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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Drop-in

Please stop by this Saturday, December 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to join us for some yummy Christmas goodies and holiday cheer. This is our way of saying "THANK YOU" to our loyal friends for your friendship and support throughout the year.

All the refreshments and treats will be prepared by the Sisters. We look forward to seeing you and wishing you a "Merry Christmas" in person!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baby Jesus Party this Saturday

Please join us this Saturday, December 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m, for our annual Baby Jesus Party! Bring the family to the Pauline Center for games and crafts, a Christmas DVD showing, and, of course, birthday cake and other goodies! Prizes and gifts guaranteed for all.
Come and help us celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The First Noel

Our publishing house, Pauline Books & Media, has released a beautifully illustrated new book for children retelling the nativity story. The First Noel is available in our Center; check it out below!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FSP Choir on Facebook!

For any who may be interested, our Daughters of St. Paul Choir now has a page on Facebook. You need to have a Facebook account (totally free) to access the page.

If you go to our page you can see photos posted from various practice sessions and the first several Christmas concerts. The singing sisters are also taking turns keeping the page updated.

You can also go and become a "fan" (we have over 3,000 already). It's a great way to show support for our singing ministry, and to suggest (demand!) that the choir come to the west coast next year!

Faith & Film Night: The Nativity Story

Our presentation for this Friday's Faith & Film night is The Nativity Story, the wonderful 2006 movie about the incarnation and birth of the Messiah. You won't want to miss this beautiful story. Please join us this Friday, December 4th, at 6:30 p.m.

Below is the trailer for anyone who hasn't yet seen the movie:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas music by the Daughters of St. Paul

Our Sisters, the Daughters of St. Paul Choir, are currently on tour with Christmas concerts back east. They have a number of performances lined up this year in New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Ohio. Until we can get them to come over to the west coast (hopefully some day this will happen!), you will have to content yourselves with stopping by our Center to listen to and pick up your own CD of Christmas music. We have several wonderful collections to choose from!

If you want to listen to sample song selections, just follow these links (Flash Player required):

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Advent Spiritual Reading

Pauline Books & Media has a great selection of Advent books, which are detailed here, but I'd like to highlight one of our newest. Advent Grace is a daily book of reflections on the Gospel readings during Advent. These are all written by our Sisters, whose thoughts are the fruit of a prayerful search into God's Word. Below is an excerpt from the book.

Book excerpt:
Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
Sr. Karen Marie
Matthew 11:28–30

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Who cannot relate to this passage? The feeling of being tired and burdened can last all year for many of us, and is simply more intense these weeks before Christmas. Yet Advent is the one time we really long to slow down and appreciate the season. We know that we celebrate at Christmas the mystery that holds for us great joy—the birth of our Savior. Children are innately happy in this season, filled with eager anticipation—even the secular world celebrates this season of joy. We long to savor the gift, to get away from the frenetic pace so often connected with this season…
In the midst of this hectic season, Jesus invites us to take his “light” and “easy” yoke upon our shoulder. But to take up his yoke, we shall have to lay down our own—there is no room for two. We shall have to lay down those “unnecessary anxieties” that weigh on us and squelch our joy. Jesus invites us to let go of whatever weighs us down…
Advent Grace is available at our Pauline Center. A trim book at 128 pages and $7.95, this is the perfect Advent companion!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Long Walk Home

Tomorrow's film presentation is The Long Walk Home. The film, which stars Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, centers around a white family in Montgomery, Alabama, during the beginning of the civil rights movement. The following is a great treatment of the film from
"This underrated 1990 film directed by Richard Pearce (Country, Leap of Faith) features exceptionally nuanced performances by both Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter) and Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost).... Spacek plays a Southern socialite who becomes gradually enlightened by the plight of her housekeeper, played by Whoopi Goldberg, as she struggles to raise her family amid the increasing turmoil, prejudice, and violence around her. A well-done treatment of an important period of American history, The Long Walk Home is an effective and accurate period drama. It is also an opportunity to see fine, understated performances by two very popular actresses in an earnest and socially conscious setting." --Robert Lane
I can't embed the trailer here, but you can see it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. This is going to be a great film to discuss, and we look forward to viewing it with you. Please join us tomorrow, Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Please Join Our Lectio Divina Group

We are still in the initial stages of organizing our Lectio Divina group, which meets every other Tuesday to read and pray the Scriptures together. Our next meeting time is tomorrow, October 27th, at 6:30 p.m. Please consider joining us; you will be amazed by the power and grace of God's Word to daily transform your life.

