Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels  *NEW DATES & TIMES *

Monthly on a MONDAY,  9:15 a.m.,  Ministry Center Room 5 (updated 12/21/19)

Join us each month OR when the topic intrigues you!  Read the book ahead of time, and come to discuss the ideas that encouraged, inspired or challenged you. 


Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:15 am OR Wednesday, January 15 at 1:00 pm - Overdue:A Dewey Decimal System of Grace by Valerie Schultz

Part memoir, part spiritual guide, the author shares what she learned and the grace received in her 14 years volunteering inside an American prison.

If there's enough interest for two options of when to discuss, we'll put additional afternoons on the calendar in January!


February 10 - Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

This novel, first published in 1945, is a classic among Catholics.


March 11 -Fleeing Castro:  Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children's Program by Victor Andres Triay


So many Catholics are surprised to hear the true story of the "Pedro Pan" - the Western Hemisphere's largest exodus of unaccompanied children.  As Castro came to power, Cuban parents saw the writing on the wall, and worked with the Catholic Church to get their children out of Cuba and to safety in the U.S., even when it meant the parents had to stay behind.  



April 6 - From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier  (meet in Room 2)




Past selections include:


November - The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth

December - Would you Baptize an Extraterrestial? And other questions from the Astronomers’ Inbox at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno, SJ and Paul Mueller

October - The Second Mountain: Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks

September- Roundtable discussion on what we read this summer

June / July / August  - Summer Reading on your own  (suggested books:  The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day, The World’s First Love by Fulton Sheen, The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen, The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor, Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope and Love by Trent Horn, Eight Whopping Lies and Other Stories of Bruised Grace by Brian Doyle)

May:  Manalive by G.K. Chesterton 

April:  The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen 

March:  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

February:  Catholic Spiritual Practices: A treasury of Old and New edited by Colleen Griffith & Thomas Groome.

January:  Francis de Sales: Essential Writings by Wendy M. Wright


December: The Soul of Christmas by Thomas Moore

November: Dorothy Day: an Intimate Portrait of my Grandmotherby Kate Hennessy

October: Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church by Chris Lowney

July / August / September - Summer Reading Challenge.  

June: Positively Catholic by Michael Leach

May:  Night by Elie Wiesel (A New Translation from the French by Marion Wiesel)

April:  A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel

March:  The Shepherd Who Didn't Run by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda 

February:  To Light a Fire on Earth:  Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age by Bishop Robert Barron.

January:  Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 cents at a time by Jane Knuth.


December:  None (book swap)

November: Wish You Were Here: travels through loss and hope  by Amy Welborn

October:  What's so Funny about Faith by Jake Martin

September:  Prayer, Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser (postponed by Irma / Discussed in October)

August - Walk in a Relaxed Manner  by Joyce Rupp. OR  Discovering El Camino  by Fr. Greg Markey.  

July:  none

June:   The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan 

May:   A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor  

April - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

March  - Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Alan Hunt

February  - How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MS and Mark Robert Waldman

January  - Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World by Saint Francis de Sales


Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen

My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

What's so Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza

Five Years in Heaven by John Schlimm

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis