Resources published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (formerly known as the United States Catholic Conference [USCC]):
- Office for Publishing and Promotion Services (OPPS) publications may be ordered
- by calling 800-235-8722
- by faxing 202-722-8709
via the web (www.usccb.org/publishing/)
- Office of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) publications may be ordered by calling 202-541-3352.
- by calling 800-235-8722
Resources on Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees
Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity—The U.S. bishops' statement challenges us to receive newcomers with a genuine spirit of welcome that provides a bridge for them to cross from one culture into another. Sidebars provide examples of successful programs throughout this country. A resource for ordinary and lay ministers, communications and religious education committees, seminaries, school superintendents, and all who wish to help promote unity in diversity. Copyright © 2000 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-375 (English), 60 pp.; 5-848 (Spanish), 68 pp.
Called to Welcome the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity—Highlighting the themes of the U.S. bishops' pastoral statement Welcoming the Stranger Among Us, this brochure is designed for widespread distribution throughout the parish and diocesan communities. Include them in bulletins, hand them out at parish events, or use as small-group discussion starters as a way of encouraging participation at the local level. Copyright © 2000 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-404 (English), 5-849 (Spanish), 8-panel brochures. Forthcoming in Korean (5-455), Vietnamese (5-456), Chinese (5-457), Haitian Creole (5-458), and Brazilian Portuguese (5-459).
Welcoming the Stranger: A Prayer for Hospitality (prayer card)—A guide for parish welcoming efforts, this prayer card is a helpful reminder of the need to promote community. Copyright © 2001 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-460, packages of 50.
Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? A Catholic Educational Guide for Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees—This manual is designed to encourage and help
Catholic parents, educators, and catechists to shape knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills so that all will understand and more warmly welcome immigrants and refugees. Copyright © 1996 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-006, 280 pp.
Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? Reflections for Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees—This is a companion publication to the manual of the same title geared for personal and group discussion and reflection with the goal of better understanding and welcoming those from other nations. Copyright © 1996 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-057, 64 pp.
Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees (videotape)—An up-close and personal look at some of the human faces behind the immigration debate in our nation. Copyright © 1996 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-053, 27 minutes.
National Migration Week Resource Materials—National Migration Week resources provide liturgical, educational, and programmatic materials to assist parishes, schools, and colleges and universities in this annual observance sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Copyright © USCCB (MRS). Published annually and available free of charge by calling 202-541-3385 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
En Marcha Hacia El Seńor/Journeying Together Toward the Lord—A bilingual (Spanish/English) catechetical resource offering support and direction for developing the faith life of migrant workers. Copyright © 1993 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 565-8, 48 pp.
Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity—From the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, this publication aims to stimulate international solidarity, especially regarding the causes of the inhumane living conditions of refugees. Copyright © 1993 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 576-3, 16 pp.
Today's Immigrants and Refugees: A Christian Understanding—Migration World magazine called this a "superb collection of articles on a variety of crucial issues related to the pastoral care of immigrants and refugees in the United States Catholic Church." Copyright © 1989 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 204-7, 156 pp.
Yo Trabajo La Tierra [I Work the Land] (videotape)—This video provides a portrait of a migrant family that is a visual meditation on the dignity of work and faith. Copyright © 1992 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 472-4, 13 minutes.
Remembering Cesar: The Legacy of Cesar Chavez—This book presents memories of Cesar Chavez by farm workers, United Farm Workers board and staff, supporters, and celebrities. Copyright © 2000, The Cesar Chavez Foundation, P.O. Box 62, Keene, CA 93531 (661-823-6230).
Connections: An Invitation to Serve Newly Arriving Refugees and Immigrants (brochure)—Copyright © 1998 USCCB (MRS).
Making Room: Pastoral Planning for Newcomers—This resource includes a video and study guide. Copyright © 1992 USCCB (MRS).
Working with Refugees: A Guide for Community Involvement—A resource kit consisting of a manual, workshop guide, and slide presentation. The manual may be ordered separately to use as a "resettlement handbook." Copyright © 1983 USCCB (MRS).
To Be a Refugee (videotape)—Refugee children around the world tell their stories in this program. Free from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Fax order to 202-296-5660.
Africa Refugee Day (videotape)—An overview of refugee situations throughout Africa. Free from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Fax order to 202-296-5660.
The Ties That Bind (videotape in English/ Spanish)—A video featuring stories behind the controversial immigration. Copyright © 1996 Maryknoll World Productions, P.O. Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308 (800-227-8523).
