canonized in 2003) was over 30 years old when she met Pietro, her future husband; their friendship quickly moved from acquaintance to passionate commitment. This book details her correspondence with Pietro and illustrates her life as that of an ordinary woman dedicated to love: of God and her faith, of her husband and children, and of the patients entrusted to her care.

and a wonderful biography of Therese of Lisieux, which includes photos of the saint and an appendix with prayers.

There are other books going on sale in these days (warehouse clearances on certain children's and adult titles); we will be posting more information on them shortly.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

"What I want is love, not sacrifice"

Today's liturgical readings offer a moving image of the Lord who calls repeatedly for us to turn to his mercy. In the first reading from Hosea (6:1-6), however, the human response to this call is shown for what it is: less than wholehearted: "Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away."

And still God appeals to us: "For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."

Lent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord's love and mercy anew through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Last year we published a marvelous booklet on "reconciliation and the beauty of God," called Why Go to Confession? This little gem of a book (it's only 72 pages!) addresses some of the difficult questions contemporary persons have regarding confessing to a priest, the existence of sin and evil in our world today, and how the experience of God's forgiveness can free us for love. There is also a beautiful lectio divina on the parable of the Prodigal Son, Scripture texts that help us better enter into a personal examination of conscience, and questions for reflection based on the 10 commandments. The following is taken from the introduction:

Let's try to understand, together, what confession is. If you truly understand it--in your mind as well as your heart--you will feel the need for this encounter and experience its joy. It is an encounter in which God, in giving you his forgiveness through the ministry of the Church, creates a new heart and places a new spirit within you, so that you may live in reconciliation with God, with yourself, and with others, becoming capable of offering forgiveness and love yourself, leaving behind any temptation to distrust or any sense of weariness.