Religious books play a special part in the life of a Catholic. Books on spirituality and religion play the same role for Catholic adults as refresher courses do in the professional lives of lawyers, doctors, and business professionals. We always need to update ourselves in the areas of our lives which are most important. And nothing is more important than our relationship with God. There is a rich intellectual tradition in the Catholic Church which books and journals of Catholic thought reveal for the adult Catholic.
Open before and after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses.
The entrance for both operations is located to the west of the Mary chapel, which is itself to the left of the main altar).
Volunteers work both in the Book Store sales and simultaneously staff the adjacent Library. Their commitment is once per month.
Contact Theresa Bell
(415) 728-3663 Bellrt@aol.com
In addition to bibles and devotional books, the Book Store offers books on Christian spirituality, church history, contemporary Catholic thought, business ethics, aging, illness, death, marriage, parenting, divorce and many other topics. There is a discrete selection of books by or about such well-known figures as Mother Teresa, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pedro Arrupe and, of course, St. Ignatius of Loyola. A large collection of religious books for children is featured; they range from solemnity to pure fun. books.
A few religious items, such as rosaries, are also offered, as are postcards and note cards featuring St. Ignatius Church. And don’t miss the St. Ignatius Cook Book, put together by a group of parishioners a few years ago.
The Book Store operates on a non-profit basis. Purchases may be made by cash or check.
The Library lends. Only a few books are reserved for reference. Currently, there are over 3,000 books in the Lending Library Database, not including videos, DVDs, Music CDs and some secular biographies. Notable also are copies of magazines and journals like the Jesuit magazine America, the lay-produced Commonweal and London-based Tablet. The is a great depth and breadth to the collection.
A fine selection of “Ignatiana” is featured — biographies of St. Ignatius of Loyola, writings on the Spiritual Exercises and several works on Ignatian spirituality.