Catholic Resources

This page lists electronic resources that you can access through your computer.  “Podcasts” are audio files that you can listen to on your computer or download to an iPod.  A “Blog” is a series of online postings made by the same author (called a “blogger.”)

Returning Catholics

Welcome home! If you have been away from regular attendance at Mass, you will find a welcoming community at Our Lady of Hope. If you would like to meet one of our parishioners to discuss your return to active participation in parish life, send a message and one of us will reach out to you. In addition, the Evangelization Commission organizes events and programs for returning Catholics; they are announced here and in the bulletin. Or just come to Mass on Saturday night or Sunday and introduce yourself to one of the priests after Mass. No matter how you reach out to us, we rejoice that we may count you among our parish family.

Prayer and Reflection

Yes, the Pray Station Portable site is a pun on your kid’s video game, but the content is straightforward and consistent.  There are 5 podcasts per day (Morning, Daytime, Evening and Night Prayer, and Office of Readings), each lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.  To listen on your computer, go here: http://psp.libsyn.com/ To subscribe (free) for your iPod, search “praystation portable” in the I-Tunes store.

CatholicMom.com has a terrific collection of Catholic prayer websites, including Liturgy of the Hours, Saint of the Day, Daily Scripture Readings, Virtual Rosary Online, Minute Meditations, and more.  Go here: http://catholicmom.com/faith/daily-prayer/

A variety of daily reflections: from Creighton University (http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.html); from Sacred Space (http://www.sacredspace.ie/); from Silent Insight (http://www.silentinsight.com/). Suggestions welcome!

Word on Fire is an excellent web site supporting Catholic evangelical preaching and featuring the work of Fr. Robert Barron, creator and host of the “Catholicism” 10-part documentary. Access it here: http://www.wordonfire.org

My favorite Catholic blog is Creo En Dios, written by Susan Stabile, a law professor and retreat director in Minneapolis.  (Don’t worry, it’s in English.  The title comes from a reflection by Thomas Merton on a children’s mass he visited in Havana.)  You can find it here: http://susanjoan.wordpress.com/.

The Angel of the Hours contains short meditations for the eight canonical hours, from Vigils to Compline.  The prayers themselves are so-so and relentlessly secular and non-denominational.  But each “hour” contains the tolling of a different bell from the churches of Europe; each contains a few minutes of Latin plainchant; and each contains an image of an angel from an altarpiece by Fra Angelico.  Find it here http://www.gratefulness.org/angels/.

Catholic Church Resources

Diocese of Brooklyn – Information on Education and Faith Formation, Parish Leadership and Ministries, and churches or masses – http://dioceseofbrooklyn.org

The Brooklyn Tablethttp://thetablet.org

“Currents,” the Diocesan TV news show on NEThttp://netny.net/currents/

The New York State Catholic Conference – http://www.nyscatholic.org.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishopshttp://www.usccb.org/.

The Vatican http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm.