In Other Words
A place to start your journey ...
Need some inspiration? Want more information?
In pursuit of a firmer foundation? Forget some specifics?
How can you get the answers you want about the Catholic faith from reliable and knowledgeable experts?
Here are some resources that will help you on your journey:
Word on Fire
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries was developed by Bishop Robert Barron to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ using contemporary forms of media.
Bishop Barron initially put together a wonderful series called Catholicism that was shown originally on PBS but is now available on DVD. Using captivating videography and excellent commentary, he travels through the world exploring traditions and concepts that are uniquely Catholic. This inspirational series is highly praised by all.
After his success with the Catholicism series, Bishop Barron went on to develop many more video series with group study programs. On his website, Word on Fire, he posts his homilies, podcasts, short videos, blogs -- literally something for everyone. There is also a store where you can buy books, video series, and other merchandise. You can even get an email each morning that discusses the daily gospel reading. Subscribe to Bishop Barron’s daily reflection here:
Jeff Cavins Bible Study
Jeff Cavins is a unique individual – he was raised Catholic but left the church as a teen. Became a Protestant minister only to be called back to the Catholic church by God!
Drawing upon his years of bible study in the protestant church, Cavins has developed a unique Catholic Bible study series with some collaborators that combines Biblical history and Hebrew traditions in order to enhance the study of both the Old and New Testament books. He really puts it all together in an easy to understand video format, connecting the Old and New testaments in a way that reveal God’s plan from the beginning. To begin this Catholic Bible study program, check out the fantastic overview Bible study called The Great Adventure.
BibleStudyforCatholics.com has locations of parishes that sponsor Jeff Cavins’ Bible study programs in the United States. Bible study is a great way to begin to understand Christianity and Catholicism. Many are done is small groups which can foster a friendly atmosphere where one is not afraid to ask questions or give answers!
Catholic Radio is a great way to ease into or back into Catholicism. There are two main networks – EWTN Radio and Relevant Radio. There are many types of shows, ranging from inspirational talk shows to informational programming to politics. For a better understanding of the theology and traditions of Catholicism, we recommend Father John Riccardo’s show, Christ is the Answer. For answers to specific questions about the Catholic faith, we recommend the radio show Catholic Answers Live as well as their website Catholic.com. Find your local station, tune in, and listen. The answers you have been seeking may just be what others are asking!
Links to finding your local Catholic radio station:
Look at your archdiocese and local parish websites! The Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis has a particularly well done website called "Rediscover".
To begin using Rediscover, focus on the tabs on the top horizontal bar labeled:
Strength, Freedom & Peace
These pages contain so much information about the Catholic faith and traditions.
Official Church Sites
The official Vatican website is definitely worth a visit especially if you want to dig into papal writings and follow Pope Francis' homilies and messages. There is lots to explore here!
On the website for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops find the daily readings for Mass, the news releases, the complete Bible, the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church, prayers and devotions, and teachings of the Catholic Church to name a few things!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church can be an overwhelming document to those new to the Catholic Church. St. Charles of Borromeo Catholic Church has put together a searchable Catechism that can help you find the answers you want about Catholicism without examining the index of an almost 900 page book. This is a valuable resource that saves time and advances inquiry!
Catholic News Sites
There are a large number of websites that give the news from a Catholic perspective while presenting what is happening within the Catholic world. Here are a few sources:
News from the Vatican: www.vaticannews.va/en.html
The National Catholic Register: www.ncregister.com
The Catholic News Agency: www.catholicnewsagency.com
EWTN Global Catholic Network: www.ewtnnews.com. (This is a subset of the EWTN site, which is worth exploring in its entirety.)
More Catholic Resources
Many other Catholic organizations have websites to spread the teachings of the Catholic Church and help their readers in their faith journeys. Have fun searching the web for Catholic insights, opinions, activities, history and traditions. Here are a few places to start exploring:
Integrated Catholic Life: An extensive website with something for everyone that helps integrate Catholicism into your home, work, and social life
New Advent: News as well as a Catholic Encyclopedia and other reference materials
The Catholic Thing: A forum for intelligent Catholic commentary
Catholics Coming Home: A website that focuses on helping Catholics who have left the Church come back
Sometimes the best reflection are in the words of others who have already taken the journey. Here are some books that describe the path taken to Christianity and Catholicism by others:
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey To Catholicism by Dr. Scott and Kimberley Hahn
Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church by Allen Hunt
Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
May Crowning, Mass and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic by Liz Kelly
Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux by Heather King
My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley
Find a Church Nearby
Here are two websites that list the parish nearby:
www.catholicmasstime.org (United States only)
These sites are helpful for many reasons:
if you miss mass at your parish,
if you need to find a mass nearby on a Holy Day of Obligation,
if you move to a new area, or
if you are on vacation or traveling for business.
When going to mass away from your home parish, you will experience its constancy in new surroundings. Every church, cathedral, and basilica has a unique character worth exploring. The architecture, sacred art, music, homily, and local customs can be very different depending on the parish.