Resources on Multicultural Issues
Keep Your Hand on the Plow: The African American Presence in the Catholic Church—A practical resource for pastoral leaders and teachers about the African American Catholic experience in the United States and some successful efforts in evangelization. Authors include Rev. Cyprian Davis, OSB; Andrew Billingsly, Ph.D.; Rev. O. Hugh Stout, editor; and Most Rev. Curtis Guillory, SVD. Copyright © 1996 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 098-2, 224 pp.
Reconciliados Por Cristo/Reconciled Through Christ: On Reconciliation and Greater Collaboration Between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics—Addressed to those who serve the approximately twenty million Hispanic Catholics and three million African American Catholics in this country, this reflection explores the common challenges of these groups and seeks mutual reconciliation in the areas of race and language. Copyright © 1997 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-025, 88 pp.
The Church in America (Ecclesia in America)—Pope John Paul II relates the history of the 1997 Synod for America and concludes by inviting all Catholics of America to "take an active part in the evangelizing initiatives which the Holy Spirit is stirring in every part of this immense continent." Copyright © 1999 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-321 (English), 140 pp.; 5-819 (Spanish), 144 pp.
The Hispanic Experience in the United States/La Experiencia Hispana En Los Estado Unidos: Pastoral Reflections Using the Catechism of the Catholic Church—From the U.S. bishops' Department of Education, this English/Spanish edition is designed to facilitate the use of the Catechism with Hispanics in a holistic way. Copyright © 1996 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 754-5, 44 pp.
Many Faces in God's House: A Catholic Vision for the Third Millennium—A parish guide to help implement multicultural ministry. Copyright © 1999 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-421, 32 pp.
Sharing Faith Across the Hemisphere (videotape)—This video features the amazing story of the relationship between the Catholic Church in the United States and its neighbors in Central and South America. Copyright © 1997 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-016 (English), 28 minutes; 5-126 (Spanish), 28 minutes.
The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community—By Eric H. F. Law. Copyright © 1993 Chalice Press, P.O. Box 179, St. Louis, MO 63166-0179.
The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed: Developing Multicultural Community Through Dialogue and Liturgy—By Eric H. F. Law. Copyright © 1996 Chalice Press, P.O. Box 179, St. Louis, MO 63166-0179.
Inclusion: Making Room for Grace: Rights, Respect, Responsibilities, Exile, and New Creation—By Eric H. F. Law. Copyright © 2000 Chalice Press, P.O. Box 179, St. Louis, MO 63166-0179.
Bridging Boundaries: Pastoral Care of U.S. Hispanics—By Kenneth G. Davis and Yolanda Tarango (with preface by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz). This book identifies the differences among the Latin nationalities and shows how culture, ethnicity, gender, and denomination can either divide or enrich any community. Copyright © 1995 University of Toronto Press; 800-565-9523 or 800-221-9985; www.scrantonpress.com.
A New Missionary Era: Incarnating the Message of Christ in Different Cultures—By Walbert Buhlmann. Copyright © 1982 Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
The Changing Face of the Church—By Timothy Fitzgerald and Martin Connell. Copyright © 1988 Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL; 800-933-1800; fax 800-933-7094; e-mail email@example.com.
One Church, Many Cultures: The Challenge of Diversity—By Joseph P. Fitzpatrick. Copyright © 1987 Sheed & Ward, 115 E. Armour Blvd., P.O. Box 414292, Kansas City, MO 64141-0281.
The Challenge of Diversity: The Witness of Paul and the Gospels—By David Rhoads. Copyright © 1996 Fortress Press, 426 Fifth St., Minneapolis, MN 55440.
Clashing Symbols: An Introduction to Faith and Culture—By Michael Paul Gallagher. Copyright © 1998 Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430.
The Multicultural Church: A New Landscape in U.S. Theologies—Edited by William Cenker. Copyright © 1996 Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430.
Parishes and Parish Social Ministry Resources
A User-Friendly Parish—By Judith Ann Kolar. This resource provides straightforward advice encouraging everyone to examine how the parish presents itself. Copyright © 1998 Twenty-Third Publications, 185 Willow St., P.O. Box 180, Mystic, CT 06355; 860-531-2611 or 800-321-0411.
Communion and Mission—A guide for bishops and pastoral leaders on small church communities. From the bishops' Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs. Copyright © 1995 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-007, 60 pp.
Communities of Salt and Light—Parish resource manual. Copyright © 1994 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 702-2, 80 pp.
