Welcome to our Resource page!
Perhaps you are a viewer who feels they have missed out on catechesis and are seeking a deeper understanding of matters of the Faith, but are not sure how to go about it. Scattered over these pages you'll find links to many essential Catholic websites and materials. They are important building blocks to 'growing' our knowledge of God and Faith. (i.e. Scripture, the Mass, Catechesis and Prayer) May they help in some way, to lead you to a deeper encounter and relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ!
The Mass - Take half an hour and listen to this beautiful video by Fr. Dave Pivonka, President of Franciscan University, Stubenville, on the "The Spirit and the Eucharist" - it will inspire you to a greater love and appreciation for the Mass and the Eucharist!
The Real Presence - Bishop Robert Barron gave this most compelling talk in February, 2020 on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Every Catholic would benefit from listening - his talk starts at 3:00.
The Catholic Mass...Revealed DVD (by Thy Kingdome Come) is a very helpful video to draw our attention to the beauty and meaning of the different parts of the Mass that we sometimes take for granted and is available on line.
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Subscribe to the Magnificate to have the daily readings, spiritual reflections, life of the saints and religious artwork...all in a beautiful, compact monthly prayer book - easy to carry with you. (also on their Web App.)
Bishop Robert Barron, has a wealth of inspiring videos and materials to help us deepen our relationship with God. Catholicism and The Pivitol Players, are two wonderful works if you've not seen them. All of his videos are designed to shine light on the meaning of scripture, the church and her teachings, and theology. Check out his Word on Fire Institute, which does require membership for full use, but many of his videos and podcasts are free on YouTube!
Prayer life - essential for growing in our spiritual life. There are many good resources to set us on the path to a good prayer life, but Fr. Jacques Philippe's reflections in his books on prayer "guide us with simplicity on the path to intimacy with God, helping us to develop an actual taste for personal prayer. This "school of prayer" opens us up to the encounter with God that transforms us from within," a quote referencing: Thirsting for Prayer. Two of his other books are Nine Days to Rediscover the Joy of Prayer and Time for God!
They are small books loaded with simple and uplifting guidance.
Be sure to talk to your Religious Education Director regarding opportunities within your own parish to learn more about your faith; perhaps you can even sit in on their RCIA classes.
Check out your local diocese and parish websites for current information on classes or ministries available in your area, to strengthen you in your faith.(This link is to the Diocese of Sacramento Lay Formation page). Get on their email list for announcements. Be sure to check out the beautiful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament website, in Sacramento, California.
The Theological Virtues
This short clip is appropriately about the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love (Charity). "As long as you have them," says Bishop Barron, you'll know what to do with your life and it will be on an even keel.
Come on in, the water is fine! Look for ways you can help out at your parish. They need our gifts of time, talent and treasure. We are all called to be disciples and missionaries of Christ, by means of our Baptism.
The USCCB - US Conference of Catholic Bishop's website gives you all of the books of the Bible at your fingertips.
It also has comprehensive coverage of all things Catholic! Check all the pages and links on their website for your own reference and as a useful teaching tool. They will also email you the daily Mass readings and reflections on them!
The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (includes American saints and history) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) are both available on line. In each you will find the teachings of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition in the Church and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers, Doctors, and saints of the Church. "In reading the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God..."
— Pope John Paul II
If you have never been on a retreat, they are a beautiful time away from our busy routines to spend time with God. In this silence, we are better able to hear God speak to us. Retreats can be life changing experiences. In the Sacramento area we have two retreat centers, Christ the King and Mercy Center, Auburn. offering a variety of retreats. Keep an eye on your parish bulletins for notices about upcoming retreats. You do not have to be perfect to go on retreat! You just have to want a closer relationship with God. Retreats can help us learn how to pray and to listen to what God is saying to us - what he wants for us in our lives...
Not Catholic but curious? Learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) to learn more about the journey to becoming Catholic. Then inquire about programs at a nearby Catholic Church.
"When fear increases in my heart, your consolation calms my soul..." The Poor Clare Nuns in Galway, Ireland have released a beautiful song on the healing powers of God - enjoy it here - called "Calm the Soul"
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“Without Christ we are condemned to be dominated by everyday weariness, with its worries, and by fear of the future. The Sunday encounter with the Lord gives us the strength to experience the present with confidence and courage, and to go forth with hope. For this reason we Christians go to encounter the Lord on Sunday, in the Eucharistic celebration..." Click the link to read the whole talk this quote was taken from: (part of a series): General Audience, Wednesday 13 December 2017