The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth

Second Edition 

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By Brian Singer-Towns

Edited by Maura Thompson Hagarty

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The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Second Edition is an understandable and down-to-earth guide to all things Catholic. This book is an eye-opener and a page-turner, whether you are brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time.

The second edition contains everything that people loved about the first edition, including:

  • a structure that parallels the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • 37 content-rich chapters divided into four parts: creed, liturgy and Sacraments, morality, and Christian prayer
  • full-color photos that illustrate the books content, including saints' photos, early and contemporary art, and photos of modern-day symbols of living the Catholic faith.
  • Did You Know? sidebars.
  • Live It! sidebars.
  • Looking Back sidebars.
  • Saintly Profiles sidebars.
  • Glossary.
  • patron saints list.
  • brief summary of Catholic beliefs.
  • timeline of Catholic historical events.
  • index of key words and terms.
Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Feb. 1, 2008

Format: Paperback

Size: 6.375 x 9.188

Length: 480 pages

Item number: 2813

ISBN: 978-0-88489-987-7

ISBN-10: 0-88489-987-X

Special Feature

New in the second edition!

  • minor editing of content.
  • over 50 new "For Further Reflection" questions.
  • an illustrated guide to Catholic signs and symbols.
  • an index of questions frequently asked by teens that directs readers to the pages where they can explore answers.
  • updated statistics.
  • items helpful for the preparation of Confirmation, including an overview of the rite of Confirmation, the consecratory prayer used in the rite of Confirmation, and the consecratory prayer used in the blessing of chrism.
  • the timeline has been expanded from four to six pages to make it easier to read.

Correlation to the U.S. Bishops' High School curriculum framework available 
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The Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found this catechetical text, copyright 2008, to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Customer Reviews

By Jean Cabanilla, Sacred Heart Parish

I use The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth in my seventh- and eighth-grade religious education class. It is the most user-friendly, easily understood textbook I have used. So many others are boring to the students. This one is not. Thank you.
Editorial Reviews

YouthWorker Journal, July/August, 2008

For expanded and expounded answers to the Catholic faith, Brian Singer-Towns gives them to you from a youth's point of view in the easy to read The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth. You will discover what Catholics may make too much of, Protestants certainly make too little of. You can't help but take away a respect and a yearning to see God as a mysterious Companion instead of a familiar MySpace Buddy.

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth will cause you to reflect on your own spiritual disciplines and challenge you to embrace this mysterious relationship with God.
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