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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thank you and Good Bye from Sr. Kelly!

I can't believe my time of Apostolic Experience is coming to an end! I'll be leaving Redwood City on Friday. These last five months have been amazing and abundantly blessed by God. It has been such a joy to meet all of you(even those of you who have only "met" me through this blog!) and to carry our our mission here in California. I feel that I've truly been on an adventure with Jesus in my many travels for parish exhibits and school book fairs and spending time in our book center. I'll keep all of you in my prayers as I travel back to Boston (I'm really going to miss this California sun!) to continue my novitiate. Please pray for me too! A big THANK YOU to each of you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

First Communion Gifts and Resources

If you're looking for a First Communion gift come by the Book Center! We have many great gifts and resources to help foster a greater appreciation and love for the Eucharist. We have many resources for children of all ages, and adults too!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Feast of St. Patrick!

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! St. Patrick was a missionary to Ireland and his zeal for the Lord can be an example to all of us. Let us remember to pray for the people of Ireland and for all missionaries spreading the Good News throughout the world. To learn more about St. Patrick's life there's a great post on the blog of the Association of Pauline Cooperators.

Don't forget St. Joseph's Feast Day is coming up on March 19th!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fr. Jerry Brown to Speak on Holiness

We are pleased to welcome Fr. Jerry Brown, rector of St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, as our speaker next month. Father will be speaking on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. The title of his talk is: God Calls Us All to Holiness.

Please mark your calendars for this engaging presentation. We'll be posting more about it a little closer to the actual date of the event.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pauline Author Signing at McCoy's

Hey, everyone! Just a heads up that Sr. Armanda will be at McCoy's Church Goods on Saturday, March 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to autograph copies of her book, Facing the Apostle--Paul's Image in Art. For those of you not familiar with McCoy's, it's located at 1010 Howard Avenue, San Mateo. Their phone number is 650-342-0924.

If you are in the neighborhood, please do stop by and say hello!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Embracing God's Word

We had a wonderful turnout last evening for Sr. Germana's talk on Lectio Divina. Thanks to everyone who attended, and particular thanks to Sr. Germana for a beautiful, spirit-filled presentation.

For those of you who were not on hand last evening but were planning to come to her other two talks this month, we have had to temporarily postpone Sr. Germana's other two presentations. We will keep you posted regarding when we may be able to reschedule these talks. In the meantime, our next presentation will be on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7:00 p.m. Join us then for a talk by Fr. Jerry Brown, Rector of St. Patrick's Seminary, entitled God Calls Us All to Holiness.
Also, please feel free to check out some of the "lectio" titles listed on our bookshelf below, and which are in stock at our Pauline Center. God bless!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lectio Divina Tomorrow

Just a reminder that we will have Sr. Germana with us tomorrow, Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m., to guide us in a reflection on Lectio Divina--sacred reading and praying with Scripture. The evening will conclude with a brief period of lectio sharing together, so please remember to bring a bible with you!

By the way, our blog has a new addition: our "Good Reads" Bookshelf. I've posted a few titles on Lectio Divina that you may wish to peruse tomorrow evening. See you there!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Divine Mercy Conference

Last weekend, March 6-8, we had a book exhibit at the Divine Mercy Conference in San Ramon. The Conference was great fun, with people coming from all over to attend. We (Sr. Kelly and Sr. Susan) even met some people who came all the way from Omaha, Nebraska! We've had a book exhibit at this conference for about the last 10 years, so it was great to catch up with old friends and meet new people, too! Our children's books were very popular, along with spiritual reading titles and prayer books for adults. Oh, and everyone enjoyed hearing the Sisters singing on our new choral CD, In Paradisum. Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Chant Album by the Daughters of St. Paul

Our new album just arrived! This is our first full-fledge foray into the world of Gregorian chant, and the album features a beautiful selection with our sisters' trademark "ethereal sound."

