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Now Available – A Minute in the Church: The Mass

AMITC Mass front coverFor most Catholics, the Mass is so familiar. We’re often very comfortable in the routine. We know when to sit, stand and kneel. We know the responses and the rituals. Many Catholics take great comfort in this. After all, we know all about the Mass. Or do we?

When I reverted to Catholicism, I was blown away by the Mass. I never knew just how much of the Bible was in the Mass. The more I began to learn about the Mass, the more amazed I was. I wondered why I was never taught this stuff as a child. I have come to find out that there are millions like me out there. And that’s why I decided that my next book in the A Minute in the Church series needed to be about the Mass.

You see, I’m a great believer that if someone truly knew the deeper meaning behind and what was really happening at EVERY Mass, they could never leave the Catholic faith. Unfortunately, we get so caught up in the music and the preaching and the externals that we fail to remember that we are truly participating in the wedding banquet of heaven! If only more people could get this! A Minute in the Church: The Mass will help people understand the deeper, often hidden, meanings of the things we do and say and experience at Mass. That can only be a good thing, right?

Right now, you can get single copies of A Minute in the Church: The Mass for just $5. While that itself is a heck of a deal, we want to make it even easier. I hope you’ll take advantage of our special introductory offer of A Minute in the Church, A Minute in the Church Volume II and A Minute in the Church: The Mass – all three books – for just $10! That’s over 125 one-minute teachings about what Catholics believe and why for only $10.

Just like the other two books in the series, A Minute in the Church: The Mass is also available in bulk for just $1 a copy! We do this to encourage parishes to get the book for every family in the parish. Would your parish be willing to invest just $1 to help catechize and evangelize the faithful? I hope so!

To order copies today, just go to www.GusLloyd.com. There you’ll find links for single copies, our introductory 3-book offer and bulk purchases.

Finally, we’re offering free copies of A Minute in the Church: The Mass to any priest or DRE who requests a copy. Our only stipulation is that the request come directly from the priest or DRE. They can simply email a request to sales@GusLloyd.com with their name, address and parish and we’ll send them a copy.

Please pray for this effort. We just want more and more people to fall in love with Christ and His Church every day. May God bless you and your family!

Bring Back the Awe!

Most everywhere I speak, I ask for a show of hands from people who have someone in their lives who no longer goes to church or practices the faith. Every time I ask, it’s nearly unanimous. Almost every hand in the room goes up. It’s truly heartbreaking. Baptisms are down, marriages are down, Mass attendance is down…the list goes on and on. The picture can sometimes seem pretty bleak.

I’m a great believer that challenges present opportunities. This is true in the Church today. We have to ask ourselves why these things are happening. Certainly the answers are numerous and complex. I spent many years away from the Church myself. I always tell people that it was sex, drugs and rock & roll – the pull of the world is strong.

I was raised Catholic. Went to Catholic school for a few years and really grew up in the Church. But I never really knew much, if anything, about my faith. I was grossly undercatechized. After a radical conversion, I returned to the Catholic faith and began learning everything I could about the faith. I remember the first time I went back to Mass, I was in awe. Even though I didn’t know much about it, I knew that something very special was happening.

After some study, I came to realize that Jesus Christ was made present on the altar at Mass. Not only that, but I was able to take Jesus into my own body! I was actually living out Jesus’ words in John 6 – You must “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood.” Are you kidding me? My sense of awe grew deeper and deeper.

There are those who say that Catholics don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. To that I respond: Every time I go to Mass I get to eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood. I get to take Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – into my very body! It doesn’t get any more personal than that!

So here’s my chief answer as to why so many walk away from the Church: they have lost (or never had) that sense of awe. We have to bring back the awe! How do we do that? By helping people understand what is actually happening at every Mass. We are participating in the wedding feast of the Lamb of God! We are experiencing heaven on earth! Regardless of the music or the preaching or the reading or how the church looks or who’s wearing what, Jesus is made present on that altar. The Author of Life, the King of Kings, the second Person of the Trinity, God Himself becomes part of your very being! What could be more awesome?? I believe that no one would ever leave the Church if they really knew what was happening every time they went to Mass.

