The St John Paul the Great Library contains more than 380 items. All parish members are encouraged to borrow the books and DVDs which cover a variety of theological and spiritual topics.
The StJPtG Library requires many volunteers to help it to function. Please consider volunteering as a librarian.
You can request materials to be held for you to be picked up at a later time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Library’s Mission
The reason the library exists is to help lead people closer to Christ and His Church. Books have played a role in many peoples’ conversions to Christ. One recent Saint, who lived and was influenced by the same “culture of death” which we experience today, had lost her faith in God and had consciously decided on her own to give up praying. Years later she picked up a copy of St Teresa of Avila’s Autobiography and read it all night. She said, “When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth.” Later, looking back on her life, she wrote: “My longing for truth was a single prayer.” After reading this book in which she encountered the God of love, she devoured the catechism and a missal and attended her first Mass. She accosted the pastor to baptize her, and very soon after, she converted to Christianity and was baptized in the Catholic Church 1 January 1922 and later celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. She joined the Carmelite order in 1933 and died a martyr’s death in August 1942. Pope John Paul II canonized Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) on 11 October 1998. She was a witness to God’s presence in a world where God is eschewed.
The library is open weekly after the 10AM Mass. It is open after all the masses the first weekend of the month. It also is open weekly during the hours of Adoration (Thur 5pm-Fri 5pm) for self-check out.
- Remove the card from the pocket of the book/DVD
- Under the “date” column on the card, write the date that you are taking out the item.
- Under the “issue” column on the card, write your name and phone number.
- Place the card in the box marked “Adoration” located on top of the drop box.
Online Renewals and Reservations
You can renew your materials you have previously checked out or request new items to be held for you to be picked up at a mutually agreed-upon time by emailing us at email@example.com.
Parishioners of any of the churches in the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Parishes are able to borrow from the library. For our complete borrowing policies, please click here. Policies Procedures
See a listing of the complete collection of items in the SJPG Library.
Click here to view by Category/Title
Click here to view by Author (print materials only)
|Categories of Available Resources|
|Apologetics||Church History||Spirituality||The Bible|
|Jesus||Philosophy||Liturgy||Marriage and Family|
|Popular DVDs||Saints DVDs||Documentaries|
Render Unto Caesar by Archbishop Chaput is the Featured book for October.
Vivid, provocative, clear, and compelling, Render unto Caesar is a call to American Catholics to serve the highest ideals of their nation by first living their Catholic faith deeply, authentically.
Mother Teresa is the featured DVD for the month of October celebrating her recent canonization .
In an acclaimed film portrayal, Olivia Hussey illuminates the life story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the selfless missionary who brought hope, love and salvation to the poorest of the poor. The movie examines the fundamental moments of Mother Teresa’s life from her childhood in Albania in the 1920s to her first calling as a nun, the decision to leave her order and live with the poorest of the poor, the vicissitudes of founding the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity, and her great work of service in Calcutta and the rest of the world.
The complete, unedited, original full-length 177 minute film never before seen on DVD.