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The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day by [Gould, Meredith]
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Who better than a nice Jewish girl to tell Catholics how to celebrate their faith at home? Jews have always been known for a sensibly domestic-centered observance of their religion, and Gould, a Jewish-born convert to Catholicism, speaks from a unique dual perspective. Having lived in a Jewish home, she knows about lighting Sabbath candles, but also remembers when Catholics kept holy water and statues in their houses. In her own home, which she affectionately describes as "the Hermitage" and "Julian of Norwich goes suburban," she has revived traditions that fell by the wayside after changes wrought by Vatican II, and also established a multitude of new ones. Readers seeking to reinforce Catholic identity on the home front will find plenty of ideas, among them a how-to for celebrating Christmas when it actually arrives, instead of weeks before, and making Halloween holy by embracing it as the eve of All Saints Day. Gould's writing is light and airy, even irreverent at times, but her ideas are well-grounded and refreshing. She wisely reinforces her suggestions with excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and uses the church's sacraments and elaborate calendar of feast days and liturgical seasons as the skeleton of her book, trotting out bits of history and legend for added interest. Gould's engaging enthusiasm will doubtless have readers asking, "Who knew Catholicism could be so much fun?"
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The Catholic Home is clear, practical, and inviting; it will make every Catholic’s job easier visualizing how to bring the faith home.” —Frederica Matthewes-Green, NPR commentator and author of Facing East and At the Corner of East and Now

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  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Updated edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026LTNK4
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By Jennifer D. Walker on January 1, 2009
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I think this book would make a wonderful gift for someone who is either new to Catholicism, say entering RCIA or returning to the Church after many years absence, or for someone who is just easing into the celebration of seasonal rituals for the home, for the first time, and who does not want to be overwhelmed.

It might help to point out that this is a book which makes some pretty basic distinctions: that Catholics pray with the saints in icons, not to the saints in icons. It explains the Jesse Tree for Christmas, but strangely, has little information on the Advent wreath (though, to be fair, the author suggests that you can find lots of information, including the daily readings, online). It includes a few paragraphs on keeping a prayer journal, lists the station of the cross for Lent and explains the Rosary in a fairly minimal and introductory fashion.

The whole book runs to roughly 200 pages, not including appendices, but including non-seasonal information, daily devotions and honoring the sacraments, so that each seasonal celebration merits just a few pages. Today's solemnity, Mary, Mother of God, runs to a page and a half, a third of which is taken up by the entry heading. As the saying goes, this is not a fount of information that would drown an elephant, though it is a good, resourceful introduction for those individuals who are just beginning a deepening personal, sacramental life in the Church.

I, personally, would have loved to have discovered, in this book, more information on all the seasons: crafts for adults and children; information on home altars not just in the back of the book, but within every seasonal entry; more historical information, prayers and novenas and lots and lots of pictures!
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I love this book! I grew up in a Catholic family and in Catholic schools. However, that did not prepare me for passing along Catholic traditions to my own children and to my converted husband. The fear of offending anyone(especially my non-Catholic relatives) made me a little hesitant to "let religious identity permeate our home". Gould's book encourages and instructs on how to do so. She has specific ideas, traditions, and even recipes for living a richer life within the Church.
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By A Customer on May 20, 2004
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Meredith Gould's spritely, conversational writing style combined with her knowledge and passion for the subject make this book a winner. If you're Catholic and looking to better integrate your faith into your home, lapsed Catholic trying to find your way back to your roots, or just curious about why Catholics do the things they do, you'll enjoy this book.
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Thought this would be a great book to help explain the richness of our many Catholic traditions and celebrations, but after reading the author's uncharitable remarks towards the very Mass that all of our saints attended, "Does anyone really want to go back to fiddling with rosary beads and staring at the back of the priest's vestments while he inaudibly mutters in Latin?", we're certainly not going to be trusting her advice on anything Catholic! She has a complete lack of understanding of the Mass of all ages. Fitting that she goes on to complain about all the traditions that are now gone...... and sees no correlation between that and the loss of the EF Mass. On the contrary, the Latin Mass is actually making a very healthy comeback!
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By A Customer on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A valuable reference book that is a joy to read from cover to cover.
It is densely filled with holidays and feast days throughout the year, their histories and suggestions for celebrations. Dr. Gould's friendly and relaxed style of writing makes me feel as if all this wonderful information is being given to me while sitting across from her having a cup of tea.
My only sadness is that this wonderful book was not written thirty years ago when I had young children. A young family using the book as a resource and basis for family celebrations throughout the year could not help but grow into a strong spiritual unit with sound values that would be shared with their community.
Some of the traditions she describes are very familiar, some happily ring a distant bell, and some are new to me. Dr Gould has blessed us by making all of this available in an attractive and enjoyable form.
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As a single-parent mother of four who was taught by nuns for 14 years and whose own mother was a convert to Catholicism, I was certainly raised in a Catholic Home. But not with such delightful celebrations that Dr. Gould shares in "The Catholic Home." I just wish she'd written this book when I started raising my own children thirty-plus years ago. She makes "keeping the faith" fun, fulfilling and so interesting that even teenagers might go along with some of her ideas. Bravo! This book should be given to all Catholic couples when they marry.
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An entertaining book written with much heart- a good resource, except for the disparaging remarks about the Traditional Latin Mass. I was saddened to see that someone who can write so enthusiastically about the Liturgical Year and the Church could also describe the Latin Mass as mumbling that no one could understand. It's a shame- as a young Catholic, I've found much consolation in the Latin Mass, as have other young Catholics- and yes, it is possible to understand what is going on during a Latin Mass. Perhaps a revised edition could appear in the future?
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