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Books for Adults 

  • Catholic Spirituality for Adults series: Search this series at orbisbooks.com for complete list of titles and authors. 
  • With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen: Reflections on prayer
  • The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You by Michael Dubriel 
  • Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly  
  • Give Us This Day series from Liturgical Press: Published monthly, a lectionary based daily prayer including reflections and stories on the saints. 
  • Catholic Customs & Traditions: A Popular Guide by Greg Dues  
  • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: A very accessible presentation of our Catholic beliefs; written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  
  • Catholic Study Bible from Oxford Univ. Press: New American Bible translation with extensive fascinating commentary  
  • Prayer by Joyce Rupp  
  • Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture by Stephen J. Binz  
  • My Life with the Saints by James Martin  


Children, Teens, and Family

  • The Clown of God by Tommie DePaola
  • God Gave Us You by Lisa T. Bergen
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robertson
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
  • You Are Special by Max Lucado
  • A is for Altar, B is for Bible by Judith Lang Main (Preschool)
  • Loyola Kids Book of Saints by Amy Welborn (3rd grade & up)
  • The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, 2ed, by Brian Singer-Towns
  • The DK Illustrated Family Bible by Claude-Bernard Costecalde (author), Peter Dennis (illustrator)
  • The Action Bible by Doug Mauss (editor), Sergio Cariello (illustrator): graphic novel introduction to the bible with stunning illustrations. Great for older kids.


Word on Fire: An outreach of Fr. Bob Barron to draw people deeper in faith
Learn@CTU: Educational resources from Catholic Theological Union, including Scripture reflections, podcasts, and lectures
Creighton University’s Online Ministry
Busted Halo: An online magazine for Young Adult spiritual seekers.
Word among us: Daily meditation based on readings; Sundays come with questions.
Jesuit Post: Jesuits thinking and writing at the intersection of faith and culture.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Keep up with daily Scripture readings, news, and resources from the church.


Laudate: A comprehensive app including Daily Mass Readings, Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, the Rosary, and more!
My Year of Faith: Providing an online community of daily catechesis and challenges for spiritual growth.
Catholic Mass Times Church Directory:  Helps you locate the nearest churches and Mass times.
Saint of the Day: From AmericanCatholic.org.

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