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December / January 2020 Feature - 


Bishop Robert Barron was interviewed for the second time by Mind Pump, an iTunes Top 50 Health & Fitness Podcast.

They had a long, lively conversation about a broad range of topics, including spirituality and health, science and religion, art and culture, and more.

Listen to  or download / stream the full 75 minute interview here:

Mind Pump Ep. 1165 - Bishop Barron on Physical Fitness, Satan, Evolution, Psychedelics & Much More






New ! Online Searchable Catechism

Contains the full text with easy to use linked references and index.

Living in The Present Moment 

Is the "new" concept of "Mindfulness" really new ?

Have a look - Video feature, - 6 Minutes


E-Books is a convenient new feature for all our Kindle and Nook e-readers. Choose from a large selection of contemporary and classic spiritual titles covering; biographies, Bible study, spiritual direction, history, youth topics and more, - over 70 titles.

Youtube Videos - 

Click on the links below -

1. Earlier this month Bishop Robert Barron was interviewed by Dr. Stephen Blackwood for Thinkspot, a new platform created to facilitate serious, respectful dialogue about the Big Questions. They talked about faith and reason, science, contemporary culture, and many other topics. 12/23/19


2. Bishop Robert Barron, - "Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on social media, for Peterson, a mild-mannered psychology professor from the University of Toronto, has emerged as one of the hottest personalities on the internet."

Bishop Barron is founder of Word On Fire, a web-based ministry is auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Peterson is a clinical psychologist, professor of psychology art the University of Toronto, and best-selling author and speaker.
Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life is endorsed by Bishop Barron. 


3. Growing up in what she calls a “Church-positive” home, Maija Fish believed in God, but didn’t realize she could have a personal relationship with Jesus until high school. Later, in college, she heard a priest explain the Catholic understanding of the human person as created good but in need of redemption, in contrast to the Calvinist view of Total Depravity she’d always heard. It opened her eyes to the mystery of God’s grace in a whole new way. 


4. The Daily Wire - 1.75M subscribers
Bishop Robert Barron joins Ben Shapiro in a wide-ranging discussion about Culture, religion in today’s society, the Catholic Church, the Church and Jewish theology / relations, Protestantism, and the age-old question: Who gets to go to heaven?

Jordan Peterson talks about the staggering beauty of Europe, in particular the breathtaking gothic cathedrals like Notre Dame.


6. Bishop Robert Barron on the Notre Dame Rose Window


7. Sr. Miriam James Heidland, - fasten your seatbelts, - 5 minutes with Sr. Miriam



What We're Reading, ...

A People of Hope: Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John Allen Jr.

Book-length interview in which Dolan shares a perspective which is typically not part of the information an average person would know through today's media. This omission often leaves outsiders with a terribly flawed grasp of what's actually happening in the Church.

Tens of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions more around the world, still turn to the Church for inspiration, for its sacramental life, for its experience of community and service. In every diocese in America you can find parishes that are flourishing.

In A People of Hope Dolan is seen at his best, capturing an upbeat, hopeful, affirming Catholicism that's the untold story about the Church today. Engaging page-turner.

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton 50th Anniversary Edition

The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. And, in the half-century since its original publication, this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.


Here and Now: Meditations on Living in the Present - Chiara Lubich

What is time? We measure it and we use it to measure an infinite number of things. We try to save it. We live in it. (Can we live without it?) Paul told us to redeem it but we have to admit that we do not perfectly understand what it means. In a series of inspiring meditations, Chiara Lubich shows us that living the present moment is our way to be connected with what is unlimited eternity. It puts us in touch, already here on earth, with heaven. In the light of her Christian faith and a lifetime of experience with her friends, Chiara Lubich gives us advice on how to use well the here and now.' If we focus on the present moment, we are planting a seed in eternity, to be enjoyed forever.
- Julian Stead, O.S.B. Author of Saint Benedict A Rule for Beginners

Chiara Lubich was born and lived in Italy. An internationally known religious leader and writer, she was a past recipient of the Templeton Prize for the Progress of Religion and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She has written over 30 books published in many languages. Her bestselling book is Christian Living Today Meditations with over 600,000 copies in print.

My Life With The Saints - James Martin S.J.

James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends-the saints of the Catholic Church. For many, these holy men and women remain just historical figures. For Martin, they are intimate companions. "They pray for me, offer me comfort, give me examples of discipleship, and help me along the way," he writes.
Meet some surprising friends of God in this warm and wonderful memoir

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Lesuer

This inspiring book gives you a splendid example of how to live as a Christian in a secular environment that can be indifferent or hostile to your Faith. For Elisabeth Leseur had two great loves: God and her husband Felix, who was an atheist .

The story doesn't end there. When Felix found this diary, he discovered how Elisabeth's whole life bore witness to the truth of the God she loved.

