Highlights - March 2016

Easter Triduum


The Easter Triduum, which begins on Holy Thursday and continues to Easter Sunday, is the high point of the church’s celebrations. The Triduum is commemorated in many ways and using many different forms of media.  This week, we are going to highlight some of our DVD selections.

In non-fiction, you might want to take a look at:

Meditation on the Passion of Christ (2006) - Experience penetrating interviews with Father William Casey, Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Father Shannon Collins, Steve Ray, Kimberly Hahn, Tim Staples and Alex Jones as they offer their personal, Biblical and theological reflection’s on Our Lord’s Passion. The DVD also includes A Medical Perspective of the Crucifixion by Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald. (60 minutes)

The Cross of Christ: A Meditation with Ron Rolheiser (2006) - The Cross has become the ultimate symbol of love in the world. It is central to Christianity. And, like all deep things in life, the Cross is largely a mystery.  The Cross calls us beyond ourselves and our own agenda.  Ron Rolheiser is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology and one of America’s most popular speakers on the subject of spirituality and faith. (2 parts of 50 minutes each)

The Third Day (2013) - This documentary investigates these questions: Did the resurrection really happen? Was Jesus only seemingly dead when His body was placed in the tomb? Did the disciples steal the body? Were they hallucinating when they saw Him alive, or did they simply create a myth in order to keep the movement going?  By asking tough questions, The Third Day sheds light on the greatest mystery of all time. (55 minutes)

Also, of interest are The Church Celebrates Lent and Easter,  This Side of Eden, The Cross of Christ, The Way of the Cross,and Were Your There.

Our fiction DVDs, include:

Once We Were Slaves (2014) - Their fate was identical: death. Their view of themselves was radically different.  One is resigned to his execution.  The other refuses to accept the judgement he faces.  As their history is revealed, these two Jewish prisoners lead viewers to uncommon grace and a chance at redemption.  (27 minutes)

INRI: The Passion of Our Lord (2006) - This film adaptation of the annual Good Friday Play at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto allows viewers to meditate upon the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death and prepares them for His resurrection. (28 minutes)

Road to Emmaus (2009) - Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travelers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed mysteries hidden in the ancient Scriptures. Soon, the purpose of Jesus’ life became clear…and the travelers’ sadness turned to great joy. (30 minutes)

Our DVDs of interest for the Triduum also include Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John, The Robe, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Fourth Wise Man, and Grandma’s Bread.

Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph

March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and, since 1870, Patron of the Universal Church. By 1624, the Jesuit missionaries had placed New France (Canada) under his patronage.  St. Joseph is also the patron saint of unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death, among others.

 “Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.”  -  St. Thomas Aquinas

The library has some interesting material on St. Joseph, including:


Brother Michael McGrath, Go to Joseph (2013) – Through various essays, prayers, and images, this book focuses on how this holy and silent working man became a patron saint of the universal Church.

Louise Bourassa Perrotta, Saint Joseph: His Life and His Role in the Church Today (2000) – In this book you will meet an ideal role model for living a devout Christian life; a saint to whom you can turn for guidance in everything from parenthood to a happy death.

Rick Sarkisian, Not Your Average Joe, Rick Sarkisian (2004) – Have you met the real St. Joseph?  The humble, hard-working man who was deeply involved in the day-to-day life of his family and world?  This book helps you see your life in a fresh new way as you follow Joseph’s example and seek to become a true reflection of Jesus Christ.

Rick Sarkisian, Tools From Joseph’s Workshop (2004) – A 30-day devotional that introduces you to “tools” for living a stronger, more spiritually satisfying life.  This book is designed as a companion to the DVD Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ.


Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ (1999) – This DVD explores the historical man, his response to God’s call, and the many ways in which he reflects the nature of God. 

Joseph of Nazareth (2009) – This DVD is the first feature film ever on the story of St. Joseph, the man of faith who had to grapple greatly with the profound mysteries of the divine conception, virgin birth and the Incarnation of the Son of God, and the incredible challenges of protecting and raising Jesus amidst the threats on his life from the moment of His birth.

Other available material includes Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes, and Redemptoris Custos (On the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph) by Pope John Paul II