References for Catholic Women

References for Catholic Women
The Women’s Council would like to provide you with these recommended sources so that you can continue growing your faith in your journey with Christ. With so much information now available, we wanted to provide sources confirmed to adhere to the teachings, values, and beliefs of the Catholic Church.

Father Gould’s Recommended Media Sources:
1. New Advent Blog – current Catholic Blogs, Catholic Encyclopedia
2. The Pillar – current review of life and times of Catholic Church
3. Magister Blog – Italian review on current events in the Church; it will translate to English
4. Saint of the Day – feast days of saints throughout the world
5. Vatican Press Office – daily reports from Vatican, starting at 6:00 AM EST
6. Commentaries on Sunday Readings – I use and recommend this resource to all the young priests
7. United States Catholic Conference – American hierarchy projects
8. EWTN News – World Catholic News
9. CRUX NEWS – Catholic News and Commentary
10. Praying the Daily Liturgy of the Hours –
11. Catholic Culture – Catholic News and Commentary
12. Inside the Vatican – Catholic News and Commentary
13. Arlington Catholic Herald – Diocesan Newspaper
14. Catholic Dictionary – Hardon Catholic Dictionary
15. Magnificat – Prayers and Readings by subscription
16. Catholic Medical Association – issues in Medicine
17. National Catholic Bioethics Center – bioethics
18. Updates on Medicine/Covid
19. Center for Disease Control
20. New England Journal of Medicine – medical updates
21. Spirit Daily –
22. Catholic Loop –

Vladimir Rudenko’s Recommendations
Vladimir provides these to his OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) class. Recommended books on doctrine:
Ignatius Study Bible (RSV-CE) Navarre Bible (RSV-CE) Catechism of the Catholic Church Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Peter Kraft (also Handbook of Christian Apologetics for the ecumenical version)
The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin

Recommended books on spirituality:

Story of a Soul: the Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (really, everything by C.S. Lewis, including Chronicles of Narnia)

Recommended works of fiction:
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Helena by Evelyn Waugh
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson

Recommended media for Catholic news:
Catholic News Agency –
Global Church news and views –
Aleteia –
Our Sunday Visitor News –
Coram Fratribus (read the “The Notebook” blog page) – Recommended

Recommended smartphone apps
VerseWise (RSV-CE app, and you can also just use Bible Gateway on your browser)
SFDS (our parish’s app)

Recommended by the Women’s Council and the Parish is FORMED
Go to to find this Catholic streaming platform. The Parish pays for each parishioner to have access to this service, and you can find many awesome videos, audios, movies, books, etc. for every age. The menu at the top of the website has a sign-in where you will add your email and it will ask for our Parish and then you’ll receive access.


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