The saints knew this, which is why they steeped themselves in the scriptures. So must we.

"To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches" (St. John Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Upcoming Book Signing Event

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Fr. Andrews Amritharaj, author of the book From a Spiritual Perspective--Life is Meaningful, for a book signing here in our Pauline Center on Friday, October 30th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Father teaches moral theology and spirituality at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park and is associate pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in San Leandro.

Please plan on joining us to meet Fr. Andrews and find out a little about his new book.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sr. Kelly's First Profession of Vows

I'm sure many of you remember our novice, Sr. Kelly, who was with us for several months last year. Well, you'll be pleased to know that at the end of August she professed her first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Daughter of St. Paul! Her religious profession name is Sr. Kelly Andrew Marie, and we are blessed to welcome our newest professed sister to our province.

For those of you who are interested, we are happy to share with you two videos of the profession ceremony that were done by one of our sisters in Boston. The second video contains the actual profession of vows. Enjoy, and please keep Sr. Kelly and all religious vocations in your prayers!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We Need Your Help

Our Marketing Department in Boston has just added a great new feature to their blog: reader polls. They've put up a poll this week about social networking book sites.

If you have a chance to respond to this very brief poll, it will help them with the feedback they need to create the best possible online experience for you, our privileged customers and friends. And if you get a chance, please visit our new website, which is currently in development.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two New Saints' Biographies

This Sunday, October 11th, Pope Benedict will canonize two new saints: Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Fr. Damien, the famous leper-priest of Molokai. Both of these persons lived heroic, selfless lives that serve as models of inspiration and holiness for others.

We at Pauline Books & Media are very pleased to announce that we have two new publications available on these saints.
Song of Silence: The Journey of St. Jeanne Jugan, details the incredible ordeal the saint underwent in establishing her community--including repeated betrayals and rejection (to the point that she was not recognized as the foundress of her own Order until after her death). Still, she clung to faith and transformed her trials into a path toward holiness. St. Damien de Veuster, Missionary of Molokai is a 32-page booklet that includes a brief biography and novena prayers to the extraordinary priest who gave his life for the lepers of Hawaii.

Stop by the Center today to learn more about these two remarkable individuals who are the newest canonized saints of the Church.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Kid

The next feature film presentation in our Lights, Camera...Faith series is Disney's The Kid, starring Bruce Willis. This film ties in with the liturgical readings for this coming Sunday, the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If you haven't seen it yet, this is a charming comedic film with important life themes. Here's a great write-up about it from, followed by the trailer. Please join us this Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Disney's The Kid
Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is an ultra-cynical, 40-year-old L.A. image consultant who fashions bogus façades for scumbag clients. Oblivious to his own need for a makeover, he's a tyrant in the office (to the chagrin of his sarcastic assistant, played to perfection by Lily Tomlin), and he's emotionally unavailable to the morally centered woman (Emily Mortimer) who senses goodness beneath Russ's hardened veneer. Not a moment too soon, a pudgy kid (Spencer Breslin) mysteriously appears in Russ's life, revealing himself to be Rusty Duritz--that is, Russ's 8-year-old self, arriving by some magic to put the adult Russ's life into beneficial perspective. This variation on A Christmas Carol has Rusty guiding Russ on a tour of his past to reveal how he became a loveless, hard-shelled loser. It takes a bit of smarmy chicken-soup psychology to explain it all, but The Kid is an otherwise charming and involving fantasy, suggesting that perhaps we'd all benefit from a bit of counseling by our younger selves. Written with admirable restraint by Audrey Wells (who brought a similar appeal to The Truth About Cats and Dogs) and directed by Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings), the movie doesn't force its supernatural elements or attempt to explain Rusty's existence. It's just a fable for our modern age and a reminder to embrace the better angels of our nature. Delivered with an easy blend of humor and sentiment, that message makes The Kid an unexpected pleasure. (Look closely for Matthew Perry as Willis's shaggy-haired client.) --Jeff Shannon

