There are many books and other wonderful resources that help us grow in our faith. Learning about the Catholic faith is something that we are all called to keep doing throughout our lives. As we learn about different elements of the faith such as theology, Church doctrine, the saints, prayer, church history, and Scripture, our relationship with God will only deepen and become stronger. In turn, we will be able to share our faith more fully with those that God places in our path on a day-to-day basis.
St. Francis Xavier is blessed to offer a parish library that provides parishioners with access to many different books and resources that can help them dive into these different aspects of the faith. The library is open whenever the parish is open. It started about five years ago when the new church was built. There were a lot of books available, and having a library meant they could be placed in one location where parishioners could access them. A parishioner donated the shelves for the library and it has continued to grow from there.
“When our daughter was in Confirmation, her project was to establish a library at the time,” says Sandy Soulek, who took over the library in September. “Parishioners donated a lot of books toward the project, and I helped with it and found that I enjoyed it. When Father indicated that there was a need for a new librarian, I felt it was something God was calling me to participate in.”
Sandy shares that the library recently adopted a new system — there is now a cabinet that has baskets for returned books as well as donated books. This way, the books can be returned and more easily cataloged. In addition to the new basket system, the library is going to start featuring three books a month in the bulletin. This will allow parishioners to see what sort of materials are available for them. The books that are featured may also correspond to the liturgical calendar, such as the Rosary in October or Christmas in December.
“We hope that the library is a nice quiet place for people to come, and for them to sit and read,” Sandy says. “We want to create a nice atmosphere for them to be able to be quiet and just enjoy the materials available to them. There is such a variety of different books there that they can learn more about their faith and hopefully grow in their faith.”
If you have questions about the library, contact the parish office at 405-372-6886.