There’s still time to get a copy of The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life to read with us during the next six weeks while we explore the goodness within it.
We hope you’ll learn more about some of the most ancient practices of the faith (The Sign of the Cross, Baptism, Eucharist, Sacred Oils and Incense, Confession) as well as some of the more obscure and playful devotions that you can bring into the life of your family: Catholic road trips, books and music for kids, how to bless a child, how to name a child, pilgrimages and processions, housewarming gifts, Mary gardens, making window stars for the Feast of Epiphany, making and praying with candles. There’s something in there for every one.
To give you a sense of the treat you’re in for with this book, soak in this bit of wisdom from author Melissa Musick when asked what encouragement she would offer:
This isn’t a lifestyle. It’s a life, with all its imperfections and failures that implies. But I know what you mean. It’s like some Easter dinner recipe that begins: Raise a suckling pig and bottle feed it by hand. In the meantime, construct a simple smokehouse from the enclosed diagram and click on this link for slaughtering instructions. The picture is of the perfectly roasted ham you want to serve, but the way the lifestyle guru wants you to get there is not only exhausting and discouraging, it’s impossible! That’s why, when we did include craft or recipe suggestions, we only included the kind of simple, inexpensive things actual people with an actual life can do. Or not. Being Catholic does not come with a requirement for any special equipment.
This book is the kind of book you’ll love to share and we hope you’ll join us as we read it together.
Here’s how it will work:
We’ll post a reflection each week on Saturdays, beginning with an author interview on March 5, 2016. We have a team of writers who will be reflecting on each chapter and posting discussion questions. You’re welcome to read along with us.
You can participate in a few ways:
1. Read along.
2. Leave comments on each post with your thoughts and impressions or even take a stab at the discussion questions.
3. Interact with other commenters.
4. Share the posts and the discussion in your real-life networks and/or your social networks.
Our reading schedule:
(This will be updated on the Catholic Catalogue Book Club page with links.)
- March 5, 2016 – Book Club Kickoff – Interview with authors
March 12, 2016 – Part One: Smells and Bells (#1-12)
March 19, 2016 – Part Two: Seasons of the Church Year (#13-23)
March 26, 2016 – Part Two: Seasons of the Church Year (#24-31)
April 2, 2016 – Part Two: Seasons of the Church Year (#32-44)
April 9, 2016 – Part Two: Seasons of the Church Year (#45-60)
April 16, 2016 – Part Three: Seasons of Life (#61-73)
April 23, 2016 – Part Three: Seasons of Life (#74-82)
Note: don’t leave a comment here, on this page. You need to click through to the actual weekly posts for discussion.
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