Lectio Divina: Allowing God's Word to Guide Our Lives

Interested in learning how Sacred Scripture can draw you to a deeper union with God? Want to experience a keener insight into the Lord's vision and plan for your daily life? Then we here at Pauline Books & Media invite you to explore with us the ancient practice of Lectio Divina--a slow, contemplative, prayerful reading of the scriptures.

Lectio Divina enables us to discern an underlying rhythm in our daily life. Within this rhythm, we discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and our relationships to the Father, and to accept the embrace that God continually extends to us in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ.

To facilitate this encounter with God through his holy Word, we will be meeting twice a month on every other Tuesday, beginning October 13th at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, please join us for this time of shared contemplation.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Catholic Fiction Book Club--A Correction

Hi, everyone. Just a heads up that our upcoming Catholic Fiction Book Club, which begins NEXT WEEK on September 9th, will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (I've corrected the time on the post below.) Apologies for having misinformed you about the time.

By way of a reminder, the first book we will be covering is Ron Hansen's Exiles. Here is a write-up about the book:

Veteran historical novelist Hansen (whose previous works include Atticus, 1996, and Hitler’s Niece, 1999) brilliantly, if soberly, weaves two interrelated story lines into a riveting novel based on the factual background to the writing of Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins’ classic epic poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland.” The two story lines—one, about what drew Hopkins to write the poem, and, two, about the lives of five Catholic nuns who drowned in the grounding of the German liner off the coast of England in 1875—are thematically connected, in addition to the literal one between author and poetic work. Born and raised in the Church of England, Hopkins as a young man not only converted to Roman Catholicism but also became a Jesuit priest. Thus, he was in spiritual exile from his original church and from his family, who were uncomfortable with his conversion, and when sent by the Jesuits to teach in Dublin, he was cast into physical exile from his native country. The five nuns, whose individual stories Hansen brings to light, were being sent into exile in the U.S. by their convent in Germany, in the shadow of the anti-Catholic laws being promulgated by the Bismarck regime. The tragic voyage of the ship the nuns were unfortunate enough to book passage on is itself chronicled with a heart-thumping vividness. --Brad Hooper

You can obtain a copy of Exiles from our Pauline Center. We hope to see many of you on the 9th for the Book Club!

Ancient Prayers, Ever New: Praying with the Psalms

The Psalms not only enhance our liturgies and are the official prayer of the Church, the Divine Office, but they lift our spirits and express the deepest yearnings of the human heart.

We at Pauline Books & Media would like to invite you to
embark on a journey into the world of the Psalms: their types, characteristics, language, metaphors and spirituality. Our moderator, Sr. Leonora Wilson, will help us explore methods for studying and praying the Psalms. Together we will experience the wealth and beauty of these ancient prayers of Israel and their relevance for our life of faith today.

So please join us for
Ancient Prayers, Ever New: Praying with the Psalms, hosted at Pauline Books & Media at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16th.

Please bring your Bible with you!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Faith & Film Series: Lights, Camera...Faith!

Due to the interest generated by our summer Faith & Film Series, we are happy to announce that we will be extending this series every first Friday of the month, beginning this coming Friday, September 4th, at 6:30 p.m.

Over the next few weeks we will be viewing a film chosen to illustrate and exemplify the coming Sunday's Gospel, using an approach conceived by one of our own sisters, Sr. Rose Pacatte, who reviews films for St. Anthony Messenger magazine and posts the reviews on her blog. Sr. Rose wrote a series of bestselling books, Lights, Camera...Faith, which offer an exciting approach to faith formation by creating a dialogue between Scripture and Film.