About a year ago, people were asking me what my next A Minute in the Church book would be about. In A Minute in the Church and A Minute in the Church Volume II, I covered a lot of Catholic apologetics questions. Many of these were to help people understand objections that folks have about Catholicism. They’ve been a huge help to hundreds of thousands of people. It seems that people love the one-minute teachings, and the fact that you can turn to any page in the books and learn something – in a minute!

People need to learn about the Mass. Even (maybe especially) those folks who go to Mass on Sundays but are just putting in their time. They need the awe. That’s why my newest book is so important. In A Minute in the Church: The Mass they can learn more about what’s happening every time they go to Mass. They’ll learn about the vessels and vestments, the smells and the bells, and the deeper meaning behind all the things that are so familiar, yet they’ve never really been taught about.

A Minute in the Church: The Mass is the perfect book for parishes to get for the entire parish family. Not only is it packed with great information, but perhaps the best thing is that people will actually read it! So many people today won’t even give a second glance to a “full-sized” book. A Minute in the Church: The Mass is small enough so as not to be intimidating. And with each chapter taking only a minute to read, people get the information quickly and concisely. They will read it! After all, isn’t that the goal?

To introduce this book to parishes, we’re offering a free copy to any priest or DRE who requests one. The request must come from the priest or DRE. If that’s you, just send an email to sales@GusLloyd.com, along with the name and address of your parish and we’ll send you a copy at no cost. I believe when you see this amazing resource, you’ll want everyone in the parish to have a copy. If you’re not a priest or DRE, please forward a link to this post to your priest or DRE and ask them to contact us.

Finally, we have a special offer for the launch of the new book. You can get a copy of A Minute in the Church, A Minute in the Church Volume II and A Minute in the Church: The Mass – all three books – for just $10. And, just as with my other two A Minute in the Church books, we will be offering A Minute in the Church: The Mass for just $1 a copy when purchased in bulk. We want every Catholic to have these books! The new book goes on sale Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

I hope you’ll pray for this outreach effort. And get copies for yourself, your family and your parish! Help us bring back the awe!

A Year of Faith Special for A Minute in the Church

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith, which begins on October 11, 2012. As part of the Year of Faith, the Holy Father has called on education and catechesis to be important components of the celebration. The Pope is encouraging all Catholics to learn their faith! To help facilitate this, we are starting a special project for A Minute in the Church.

First, a bit of background story. When he heard about the Year of Faith, Fr. Ryan Moravitz, the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Crosslake, MN, called to inquire about getting 1000 copies of A Minute in the Church. Fr. Moravitz plans to keep copies of the book in the pews. When asked why, Fr. Moravitz quipped, “If someone is going to be reading something during my homily, I would rather it be this than the bulletin!” He is excited about his parishioners growing in faith and knowledge.

Our goal is to distribute at least 100,000 copies of this handy educational booklet around the country. Imagine the resurgence in the Church if hundreds of thousands of Catholics become more knowledgeable about their faith. We are encouraging parishes, pastors or individuals to order copies of the book for the entire parish.

From August 12 – September 30, 2012, we will be accepting orders for bulk copies of A Minute in the Church. The book is available in both English and Spanish. We are pleased to announce that we have reached the point where we can offer the book for just $1 per copy, with a minimum order of 250 copies. (The book normally sells for $5 each.)

For this special promotion, we have set aside 500 copies of A Minute in the Church that we will give to pastors at no charge. (One free copy per pastor.) If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity to help the faithful at your parish learn more about why we believe what we believe, simply have your pastor email me at GusLloyd@verizon.net and request a copy of A Minute in the Church for review. We will send him one right away with no obligation. But hurry! The advance order period for free copies to priests and pastors ends September 23, 2012.

Here are some details about the program:

1)      A free copy of A Minute in the Church will be sent to any pastor requesting one between August 12 – September 23, 2012. We will give one free copy to any priest or pastor that requests one.

2)      Pastor, priest or individual may order bulk copies for the Year of Faith. Minimum order is 250 copies.

3)      The price per copy is just $1. This price does not include final shipping charges.

4)     After the complimentary copy has been sent, we will contact each parish/individual. At this point a commitment must be made to purchase books and payment will be made. Buyer must specify number of copies in English and Spanish. Payment must be received by Oct. 1, 2012.

5)      The total number of books will be printed and shipped to your parish for the Year of Faith.

6)      This offer is not available to retailers or resellers. This program is reserved for parishes or groups. Books may not be resold.