Salt and Light (videotape)—This program outlines the challenges of the U.S. bishops' statement on the social mission of the parish and ways parishes can respond. Copyright © 1995 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 703-0, 14 minutes.
The Parish: A People, A Mission, A Structure—The U.S. bishops present a vision of parish life that encourages respect for diversity yet urges that each parish continually strive "to become more fully a people of God, sharing the mission of Christ and developing the structure necessary for supporting its community life and carrying out its mission." Copyright © 1981 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 722-7, 25 pp.
Resources on Liturgy
Guidelines for Multicultural Celebrations—By Mark R. Francis. Copyright © 1998 Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, P.O. Box 29029, Washington, DC 20017; 202-635-6990.
Liturgy in a Multicultural Community—By Mark R. Francis. Copyright © 1991 Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN 56321.
Shape a Circle Ever Wider: Liturgical Inculturation in the United States—By Mark R. Francis. Copyright © 2000 Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622-1101; 800-933-1800; fax 800-933-7094; www.ltp.org.
Plenty Good Room: The Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship—This book furthers the call for the instillation of a distinctly African American flavor to the Catholic celebration, lays the theological foundation for cultural adaptations, and frames the discussion of the interplay between African American culture and liturgical celebration. Copyright © 1991 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 385-X, 96 pp.
Earthing the Gospel—By Gerald A. Arbuckle. An inculturation handbook for pastoral workers. Copyright © 1990 Orbis Books, P.O. Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
The New Catholicity: Theology Between the Global and the Local—By Robert J. Schreiter. This book deals with questions that arise as Christian faith attempts to respond to its new global reality. Copyright © Orbis Books, P.O. Box 308, Maryknoll, New York 10545.
Primero Dios—An Hispanic liturgical resource by Mark R. Francis and Arturo J. Perez-Rodriguez. Copyright © 1997 Liturgy Training Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622-1101; 800-933-1800; fax 800-933-7094; www.ltp.org.
Liturgical Music Resources
Misa Del Mundo—By Jesse Manibusan. Copyright © 1993 OCP Publications, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213; www.ocp.org.
Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal—Copyright © 1987 GIA Publications, 7404 South Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638; www.giamusic.com.
Celebremos/Let Us Celebrate (quarterly missal)—Copyright © 2001 World Library Publications, 3825 North Willow Road, Schiller Park, IL 60176; www.jspaluch.com.
Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice Resources
Called to Global Solidarity: International Challenges for U.S. Parishes—This resource manual for parishes and other Catholic organizations contains the statement of the U.S. bishops entitled Called to Global Solidarity plus suggestions for implementation. Called to Global Solidarity builds on the pastoral response Communities of Salt and Light by assisting parishes in nourishing greater ties of solidarity with all the peoples of the world, especially the poor and persecuted. Copyright © 1998 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-118 (English), 48 pp.; 5-119 (Spanish), 56 pp. A video is also available from OPPS: Publication No. 5-272, 14 minutes.
Faithful Citizenship—Bishops' statement, summary, video, and parish resource kit available. Copyright © 2000 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-355 (English statement), 24 pp.; 5-831 (Spanish statement), 32 pp.; 5-360 (English summary), 8-panel brochure; 5-834 (Spanish summary), 8-panel brochure; 5-370 (video), 11 minutes; 5-361 (parish resource kit).
Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice—A pastoral reflection on lay discipleship for justice in a new millennium. Copyright © 1998 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-116, 20 pp.
Economic Justice for All—A Catholic framework for economic life: statement and summary. Copyright © 1997 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-135, 160 pp.
Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions—Reflections of U.S. Catholic bishops. Explores how Catholic community can better share the Church's social justice tradition. Copyright © 1998 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-281, 32 pp.
Leader's Guide to "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching"—Helps parish ministers and adults to study Catholic social teaching. Based upon bishops' statement of June 1998. Copyright © 2000 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-366, 64 pp.
Excerpts from "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching"—Cards and posters containing seven themes of Catholic social teaching highlighted by the U.S. bishops. Copyright © 1999 USCCB (OPPS), Publication Nos. 5-315 (English card); 5-318 (English poster); 5-815 (Spanish card); 5-818 (Spanish poster).
A Catholic Call to Justice: An Activity Book for Raising Awareness of Social Issues—A
social justice lesson plan, designed for use at the secondary level, from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services. Copyright © 1998 USCCB (OPPS), Publication No. 5-239, 16 pp.
Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives—By Christine Marie Smith. Copyright © 1998 United Church Press, Cleveland, OH 44115.