St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

From a SMSS Parishioner and Book Enthusiast

Saint John Bosco by F.A. Forbes (Tan Books).  Great book for men and women alike, but I think the men of our parish would particularly like and be edified by this book.  I especially love how St. John Bosco had a great devotion to Our Lady (Mary Help of Christians) -- great read for our Marian parish!  Great enjoyable summertime read as well.
Essays On Woman (The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 2) Second Edition, revised (1996) by Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) Translated by Freda Mary Oben, Ph.D. (ICS Publications).  When I make this recommendation I think especially of the women of the Catholic Women's League and their mission to fullfil in society, but especially all women (i.e. mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, educators, etc.) who are involved in the formation of girls and young women.  A great read for men too, I imagine, to understand better the vocation and spirituality of women.
Mulieris Dignitatem, Apostolic Letter of Pope St. John Paul II on the Dignity and Vocation of Women.  If the women of our parish haven't read this Encyclical Letter of Pope St. John Paul II, then I would probably recommend reading this first before reading Essays on Woman.
Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia, the Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on St. John Vianney.  Great (edifying and enjoyable) read for all Catholics, but I especially think of any men in our parish who might be discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

May 2020 - Book of the Month

This is a stirring novel which deals reverently but realistically with the fascinating life and era of St. Augustine, one of the most remarkable men of all time.

Welcome to our SMSS Book Club! I have created a space in Bookclubz for our discussion board. I have also created our first virtual meeting for Tuesday May 26 at 2 pm. Details are on Bookclubz.

This month - May 2020 - we will be reading The Restless Flame.

To join the club, please send me an e-mail using the form below. 

Book club

To make a book or movie suggestion or to give a book or movie review, email the Parish office and use Book Club as the subject line.


From Amy Chan, SMSS Parishioner

Books by Henri Nouwen -  but especially The Genesee Diary, Reaching Out, The Inner Voice of Love
Books by Ron Rolheiser - 
but especially The Holy Longing 
Deacon Robert Kinghorn - The Church on the Street

Holly Ordway - Not God's Type  Speaking at the Newman Center