St. Catharine’s Spiritual Library was first established in 1997 when Monsignor Eugene Rebeck designated the former Church office as space for the new library.
In January, 1997, a committee of 4 volunteered to catalog and put into different categories 200 books which had been purchased for the library. During the first six months Celeste Vick assumed the duties of Librarian. The volunteers were Karen Day, Ann Matthews and Dot Morley.
The Library opened April 14, 1997, with a reception to introduce the Spiritual Library to the Parish.
Every week the Church bulletin contains 3 or 4 new books that are reviewed by the Librarian for the convenience of readers in the parish. New books are purchased every month.
There are 24 categories of books. They cover every subject. These include Biblical studies, Church, Christology, Spirituality, Biographies, Religion/History, Mariology, Saints, Prayers, Family and Christian Novels. The new books are displayed on a table to help readers select the latest publications.
The Library has an outstanding reference section that includes 151 volumes. Some of these are the Catholic Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, Jerome Biblical Commentary, a 12 volume set of Butler’s Saints, Canon Law, theology and Church history. We also have an excellent collection of videos.
The Spiritual Library is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm and on Sunday, after the 12:30 mass.
The Secret Life of John Paul II, Lino Zani, Author; John Paul II.Pope John Paul was an avid sportsman and a skilled skier. The story of his secret trips to the mountains with a few of his closest friends has long remained hidden. For the first time in English, join Lino Zani, Blessed John Paul’s friend and mountain guide, for a behind-the-scenes look at the pope away from the Vatican.This is the story of Pope John Paul II as you have never seen him before—-at play and at prayer in his beloved mountains.
My Sisters The Saints, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Author; Biography.This is the story of a journey, a personal search for insight and peace that began with the age-old question: Is this all there is? This spiritual journey led the author to unexpected places from the baths of Lourdes and ruins of Auschwitz to the Oval Office and the Papal palace. Campbell finds grace and inspiration from an unexpected source, spiritual friendships with six female saints: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa, and Mary of Nazareth.
Falling Upward—-A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr, Author; Spirituality.“The value of this book lies in the way Richard Rohr shares his aging process with us in ways that help us be less afraid. We begin to see that as we grow older, we are being awakened to deep, simple and mysterious things we simply could not see when we were younger.” J. Finley