The Storyteller's Catechism
The Storyteller's Catechism

The Storyteller's Catechism

Stories of Faith from Parish Life


224 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Paperback, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Paperback, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9780824599386


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Uplifting stories for Catholic parishioners and catechists that make for delightful reading and meaningful teaching material

Following central chapters of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Fr. Sherwood's stories bring its teachings alive and give new meaning to its core messages. Referring directly to CCC sections, this book makes for inspiring reading and wonderful teaching material, highlighting concrete human experiences of Catholic life. An increasingly secular world has made humanity's search for God more challenging. But the basic message of this little book is that God also searches for humanity; that the eyes and ears of faith reveal manifestations of the Divine Presence. Parish priests are privileged to have a front-row seat to observe Divine Presence in action. The true stories told here reflect just a few of the many experiences of God had by one priest in Florida. Meet Barnacle Bill, an old-time mariner, who restlessly searched for love and happiness, but the irresistible call of the Siren's song kept beckoning him to an ever elusive port. Read about a seven-foot alligator that made neighborly visits to the parish office and taught a lesson on the natural habitat of sin. Find out why sand dollars were an occasional offering in the Sunday collection basket and were considered so valuable. These stories and others will touch the heart or give pause for thoughtâ€â€Âbut all of them will hopefully inspire and deepen faith.

Author Biography

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood, D.Min., Ph.D., is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. He currently serves as pastor at St. Raphael Catholic Church and School in St. Petersburg. The different parishes and ministry experiences since his ordination in 1993 are often grist for the mill for many of his stories. He is the author of two previously published books on the preaching of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Norman Vincent Peale, and Billy Graham. His many interests include telling stories to receptive listeners, doing magic tricks for the parish school kids, and taking long walks with God every day.