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Pauline Books & Media wins two Catholic Press Association awards May 29, 2009

May 30, 2009

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Adventures of Saint Paul

By Oldrich Selucky
Illustrated by Zdenka Krejcova

This is a vibrant and compelling account of the life of St. Paul for young readers that is rich and inviting in its telling. the trials of st. Paul are cleverly called an adventure and further enhanced by the quality of human expression in the illustrations. the emphasis on faith in the Lord regardless of ones circumstances is both suspenseful and consistent. It it St. Paul’s consistency of faith which ultimately delivers him – a paramount lesson.

For more information or to order: Adventures of St. Paul PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA




Look It Up!
Over 600 Definitions for Catholic Kids and Their Parents and Teachers

By Janet L. Alampi

A very enjoyable concise Catholic dictionary for kids and all who teach them. All elementary grades would benefit form the easy-to-understand language. Ideal for elementary classrooms and homes with elementary-aged children.

For more information or to order Look It Up!: Over 600 Definitions for Catholics Kids and their Parents and Teachers PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA

The awards were given last night at the conclusion of the Catholic Media Convention 2009 held in Anaheim, California. This annual convention is for members and interested communicators of the Catholic Press Association and the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals.









Readers Theater: Spotlight on Saints

May 1, 2009


This recent publication from the Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books and Media, is a real treat for kids from about grade 3 through grade 5 or 6 – and their teachers. It is “easy” theater, that is, all it requires is the ability to read. The book blends various character traits with decision-making and refers to a life of a saint to shed light on appropriate behavior choices for today.

If the class moves from “readers theater” to “real theater” or live theater, there are suggestions for movement and expression. There is one play per month and therefore twelve saints. Here are the saints and the themes: John Bosco (learning leadership), Bakhita (forgiveness), Mother Mary (facing fear), Gianna Molla (setting priorities), Bernardine of Siena (respecting language), Paul (living faith), Bl. Kateri (sticking to principles), Clare (treating others equally), Andrew Kim Daegeon (being helpful), St. Therese (living the “little way”), St. Martin de Porres (looking for God in everyone), Juan Diego (humility).

I think these would make good “radio” plays as well (if you decide to record or tape be sure to check for the school or parish policies and ask for permission from parents). Producing media is also very educational for kids because they learn how much work goes into production and they come to udnerstand more about how all media, even in Readers Theater, is constructed by what we choose to include or leave out, and performance qualities such as tone of voice, movement, facial expression, etc.

Click here to order Spotlight on Saints

– Sr Rose

Spotlight on Saints!

By Diana R. Jenkins Illustrated by Virginia Helen Richards, FSP

Twelve humorous readers’ theater scripts, performed with or without props, engage and entertain students in grades 4–8. The book includes a play for every month of the year that features a contemporary kid with a real-life problem—and a saint who helps them solve it.

Written in an easy-to-use readers theater format, these scripts work well in a variety of educational settings, teach basic information about the saints, promote good values, motivate, and inspire. Kids will enjoy the funny storylines and the quirky characters so much that they won’t even notice how much they’re really learning.

Special features include an introduction giving teachers valuable tips on using readers theater in the classroom, hints on presentation and props, and a short biography of each featured saint. All scripts are reproducible for classroom use.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

“Spotlight on Saints! Is school theater at its best—modern “morality plays” filled with humor, real choices, and relevant saints…these plays will be a welcome resource for middle grades and junior high!” — Mary Paul McCaughey, OP Superintendent of Catholic Schools Archdiocese of Chicago“

This book will be a great resource and teaching tool in any religious education program…Jenkins’ experience as a special education teacher shines through. Spotlight on Saints! is terrific!” — Susan Lang Abbott Director of Religious Education Archdiocese of Boston

“ Spotlight on Saints! will surely keep children attentive and engaged while they learn how saints can help us in many situations.” — Theresa M. Maugle, SSJ Recipient, 2007 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Principals Award, St. Genevieve School , Flourtown , Pennsylvania

About the author After twenty years as a special education teacher, Diana R. Jenkins became a freelance writer. She has written more than four hundred stories, comic strips, and articles for children and teens, as well as two earlier books of readers theater plays. Her books Stepping Stones: The Comic Collection and Saints of Note: The Comic Collection will be released in 2009 by Pauline Books & Media. Diana lives in Montgomery , Ohio , with her husband, a medical physicist.

Paperback / 184 pages / Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 10 3/4″ / ISBN: 0819871192

Retail Price: $18.95

May 2, 2009

Theology of the Body Resources

April 1, 2009


Are you…

  • looking for more in a relationship?
  • wondering about the meaning of life?
  • passionate…yet sometimes unfulfilled?

Have you…

  • struggled with sexuality?
  • questioned the reasons for the Church’s sexual teaching?
  • felt confused about authentic sexual identity?

Do you…

  • like clear, straightforward explanations?
  • enjoy a conversational, engaging read?
  • want the basic of basics?

Are you…

  • too busy to wade through the Theology of the Body text?
  • put off by JP II’s philosophical style?
  • convinced that even “introductions” are too complex?

If any of these questions resonate with you, then Theology of the Body Made Simple is the place to begin!

Click her for More resources on Theology of the Body

A 40-Day Journey with St. Paul

February 28, 2009


To Live is Christ: A 40-Day Journey with St. Paul, complied by Peter Celano (a writer/editor from Paraclete Press who published this book) is brand new. It is now in stock at our Pauline Book & Media Centers (for SoCal addresses check the About section)

I love the cover, the format, the paper, everything. There is a very accessible introduction or outline of Paul’s life created by using the Scriptures that speak of Paul. The sources for the daily reflections range from the Fathers of the Church to Benedict XVI and I saw some Julian of Norwich in there as well.

What a wonderful companion for Lent during this year dedicated to St. Paul! I just had to have one. In these days, when funds are low and the debts are high, St. Paul is a terrific companion on the journey. Like Lent, Paul’s words strengthen us for the rest of the year.

– Sister Rose