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Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014
Encyclopedia of American Catholic History
Call Number: REF BX1406.2 .E53
Covers events that shaped Catholicism in the U.S. from the time of Columbus to the present day.
The Papacy: an encyclopedia
Historical dictionary of the popes and the papacy as an institution.
Butler's Lives of the Saints
Call Number: REF BX4654 .B8
Provides brief biographies of the saints arranged by feast days on the liturgical calendar.
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New Catholic Encyclopedia
Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Scholarly, comprehensive source on Catholic teaching and a wide variety of related topics. Also available in print edition in the Reference section.
Call Number: REF BX946 .F76
A portrait of the Church throughout the world. Includes statistics.
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac
Call Number: REF AY81 .R6 N3
Hundreds of facts about virtually every aspect of Catholicism, including a “Year in Review” section
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Call Number: REF BX1959.3 .E5
Basic teachings of the Church on the Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Morality, Prayer.
Dictionary of the Liturgy
Call Number: REF BV173 .L26
Concise definitions of everything related to liturgy. Includes illustrations and pronunciation guide.
Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite
Call Number: REF BX1971 .E45
Official directives and detailed explanations of every aspect of liturgical celebration
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