Tuesday 31st of January

Diocese of Saskatoon Library Portal

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 for all ages or to enhance an individual's spirituality.

The resource library is located in the Catholic Pastoral Centre, on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1). The building has an elevator to make it completely accessible. For further information call (306) 242-1500.

The Catholic Pastoral Centre is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.(closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.).

Borrowed items may be returned to the Catholiic Pastoral Centre (2nd Floor) during regular hours, or return items to the book drop on the main floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family building (near the elevator). The book drop on the main floor can be accessed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (not open on holidays) and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

 

 

Recent Additions

Library Book
Added 1 week 4 days ago
Summary:

This illuminating examination of the Gospels reveals how the questions Jesus asks of his followers lead the way to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and the mystery of God.

The Gospels are filled with stories, parables, miracles, commandments, and dramatic incidents that trace Jesus’ life and recount his teachings. A close reading of the Gospels reveals, however, that they are also filled with questions. As John Dear points out in this remarkable book, Jesus, like any great teacher and rabbi, “has a question for everyone he meets, for every occasion, for every experience, for every potential disciple.” Dear uses these questions as a starting point, an invitation to readers to discover the lessons they contain by searching their own hearts and minds for answers.

Throughout The Questions of Jesus, Dear interweaves insights from ethical and religious teachers ranging from Buddha to Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. Using recent events as powerful and poignant examples, he shows why a renewed commitment to Jesus’ message of nonviolence, compassion, justice, and peace is essential to healing a world torn by violence and war.

Library Book
Added 1 week 4 days ago
Summary:

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis is a Christian devotional book. It was first composed in Latin ca.1418-1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member. The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. Its popularity was immediate, and it was printed 745 times before 1650. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ. The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life", "Directives for the Interior Life", "On Interior Consolation" and "On the Blessed Sacrament". The approach taken in the Imitation is characterized by its emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world, as opposed to an active imitation of Christ by other friars. The book places a high level of emphasis on the devotion to the Eucharist as key element of spiritual life.

Library Book
Added 1 week 4 days ago
Summary:

This book is your next step toward a greater sense of purpose. Discover the 4 habits that will animate every area of your life.

Library Video
Added 1 month 3 weeks ago
Summary:

EVANGELIZATION: A JOURNEY THAT STARTS AT HOME. Take your seats for these EWTN Family Favorites; Fr. James Mallon, host of Cross Training; Marcus Grodi, host of The Journey Home; and Fr. John Horgan, EWTN Guest Speaker. Included in this EWTN Home Video is a Special Live Edition of the Journey Home, Most Reverend Michael Miller, CSB Archbishop of Vancouver Homily from Holy Mass Celebrated at Chandos Pattison Auditorium.

4-disk set

Library Book
Added 1 month 3 weeks ago
Summary:

Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn't she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin.

Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, sceptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. Mortified by this turn of events, she hid her quest from everyone except her husband, concealing religious books in opaque bags as if they were porn and locking herself in public bathroom stalls to read the Bible.

Just when Jennifer had a profound epiphany that gave her the courage to convert, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition-and the only treatment was directly at odds with the doctrines of her new-found faith. Something other than God is a poignant, profound and often funny tale of one woman who set out to find the meaning of life and discovered that true happiness sometimes requires losing it all.

Library Book
Added 5 months 1 day ago
Summary:

The purpose of this book is not to persuade or coerce in any way. It is rather meant to help explore in a safe and private way some of the issues, questions and concerns revolving around a vocation to the priesthood.

Library Video
Added 6 months 2 weeks ago
Summary:

Fulfilled by Sonja Corbitt helps Catholics...

  • Explain how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament
  • Share the Catholic Faith concisely
  • Acquire a thorough knowledge of the Tabernacle's design and its function as a blueprint for the Faith
  • Learn how to answer incomplete and non-Catholic interpretations of the Bible
  • Examine your own faith and grow deeper in your relationship with Christ

Also available: Study Book with Leader's notes.

Library Book
Added 6 months 2 weeks ago
Summary:

Have you ever been unable to explain the "why" of Catholic beliefs? Have you ever wondered why the Old Testament sounds so different from the New Testament? In the Old Testament, God began building a plan and laying a foundation for the beautiful traditions of the Catholic Faith. That plan was fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament.

Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism explores the biblical roots of the Catholic Faith. It uncovers God's consistent design for our worship of him and his relationship with us. Learn how the Old Testament Tabernacle can be used as a blueprint for the Catholic Faith and how Jesus fulfilled it in the New Testament.

This book is needed for two studies: Fulfilled - Part One and Fulfilled - Part Two (coming later this year). 

Fulfilled by Sonja Corbitt helps Catholics...

   Explain how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament

   Share the Catholic Faith concisely

   Acquire a thorough knowledge of the Tabernacle's design and its function as a blueprint for the Faith

   Learn how to answer incomplete and non-Catholic interpretations of the Bible

   Examine your own faith and grow deeper in your relationship with Christ

 

Also Available: 3-DVD Set with all seven sessions

Library Book
Added 7 months 6 days ago
Summary:

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the life of the Church. Because of the suspension of public Masses and the disruption of parish life, many feel disconnected from Christ and his Church. As Catholics, we are wrestling with the theological and spiritual ramifications of the pandemic and how to discern God’s will in this time of crisis.

In Finding Christ in the Crisis: What the Pandemic Can Teach Us, Fr. Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein shed light on what God might be saying to us now, both in the Church and in the world. Through scriptural interpretation and examination of particular realities of the Faith, we can realize that, while we may at times be restricted in our access to the sacraments and even to pastoral leadership, the effects of this pandemic are by no means a defeat.

Instead, as men and women of faith, we have an opportunity to rediscover the heart of our Catholic identity and to find God in the midst of the storm.

Library Book
Added 7 months 6 days ago
Summary:

A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2017-19 summarises the findings of ACN’s ongoing research, assessing recent patterns of hatred and discrimination. 

This 2019 edition of Persecuted and Forgotten? examines key developments in 12 countries of core concern for Christians suffering human rights abuses. Covering a 25-month period from July 2017 to July 2019 (inclusive), the report draws on fact-finding trips carried out by Aid to the Church in Need staff to countries noted for persecution against Christians, for example northern Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and other parts of the world which cannot be revealed because of security concerns. This report shows that, again and again, in Egypt, Pakistan and elsewhere, Christian women suffer the most, with reports of abductions, forced conversions and sex attacks. 

In spite of the growing wealth of information on the subject, the extent of the crisis facing Christians persecuted for their faith remains little known and understood. While statistical research has offered considerable insight into the topic of Christian persecution, some data has not stood up to scrutiny and is unable to demonstrate that the violence in question is religiously motivated. That said, studies consistently show that Christians suffer significantly high levels of persecution and intolerance. In June 2018, the Pew Research Center stated that over the course of 2016 Christians suffered harassment in 144 countries. By this calculation, Christians emerge as the world’s “most widely targeted” faith group, slightly ahead of Islam. In January 2019, Open Doors estimated in its World Watch List for 2018 that 73 countries with 245 million Christians “showed extreme, very high or high levels of persecution”. This was up from 58 countries with 215 million Christians in 2017. The same survey showed that every day on average 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the 50 worst-offending countries.