The St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer Library Project is the efforts of volunteers at St. Margaret Mary church to organize a collection of books, CDs and DVDs into a lending library for the parish and TORCH members.
What is TORCH?
Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes (TORCH) is a support network for Catholic home schooling families in the East Bay Area. Many of these families are parishioners of St. Margaret Mary.
St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer, is the patron saint of our homeschool support group and then became the name of the library as well.
Where is the library located?
The library operates from the stage in Fr. Kozina Hall (below the church).
What kind of materials does it have?
All the reading materials, CDs, and DVDs are of interest to Catholics, and are loyal to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Our aim is to help and support parishioners grow in their love for Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Mother, the Virgin Mary, within the loving arms of the Roman Catholic Church.
The library also has a modest collection of materials of interest to parents to support them in the family adventure of educating their children at home, either full time, or part time.
We have a few classics that might not be readily available in public libraries.
Who may borrow materials?
Any registered parishioner or member of TORCH will be able to borrow materials.
What is the status of the SJGR Library?
The library was blessed by Fr. Glen Naguit on the feast of St. Joseph, March 20, 2017 (Feast was moved to Monday this year) and through the grace of God, officially opened on Sunday April 9, 2017.
Our goal is to have the library open on the 2nd Sunday of each month, and we are seeking volunteers to staff the library. The commitment is once a month, for no more than 1 hour.
How did we get so many books?
The collection of books started as the TORCH library- a modest collection of books of interest to homeschooling parents. It was kept at the home of the group’s librarian, and brought to events for parents to use.
Once the library moved to Fr. Kozina Hall, we got more books from parishioners and friends of St. Margaret Mary parish who heard about our project.
A Little History…
Before he became pastor of St. Margaret Mary, Fr. Stanislaw Zak was one of the priests who would say First Friday Mass for our group. One of the TORCH members would make arrangements with a centrally located parish in our diocese to allow our group to have Holy Mass on First Friday mornings. This wasn’t always easy as the motives of home school families weren’t always understood.
When Fr. Zak became pastor of St. Margaret Mary, he welcomed the TORCH families to this parish. Since 2005, the TORCH community has had a Holy Mass said on First Friday of the month at St. Margaret Mary Church. After Mass we’ve gathered in Fr. Kozina Hall for lunch. At this time we began to store the TORCH library in the hall.
The collection grew through donations from parishioners and friends who wanted to giver their beloved Catholic books a good home.
Another parishioner donated solid bookcases and Fr. Zak had them installed on the stage area of the hall, and that’s where they are today.
Why do we have book sales?
We receive books of all types from donations. We cannot keep all the books that people generously give us. The money raised from these book sales is used to purchase supplies, and new materials for the library.
Want to help?
If you love books and you would like to help in any way, or if you have questions, please contact Lily Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (925)827-1946