Our first film, this coming Friday, Sept. 4th, at 6:00p.m., will be Mr. Holland's Opus, starring Richard Dreyfus. The film's trailer is posted below. Admission is free! We hope you will be able to join us for this creative way to deepen our faith and love of God's Word.

From Russia to Redwood City

Our Pauline community in Redwood City was reinforced recently with the arrival of Sr. Mary Leonora Wilson, as she transferred from our Russian mission community in Moscow back to the USA Province.

Sr. M. Leonora has been serving outside her homeland for almost 26 years (18 years in Germany and 8 years in Russia).

She received a warm, heartfelt welcome from the Sisters in Redwood City and is looking forward to meeting the many friends of our Pauline community as she joins her talents and energies with the gifts of so many others so that the Word of God and His Love “may speed on and triumph”!

There will be new challenges and new joys as Sister begins evangelizing on “home soil” once again.

Please join us in welcoming Sr. Leonora to the Bay area--a wonderful Pauline mission field!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Scarlet and the Black

Tomorrow evening's presentation is The Scarlet and the Black, a 1983 made-for-TV movie detailing the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty. O'Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and prisoners of war during the Nazi occupation of Rome. The film is based on the best-selling book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican and stars Gregory Peck in the leading role. Christopher Plummer and John Gielgud also star.

Tomorrow night is the close of our summer Faith & Film Fridays; however, by popular demand, we will be continuing the series once a month, beginning in September. Look for more information to follow soon!

In the meantime, we hope you will be able to join us tomorrow evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Faith & Film Night: Man for All Seasons

This evening's presentation is the classic film, Man for All Seasons. Based on the play by Robert Bolt, this masterpiece stars Paul Scofield in an award-winning role as St. Thomas More. The film deals with More's refusal to compromise his conscience in the matter of King Henry VIII's decision to divorce his wife (who is unable to bear him a son) and remarry.

This is an extraordinary film--certainly one worth watching over and over again. We hope you will join us this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to view and discuss the film.

Here's the trailer to refresh your memory of it:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Faith & Film Night: Clare & Francis

Our next presentation, scheduled for this coming Friday, is Clare & Francis, the newest feature film out on the two saints. This movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis.

We hope you will be able to join us this Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Catholic Fiction Book Club

We are pleased to inform you that beginning in September we will be starting a new book club to read and discuss some of the greatest Catholic novels of past and present ages. Our Catholic Fiction Book Club is being organized now, so please consider joining us in exploring some of the wonderful works of Catholic literature and how their timeless themes relate to our own lives.

The book club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, in the evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Our first get-together is scheduled for September 9th, and the book we will be looking at is Exiles by Ron Hansen. In October we'll be reading A Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell; and November's offering will be the classic tale Helena, by Evelyn Waugh.

We'll be posting more information regarding each of the book club titles closer to September. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the club, please call 650-369-4230 or e-mail

More information will also be forthcoming regarding our Saints Book Club!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Correction to tomorrow's Faith & Film Night

Oops! I was just informed that tomorrow's presentation will NOT be Sophie Scholl but will be the film Spitfire Grill. Sophie Scholl will be our showing for next Friday, July 31st.

In the meantime, Spitfire Grill is the 1996 motion picture which deals with such themes as forgiveness and redemption. I can't embed the trailer here, but you can go to this link to see it (after an ad).

Again, tomorrow's presentation, Spitfire Grill, will start at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Faith & Film Night: Sophie Scholl

Tomorrow evening's film presentation is Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, the true story of the final sacrifice of Sophie Scholl, a twenty-one-year-old member of the anti-Nazi student-resistance group known as The White Rose.

This deeply moving film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005.

