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Organizations: Book Club
works of fiction by authors with catholic sensibilities."
2nd Wednesdays (mostly) of the Month at 4:00 & 7:00PM
at the rectory
Welcome to Our Lady of the Valley Book Club where we read works of
fiction by authors with catholic sensibilities
(we don't say 'Catholic authors' so we can work in the
likes of C.S. Lewis et al.) The Book Club is open to everyone. No
attendance is taken, no commitment needed other than to read the month's
selection and come ready to join in the discussion. Come whenever your schedule
allows and curiosity is piqued.
Titles are selected by the group. Checkout the book
selections for this year.
We read one book (or selection from a larger book, or collection of short
stories) each month. We then gather on the 2nd Wednesday of the following month to drink coffee or
tea, eat pastries and, oh ya, talk about the book (you can
always tell when Fr Doug is involved, there's food). You have your
choice of two gatherings. The first meeting is at 4:00p and the
second gathering is at 7:00p at the Rectory.
Purchase your books either clicking on the image of the book below or by clicking on an Amazon.com
link on this Website. When you purchase your book by first going to
this website, Our Lady of the Valley gets a percentage of the
sale. It's a great way to help support your parish.
2010 BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS
(2nd Wednesdays of the month 4 & 7 PM)
Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos
The moving story
of the life of a young French country priest told in a way that makes the reader
share in all his joys and sorrows. The priest not only understands his people,
he reveals himself without prejudice.
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
One of Waugh's most famous books, Brideshead Revisited
tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles
Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but
dysfunctional Catholic family that inhabited Brideshead.
With God in Russia, by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.
Fr. Ciszek tells the gripping, astounding story of
his twenty-three years in Russian prison camps in Siberia, how he was
falsely imprisoned as an "American Spy", the incredible rigors of daily
life as a prisoner, and his extraordinary faith in God and commitment to
his priestly vows.
Shadows on the Rock, by Willa Cather
N.B. Meeting is on the 1st Wednesday this month.
Set in seventeenth-century Canada, an evocation of
North American origins highlights the men and women who struggled to adapt
to the new world even as they clung to the one they left behind
A Brief History Many 'Church' book clubs read
theological classics and devotional books, but Our Lady of the Valley Book
Club is different: we focus on fiction. Fr Doug got
the idea while he was a student at UMass and heard Prof.
Thomas Howard give a Newman Lecture entitled, "How to
Speak of Glory: How Christian Authors get a Hearing in the Modern
Age." Since then, Fr Doug has started Catholic Fiction
Book Clubs at most of his assignments and many of them are