In time, Felix was transformed by the diary and his memories of Elisabeth. He became a Christian and, later, a priest. Now she may even be declared a saint. Elisabeth's diary and spiritual writings (all included in this one volume) map out for you a path to marital harmony and greater love for God - especially if you love someone who stands outside the Faith. Let Elisabeth's two great loves, and her faith and perseverance, inspire you now.

In The Heart of the World - Mother Teresa

In the Heart of the World is a powerful portrait of one of the most beloved women of all time, told in her own words through a fascinating blend of daily life experiences, prayers, and spiritual wisdom. Follow Mother Teresa to the streets of Calcutta, Rome, and New York and listen as she offers pearls of spiritual truth as relevant today as when she began her work more than sixty years ago.

Thy Will Be Done: Letters to Persons in the World - St. Francis deSales

Three centuries ago, people flocked to St. Francis de Sales, seeking his help for their problems. As a Bishop serving in the region bordering Switzerland and France, St. Francis spent hours ministering to them face-to-face and wrote over 20,000 letters. From these letters to persons in all walks of life, we've selected the ones that will be most helpful to you today.


Each hand-written response to someone like you seeking help for an actual problem. You'll be consoled by warmth, the wisdom, and the holy sympathy you'll find in these pages, as the love of this great saint reaches out to us across the centuries. Whatever you circumstances may be, there's wisdom here to make your life holier... and happier.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

User-friendly question and answer format, this 200-page volume offers a quick synopsis of the essential contents of the faith as promulgated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Like the 1992 Catechism, the Compendium has a four-part structure, and includes a section on common prayers and Catholic doctrinal formulas.
Because of the question-and-answer format, catechetical leaders-parents, pastors, teachers, principals, and catechists-have a unique opportunity to dialogue with the faithful, and reinvigorate the Church's ongoing mission of evangelization and catechesis.
An essential tool for youth and young adults, the Compendium is the perfect companion to a youth or young adult's Bible, spiritual reading, or textbook. Catechetical leaders in high schools, colleges, and parishes will appreciate its versatility-as a reference book, discussion starter, or core resource for RCIA programs. Fourteen images taken from masterpieces of Christian art set a tone for each part or section.

All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day - Jim Forest

Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and one of the most prophetic voices in the American Catholic church, has recently been proposed as a candidate for canonization. In this lavishly illustrated biography, Jim Forest provides a compelling portrait of her heroic efforts to live out the radical message of the gospel for our time.

A journalist and social reformer in her youth, Day surprised her friends with the decision in 1927 to enter the Catholic church. Her conversion, prompted by the birth out of wedlock of her daughter Tamar, left her searching for some way to reconcile her faith with her commitment to the poor and social justice. The answer came with her decision to launch The Catholic Worker, both a newspaper and a movement. Enunciating a radical social vision rooted in the gospel, Day and those who joined her devoted themselves to the Works of Mercy while struggling to create a new society where it is easier to be good. An ardent pacifist, Day was frequently arrested for her protests in the cause of peace.

Drawing on her recently published diaries and letters, Forest chronicles her extraordinary journey, with special stress on the unique spiritual vision that underlay her dramatic witness.

A Century of Catholic Converts - Lorene Hanley Duquin

These are the conversions that made history. For most of the last hundred years, know-it-alls have been predicting the end of organized religion. Meanwhile, a steady stream of conversions has brought the best minds of recent history into the Church. Why did they convert? Why do countless thousands still convert every year? Lorene Duquin was away from the Church for many years, but she set out to answer that question when she was writing the biography of one of those converts. The answers she found led her back into the Church herself. In these fascinating and often inspiring stories you'll find how the historical context influences conversions, how other people help the convert along the way, and how Catholicism has inspired so many great minds. Then you'll see how each of these converts has, in turn, brought something uniquely valuable into the Church.

Lorene Hanley Duquin is a Catholic author and lecturer, who has worked in parishes and on a diocesan level. She is currently the coordinator of Come and See, a broad-based evangelization outreach in the Diocese of Buffalo and a member of the Diocesan Evangelization Advisory Board. She has been active in ministry to alienated Catholics since 1992.

She has conducted lectures and workshops on a variety of evangelization and stewardship topics in parishes and at national and diocesan conferences in the United States and Canada. Her articles have appeared in a variety of secular and Catholic publications.


Midwife For Souls - Kathy Kalina

The first edition of this text was so beloved that it sold over 30,000. copies, now it's your turn to discover why ! Author and Hospice nurse Kathy Kalina, describes the physical as well as spiritual signs of the dying process in Midwife for Souls. She offers years of qualified experience and spiritual wisdom that will inform and comfort caregivers and loved ones.

Caregivers, friends, and family members often feel unsure of what to say or do as they care for the terminally ill.

This book provides insight, showing how the support of one's faith and the power of prayer can be a guide in ministering to a dying person. This book is essential reading for anyone who accompanies others to the edge of life and helps in their birthing to eternal life.


Bible Study

St. Paul Center For Biblical Study

Bible Search / Commentaries

Guide To Early Church Documents

Deep In Scripture

The Word Among Us

Online Bible Study Classes

Daily Scripture Readings

Early Church Fathers - Links

Ignatius Study Bible - Series
Excellent resource for individual or group study.

Daily Liturgy Of The Hours Scripture Readings

Online Catechism. Contains Scripture, theology,
prayer resources, references and more.

Magnificat - Contemporary Devotional & Bible Study

Marriage & Family / Men's & Women's Resources

Features for Fall 2013

Marriage Works in Christ - EWTN - 30 Min. Audio Programs featuring guests coming from
a variety of situations, moving toward whole and healthy marriages and family life.

2. My Life With Multiple Sclerosis ( Article)

By Susan Hines-Brigger
This 37-year-old mom of four speaks honestly about what it's like to live with a chronic illness and how important faith is to the journey.

Marriage Works in Christ (Audio)
Illness can cause great strain in any relationship. Experience the beauty of how one couple was strengthened in their faith and their marriage after her diagnosis of cancer.

More resources -

What Have You Done For Your Marriage Today ?

Women Of Grace

Men's Resources - St. Joseph Covenant Keepers

Called To Be Fathers - Audio Talk, David Blankenhorn
Men's Conference, July, ' 05, Archdiocese Of Detroit

Marriage Works in Christ - EWTN - 30 Min. Audio Programs.

Marriage Works In Christ
Note: Adult Content in this episode.
Fr. James Dean and Greg and Julie Alexander with Matt and Mindy Dalton
As Catholics, we do not accept contraception as a part of marriage. Coming to understanding and implementing the Theology of the Body can transform not only your life but will help you experience the beauty of God’s awesome plan for the sacrament of marriage.

Marriage Works In Christ
Fr. James Dean and Greg and Julie Alexander with Scott and Kelly Pence.
Family of origin, the family from which we came has a great deal to do with who we become as adults. The first thing that God says about marriage is husbands leave your mother and your father and cling to your wife and the two of you shall become one. A lot of people have a hard time leaving their parents and do not quite understand what this means or how to do this. Knowing the proper order for our lives; God first, spouse second and children third everything else after that, helps to provide an order that brings peace.

Online Catechism
Searchable online database.




Small Group Retreat Sept. 2012 - photos

Audio conference for Men - with Deacon Ralph Poyo
Men in the parish - What are We Dioing ?

Audio Reflections - Ronda Chervin PhD., Professor of Philosophy, Holy Apostles College, Cromwell CT


St. Joseph's Abbey

Ender's Island Retreat Center

Ender's Island Retreat - Main Page

The above retreat centers are conventiently located approx. one hour driving -
time from Rockville / Ellington CT.

A Monastic Sampler 2 - Mepkin Abbey

See & Listen to audio and video from speakers at
Franciscan University Conference retreats -

Franciscan University Conferences – Podcasts

Franciscan University Conferences – Video Clips



Reference / Education

Online Catholic Catechism. - Contains Scripture, theology,
prayer resources, references and more.

The Documents of The Second Vatican Council

Early Church Fathers - Links

Faith Facts - Complete, and easy-to-read answers to specific questions about the Catholic faith.

Ignatius Insight - Web magazine

EWTN Bookmark - Looking for a new book on spirituality, bible study, .... ?



High School & College

Music Clip, 29 seconds -- Jazz Bass player - click on 'Fr. Stan Fortuna CFR at Franciscan'


Robert Spitzer S.J. - Legally-blind Jesuit, former president of Ganzaga University -
talks about his vocation - Video, 20 min.

Life On The Rock - EWTN - Video clips & full programs.

The Catholic Teen Bible

Jason Evert - Video Clips on Relationships

FOCUS - Fellowship Of Catholic University Students.

Traces - College / Adult level Magazine

Communion & Liberation - College / Adult Lay Movement

Komunia I Wyzwolenie Polska - Polish Language edition of above.

Online Catechism



Faith & Culture

Word On Fire - Fr. Robert Barron

Word On Fire - Video

The Journey Home (Video) - Interviews & live call-in Q&A with converts from
a wide variety of faith and non-faith back-rounds. Host - Marcus Grodi, 60 min.

Magis Center for Reason & Faith - Explores the Connections Between Religion & Science
- Videos, Articles, Documentaries, News

CHNetwork Forum - Online discussion forum of the Coming Home
Network, founded by Marcus Grodi, - EWTN host of - The Journey Home.

Decent Films Guide - Film appreciation and criticism informed by Christian faith. Covers old films as
well as the newest releases.

St. Joseph Book & Film Blog -
Stop by and click on the links for the book and film lists, - all available for our parishioners and visitors.

Catholic Faith & Practice - Over 40 Audio Programs with Dr. Scott Hahn.

Traces - College / Adult level Magazine

Communion & Liberation - College / Adult Lay Movement

Komunia I Wyzwolenie Polska - Polish Language edition of above.

Connecticut Catholic Conference

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Online News

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