Tuesday 15th of August

The Diocese of Saskatoon Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library contains a wide variety of religious audio-visual materials and books. These videos, DVD's, audio cassettes, CD's and books are available to enrich religious education programs of all ages or to enhance an individual's spirituality.

The library has a brand new, spacious facility to better serve our patrons' needs. The library is on the second floor of Holy Family Cathedral (123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1) and the building has an elevator to make it completely accessible. For further information or to have requests filled, please call the direct library phone number: (306) 659-5853. The toll-free number ( 877-661-5005 ) and email remain the same: library@saskatoonrcdiocese.com.

The library also now houses materials for Vocations/scripture studies.

Resource Centre News

New Resources

The Resource Library (123 Nelson Road) is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.(closed from noon to 1 o'clock). Please note that the library is closed on Fridays. Borrowed items may be returned to the book drop on the main floor of the building (near the elevator), which can be accessed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays) and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Items may also be returned to the Reception desk on the second floor, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). 

 

Recent Additions

Library Audio
Added 1 year 7 months ago
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5th Annual Divine Mercy Conference

Disc 1: Opening Address - Bishop Donald Bolen

Disc 2: The Philosophical Problem of Evil - Robert Stackpole

Disc 3: Divine Revelation and the Problem of Evil - Robert Stackpole

Disc 4: Learning to Suffer Well Part I - Peter Fitch

Disc 5: Learning to Suffer Well Part II - Peter Fitch

Disc 6: The Heart of a Healer - Peter Fitch

Disc 7: The Skills of a Healer Part I - Peter Fitch

Disc 8: The Skills of a Healer Part II - Peter Fitch

Disc 9: Learning to Pray Well - Peter Fitch

Disc 10: Redemptive Suffering  - Robert Stackpole

Disc 11: The Fat Soul Method of Breaking Sins, Habits and Addictions - Peter Fitch

Disc 12: Homilies from Conference Masses

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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The history of the Roman Catholic Church is a gateway to understanding two thousand years of Western--and at times world--civilization. Edward Norman's lavishly illustrated, incisive account, sure to become a classic, tells the story of the multifarious ways in which the Church has shaped the lives and beliefs of Christians and non-Christians alike.It is partly a story of remarkable people, from the greatest theologian of the early Church, St. Augustine, to one of the greatest figures of the modern age, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It is also a story rich in symbols, not least the awe-inspiring basilica built over the tomb of St. Peter in Rome, the most recognizable church in the world. But the focus of the book is a historical account of epic proportions. Here we discover how Rome became the heart of the Roman Catholic religion and played a role in transforming Western Europe into Christendom. We gain a view of the Crusades undistorted by today's agendas, explore the Counter-Reformation as the fruit of the venerable Catholic reforming tradition, and witness the beginning of a new 500-year history, in which missionaries took their message to Latin America and the East. And, in this boldly uplifting account, we come to see how the Church, reflecting the vision of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, today embodies Christ's own injunction to "teach all nations

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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This long-awaited sequel to the best-selling Did Adam & Eve Have Belly Buttons? utilizes the same easy-to-read, question-and-answer format that has proven successful in capturing the hearts and minds of Catholic teenagers. With 200 actual questions from teens, Did Jesus Have a Last Name? offers clear and concise answers to some of the most challenging questions about the Church and its teachings.

Here, teens will encounter clear answers to questions such as: * How can we believe in a God we cannot see? * Is the Catholic faith the only true religion? * Did the miracles in the Bible really happen? * Why are we punished by Adam and Eve’s sin? Though written for teens, this book is perfect for Catholics and non-Catholics of all ages who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Authors Matthew Pinto and Jason Evert have a gift for providing clear, theologically precise explanations in contemporary language, drawing on examples from everyday experience.

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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The Directory presents the purpose of the homily as described in the documents of the Church from the Second Vatican Council to the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium. It offers guidance based on these resources to help preachers carry out their mission effectively. The first part describes the nature, function, and specific context of the homily. The second part addresses the essential questions of method and content that the homilist should know and take into account when preparing and delivering the homily. Two appendices follow the main text. The first gives references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church based on various doctrinal themes in the readings for each of the Sundays. The second appendix provides references to various Magisterial teachings on the homily.

