Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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!
Below is the trailer for anyone who hasn't yet seen the movie:
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
If you want to listen to sample song selections, just follow these links (Flash Player required):
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
Sr. Karen Marie
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”Advent Grace is available at our Pauline Center. A trim book at 128 pages and $7.95, this is the perfect Advent companion!
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…
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"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 LaneI 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
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
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
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
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Thursday, October 8, 2009
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
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 Amazon.com, 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 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
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:
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!
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
Hopkinsto 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 in 1875—are thematically connected, in addition to the literal one between author and poetic work. Born and raised in the Church of England, England 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 Hopkins , 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 Dublin
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
So please join us for Ancient Prayers, Ever New: Praying with the Psalms, hosted at
Please bring your Bible with you!
Monday, August 31, 2009
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.
Our Pauline community in
Sr. M. Leonora has been serving outside her homeland for almost 26 years (18 years in
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
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
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
We hope you will be able to join us this Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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 email@example.com.
More information will also be forthcoming regarding our Saints Book Club!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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!
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
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
Thursday, July 2, 2009
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
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.
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
We promise to remember you and your intentions during this beautiful time of prayer!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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
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
The following is her good-bye message to all of you:
Perhaps the time has come to inform you of my approaching transfer. I have been a member of the
In the meantime we had begun making connections on the
I hope that you will continue to frequent our
Let’s continue to pray for one another!
With best wishes & prayers,
Sr. Susan James Heady
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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
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
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
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
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
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
What: DISCERNMENT RETREAT
(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
When: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Margaret Michael (703.549.1323) email@example.com
Monday, May 11, 2009
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
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
Catholic Online just did an article on our new School bookfair program, JClub. You can read the article here.
So please help us get the word out about this amazing initiative. And check out the site for yourself.