Our parish is blessed to have a wonderful Parish library staffed by volunteers from our community. A special thank you to our library ministry coordinator Leona Garzelli and her volunteers for providing the following information about our Parish Library. We invite you to visit the library, which is open each weekend following every Mass.
Parishioners looking to purchase Catholic books for adults and children, as well as other spiritual gifts, may want to shop online through The Catholic Company, which offers fine products at very reasonable prices.
For additional information contact Leona Garzelli or Norma Jean Liscano at 435-0700.
We have made some changes within our library this New Year in order to serve you better. We have improved our check-out system, and will be working at re-organizing our materials for easier access and viewing. Our ministry theme this year is “God’s Covenant Preserved”.
Due to the small number of volunteers, we continue to have issues with getting the library open after each mass. And we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
If the library is closed and you are wanting to visit, please feel free to call Leona Garzelli @ 432-5435 to provide access to the library for you on Sundays.
All of our books have been inventoried and our next project will be to re-organize the books and set up the shelves for easier access and viewing.
We now have a Spanish book section, a larger movie inventory and are selling rosary beads and other small religious items whenever available. We also want to thank Sr. Flor for her charitable works in providing materials in order for us to do this.
We thank you for your patience and may God continue to bless all of you and our library ministry in order to bring His wisdom to you through books, film and fellowship.
In 1985, our parish library was named the Rita Kokes Memorial Library in memory of an active parishioner whose memory was wished to be preserved by her friends at St. Anthony’s. The parish library displays a photo plaque of Rita Kokes in her memory.
Our Library Today
Since 2003, Leona Garzelli has been the coordinator of our Parish library, which is located in the Bullard wing at the East entrance of our Church. Many of our past coordinators remain very active with other parish ministries. Thanks to Msgr. Harguindeguy, Mr. Bob Bond, Sister Rosa and Norma Jean Liscano, our library has remained open for all to use.
Our library is very small, but contains hundreds of books categorized according to topics within the Catholic Church. We do not sell materials. Our parish library received donations of books, cassettes, video tapes and other materials. Recently, the library has purchased a selection of DVD movies.
The libraries holdings contain books in over 25 categories, detailed to the right. In addition, parishioners can check out tapes by such speakers as Cronin, Sheen, Corapi, Griswold, Catholic Apologetics International and more. Movies available through the library cover such topics as saints, bible stories, family issues, the Vatican, apparitions, pro-life topics, Pope John Paul II and more.
The parish library ministry reaches out to other ministries who may be in need of materials. They also post flyers and information for other parish ministries, serving as yet another information source for parishioners.
At present, the library is staffed weekly by 8 volunteers and is open after each Mass on Sunday. If the library is not open, parishioners may leave a written message in the library drop box or contact Norma Jean Liscano is the Parish Ministries office.
The library’s check out system tracks materials effectively and assists parishioners who become frequent visitors. The library has also provided an avenue for fellow parishioners to mingle, converse, share their curiosities, concerns and support to one another along our walk of faith.
Each year, the library offers a new theme. This year’s theme is “Imitate Christ”. Parishioners are encouraged to visit the library and take a look at the wealth of materials provided. For additional information contact Leona Garzelli or Norma Jean Liscano at 435-0700.
Parish Library Subject Index
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Gospels and Acts
God, Trinity, Godhead
Grace, Faith, Sacraments
Art, Poetry Song