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Through the Church Year

Through the Church Year

Reflections for Feasts and Seasons 

Author: Francis D. Kelly

Price: $13.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-174-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 1, 2009

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Spiritually rich and theologically wise, Through the Church Year is an essential companion for Catholics wishing to engage more deeply with the observances of the liturgical year. In addition to giving a brief historical overview for the various feasts and seasons, renowned author Msgr. Francis D. Kelly offers his own reflections and meditations on their spiritual meaning and significance. This informative, accessible guide will enrich the spirituality and prayer life of readers, while deepening their understanding of and participation in the liturgy.


"I highly recommend this book."

"In this important collection of spiritual reflections, Monsignor Francis Kelly provides a valuable resource whereby we can establish or further develop a sense of the sacred in our lives. In the face of the increasingly hectic pace of daily life we need a prompting to help us pause and rediscover the presence of the Lord. Through the Church Year: Reflections for Feasts and Seasons provides such help for us, through an engaging and accessible guide for the liturgical seasons and the major solemnities and feast days of the saints. We are blessed to have such a helpful resource available to us. I highly recommend this book to all who seek to live their faith more fully and gain greater insight into the beauty of the Church."

Cardinal Séan O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Boston

"Helpful and rewarding."

"Growing up in a wonderful parish and Catholic grade school, I often remember the pastor and the sisters telling us that 'The feasts and seasons of the Church year are the best teacher of faith we have.' Monsignor Kelly’s helpful and rewarding book shows the wisdom of that childhood lesson."

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

"A pleasure to recommend."

"Monsignor Kelly is an accomplished writer and expert catechist. In this book, he demonstrates his ability to communicate both the beauty and the wisdom of the major celebrations of the liturgical year. It is a pleasure for me to recommend Through the Church Year in the hope that all who use it will find in it a strengthening of their faith and a renewal of their appreciation for the beauty of the liturgy."

Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D.
Archbishop of Washington

"Informs and edifies."

"In this new book, Monsignor Kelly shares the fruit of a long priestly contemplation. He places the mysteries of Christ, of Our Lady, and of the saints within reach of those Catholics who seek to discover in the annual celebration of feast days a source of personal support for daily Christian living. Monsignor Kelly both informs and edifies."

Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Editor of MAGNIFICAT®

"A work of spiritual pedagogy."

"Through the Church Year is a work of spiritual pedagogy. By balancing history, reflections, and liturgical commentary, Monsignor Kelly offers the reader an inspiring compendium on the Liturgical Year. These pages both educate and inspire."

Gregory J. Hoppough, C.S.S., S.T.D.
Professor of Liturgical Studies
Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts