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The Uproar in Bethlehem

Michal Hudak

The story of Jesus' birth is charmingly retold in Michal Hudak’s The Uproar in Bethlehem. Following Little Figge, the sheep, and the rest of the flock into Bethlehem, children of all ages will feel the excitement and commotion of the times. As Little Figge and his friends arrive in Bethlehem to register with their shepherd, they cause an uproar in the middle of Bethlehem. The unintentional havoc is happily resolved as it eventually leads them to the stable where Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus are staying. Perfect for children ages 3-9, The Uproar in Bethlehem has full-color illustrations that will captivate young minds as they are drawn in to the exciting story of Jesus' birth as experienced by Little Figge. Michal Hudak is from Sweden and has written and illustrated several other children's books including The Shepherd and the 100 Sheep published by The Liturgical Press.

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Jesus Is Born

Rolf Krenzer; Linda M. Maloney, Translator; Constanza Droop, Illustrator

Bible stories are appealing to young readers, but no one story has captured the attention of children so much as the story of Jesus' birth. In Jesus Is Born, easy-to-understand text accompanies beautiful, full-color illustrations for children interested in this special Bible story. Many story details can be learned through the illustrations alone. Children ages 5-12 will both learn from and delight in this book. Rolf Krenzer from Germany is an author of children’s books.

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Ambrose and the Princess

Margo Sorenson, Katalin Szegedi, Illustrator

2006 Catholic Press Association Award Winner! For Ambrose and his mouse family, Christmas at the cathedral means pews full of worshipers who may need the help of the mice. This Christmas, Ambrose knows it is his turn to help—but how? The new princess is unhappy and might depart, leaving the church, the convent, and the poor who so badly need her charity and kindness. With encouragement from his mouse family, Ambrose sets out to help the princess. The princess’ world seems enormous to a small mouse, but perhaps it will take someone tiny to notice the one thing that will make the princess happy. Will Ambrose’s bravery and desire to help be large enough to make a difference? With colorful, detailed illustrations by Katalin Szegedi, this story will invite children into Ambrose’s world, and fascinate them with the medieval church. Children will sympathize with Ambrose’s worries, cheer with his successes, and be inspired by his persistence. Children 4-10, schools, libraries, and people of all ages will keep this book nearby and visit Ambrose and his cathedral family again and again. Margo Sorenson is the author of over twenty-five books for young readers. She has received recognition and awards from various groups, including the American Library Association. Katalin Szegedi has been the recipient of many awards for her illustrations including the 2005 Hungarian Illustrator of the Year award and the Hungarian equivalent to the Caldecott Medal in 2001 and 2003. She has also been recognized by the Catholic Book Association for The Weight of a Mass (Gingerbread House; also distributed by Liturgical Press). She is the illustrator for the forthcoming Ambrose the Mouse book by Margo Sorenson, Ambrose and the Cathedral Dream, from Liturgical Press.

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Let's Talk About God/Hablemos de Dios

Written and illustrated by Àngels Comella; Lisa A. Twomey, Translator

2002 Catholic Press Association Award Winner! Let's Talk About God/Hablemos de Dios reminds children about the power of God's love and the many ways God is with them every day. Through bright, colorful illustrations that exude personality and easy-to-read text that appears in both English and Spanish, children come to know that God takes care of all the little things: makes the sun rise every day, makes the grass grow under our feet, makes us different from each other, gives us many chances, is always with us, and loves each and every one of us. Let's Talk About God/Hablemos de Dios reassures children of God's love for them and reminds them to search for God in the things closest to them and within their own hearts. For children ages 4-8.

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Preparing to Celebrate in Schools

Margaret Bick

Liturgical formation requires work, and the obstacles to good celebration in schools are all too clear: poor environment for liturgy, too many children, "crowd control," and confused expectations. Problems abound when we transplant the liturgy into this new environment. Yet school celebrations can be the source of much joy and spiritual enrichment for all concerned. Preparing to Celebrate in Schools addresses problems at their source. In this way it helps you both to avoid the difficulties in school liturgy and to build toward a strong program of liturgical formation in the school—a program which will lead to full, conscious, and active participation by the students in the liturgical life of the Church. Specific examples of how to apply these principles in schools and develop a long-range plan of action are included. Discussion questions and a summary conclude each chapter. Chapters include "What Are We Celebrating?" "How We Celebrate Is Who We Are," "When Should We Celebrate?" "What's a Great Liturgy Doing in a Place Like This?" "How Can We Keep From Singing?" "The Directory for Masses with Children—Definitely Not the Yellow Pages!" and "Where Do We Go from Here?" Margaret Bick, religious education consultant for the Metropolitan Toronto Roman Catholic Separate School Board, Canada's largest Roman Catholic school board, holds a master's degree in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. She gives workshops in various areas of liturgy and writes on liturgy for several Canadian publications.

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Selected Works of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin: Volume 2

Church and Society

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin; Alphonse P. Spilly, CPPS, Editor; Foreword by Roger Cardinal Mahony

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin is widely regarded as having had more impact on the Catholic Church in the United States than any other bishop this century. By the time of his death in 1996 he had attracted the respect and affection of millions around the world. Selected Works of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin provides in two volumes the "essential" Bernardin for those interested in the faith, ecclesial vision, and pastoral insights of this great church leader. This second volume, Church and Society, is at the very heart of the Cardinal Bernardin's teaching ministry with selected talks on the six areas that are most often associated with his name: peacemaking, consistent ethic of life, religion and society, health care, Catholic-Jewish dialogue, and the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. This volume also contains addresses on such favorite topics of Bernardin's as ecclesial vision and mission, evangelization, Catholic education, religion and spirituality, pastoral ministry, and pastoral outreach. Volume 2 is divided into two parts. Part One: The Life of Society includes the following articles under the heading Peacemaking: "1983 Albert Einstein Peace Laureate," "Memorial Service in Honor of the 55th Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King," "The Church in the Public Life of the Nation: The American Bishops' Pastoral Letter," "The Challenge of Peace: Ecumenical Roots and Relationships, Paul Wattson Ecumenical Seminal and Lecture Series," "The Challenge of Peace: Genesis, Principles and Perspectives of the American Bishops' Pastoral Letter," "Dialogue as Universal Foundation of Peace," "Ordering Our Destiny: Politics, Strategy, and Ethics," and "A Century of Social Teaching." Articles included under the heading A Consistent Ethic of Life: "A Consistent Ethic of Life: An American-Catholic Dialogue," "The Death Penalty: An International Human Rights Issue," "The Fact of Poverty Today: A Challenge for the Church," "Seattle University, Seattle, Washington Address," "University of Illinois Health Care Community Address," and "The Consistent Ethic of Life." Articles included under the heading Religion and Society: "The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: Its Impact on the Social Teaching of the U.S. Bishops," "Chicago Historical Society Address," "Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Revisited—25 Years Later," "Catholic Identity: Resolving Conflicting Expectations," "The Catholic Church and U.S. Culture," "Tolerance in Society and Church," and "Remarks on the White House Lawn After Reception of the Medal of Freedom." Articles included under the heading Health Care: "The Consistent Ethic of Life and Health Care Systems," "Spanning the Barriers: Catholic Health Care in a World of Need," "The Consistent Ethic of Life and Health Care Reform," "Making the Case for Not-for-Profit Health Care," and "Renewing the Covenant with Patients and Society." Articles included under the heading Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: "The Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Address," "Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of Nostra Aetate," "Center for Jewish and Christian Learning Address," "Reception of Tree of Life Award, Jewish National Fund," "Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and Continuing Challenge for Christians," and "Jewish Federation of Chicago Address." Articles included under the heading Catholic Common Ground Initiative: "Initial Press Conference Remarks," "Question-and-Answer Format Response," and "Faithful and Hopeful: The Catholic Common Ground Project." Part Two: The Life of the Church includes the following articles under the heading Ecclesial Vision and Mission: "'The Church's New Self-Understanding,' Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of Vatican II," "'Changing Styles of Episcopal Leadership,' Centennial Conference of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore," "Satisfying the Hungers of the World's Children: Eucharist: Call to Unity and Peace," "The Catholic University of America Address," "'The Church in the Third Millennium: Age-Old Values and New Challenges,' The Eugene M. Burke, CSP, Lectureship in Religion and Society," "'The Assembly: Basis for Liturgical Renewal,' Southwest Liturgical Conference," "A Pastor's Vision, Parish Vitality Day," and "A Vision of Church: Local Church and Universal Church." Articles included under the heading Evangelization: "A Day in His Name," "'Evangelization: Integrating Focus of All Ministry,' Catholic Evangelization Program," "Evangelization: Integrating Focus of All Ministry," "'Lay Ministry and Evangelization: Sent to Be a Blessing and Blessing the Ones Sent,' Archdiocesan Conference on Religious Education," "'Evangelizing the Active Catholic,' Pentecost '87, A National Satellite Celebration of Catholic Evangelization," and "'A Vision of Evangelization As We Approach a New Millennium,' Congress '88, An Ecumenical Festival of Evangelism." Articles included under the heading Education/Catholic Education: "Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois Address," "Catholic Principals' Association Address," "Newman Centennial Address," "High School Principals Address," and "'Catholic Education—Alive and Well,' Malcolm Sharp Memorial Lecture." Articles included under the heading Religion and Spirituality: "Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men and Holy Name Societies," "Spiritual Convocation of Priests of the Archdiocese of Newark," "The Spirituality of the Priest," "Priests of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Address," "Second Monday Club of O'Hare Address," "Priests of the Diocese of Charleston Address," and "'Whoever Is in Christ, Is a New Creation,' Young Adult Catechesis, World Youth Day '93." Articles included under the heading Pastoral Ministry: "'Pastoral Care of the Separated, Divorced and Remarried in Light of the Catholic Theology of Marriage,' Diocesan Directors' Conference, Ministry for Separated and Divorced Catholics," "National Convention of Catholic Campus Ministry," "'Pastoral Care of Immigrants in the United States,' First National Convention on Filipino Ministry," "Family Life Congress, Diocese of Phoenix," "National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers," and "The United Nations." Articles included under the heading Pastoral Outreach: "Protestant Foundation," "'This Hope Will Not Leave Us Disappointed,' Garrett-Evangelical/Seabury-Western Seminaries," "Leadership Greater Chicago Address," "Humboldt Park-Logan Square-West Town Community Meeting Address," "Civic Unity in Chicago: Is It Only a Dream?" "National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse Address," and "'The Story of the Campaign for Human Development: Theological-Historical Roots,' 25th Anniversary of the Campaign for Human Development." Alphonse P. Spilly, CPPS, served as special assistant to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1984-1999. He is the director of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union. He is also the author of First and Second Maccabees of The Collegeville Bible Commentary series and has contributed to The Bible Today, both published by The Liturgical Press.

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International Priests in America

Challenges and Opportunities

Dean R. Hoge and Aniedi Okure, OP

Foreign-born priests have always played a significant role in America. Only from 1940 to 1960 did the church produce enough native-born priests to serve its parishes. In the past, those priests usually came from Europe, most notably Ireland. In the future, most of the world will be served by priests from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, particularly India and Nigeria. Sixteen percent of the priests serving in the United States since 1985 are foreign-born and the number is rising. But many Americans prefer not to have them in their churches, saying the language and cultural differences are too great, and the screening isn’t sufficient. International Priests in America studies this phenomenon from the perspective of parishioners, lay ministers, diocesan leaders, and priests. This groundbreaking book is guided by two questions: Should the Catholic Church in the United States bring in more international priests? If so, how should this be done? Dean R. Hoge, PhD, teaches sociology at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and has co-authored five surveys of American priests. His recent books include The First Five Years of the Priesthood and Evolving Visions of the Priesthood, published by Liturgical Press. Aniedi Okure, OP, served as Coordinator of Ethnic Ministers at the U.S. Catholic Conference from 1995 to 2001. His main focus was international priests and he was the staff writer for Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States.

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Vanity Faith

Searching for Spirituality among the Stars

Terrance W. Klein

From magazines like Vanity Fair we learn that celebrities, the stars of stage and screen, suffer just like us. They search for love in the wrong places and right, in character and out. They know loneliness and grief, failure as well as success. And yet, as the title of one chapter in this volume suggests, "everything we need to know about grace we can learn from Audrey Hepburn." As an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, Terrance Klein often brought together the lives of the stars and the Christian life. In this collection of short pieces, drawing from sources as varied as a biography of Princess Diana and a book by Pope Benedict-as well as plenty of profiles in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker-Klein uses the stars of stage and screen to give us insight into our life with Christ. Becoming holy as we learn what it means to be human, we learn it is all about finding the way God has prepared for us.Terrance W. Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Columbus. A former seminary director of spiritual formation, he is an associate professor of theology at Fordham University.

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Divine Providence and Human Suffering

James Walsh, SJ, and P.G. Walsh

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Ecumenical Dialogue

Ecumenical Dialogue

Angelo Maffeis; Lorelei F. Fuchs, SA Translator

Ecumenical Dialogue surveys the historical and theological foundations of the ecumenical movement and the role of dialogue in the churches' commitment to manifest their unity in a full and visible way. Angelo Maffeis traces these foundations as they emerge in multilateral and bilateral settings of interchurch encounter. Special attention is given to conciliar ecumenism and to the dialogues to which the Roman Catholic Church is partner. Delineating the nature of dialogue and shaping its structure, Maffeis considers the conditions for authentic dialogue and an ecumenical theology that sustains the reception of ecumenical findings. Ecumenical Dialogue includes a bibliography of select sources pertinent to the ecumenical movement in general and ecumenical dialogue in particular. Angelo Maffeis is a member of the Church’s Commission on Faith and Ecumenical Affairs as well as a member of the International Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue.

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Communion with Non-Catholic Christians

Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities

Jeffrey VanderWilt

Is it ever appropriate for non-Catholic Christians to receive Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass? What should a pastor do to preserve the holiness and the purpose of Communion? What happens when a non-Catholic receives Holy Communion? How should a Catholic pastor respond to non-Catholics who wish to have communion without conveying harshness, scrupulosity, legalism, or rudeness? Intended to help Christians recognize the present provisional norms and to see new possibilities in eucharistic sharing, Communion with Non-Catholic Christians examines the risks, challenges, and opportunities involved in the admission of communion to non-Catholic Christians. Communion with Non-Catholic Christians begins by defining eucharistic sharing. It assists Catholics and non-Catholics in understanding the present discipline of eucharistic sharing or receiving Holy Communion outside of one's own church. Secondly, it looks at what caution should be taken in eucharistic sharing, the values at stake, and the reasons for more open eucharistic sharing for Christian unity. Finally, it looks at the opportunities in eucharistic sharing and the possibility of full communion. By focusing on liturgical law and pastoral practices, this book moves the discussion of the admission of communion forward to new possibilities for growth in communion. Chapters are: "What is Eucharistic Sharing?" “Risks, or Some Reasons for Caution in Eucharistic Sharing,” “Challenges, or Some Reasons for a More Open Eucharistic Sharing,” and “Opportunities, or Sharing the Eucharist in Hope for Full Communion.” Jeffrey VanderWilt, PhD, teaches liturgy, sacraments, and Christian theology at Loyola Marymont University, Los Angeles. He is the author of A Church without Borders: The Eucharist and the Church in Ecumenical Perspective.

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Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ

At the Source of the Ecclesiology of Communion

J.-M.-R. Tillard, OP; Madeleine M. Beaumont, Translator

How does the ecclesiology of communion go back to the very sources of the great ecclesial tradition? How should we explain that a Christian is never alone, even before God? How should we perceive that the Church is a communion before being a society, a mystery before being a structure? These questions reflect the inner being of the Church that is at the center of Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ. The late renowned scholar J.-M.-R. Tillard defines what the flesh of the Church is for the New Testament and the period of the undivided Church. He enables readers to understand not the structure of God's Church but the living reality of grace for which this structure exists. Tillard explains that the "flesh of the church" is communion of life for humanity reconciled with the Father and with itself "in Christ." He also shows that through the power of the Spirit and the Word, the Church is the "flesh of Christ" in the osmosis of the sacrificial flesh of the Lord and the concrete life of the baptized, of which the Eucharist is the sacrament. Chapters are "All Linked Together by Salvation: For God, in Communion," "All Joined into One Body, Eucharistic Body, Ecclesial Body," "All Taken into the One Sacrifice: The Sacrifice of Christ," and "Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ." The late J.-M.-R. Tillard, OP, served as vice-president of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, was consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Christian Unity, and a member of several ecumenical commissions. He also wrote Church of Churches: The Ecclesiology of Communion, published by The Liturgical Press.

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Ages of Initiation

The First Two Christian Millennia: With CD-ROM of Source Excerpts

Paul Turner

Opinions abound about the appropriate age of candidates for the sacraments of initiation and the sequence of their reception. Ages of Initiation makes accessible in a CD-ROM format those texts from New Testament times to the present that document and comment on the reception of these sacraments. It also tracks the circumstances which caused patterns of tradition to form and shift. Ages of Initiation enlightens those who form sacramental policies as well as those who live by them. Catechumens, who range in age from schoolchildren to seniors, celebrate baptism, then confirmation, and then Eucharist in the same ceremony. But children born of Catholic parents may be baptized as infants and celebrate confirmation and Eucharist in different ceremonies over a period of eighteen years or more; in many cases their confirmation follows the first reception of Communion. Still, the Church today calls these three rites "sacraments of initiation." The Ages of Initiation CD-ROM divides the twenty centuries of Christianity into twelve sections. Each section is subdivided into units which pair introductory material with a collection of citations, and then concludes with a bulleted summary. Those who wish to consult original references will find direction in the bibliography. An accompanying booklet provides a summary of the information contained on the CD-ROM version of Ages of Initiation. Convenient cross-references in the book direct you to the exact area on the CD for more information. Contents include "The New Testament Church (1-100)," "Emerging Ritual Patterns (101-300)," "The Golden Age (301-500)," "Liturgical Development (501-700)," "The Era of Charlemagne (701-828)," "Regulating Initiation (892-964)," "Pastoral Concerns (965-1214)," "The Age of Discretion (1215-1519)," "Reformation (1520-1592)," "The Ritualization of First Communion (1593-1773)," "Sequence (1774-1909)," "The Diversification of Tradition (1910-2000)," and "Conclusions." System requirements: 3 MB hard disk space 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended) CD drive mouse VGA graphics adapter; color monitor preferred Paul Turner is pastor of St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City and has written several books on the sacraments of initiation.

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Eastern Christian Worlds

Mahmoud Zibawi; Preface by Olivier Clément; Translated by Madeleine M. Beaumont; English Text Edited by Nancy McDarby

The stunning pre-quel to Zibawi's The Icon Mahmoud Zibawi's stunning book takes the reader on a journey to spiritual galaxies that have been too long neglected, although they are Christian universes and fiercely faithful to what was given at the beginning. With a majestic sweep, it presents, through both images and texts, a breath-taking view of Middle Eastern Churches - past and present - specifically in Syria, Armenia, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Many of these icons have never before been seen in print; most will appear new - and unique - as they differ in style from their Greek cousins. "Today these Churches, which are whole cultures, whole worlds, are diminished and threatened. Their art, including the present-day attempts at renewal, has been debased by the invasion of the second-rate products of Western pietism. At the very time the spiritual desert spreads, Mahmoud Zibawi reminds us - and this reminder is as good as a promise - that throughout the Christian and Muslim worlds of the East, and even farther, over deep Asia, a unique and diverse river of beauty once flowed, bringing peace and light, and that, therefore, it can do so again, provided we learn, in the very movement of the great Western 'quest,' to rediscover its source." - from the preface.

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Salvation is from the Jews

Saving Grace in Judaism and Messianic Hope in Christianity

Aaron Milavec

Growing up in an ethnic suburb in Cleveland, Aaron Milavec was an impressionable adolescent whose religious and cultural influences made it natural for him to pity, blame, and despise Jews. All of that began to change in 1955 when Mr. Martin, a Jewish merchant, hired Milavec as a stock boy. Milavec’s initial anxieties over working for a Jew surprisingly gave way to profound personal admiration. This, in turn, plunged Milavec into a troubling theological dilemma: How could God consign Mr. Martin to eternal hellfire due to his ancestral role in the death of Jesus when it was clear that Mr. Martin would not harm me, a Christian, even in small ways? This book is not for the faint-hearted. Most Christians imagine that the poison of anti-Judaism has been largely eliminated. In contrast, Milavec reveals how this poison has gone underground—disfiguring not only the role of Israel in God’s plan of salvation but also horribly twisting the faith, the forgiveness, and the salvation that Christians find through Jesus Christ. This painful realization serves as the necessary first step for our healing. At each step of the way, Milavec’s sure hand builds bridges of mutual understanding that enable both Christians and Jews to cross the chasm of distrust and distortion that has infected both church and synagogue over the centuries. In the end, Milavec securely brings his readers to that place where Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity can again be admired as sister religions intimately united to one other in God’s drama of salvation. Aaron Milavec holds a STB from the University of Fribourg and a ThD from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). For twenty-five years he has been occupied with the training of future priests and lay ministers. Over the years, Milavec has presented numerous workshops, classes, and lectures on issues of concern to Jews and Christians. He recently authored The Didache: Text, Translation, Analysis and Commentary (Liturgical Press)—a window into the mid-first century faith, hope, and practice of a Christianity within the boundaries of Judaism.

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