How It Works

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How It Works

Parish Reading Program

Enrich your parish community while celebrating your Catholic identity.

The Loyola Press One Book, One Parish reading program is an affordable and effective reading program for Catholic parishes to enhance parish life by sharing high-quality spiritual books and encouraging community-building. Our easy-to-use reading and discussion guides promote parish engagement and empower your community to share and live the Catholic faith.

The One Book, One Parish program is completely customizable to fit your needs. Everything you need to run your own One Book, One Parish program is included at a parish-friendly price that includes free shipping and handling.

When can I order?

The One Book, One Parish program is available for order any time during the year to meet your parish's needs. 

Who should consider this program?

Pastors looking to animate their faith community to embrace the beautiful lessons of Jesus
Adult Faith Formation Directors who are searching for ways to inspire and encourage parishioners to enliven their parish communities
Development Directors and Business Managers who want to re-evangelize and reconnect with Catholics who rarely attend church

How does it work?

  • Give a book to every family in your parish, perhaps at Christmas Mass, Easter Sunday, or any event that would serve your parish best. It’s your gift to them. Parishioners take it home, read, reflect, and come back to talk with you and others.

  • Refer to the book’s contents, as appropriate, in your homilies or welcoming remarks at the beginning of Mass. Use them in discussion groups.

  • Begin parish meetings with a ten-minute discussion of how the book’s content might inform or inspire the work you are about to engage in.

  • Bring books along on visits to seniors or those who are sick or when administering Holy Communion to the homebound. There truly is no limit to where your ministry can go.

Everything you need for One Book, One Parish is included at a parish-friendly price that includes free shipping and handling.

Book Extras

One Book, One Parish provides extensive online support materials to enhance and tailor the program to your parish’s unique needs. The additional resources include:

  • Downloadable discussion guides for each book, organized into weekly discussion sections.

  • Facilitator guides for each book to help lead group discussion

  • Reproducible flyers you can post around your church or insert into bulletins to advertise the program.

  • Recommended language for bulletin announcements

  • Recommended language for end-of-Mass announcements