WELCOME! On this page there is lots of information about the Catholic faith- don't be overwhelmed! Think of it like a launch pad, a place to begin your exploration of the Catholic Faith. First there are three points to get started (taken from catholicscomehome.com). Afterwards, there are recommended websites, youtube channels and books that will help you come to know what Catholics believe and why they believe it. If at any point you would be interested in having a chat with someone from the church or a priest, please click the link below. May God guide you in your search!

The word “Catholic” means universal, and that is really what the Catholic Church is—a universal body of believers, united in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our Catholic family is made up of every race, age, and walk of life. For centuries, the Catholic Church has been the place to turn to for the source of Christian belief, an intimate encounter with Jesus Christ, a welcoming family, and a guiding light to get to heaven.

2. WHY DOES IT MATTER WHAT CHURCH I BELONG TO? IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT MAKES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DIFFERENT?

1. EXPERIENCE THE PEACE THAT ONLY COMES FROM GOD

IN THE CHURCH, OUR HOME.

The Catholic Church is not just one denomination among many. In fact, it can trace its founding roots back to Jesus Christ, who started our Church. For 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has guarded the truth that Jesus has taught, whether in or out of style. In the Church today, one can experience the most personal relationship with Christ through the Holy Eucharist, the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood to us. Since its founding, the Catholic Church has continued to be the largest body of Christians on earth. Though it’s not perfect, nor does it have perfect members, the Church still contains the fullness of truth, which Jesus promised would set us free.

3. YOUR PATHWAY TO JESUS CHRIST.

Recommendations (click underlined words to access sites)

Websites

   Catholics Come Home - videos and articles to help Catholics return to the church

   Word on Fire - movie reviews, reflections on scriptures, articles

   Strange Notions - atheism, agnosticism, skepticism

   Catholic Answers - detailed responses for those coming from Protestant traditions

   NewAdvent - articles, writings of early Christians, Aquinas

   Vatican

   EWTN

 

News

   News from the Vatican

   Rome Reports

Youtube Channels

   Journey Home - stories and testimonials from people who have become Catholic

   EWTN - reflections on scripture, tv shows on everything   

   Fr. Michael Schmitz - reflections geared towards young adults

   Ali-Marie Ingram - - personal reflections on Catholic Teaching, young adult women

   The Marian Catechist - clarity with charity, reflections of faith in todays world

   Franciscan Friars - reflections on Scripture, explanations

   Vericast Network - Podcasts

   Chris Stephanic - inspiration and reflection

   Sensus Fidelium - collection of talks

   Franciscan University - Lectures and talks on everything

Books (from brandonvogt.com)

Theology and Basics of Catholicism

   Adams, Karl – The Spirit of Catholicism
   Bouyer, Louis – Spirit and Forms of Protestantism
   Catholic Church – Catechism of the Catholic Church 
   Guardini, Romano – The End of the Modern World
   Guardini, Romano – The Lord
   Hahn, Scott – Rome Sweet Home
   Kreeft, Peter – Christianity for Modern Pagans 
   Newman, John Henry – Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
   Newman, John Henry – Parochial and Plain Sermons
   Ott, Ludwig – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
   Pieper, Josef – The Four Cardinal Virtues

 

History and Culture  

   Belloc, Hilaire – The Great Heresies 
   Belloc, Hilaire – How The Reformation Happened
   Belloc, Hilaire – Survivals and New Arrivals
   Carroll, Warren – Christendom I: Founding of Christendom
   Carroll, Warren – Christendom II: The Building of Christendom
   Carroll, Warren – Christendom III: The Glory of Christendom
   Carroll, Warren – Christendom IV: The Cleaving of Christendom
    Crocker III, H.W. – Triumph
   Dawson, Christopher – Christianity and European Culture 
   Knox, Ronald – Enthusiasm
   Leclercq, Jean – Love of Learning and the Desire for God
   Walsh, William – Our Lady of Fatima

 

Holy Men and Women

   Chesterton, G.K. – St. Francis of Assisi 
   Chesterton, G.K. – St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox
   Day, Dorothy – The Long Loneliness
   John XXIII, Pope John – Journal of a Soul 
   Merton, Thomas – The Seven Storey Mountain 
   Muggeridge, Malcolm – Something Beautiful for God
   Newman, John Henry – Apologia Pro Vita Sua
   Suarez, Federico – Mary of Nazareth
   Trochu, F. – The Cure of Ars
   Wegemer, Gerard – Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage
   Weigel, George – Witness to Hope

