N E W !

Connections for the Weekdays of Advent 2017

Again this year, the editors of Connections have prepared a NEW series of short, to-the-point homilies – each meditation approximately two minutes in length – for every weekday of the 2017 Advent season.

Modeled after the popular annual Lenten weekday issue, this special issue includes stories and meditations illuminating the themes of the Gospel readings in the Advent lectionary.  Included are reflections for the Solemnity of Mary, the Immaculate Conception (December 8) and Christmas.

[NOTE:  This is a NEW preaching resource, written in the format of the Sunday edition of Connections.  Subscribers to Connections DAILY will find this a valuable addition to the DAILY reflections.]

If you preach – or have always intended to preach – at weekday liturgies during Advent, this special edition of Connections will prove to be a valuable resource.

The Advent issue is available in TWO formats:
‘PAPER’ VERSION (mailed via overland mail):  $26  (Canadian orders: $28 US / overseas orders: $30).
E-VERSION (sent via e-mail, as a PDF file):  $22.

Order form


Connections Special Issues Series  

Need an idea for the First Eucharist homily? Looking for a new approach for this season's wedding liturgies? Has your parish heard all of your Funeral homilies too many times now?

Then take a look at the Connections Special Issues Series — single issues focusing on a single topic, issue or theme.  Each collection of stories and reflections has been written and edited as a resource for homilists called to preach in special pastoral settings and liturgical celebrations.  The images and meditations can be easily adapted to the pastoral situation and the needs of the local community. 

Connections’ special issues are available in the "paper" format (mailed via overland mail) at $18 each (Canadian orders: $19 US / overseas orders: $20) or in PDF and MSWord formats (sent to your e-mail address) at $16 each.

Special issues now available in the series:


Baptism: ‘Born in Water and Spirit’
Stories, meditations and reflections on the sacrament of Baptism and Christian initiation. 

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


The Eucharist: ‘Take/Bless/Break/Eat’
A collection of stories, meditations and reflections on the mystery of the Eucharist and Christ's call to become what we receive at his table.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


The Spirit of God: ‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’
This collection on the Sacrament of Confirmation and adult discipleship focuses on the themes of God’s Spirit animating the life of the faithful disciple, Christ’s commission to his Church to proclaim his Gospel, and the challenging transition from believing child to adult disciple.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Reconciliation: God's Work of Mending
Meditations and images on Jesus' call to disciples of every time and place to the ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness. The reflections here all connect to Jesus' parables and lessons on transforming our lives and our world by imitating his example of compassion, forgiveness and humble reconciliation

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Sacraments of Initiation
Stories and reflections designed to assist homilists preparing to preach at celebrations of the Sacraments of Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation [NOTE: This issue includes material NOT found in the special issues on Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation.]

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Sacraments of Healing
A collection of reflections, ideas and stories that homilists can adapt and incorporate in homilies and reflections at celebrations of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.  

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


RCIA: Markers for the Journey
Stories and images on the various rites and stages of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).  This special issue includes reflections on the Gospels for the rites of acceptance, election, and the scrutinies (the Gospels for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent in lectionary year A); also included are ideas and images for the preparation rites for Holy Saturday.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Requiem [1]
A FIRST collection of stories, reflections and meditations designed to assist homilists preaching at funerals, wake services and vigils, and All Souls' Day Masses.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Requiem [2]
A SECOND collection of material for Funeral liturgies and Masses for the Dead.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


‘Two Become One in Christ’ [1]
Reflections on the covenant of marriage as the mirror of God's transforming and life-giving love for all humanity.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


‘Two Become One in Christ’ [2]
MORE Connections on the Sacrament of Marriage and for Wedding liturgies. 

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Preaching Mary of the Gospel
Meditations and reflections gathered around the Gospel accounts of Mary, the mother of the Christ: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Magnifcat, and the birth of the Child at Bethlehem.  Homilists will find this a valuable resource for preaching on the solemnities of Mary (December 8, January 1 and August 15) as well as preparing days of reflection, family retreat days, etc.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Prayer and Thanksgiving: ‘Like Incense Rising, O Lord’
A collection of stories and meditations on prayer and thanksgiving, designed as a resource for homilists preaching days of enrichment, facilitating retreats, and teaching classes and workshops on prayer and liturgy.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


American Celebrations & Memorials
A resource for homilists preaching on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial and Veteran’s Days, Mother’s and Father’s Days, and other national holidays and observances.  Material in the collection focuses on the Gospel themes of justice, freedom, community, and responsible citizenship. 

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form


Stewardship: ‘To Give as You Have Received’
Material designed to introduce stewardship programs in church communities and inviting parishioners to give of their time, talent and treasure to make the reign of God a reality in their own lives and communities.

Paper: $18 [Canadian orders: $19 US; overseas orders: $20 US]
PDF/MSWord: $16
Order form