The encyclopedic mind of Dennis Smolarski now appears in alphabetical order. His book A Glossary of Liturgical Terms surveys expressions common and obscure, ancient and modern, Roman and Eastern. In conversing about the liturgy, if you ever say to yourself, “I wonder what that word means,” you will find the answer here.

Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy
Roman Catholic readers of this book will deepen their understanding of the Lutheran perspective on the Eucharist. Frank Senn’s walk through the Church’s liturgy casts a glance outward toward nature and inward toward the body, away from shame and into glory. He plumbs the meaning of sacrifice and communion, anamnesis and epiclesis. At once deeply spiritual and disarmingly personal, the author establishes communion with the reader through a mutual exploration of faith.

Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy
Ron Lewinski has more experience with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults than almost any other person on earth. He will bring you intense knowledge, practical guidance, gentle challenges, and increased confidence. If you want a basic knowledge of Christian initiation, and if you have not yet met this author, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri
To a broken, hungry Catholic world, Rita Ferrone brings a healthy serving of healing words. The Second Vatican Council shifted the tectonic plates of the church, and the newly aligned contours excite some and disturb others. Ferrone calls us home again - home to the heart of Sacrosanctum concilium, the seminal document that ushered in liturgical reform, contemporary vision, and future hope. To analyze such a document requires a perceptive writer. Ferrone delivers.

Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri
If you have a key role in planning and celebrating the Sacred Paschal Triduum each year, blessed are you. But frustrated are you because you do not get to watch how other parishes do it. Reading Jeremy Helmes's book is like having a bright conversation with an experienced guide. Three Great Days offers step-by-step practical advice, brimming with ideas, grounded in history and tradition, yet fostering creative thinking. This book will help you celebrate a better Holy Week this year.

Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri, Author, Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal
Michael Witczak is one of the most respected Catholic liturgical theologians alive… He has literally written the book on baptism. Listeners will appreciate the organization of his thought, the depth of his knowledge, and the clarity of his delivery.

– Rev. Paul Turner
Preaching is such a personal endeavor that it takes a wide range of writers to cover its multiple aspects. Connors has masterfully gathered a roomful of opinions and experiences to share insights about the mystery and power of preaching the gospel.

Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City Missouri, Contributor, To All the World
Stephen Wilbricht takes a fresh look at the Mass through the eyes of Mark Searle. Whether you are interested in liturgy, social justice, or the path to salvation, this book will expand the way you look at worship and life.

Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Kansas City, Missouri; Facilitator, International Commission on English in the Liturgy
For deacons who want to fulfill their liturgical role with more faith and understanding, for those who wonder what deacons may and may not do, for those curious about the history of the diaconate, for priests who share responsibilities with deacons, for men considering a call to the diaconate, for anyone seeking a better view of what deacons do and who they are, Deacon Frederick Bauerschmidt offers sure-footed information, pastoral guidance, and inspirational confidence.

Rev. Paul Turner, pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City MO and author of Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass
When you walk into a Catholic church building, you know where everything should be. Or do you? The rules governing liturgical space sprout ever-new leaves due to a growing series of books and decrees. Mark G. Boyer organizes this legislation by theme, shows why the law says what it does, and makes practical applications that will affirm and surprise you. After reading this book, you'll see the insides of churches as you never have before.

Rev. Paul Turner, pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City MO and author of Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass
You will need an open heart when you open this book. Roc O'Connor will guide you through the landscape of the liturgy and the terrain of the spirit. As shepherd and poet, he leads a journey that will lighten your cares and enlighten your prayers.

Paul Turner
Just as the Church's creed summarizes what we believe, Berard Marthaler's The Creed summarizes why we believe it and takes readers into the deepest mysteries of our faith. He explains what it is to believe and who it is we believe in. Marthaler opens up the context of our creed: the scriptures, the movements, the heresies, and the councils that forged its words, as well as the living Church still nurtured by its tenets. His clear analysis confidently guides the reader through a thicket of ancient and modern theological issues.

---Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Munchin Parish, Cameron, Missouri, and author of When Other Christians Become Catholic (Liturgical Press)
Good liturgy relies on a good building. Good buildings rely on good advice. If you are renovating an old church or erecting a new one, here is the advice you need. James Healy shares what he learned as a pastor facing the same situation. When your project seems vague, here you will find clarity. When it seems overwhelming, here you will find encouragement. Think you can't do a good job? You can. Here's how.

Reverend Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Munchin Church, Cameron, Missouri
Traditional, yet fresh. That’s the Catholic Church. And that is Catholic catechesis. But how can you best know the tradition? And how can you make it fresh for people right now, this week? Mary Birmingham, one of our most trusted catechists, provides all you need in an online resource that is faithful and creative. If you wish that you could do a better job sharing the faith you hold and that God ever makes new, check out Catholic Faith, Life & Creed.
Every Catholic would like to get more out of the Mass, and the revised translation is encouraging everyone to think more deeply about the words we hear and say. Stephen Binz provides a very helpful guide for those who wish to enter this process prayerfully, in community, and with the Bible in hand. This book will give the reader an experience of Christ and the church that will enrich every celebration of the Mass.

Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor of St. Munchin Church, diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy
If you are wondering what to expect at church when you bring your child for baptism, if you struggle to explain why baptism is important, if you learned something about sacraments in the past but don't remember what it was or how they connect with real life, you'll be happy to hold this book in your hands. Tom Scirghi calms fears, enlightens minds, and inspires hearts with the good news that everything is sacred.
Can one book give a complete overview of the history and theology of the eucharistic prayer from its origins to its recent manifestations, from East to West, from Catholic to Protestant, Anglican to Orthodox, with generous quotations and insightful analogy, charts and footnotes, and an ability to make you feel at the end that you have really understood more about how Christians offer their most important prayer? Well, yes. It's this one.

Paul Turner
Author of Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal
The Office of Readings is one of the deepest treasures in the Church's liturgical prayer, but one of the least appreciated. Who are the people who wrote these reflections? Didymus the Blind? Faustinus Luciferanus? John the Serene of Naples? Hedwig? Gertrude? Milton Walsh introduces you to these people as if he has been friends with them for years. He has. And now so can you.

Fr. Paul Turner, Former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy
The word ‘Jungmann’ is synonymous with the history of the Mass. Have a question about the origins of some part of the Sunday Eucharist? ‘Look it up in Jungmann,’ people will say. These volumes are both historical and historic. This new edition will make this timeless research more available to the eager reader.

Rev. Paul Turner
Author of Glory in the Cross
Catholics of the English-speaking world had to relearn the responses at Mass and retune their ears to the prayers the priest says on their behalf. The results have been frustrating, fascinating, and rewarding. But how do we make new words our words? The former translation, in use for decades, had become a part of us. Is there anything else we can do besides wait for the new words to take root?

Yes. You can read Virgilio T.J. Suerte Felipe´s book, English Mass for Filipino Catholics: The Meaning of the New Words of the Holy Mass. Virgilio takes the reader through the principal changes to the words that stay the same from week, the structure known as the Order of Mass. His in depth commentary never leaves the reader behind. He sheds light on new phrases, enthusiastically uncovering the riches of the Catholic liturgy. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the richness of their Catholic heritage, the community they form when they worship, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which transcends every language.

Paul Turner
Timothy Gabrielli has added an important page to the literature on the history of confirmation. His survey of the 20th-century meaning and practice of confirmation in the United States is unmatched. His conclusions will help all of us rethink the assumptions we have ascribed to this sacrament.

Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO, and author of Ages of Initiation
Every preacher is expected to provide expertise for people of different education, ethnicities, gender, age, faith, and life experience. We Preach Christ Crucified explores the method and content of preaching for these circumstances, analyzes each with perception, and inspires the reader with hope. You may think your preaching could never improve either because you know it all or because you lack certain skills. This book will open the eyes of preachers and the ears of the faithful.

Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City, and author of Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass
With these meditations you can sense the active participation of the people already coming to birth in the 1950s. Guardini promotes not just a renewed liturgy, but a renewed people.

Rev. Paul Turner
Author of At the Supper of the Lamb
Until you are blue in the face, you've told couples to prepare for married life, not just the wedding day. Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner say that's not enough. Prepare couples for discipleship. Applying the theory of the catechumenate to engagement, this book bursts with so many practical ideas that you won't be able to hold them all in your hands. It will improve marriages and parishes alike.

Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Catholic Church, Kansas City MO, Author, The Catholic Wedding Answer Book
Catholics of the English-speaking world have had to relearn the responses at Mass and retune their ears to the prayers the priest says on their behalf. The results have been frustrating, fascinating, and rewarding. But how do we make new words our words? The former translation, in use for decades, had become a part of us. Is there anything else we can do besides wait for the new words to take root? “Yes. You can read Virgilio T. J. Suerte Felipe’s book, Appreciating the New Words of the Holy Mass in the Year of Faith. Virgilio takes the reader through the principal changes to the words that stay the same from week to week, the structure known as the Order of Mass. His in-depth commentary never leaves the reader behind. He sheds light on new phrases, enthusiastically uncovering the riches of the Catholic liturgy. “Readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the richness of their Catholic heritage, the community they form when they worship, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which transcends every language.

Paul Turner, author of Understanding the Revised Mass Texts and At the Supper of the Lamb: A Pastoral and Theological Commentary on the Mass
Pope Benedict's controversial permission for a broader use of the pre-Vatican II Mass receives a pacific treatment in this book. You may not always agree with what William H. Johnston has to say, but he will sit you down and get you to listen.

Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Kansas City, Missouri, and Facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy
If you are new to the Catholic faith or if you are experienced in it, if you are curious about Catholic worship or if you have grown used to it, it is time for you to read this book.

Rev. Paul Turner, author, pastor and liturgist - Diocese of Kansas City Missouri
The project looks tremendous . . . eminently usable for classroom purposes. This is a volume that can be used and used for years to come. . . . A much-welcomed product.

Rev. Paul Turner, S.T.D., Saint Munchin Parish, Cameron, Missouri
Few fields of theology are as confusing as that of the sacrament of confirmation. Many of those who grasp the complexities of the Roman Rite do not fully appreciate the practices of Eastern Rites. When Nicholas Denysenko takes you on a careful, clear, and informed tour of Orthodox chrismation, he opens doors that you probably didn't even know were there. Chrismation: A Primer for Catholics makes a much-needed and invaluable contribution to a hitherto neglected area in the study of confirmation. Denysenko's creative conclusions will enlighten ministers, catechists, and the faithful of churches East and West.

Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Kansas City, Missouri; Facilitator, International Commission on English in the Liturgy
If you think Maxwell Johnson has already written the definitive book on the history of Christian initiation rites, you are right. But now he has made it better. A revised and expanded edition is only necessary because scholars have new insights into the history of these rites, and because their contemporary celebration continues to develop.Johnson has written a textbook case of writing good textbooks: clear in organization, generous in quoting sources, precise in analysis, and provocative in expositing contemporary theological issues. Maxwell Johnson is a mystagogical Titan at the top of his form.

Paul Turner, STD, Author of When Other Christians Become Catholic (Liturgical Press)
With a revised English translation of the venerable Roman Canon, many Catholics will be hearing it with new ears. This book will help them hear it with a new heart. Don't just study the new words, step into the soul of Eucharistic Prayer I.

Rev. Paul Turner, Former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy
Immersing his reader in ritual, word, and reflection, Michael G. Witczak surveys the practice and theology of baptism in the Roman Catholic Church. Witczak has condensed and arranged an immense array of literature to make the reader's enjoyment effortless. For a scholarly and readable investigation into the complexities of the baptismal liturgy, here you will find light and life.

Rev. Paul Turner
Pastor, St. Munchin Catholic Church
Cameron, Missouri
Addressing a church still laboring with liturgical reform, a saintly voice rises from the grave to reclaim the past, reframe the present, and challenge this generation to make ready for the next. Mark Searle recasts the early liturgical movement as a twofold effort to bring people to the liturgy and liturgy to the people. He advocates a spirituality of the liturgy in the countercultural terms of surrender. And he looks to the future where the public function of liturgy will be more deeply absorbed in prayer and in action. If you think you know what it means to `participate' at Mass, this book will make you think again.

Rev. Paul Turner, STD, Pastor, St. Munchin and St. Aloysius Churches, Cameron and Maysville, Missouri
When is the moment of consecration? Can there be a consecration without a priest saying the words, 'This is my body; this is my blood'? How did the eucharistic prayers evolve? Why do we sing the Sanctus every Sunday? Do Eastern and Western Christians pray differently? What is the value of the liturgical texts added after the Second Vatican Council? How can people better appreciate the meaning of the eucharistic prayer? Maxwell Johnson has collected an exceptionally important series of essays on these and other timely topics. Absolutely every contribution will make you rethink assumptions of what Christians do when we gather for the eucharist. This illuminating book will bring you up-to-date and equip you to advance spiritual conversations, while enriching your own participation in the church's great prayer of thanksgiving.

Rev. Paul Turner
Pastor, St. Munchin Catholic Church
Cameron, Missouri