Please join us for the film presentation and discussion tomorrow, July 24th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Mission

This evening's presentation is the classic film, The Mission, starring Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro. The film deals with the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in South America during the 18th century. It's a great film to watch during the Year of the Priest, as Jeremy Irons' Father Gabriel is a wonderful role model symbolizing the dedicated and loving service of so many priests. Gabriel is a man of God and a man of peace: "If might is right, then love has no place in the world." This will be a great film to discuss.

Also, the music in this film is phenomenal. Composed by Ennio Morricone, the soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful.

We hope to see you TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Faith & Film Friday: Amazing Grace

Tomorrow evening's presentation is Amazing Grace, the true story of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce. The film was released in 2006 and is a compelling tale of human triumph. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for this wonderful story.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Faith & Film Night: China Cry

Our next showing, China Cry, will take place tomorrow, Friday, July 3rd, at 6:30 p.m.

China Cry
is the true story of a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, growing up in Communist China during the 1950s. Although at first excited to become part of the Maoist regime's "new society," she witnesses the misery and hardship her family suffers under its repressive structures. The film is a testament to the power of faith to thrive under the harshest of circumstances.

Here is the trailer, which I found on YouTube. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Friday's Faith & Film Night: Fireproof

This Friday's film is Fireproof, the story of one man's desire to transform his life and marriage through the healing power of faith.

I've posted below the trailer for the film. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.; don't miss this inspiring film.

Call to reserve your copy of Caritas in Veritate

We just received the news that Pope Benedict's eagerly-anticipated third encyclical letter, Caritats in Veritate (Love in Truth), will be published by Pauline Books & Media once the English translation is made available. The document will be priced at $6.95 USD.

In case you haven't read the pope's other two letters (on Love and Hope), you can obtain them from our Book Center. So call or stop by today!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sung Novena to St. Paul

Please join us in our sung novena in honor of St. Paul. We Daughters of St. Paul celebrate the Apostle's Feast on June 30th, and this is the prayer that we sing during the nine days in preparation for the feast. We've got special cause to rejoice this year, as the Pauline celebratory year draws to a close. May the Word of God that Paul lived and preached continue to speed on and triumph in each of our lives!

We promise to remember you and your intentions during this beautiful time of prayer!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Faith & Film Night: I Am David

Our film presentation for this Friday's Faith and Film Night is I am David. This film tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who makes an incredible escape from an east European prison camp and sets out upon an extraordinary quest of personal freedom.

Young David (played by Ben Tibber) has grown up in the camp with little knowledge about the outside world and scant remembrance of his family. Everything he knows about life he has learned from a kind fellow prisoner, played by Jim Caviezel. When David is helped to escape, he is handed a mysterious letter that launches him on a journey that will ultimately lead to the discovery of his own identity.

There are so many powerful themes in this film--including courage, trust, and forgiveness. The film also stars the wonderful Joan Plowright.

Please join us Friday evening beginning at 6:30.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Faith & Film Night: Shadowlands

Join us tomorrow evening beginning at 6:30 for our next Faith & Film presentation, Shadowlands. This deeply moving drama stars Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis, the Christian writer and apologist whose books (including Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia, just to name a few) have been read and loved by millions.

The story centers around Lewis's relationship with Joy Gresham, an American writer with whom he falls in love. Debra Winger portrays the vivacious Joy, who shortly after her marriage to Lewis is diagnosed with cancer. Lewis, a middle-aged academic who never expected to experience romantic love, now struggles with heartbreaking reality as his happiness with Joy is cruelly cut short. His faith--which has been an anchor for him since his well-known conversion--is understandably tested at its core.

Both Hopkins and Winger are superb in their roles as persons deeply challenged by life circumstances yet who undergo profound personal and spiritual transformation.

This is a beautiful story and one sure to spark a wonderful discussion about suffering and love and the real meaning of faith. Hope to see you here!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Good-bye from Sr. Susan

Many of you may already be aware of this, but one of our sisters, Sr. Susan James, has recently been reassigned to our Motherhouse in Boston. Sister has been a pillar in our community--the only member of our original community based in San Francisco--and her time in our new Redwood City location has been a blessing for many. We wish her continued graces as she carries out the Pauline mission from Boston!

