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Organizations: Book Club

"Reading 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.

 Date  Title  Notes:  (2nd Wednesdays of the month 4 & 7 PM)
Sep.  9th The Diary of a Country Priest The 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.
Oct. 13th Brideshead Revisited 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.
Nov. 10th With God in Russia 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.
Dec. 1st Shadows on the Rock 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 still meeting.