Parish Library

About the St. Pius X Parish Library

Become part of Blessed Sacrament’s Parish Library and its friendly people! Your library provides books, magazines, films, and CDs for the parish community. There’s an emphasis on great literature that specifically addresses Catholic interests. All parishioners are welcome to use the library and to borrow its contents. Also, library staff answer informational questions and can search the internet for you.

Groups are welcome to meet in the library and make use of its resources. The collection amounts to over 6,000 books, tapes, CDs, videos and DVDs. Subjects include fiction, biography, art, scripture, social justice and spirituality, as well as books for very young children. The goal is to reflect your interests and your suggestions for new books and CDs are welcome. If you would like to become a library volunteer, possibilities include: cataloguing and preparing new items for the shelves, helping parishioners find books, planning special events such as speakers and author signings.

If you can help or would like more information, please visit the library on the second floor of the Duffy Parish Center or contact our librarian, Ellen Roth, at 202.449.3974 or  .


Visit Your Parish Library

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower, Doctor of the Church, Feast: October 1.
Celebrations for the August canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta included a holy card portraying her with three Carmelite saints who share her name, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and St. Therese of Lisieux. Each of the four was an impressive woman and each underwent extraordinary suffering. The Little Flower’s autobiography, Story of a Soul, is immensely powerful and illuminates her ‘little way’, doing the ordinary things of life with extraordinary love. ‘Everything is grace’ she wrote.

Accidental Theologians, by Elizabeth A. Dreyer (282.09D825 A21). A contemporary theologian describes the ‘history-changing’ effect of four women (all with the title ‘Doctor of the Church’) in the world. None of these women ‘fits neatly into what we normally think of as theology,’ Dreyer writes.

Love in the Heart of the Church: The Mission of Therese of Lisieux, by Christopher O’Donnell (B T327 O265 L682). This book shows Therese’s contribution to today’s evangelization, specifically her ‘self-identity as “love in the heart of the Church.’” The saint’s understanding of charity, vocation, suffering, martyrdom, and many other aspects of faith are a witness and encouragement to today’s Catholics. The conclusion of the book quotes her profoundly moving thoughts on the communion of saints.

Therese, by Dorothy Day (B 327 D19 T327) This author’s short biography of Therese is a personal memoir based on many years’ thought. It differs from the titles mentioned above by describing the saint’s development from childhood to maturity.

Please call the library, 202.449.3974 to borrow these books. 

Library Inventory Help

We are hiring extra help this summer for a total of 50-60 hours. The assistant would help to enter items into our new database system. For more information or to apply, contact Ellen Roth at or 202.449.3974.