Building a Catholic Home Library

Fr. Sandquist compiled this list of books that he recommends Catholics should have in their home libraries. The categories are Catechism, Apologetics, Church Teachings, Scripture, Ascetical Theology, and Spiritual Reading. Hyperlinks are provided.

St. Jerome, pray for us!

Catechism:

Baltimore Catechism by Connell (Book 1 and Book 2 for children; Book 3 and Workbook for teenagers/adults)

My Catholic Faith by Most Reverend Louis LaRavoire Morrow, paperback or hardbound (for teenagers/adults)

The Catechism Explained by Fr. Francis Spirago (for adults)

Chief Truths of the Faith by Fr. John Laux (teenagers/adults)

Apologetics:

Apologetics by Msgr. Paul J. Glenn

Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux

Radio Replies Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, by Frs. Rumble and Carty

Church Teachings:

Catholic Morality by Fr. John Laux

Moral Theology by Rev. Heribert Jone

Scripture:

The Holy Bible, Douay Rheims version (or Confraternity)

Where We Got the Bible by Fr. Henry Graham

A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture by Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, DD

Introduction to the Bible by Fr. John Laux

Ascetical Theology: (Spiritual Life)

How to Improve Your Disposition by D.F. Miller, CSsR

The Four Last Things by Fr. Martin von Cochem

My Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone, S.J.

How To Be Happy How To Be Holy by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan

The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation by St. Alphonsus Liguori

The Sinner’s Return to God by Rev. Michael Mueller, CSsR

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by St. Ignatius

An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean Baptiste Chautard, OSCO

The Spiritual Life by Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey, SS, DD

Spiritual Reading:

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

The Rosary in Action by John S. Johnson

Lives of the Saints for Every Day in the Year by Fr. Alban Butler

His Humble Servant (about Pope Pius XII) by Sr. Maria Pascalina Lehnert

The Story of a Soul –an autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

The Shadow of His Wings–an autobiography of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM

St. John Bosco by F.A. Forbes

It’s Time to Meet St. Philomena by Dr. Mark Miravalle

The Cure’ of Ars by Fr. Bartholomew O’Brien

St. Maria Goretti by Fr. Godfrey Poage, CP

The Life of Fr. de Smet, S.J. by Fr. E. Laveille, SJ

Blessed Miguel Pro by Ann Ball

The Perfect Joy of St. Francis a novel by Felix Timmermans

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For other resources on the Catholic faith, Fr. Sandquist recommends Traditional Catholic Sermons and Articles on the Traditional Catholic Faith at Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.

We Celebrate Our One-Year Anniversary

Last Sunday two Congregation Mater Dei Sisters traveled to us from Omaha to teach catechism before mass.  They brought two lovely young ladies from Mater Dei Academy with them who joined the sisters in choir.  Such sweet pure voices!  We were blessed once again also with the presence of seminarian Carlos Zepeda, who served at the altar.

Afterward we had cake and socializing to celebrate our one-year anniversary as Our Lady of Fatima Mission Chapel, under the pastoral care of the CMRI.  Our chapel blossomed from the former St. John Fisher chapel in Tulsa when it was abandoned without warning by the SSPX last year.

There is much to celebrate!  Not only have we procured our own property, Fr. Geckle told us that the Sisters are planning to come to us every third Sunday to teach catechism!  Deo gratias!  And Bishop Pivarunas has twice generously sent us seminarians to help remodel our church.  In those two visits, they helped put down the flooring, modify the pews, and put up new sheetrock.  We feel so loved and cared for.  Thank you, Bishop Pivarunas!

Catechism: The Sisters Return

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At this past summer’s class.

Fr. Geckle announced last week that two Congregation Mater Dei sisters will teach catechism at Noon tomorrow, Sunday, October 21.   They were here this past summer for a class, and we are excited to have them back.  This will be the first time to host them at our new chapel in Chelsea, OK.  We look forward to visiting with them and showing them around.

CMD Sisters Lift Our Hearts

IMG_6117Recently we were blessed to have two Congregation Mater Dei nuns visit our chapel and teach catechism before Sunday Mass.  In the photo above, Sr. Mary Catherine instructs the older group.  Sr. Frances taught the younger group.  In both cases, the sisters assessed the students’ knowledge and adapted the lessons to fit their needs. Read more