Sr. Julia Mary Darrenkamp is the sister who spearheaded this project, and I can't think of a better way to explain it than by "borrowing" the write-up she did for her blog:
The idea for this album started back in 1972. I was a brand new Catholic and was visiting the motherhouse of the Daughters of St. Paul for the first time. I firmly and wholeheartedly believed that the Catholic Church was the one true Church...and I just as strongly believed that I had sacrificed good music in the process of becoming a Catholic. (The early '70s was not the best of times for Church music.) But then here I was, sitting in the sisters' chapel during a Sunday Mass, listening to Gregorian Chant for the first time in my life. They were singing the Mass of the Angels.... My first thought was, So this is where the good Church music is hiding! Then, about ten years ago when I was studying music, I had a strong desire to share this musical heritage with the many Catholics who still had never heard of it. We sisters "grew up" in the convent, so to speak, singing this music on feast days, for benediction, novenas, etc. I've rarely, if ever, heard this music outside of our motherhouse, and most people I know have had the same reaction as I first did: Where have they been hiding this? During the recording last summer, we did have to pull out the Latin dictionary...and we also had a vocal coach come in to help us. But on the whole, this type of music fits us like a glove. In Paradisum is an introduction for those too young to remember, and a fresh take on old, familiar melodies for those who do: We took Gregorian chant up a notch by adding instruments and playing around with the arrangements. It's to give people a taste for chant, but also to give them an experience of "heavenly music"...the kind you listen to while you're driving or trying to pray. It puts you in another zone. It's familiar, but it's new. I think it's perfect prayer music--it can help in providing a reverent "atmosphere" that is conducive to prayer and reflection.
Click on the song titles to hear a sample of what's inside: Vexilla Regis ProdeuntAve Regina Caelorum/Ave Maris StellaSalve Regina ∙ Adoro Te, Devote ∙ Tantum Ergo, SacramentumAve Verum Corpus NatumUbi CaritasTe JosephIn Paradisum

Monday, March 2, 2009

Learn More About Lectio Divina

This month we will be featuring three presentations by Sr. Germana Santos on Lectio divina. This ancient prayer form is enjoying a wonderful resurgence today. Lectio divina involves reading Scripture in a way that is meditative, reflective, and prayerful.

In our busy lives and in these uncertain times we long to discover where hope lies, and to anchor ourselves on what truly is of value and will last forever. We can find the certitude we seek in God's Word. Join us here at the Book Center at 7:00p.m. on March 11th, 18th, and 25th as we explore together this beautiful prayer which solidifies our bonds with God, "the rock of our salvation." And please bring your bibles with you!

Spend Lent with St. Paul

This treasure just arrived last week. Focusing on themes from St. Paul's life and letters (e.g., "Trials and Afflictions" for days 11-15, and "The Greatest of These Is Love" for days 21-25), the book includes passages from Scripture along with reflections from the Church Fathers, saints, and popes. Each day ends with a few short and practical questions for personal reflection. The entire book is packaged in a very attractive hardcover format and lovely dust jacket.

I love anything on Paul, of course, but this book had me at page 96, where the author quotes from our very own Founder, Blessed James Alberione: "The letters of St. Paul are a fountain of good which will vivify all generations. They direct life to its final goal and form apostles. They inflame the heart, fill it with love, and establish all life in charity."

What a great book to cover two great themes: the year of St. Paul and Lent!
(168 pages, $17.99)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Religious Education Conference in Anaheim

Our sisters in Culver City exhibit at the Religious Ed. Conference in Anaheim every year (the largest catechetical conference in the nation). This year, two of our sisters--Sr. Armanda and Sr. Kelly--went down to help. Thanks to our good friend Phivan, we have these pics to post. Hopefully when the sisters get back, we'll be able to get some first-hand reporting on this incredible event. In the meantime, enjoy the photos!

Sr. Armanda autographing her new book

Sr. Kelly, our novice, helping at the Pauline booth.