The following is her good-bye
message to all of you:

Dear Friends,

Perhaps the time has come to inform you of my approaching transfer. I have been a member of the San Francisco/ Redwood City Community of the Daughters of St. Paul for seven years. It was my pleasure to meet many of you while we were in the last of our 35 years downtown on Geary St., before we packed up in Sept. of 2005, had a terrific moving sale and said a temporary good-bye. Grand Opening of the new Pauline Center in Redwood City took place the following April.

In the meantime we had begun making connections on the Peninsula through our many bookfairs and exhibits which we’ve continued even after the new Bookcenter was up and running. Over these past years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of your company and cooperation at many of our events, both in the Center and at our off-site venues. To each of you I want to say a big “Thank You” for the opportunity to have been of service through our communications apostolate. In so many big and small ways our lives have connected. I’m grateful for the friendship, inspiration and help received from so many of you… for your lives of quiet faith and generous service carried out in your families and Parish communities.

I hope that you will continue to frequent our Pauline Center and stop in soon to meet the new sisters who will be joining our community. My new assignment brings me back to Boston where I will be working at our Publishing House Order Entry Department. There I hope to find new avenues for my apostolic energies and who knows, our paths may once again connect. Admittedly, our winters will be colder and white, but the Fall promises to be wonderful with all the colorful red and golden leaves of autumn…and of course Spring follows winter with its glorious new life!

Let’s continue to pray for one another!

With best wishes & prayers,

Sr. Susan James Heady

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Book for Children Explores the Gift of Life

Recently our publishing house produced a beautiful new book for children that celebrates life.

Faith & Family has posted a review of the book, which you can read by clicking HERE:

This is a wonderful storybook sure to help children better value and appreciate the miracle of life. Stop in today to get a copy for your family.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pauline Summer Movie Night

This is just a reminder that our first film showing will take place this Friday, June 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in our Pauline Center. Admission is free, and the film will be followed by a brief discussion and refreshments.

For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to view Romero, it is an incredibly powerful story of the Salvadoran archbishop who was assassinated in 1980. The film is an exceptional portrayal of a man of the Church who initially appears unassuming, certainly uninterested in upsetting the status quo within his country. Gradually, however, he is transformed into a passionate pastor who cannot remain silent in the face of the suffering of his people. This quiet, gentle, and humble man decides to cast personal safety aside in publicly defending the rights of the poor and marginalized in San Salvador. His witness to the gospel ultimately costs him his life.

Romero was the first feature film of Paulist Pictures. It features Raul Julia in a starring role you will never forget. Please join us for an inspiring evening.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fr. Pettingill to speak this Wednesday

This is just a reminder that Fr. David Pettingill's next talk is TOMORROW, May 20th, at 7:00 p.m. here in our Book Center. The title of the talk is Paul and His Friends; in it, Father will explore the strong collaborative relationships Paul forged which helped him in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus to the ends of the world.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Celebration in Honor of St. Paul

The Diocese of Fresno and the Pauline Family in northern California are sponsoring a special two-day celebration in honor of St. Paul. The theme of the event is "St. Paul in the 21st Century" and will feature talks (both in English and Spanish) by various Pauline speakers, including our own Sr. Rose Pacatte, Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City. It all begins Friday evening, May 29th, and concludes Saturday, May 30th.

If you are interested in attending one or both days, please stop by our Pauline Center and ask for a registration form.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Year for Priests

You may already have heard that Pope Benedict has announced a special Year for Priests, to begin this June 19th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The theme for the year is "faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests," and the celebration coincides with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Marie Vianney, also known as the Cure of Ars. The Cure (pronounced cure-AY; it's missing the accent mark) lived and ministered in France in the 1800s. He is the patron of priests and is renowned for his pastoral spirit, holiness of life, and remarkable gifts as a confessor.

According to Zenit, the Vatican is also offering a plenary indulgence for all the faithful during this year:
For the faithful, a plenary indulgence can be obtained on the opening and closing days of the Year for Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to "Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart."

