About The Series
Are you wondering how God fits into your everyday life? How you can find your voice in your community and church? How you can get through another day of loss and grief? How you can make a difference in the world? What ideas you can embrace to nurture those in your family circle? How, in our diverse society, you can better appreciate another culture’s way of expressing belief in God? How to deepen your prayer life?
What life experience and wisdom you can share with others? If you are asking these thoughtful questions, the Called to Holiness series offers you much insight and encouragement for making sense of God and how you and your faith fit into the world—all from a woman’s perspective.
Covering such diverse topics as discovering the “theologian” inside yourself, dealing with change and loss, nurturing families or combating the social injustice in your community—and more, the eight Called to Holiness books will help you find God in the midst of your everyday life while empowering you on your individual faith journey.
Each volume in the series is penned by a Catholic woman theologian or expert and provides reading guides with discussion questions, rituals and applications to daily life as well as suggestions for further exploration of the topic.
Whether reading the Called to Holiness books on your own or with a group, you will find, in tangible ways, that your own life experiences reveal the sacred.
Initial funding for the Called to Holiness project was provided by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, Inc. (FADICA).
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CATECHIST HELPS: LENT, EASTER
Tone up spiritually this Lent and Easter
"Women know intuitively that we grow with the encouragement of like-minded souls.”
By Jeanne Hunt
Catechetical adviser
St. Anthony Messenger Press
Women know in their bones that we are meant to make our spiritual walk in the company of other women. Whether we walk together in parish small groups, book clubs, exercise workouts, grief support groups, soup kitchens or coffee klatches, we know intuitively that we grow with the encouragement of like-minded souls.
That’s why the Called to Holiness series for women is such a perfect walking partner for women: It provides women a fresh source of spiritual energy, and it offers catechists and directors of religious education new spiritual muscle for parish and diocesan adult faith formation programs during Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. Written from the hearts of thoughtful, soulful women, the Called to Holiness books hold a gym-bag full of grace for all women who want to tone up spiritually this Lent and Easter.
Consider adopting or adapting a few of my favorite ideas for integrating the Called to Holiness books into your parish or diocesan adult faith formation programs during Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost:
  • The silence of Lent is a wonderful time to rediscover prayer, so gather the women of your parish for six sessions of prayer during Lent. An early Saturday morning is a perfect time for young mothers to leave the family while fathers are home.
  • Use Awakening to Prayer: A Woman’s Perspective to create one-hour sessions that begin with a reflective quote from the book and then move into a short discussion using the questions at each chapter’s end. Then spend the rest of the time in a circle of prayer. End the gathering with a song from the Called to Holiness companion music CD.
  • The RCIA dismissals during Lent are an excellent time to use Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective in collaboration with the cycle A Gospels. Give the book to the catechumens as a Rite of Elect gift. Ask the elect to read this book as their special Lenten task and to bring their thoughts to the dismissal gatherings.
  • Holy Week is a time to join our suffering with the suffering and death of Jesus. Prepare little Easter baskets for the women in the parish who are grieving. Place a copy of Grieving With Grace: A Woman’s Perspective in the basket, along with a note of support and prayer from the parish. Invite the women who receive the baskets to come together after Easter to share their pain and talk about the book.
  • Use Living a Spirituality of Action: A Woman’s Perspective as the small faith group focus after Easter. Ask each member of the group to take one chapter and lead the discussion based on her experience and understanding of the just life. At the end of the Easter sessions, plan an outreach event for the group that lives out what was discussed.
  • Embracing Latina Spirituality: A Woman’s Perspective is a wonderful inspiration for Pentecost. Plan a parish retreat day that uses this Latina energy to express the fire of God’s love. Discuss the book or invite a neighboring Hispanic community to discuss it with you. Close the day with a Latina meal and a songfest around a roaring outdoor bonfire.
How will you use Called to Holiness in your parish or small faith group this Lent and Easter? Share your plans and ideas by clicking on Contact Us.

posted Thursday, February, 19, 2009
Series Titles
(available Spring 2009)
(available Spring 2009)
Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman's Perspective on the Middle Years
by Patricia Cooney Hathaway
(available Spring 2010)
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