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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Scripture speaks of miracles wrought through relics: a dead man was raised when Elisha’s bones touched him, and the clothing of Jesus and His apostles healed the sick. In the early Church, Masses were celebrated over the bones of the martyrs, and phials of their blood have effected countless miracles. Direct successors of the Apostles themselves speak of venerating relics; Church Fathers encourage it; throughout the ages of Catholic legacy, relics of the saints are always present. The Church takes diligent care in preserving and documenting the authenticity of her relics. Best-selling author Joan Carroll Cruz takes full advantage of these resources. With painstaking research, she exposes the details behind hundreds of the Church’s most famous and beloved relics. She covers 38 second-class relicsof our Lord and Lady, such as the Holy Grail and Our Lady’s Veil, and relics of all sorts from 75 favorite saints, such as St. Mary Magdalene, St. Agnes, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maria Goretti, and many more! Relics is a unique collection of years of dedicated research about the lives of the saints and the mementos they left behind, to remind us of their presence and intercession for us. 

Library Book
Added 1 year 8 months ago
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Pope Francis’ highly anticipated Encyclical Letter on the environment, Laudato Si or “Praise be to you”, takes its title from Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun.  In this document, the central question posed by the Holy Father is: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (No. 160). He adds, "Unless we struggle with these deeper issues, I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results." Indeed, with this Encyclical, Pope Francis wishes to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” and calls for an “ecological conversion”. In this document, the Holy Father:• Reviews the “present ecological crisis” based on the “results of the best scientific research available today.”• Considers “principles drawn from the Judeo-Christian tradition which can render our commitment to the environment more coherent.”• Examines the symptoms and causes of the crisis “to provide an approach to ecology which respects our unique place as human beings in this world and our relationship to our surroundings.”• Presents broader “proposals for dialogue and action” for both individuals and international public policy.• Offers guidelines for human development based on the Christian spiritual experience.“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.” – Pope Francis

Library Book
Added 1 year 9 months ago
Library Book
Added 1 year 9 months ago
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The timeless message of the New Testament applies to people of every culture and generation. Yet there is great value in understanding the world in which that message was first revealed - its social manners, politics, religious customs, and culture. Exploring the New Testament World, written by classics and Bible scholar Dr. Albert A. Bell, Jr., illuminates the living context of the New Testament, immersing its readers in the intriguing world of Jesus and the early church.

An authority on ancient Greek and Roman language, culture, and history, Dr. Bell writes in a readable style that is accessible and enjoyable to any reader - an uncommon accomplishment among New Testament scholars today. Surveying Jewish factions of the era, the social and political structure of the Roman Empire, and the philosophies and religions that surrounded the early church, Dr. Bell helps his readers learn to think like first-century Jews, Greeks, and Romans, illuminating puzzling New Testament passages for clear understanding. Comprehensive Scripture and Subject Indexes make this volume even more useful as a "manners and customs" Bible companion.

This authoritative guide receives high praise from college professors and Sunday school teachers alike, proving its appeal to both popular and academic audiences. A "must-have" reference for every pastor and an indispensable resource to any Bible reader.

Library Book
Added 1 year 9 months ago
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How can contemporary Christians use poems written half a millennium before Christ as the basis of their prayer? In The Lords Song in a Foreign Land, Father Wahl focuses on fifty of the most widely used psalms for Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. Using the Grail translation for the Psalms, he provides a reflection for each day of a four-week cycle, examining how a particular psalm can serve as a reference for prayer. For the remaining psalms, he offers a prayer based on the biblical reading, comparing individuals' experience to that of Israel. The text of the psalm is included.The Lord's Song in a Foreign Land illustrates two characteristics of the psalms that make these ancient prayers suited to contemporary use: In biblical times the Jewish people prayed the psalms in a variety of circumstances (for example, as a prayer of thanksgiving for anyone that had been saved from mortal danger). Secondly, Christians and Jewish people have instinctively prayed the psalms as metaphors of their own experience from the beginning.Father Wahl stresses that the psalms, rich in language, were originally intended for people to use on reoccurring occasions (in a psalm for a recovery from an illness, the prayer applied to whatever the illness). Similarly, a prayer for a blessing on a reigning king was later used to express the desire for a messiah. He shows that even by the time the psalms were collected, such prayers had been used again -- in new but comparable situations not originally envisioned in their composition.The Lord's Song in a Foreign Land offers contemporary Christians a method for applying the psalms to their lives in a way that recognizes the cultural,intellectual, and moral gap between Israel and the Western world. The result -- a meaningful, personal and prayerful connection to the psalms composed in a foreign land.

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