The conditions for the faithful for earning a plenary indulgence are to have gone to confession and prayed for the intentions of the Pope.

June is usually a time of priestly jubilees and ordinations. This special year provides a great opportunity to show gratitude for the dedicated ministry of so many wonderful priests in our lives. Here at Pauline Books & Media, we have every kind of gift idea to help you say "thank you."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Looking for some Marian inspiration this May?

Yesterday, May 13th, marked 92 years since the first of the Blessed Mother's apparitions at Fatima. At a Mass celebrated there for the anniversary of the apparitions, the Cardinal Archbishop spoke about Mary as being a guiding light for us during current times of global economic crisis and disorientation: "Mary helps to keep alive the attitudes of attention, service, gift and gratuitousness," he said. "With the example and the help of the Virgin, Christian communities continue the mission of bringing [people] to an encounter with Christ, and because of this, we invoke her again as the Star of the new evangelization."

Since May is a month devoted to Mary, and in light of yesterday's feast day, you
may be interested in one of our newer titles at Pauline Books & Media. The Shepherds of Fátima draws from historical sources and eyewitness accounts to tell the captivating tale of Mary’s appearances at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917. The author, Fr. Fernando Silva, leads readers into the story by exploring the lives and experiences of the three shepherd children—Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto. This well-researched account reads like a novel; you don't want to miss out on such a great read!

Paperback, 256 pages (with photos included), $19.95
Call or e-mail us to order.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Come & See Discernment Weekend, May 22-25, 2009


(with prayer–talks–sharing–Eucharistic adoration–silence–discernment helps—community life)

Who: Young Women ages 17-30
who are discerning a call to religious life

May 22 @ 6pm – May 25 @ 1pm (2009)

Where: Daughters of St. Paul Convent
3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

Why: To better understand how God is calling YOU to return his love in your life.

Limited spaces available! Applications due 5/19/2009.

Suggested offering to cover costs: $20

For applications, please contact:

Sr. Tracey (310.488.2767)

Sr. Margaret Michael (703.549.1323)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Theology of the Body on Nightline

I missed this the other evening, but it seems that Christopher West, popular author and speaker on the subject of John Paul II's Theology of the Body, was interviewed on ABC's program, Nightline. You can still view the piece by following this link.

West is the author of our best-selling book, Theology of the Body Explained. In this book he masterfully explores John Paul's thought and Catholic teaching on love and sexuality. As he explains in his interview with Nightline: "How do we live our sexuality in a way that points us to ultimate love and ultimate happiness and ultimate fulfillment?" As millions of people have discovered, the Theology of the Body provides such a blueprint.

We have a growing selection of publications on the Theology of the Body, including John Paul's own original catechesis, Man and Woman He Created Them. Please call or come in to our Center to see the many available resources on this subject.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Practicing Lectio Divina

This is just a reminder that Sr. Germana's second talk on Lectio Divina is this evening, Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join us!

Also, if you are interested in joining a Lectio group to meet and share God's Word on a regular basis, please let us know! All you need is your bible and a willingness to embrace God's Word in your own daily life.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Catholic Alternative to School Bookfairs

Catholic Online just did an article on our new School bookfair program, JClub. You can read the article here.

This is an exciting new program for us at Pauline Books & Media. Basically, JClub provides quality Catholic content for kids. The program is intended to promote reading good books and offer another media alternative to kids besides the world of gaming, television, movies, and the Internet.

To complement the book fairs, Pauline Books & Media has also created a companion website called JClub: A Catholic Place for Kids ( The site is GREAT and will provide supplemental, educational, and FUN materials for students, parents, and teachers. The website includes saint biographies, games, polls, quizzes, stories, guided prayers, music, printable coloring pages and educational aids, and more. Every school that wants to run a book fair receives a print edition of JClub for the students that includes, along with the book fair order form, Bible stories, games, activities, comics, reviews, and other additional Catholic material.

So please help us get the word out about this amazing initiative. And check out the site for yourself.