 

Literary Classics

   Alighieri, Dante – The Divine Comedy 
   Benson, Robert Hugh – Lord of the World
   Bernanos, George – The Diary of a Country Priest
   de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote 
   Eliot, T.S. – Christianity and Culture
   Endo, Shusaku – Silence
   Hopkins, Gerard Manley – Poems and Prose
   Newman, John Henry – The Idea of a University
   O’Conner, Flannery – The Complete Stories 
   Percy, Walker – Lost in the Cosmos
   Percy, Walker – Love in the Ruins
   Sienkiewicz, Henryk – Quo Vadis 
   Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings 
   Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Bridal Wreath
   Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter II : The Wife
   Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross
   Waugh, Evelyn – Brideshead Revisited

 

Spiritual Classics

   Aquinas, St. Thomas – My Way of Life/Summa Theologica 
   Augustine, St. – The City of God 
   Augustine, St. – Confessions
   Catherine of Siena, St. – Little Talks with God
   Chesterton, G.K. – The Everlasting Man
   Chesterton, G.K. – Orthodoxy 
   John of the Cross, St. – Dark Night of the Soul
   Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
   Lewis, C.S. – The Problem of Pain 
   Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
   Oursler, Fulton – The Greatest Story Ever Told
   Teresa, Bl. Mother – Meditations from a Simple Path
   Teresa of Avila, St. – Interior Castle
   Teresa of Avila, St. – The Way of Perfection
   Therese of Lisieux, St. – Story of a Soul

 

Spiritual Reading

   A’Kempis, Thomas – The Imitation of Christ 
   Aumann, Jordan – Spiritual Theology
   Baur, Benedict – Frequent Confession
   Baur, Benedict – In Silence with God
   Boylan, Eugene – Difficulties in Mental Prayer
   Boylan, Eugene – This Tremendous Lover
   Burke, Cormac – Covenanted Happiness
   Chautard, Jean-Baptiste – The Soul of the Apostolate
   de Caussade, Jean-Pierre – Abandonment to Divine Providence
   de Montfort, Louis-Marie – True Devotion to Mary 
   de Sales, St. Francis – An Introduction to the Devout Life
   de Sales, St. Francis – Treatise on the Love of God
   Escriva, Jose Maria – Christ is Passing By 
   Escriva, Jose Maria – Friends of God
   Escriva, Jose Maria – The Way, Furrow, The Forge
   Escriva, Jose Maria – The Way of the Cross
   Faber, Frederick – All for Jesus
   Garrigou-Lagrange, Fr. Reginald – Three Ages of Interior Life 
   Liguori, Alphonso – The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection 
   Liguori, Alphonso – Uniformity with God’s Will
   Louis of Grenada, Venerable – The Sinner’s Guide
   Lovasik, Lawrence – The Hidden Power of Kindness 
   Manzoni, Alessandro – The Betrothed 
   Martinez, Luis – True Devotion to the Holy Spirit
   More, St. Thomas – The Sadness of Christ
   Perquin, Bonaventure – Abba Father 
   Rohrbach, Peter – Conversation with Christ
   Scupoli, Lorenzo – Spiritual Combat
   Sheed, Frank – Theology and Sanity
   Sheed, Frank – Theology for Beginners
   Sheed, Frank – To Know Christ Jesus
   Sheen, Fulton – Life of Christ
   Sheen, Fulton – Three to Get Married
   Tanqueray, Adolphe – The Spiritual Life
   von Hildebrand, Dietrich – Transformation in Christ 

 

Miscellaneous

   John Paul II, Bl. Pope – Crossing the Threshold of Hope
   Masson, Georgina – The Companion Guide to Rome
   Monti, James – The King’s Good Servant but God’s First
   Rice, Charles – 50 Questions on the Natural Law
   Sertillanges, A.G. – The Intellectual Life
   Stein, Edith – Essays on Woman

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ABOUT ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH

St. Margaret Mary Parish is a spiritual home to our Catholic Family rooted in faith.

We gather in worship and prayer to form a vibrant and welcoming community. Filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we offer support, growth, and guidance with love and respect.

Our call is to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and to be a beacon of light and hope for our world by modelling our lives on Gospel values.

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20 Idlewood Ave,

Hamilton, ON L8T 1V9

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