How It Works

How It Works

Parish Reading Program

The Loyola Press One Book, One Parish reading program provides spiritual works that explain our Catholic culture and history; books that illuminate, inspire, provoke, and entertain; books that have a unique perspective and compelling authority.  We seek to help you establish communities of conversation around our faith and get people to re-engage with the parish community.

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 person 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.

  • Order a book for every parishioner and invite them to reflect on the meaning; perhaps they form reading groups.

  • 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