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Catholic Traditions: Treasures New And Old [Paperback]

By Joanne Turpin (Author)
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Pages   178
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2004
ISBN  0867165510  
EAN  9780867165517  

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What is the Communion rail? How do you say the rosary? Why do we have statues of saints? Young Catholics and those received into the church since Vatican II, as well as lifelong Catholics, will find answers to these questions and many others about Catholic traditions, rituals and nuances in this newly revised and expanded edition of the 1994 book, Catholic Treasures: New and Old. Author Joanne Turpin says, "Traditions are the treads that tie together succeeding generations of believers- During times of transition, such as the four decades since the Second Vatican Council, these threads may become tangles. One generation may hold firmly to the traditions that are almost unintelligible to a later generation, which holds just as firmly to new ideas and experiments that have developed in recent years." Catholic Traditions: Treasures New and Old seeks to untangle those threads once more and weave for Catholics a common heritage to cherish. This is a wonderful and enlightening book for young adults, all Catholic families, adults in the RCIA process and parish references shelves.

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Torpedoed by it's own extra material.  Dec 2, 2004
Perhaps other reviewers do not read margin quotes. One was from Andrew Greeley, and another one referred to the Holy Spirit as "she".

If you can swallow this drop of poison, the rest of this little book (178 pages) is a light, easy read covering many topics that most long-time Catholics probably do not know (i.e. what does the title "Monsignor" signify, what is the significance of the Church calendar, what is a "sacristy", "alb" or "chasuble", how is the American church organized, what are some of the changes in Catholic practice brought by Vatican II, etc.)

Although it would get a high ranking without the quotes, in its current form it does not merit the "Nihil Obstat", a few bucks, or more than one star.
Helpful Resouce for Catholics and Inquirers  Oct 11, 2004
As a Catholic parent and one interested in growing in faith and knowledge about my own Church, I love resources like Joanne Turpin's Catholic Traditions: Treasures Old and New. The book provides a comprehensive overview of all of the important aspects of the Catholic Church and its teachings.

Turpin's chapters are well organized with a sufficient level of detail to answer most questions well. The book covers everything from the Sacred Space (physical layout) of the Church, to the names and meanings of the various items employed in the Church. Traditions and teachings related to Marian devotion, the Communion of Saints, Angels and our liturgical calendar are all covered. Wonderful sections on prayer and popular devotions provide not only detailed explanation, but also inspiration for new modes of prayer and adoration.

I will definitely turn to this book to grow in my own faith, to teach my children, and to help educate my friends and others on the beauty of our Catholic traditions.
Primer for New Catholics, Blast from the Past for Old-Timers  Sep 7, 2004
One of the author's goals in this work is to "distinguish between the essentials and the trimmings, the tradition and the customs." She meets the challenge in 13 chapters dealing with such topics as the Mass; sacraments; prayer; Mary; angels and saints; and "Catholic practices, minor and major." The section on Catholic practices will evoke memories, if not nostalgia, in those who grew up in the 50s, but younger readers may be amused by the era's rules for fasting, women wearing hats to church, "making" the First Fridays, and the like. As a pre-Vatican II Catholic, I read about Forty Hours devotions wistfully.

Each chapter contains relevant margin quotes with reference notes and a short reading list. An extensive index is included. This work would be especially helpful for catechists, parents, and those involved in, RCIA programs.

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