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New official guide to the Catholic Faith for young people and adults.

YOUCAT has been developed with the help of young Catholics and written
for secondary-school-age students and young-adults.

YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith.

The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins.

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For all too long, the topic of sex and sexuality has been narrowly defined and often cloaked in secrecy. Sexuality involves much more than male or female genitals and much more than what happens between two individuals in the privacy of their bedroom.

Sexuality is a total human experience. It is a gift of your creation. It is to be enjoyed, to be valued and prized. But, like all gifts, your sexuality is to be handled responsibly and maturely. Learning to value, enjoy, and responsibly handle your own sexuality is one of the very special and often most difficult tasks of the teen years.

Valuing Sexuality: A Guide For Catholic Teens, by Dr. Richard D. Parsons. Now available at CatholicNews Bookshop

About the Auhor:

Dr. Richard D. Parsons is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist, maintaining a private clinical practice. He has given many workshops for parents, educators, spiritual directors, and human service professionals. Dr Parsons has authored many professional articles and books.

Excerpts from the book Prayer & Multiple Intelligences - Who I Am Is How I Pray, by Bernadette T. Stankard. Now available at CatholicNews Bookshop

All real prayer must begin in wonder.- Tad Dunne, artist and writer

Growing up, I was taught that whenever a siren sounded, I should stop right away and say a prayer for the person, the family, and the police or firefighters involved in the emergency. This action quickly became second nature. I would wonder about the person and family I was praying for, what they might be going through. One time, when I heard the sirens while I was at school, I prayed, not realizing that I was praying for my father and my own family that day.

My father had had a stroke but would soon recover, learning once again to walk and talk. Without even knowing who we were, the people who had prayed the same siren prayer helped my family that day. The telephone rings. Immediately we wonder who is calling. If we have call-waiting, the mystery is taken away and we must only make the decision to answer or not to answer. How many times have we picked up that phone to hear the voice of someone in need or the proclamation of a glorious achievement?
Excerpts from the book Forgiveness - ONE STEP at a TIME, by Joseph F.Sica. Now available at CatholicNews Bookshop

Talk is Cheap, Action Divine
It's easy to talk about how important forgiveness is, but much tougher to actually do it in real life. Real-deal followers take Jesus seriously when it comes to forgiveness. Real-deal followers know forgiveness is not a superficial event; they also know it isn't as cut-and-dried as ignoring "unforgivable" behavior. Forgiveness-true forgiveness-isn't about approving damaging behavior or forgetting about what was said or done. These actions always remain a part of our lives; just ask Betsy! Instead, forgiveness is about making what is tragically broken right again.

Forgiveness is about a deep healing, a thorough repair of broken relationships, a removal of the poison that destroys love and harmony, a restoration of wholeness and open trust. It's the only way to reshape our relationships from the straight line of anger and vindictiveness to the curve of connection. Few of us escape the natural, almost primal urge for revenge. Every single one of us has been hurt by someone else. It may have been a parent who didn't protect us, a sibling who abused us, a friend who betrayed us, a spouse who took us for granted, a pastor who should have been more attentive, a committee member who opposed us, or hundreds of other possibilities that make life's many relationships seem more like land mines of opportunity, ripe for betrayal. Action can be as hurtful as inaction, and vice versa; it may have been something that somebody should have done but didn't. It may be something that took place over many years. It may be something that happened in a moment.
A. No. receiving communion in a non-Catholic church would proclaim that a person is in "communion" with that denomination and its teachings, and therefore not in "communion" with the Catholic Church.

Moreover, communion for Protestants is not what it is for Catholics.  We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity); He really is present because bishops who enjoy an unbroken continuity with the original apostles, ordained by Christ, have validly ordained our priests. Protestants, on the other hand, do not have the Real Presence, nor do most of them even believe in the Real Presence in Communion. The only time that a Catholic may licitly receive the Eucharist in a non-Catholic Church is spelled out clearly in Canon 844.2:
A. Priests who tell their congregations that "those who are not Catholic cannot receive Communion" are simply speaking the truth and passing along what the Church teaches. Sometimes that position is not very popular and calls for a certain pastoral sensitivity, but it is the right thing to do.

There are some exceptions. The most notable is for members or the Orthodox Churches, who may receive Holy Communion, as well as Penance and Anointing of the Sick, when they request them spontaneously. Outside of exceptional circumstances, clearly defined in canon law, Protestants are not to receive Holy Communion, and in no case are the non-baptized to be allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist.

This disposition is not a lack of friendliness with non-Catholics, but simply the consequence of what it means to receive Holy Communion. That act means the person who receives it assents to everything the Church teaches. Non-Catholics do not.
A. The Catholic Church, from which all the other Christian traditions have ultimately sprung, has condemned the use of artificial contraceptives since ancient times. In that sense, I suppose you could say that the Catholic Church was the first of the Christian communions to do so. However, condemnation of contraceptives is not a recent development. Prior to 1930, nearly all Christian communions were firmly opposed to contraception.
Answers to FAQ about the Catholic Faith

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Over 2,000 years of tradition can lead to many questions and misunderstandings about the Catholic Faith. If you’re confused, curious, or just wish you had good answers for all the challenging questions or confrontations that come your way – you’re not alone.

Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions provides solid answers to hundreds of common questions asked by people just like you – questions both big and small regarding doctrine, history, morality, the pope, saints, the sacraments, the Mass, prayer, Scripture, and much more.