Parish Library

St. Thomas's Parish Library is located in the parish hall. It is open on Sundays after the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. All parishioners have borrowing privileges. Borrowing is on an honour system. 

About the Library

In April 2017, after a number of years of being unavailable, the St. Thomas's library opened once again.

David Jones of the library committee has completely recatalogued and computerized the collection. After a visit to an admirable church library at St. James Humber Bay, the committee decided to purchase ResourceMate, a popular library-management system that will serve us well into the future. Not only did it aid David in his recataloguing, giving him access to the records of the Library of Congress and other sources, but it will also allow us to manage our own records and handle circulation through a bar-code system as we grow the collection. David has input each volume in the system, assigning the bar codes and applying them to the books. He has also applied very handsome plastic protective covers to most of the volumes. Over the year of his labours, David has rediscovered a love of cataloguing, dormant since his library-school days. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

The library committee – parishioners David Jones, Pat Kennedy, Jeff Creighton, Felicity Pickup (pictured at right, checking out a book for Bonnie McKenzie), and Catherine Spence, library-science graduates all – are staffing the library every Sunday after the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services (with possible reduced hours in the summer). Please drop by and browse the collection. We welcome questions and suggestions.

While we welcome donations, given our space and efforts to represent various areas, we must reserve the right to be selective. Our main aim is to present a collection that provides parishioners with titles that will support them in living as Christians and understanding both their Christian faith and its Anglican expression. We will also do what we can to respond to the needs of church-related courses and discussions.

Check it out (literally)!

– Pat Kennedy

Notes on the Collection

The collection is an interesting one. It contains Biblical, historical theology and spirituality-prayer material. Notably, there is a great selection of biography of leaders of the church throughout history, ranging from Merton to Melancthon. We do have an excellent representation of Anglican leaders and thinkers. We are strong in the topics of historical theology and biography, and prayer and spirituality.


If you would like to donate to the library, please contact the church office at and we will arrange to meet you.


The Parish Library Catalogue

Title Author Subject
spirituality named compassion , A Fox, Matthew Spiritual Life
Square words in a round world Kemp, Eric W. Devotional
Sruggling With Forgiveness: stories from people--- Self, David Forgiveness
St. Francis of Assisi Chesterton, G.K. Religious biography
St. John's Gospel Lightfoot, R.H. Bible: NT commentaries
St. Martin's Church, Canterbury Churches
St. Swithun's Lent manual Swithun, St. Lent
St. Swithun's prayer book Swithun, St. Prayers
St. Teresa of Avila, a biography Walsh, William Thomas Religious biography
St. Thomas Aquinas Gilby Religious biography
Staging the Story: new plays for worship etc Wotton, Sally Armour Christian drama
Stained Glass, Sweet Grass, Hosannas, and Songs--- Preiner, Sally Edmonds Anglican Church of Canada
Statesman and Saint: Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thos. More Ridley, Jasper Religious biography
Stations of the cross McChesney, Donald Jesus Christ: Passion
Stature of waiting , The Vanstone, W.H. Christian life
Stealing Jesus: how fundamentalism betrays Christian Bawer, Bruce Fundamentalism
Stimuli Knox, Ronald A. Devotional
Stories from the Bible Old Testament
Story of Christianity: a celebration of 2000 years o Collins, Michael Christianity
Story of Christianity: a celebration of 2000 years o Matthew Arden, Price Church history
Story of Jesus , The Readers Digest Assn Jesus Christ
Story of Silent Night , The Gallico, Paul Church music: carols
Story of Taize , The Balado, J. Monasticism
Story of the Bible world Keyes, Nelson B. Bible: history, geography
Story of the Christ , The Carrington, Philip Jesus Christ: biography
Story of the Prayer Book , The Johnstone, Verney Liturgy
Straight course to God Morris, Augustine Spiritual Life
Stripping of the Altars: ---England, c.1400 - c.1580 Duffy, Eamon Reformation
Strong and the weak , The Tournier, Paul Christian teaching: 20th century
Stuart and Georgian churches Whiffen, Marcus Church architecture
Studies in words Lewis, C. S. English language
Studies on Dante: March 2004, St. Thomas's Church Crouse, Robert Dante
Study of Liturgy , The Jones, C.P.M. Liturgy
Study of spirituality , The Jones, Cheslyn et al eds. Spiritual Life
Study resource on human sexuality , A Reed, James Sex: religious aspects
Subversive orthodoxy Leech, Kenneth Church renewal
Summer of the great-grandmother , The L'Engle, Madeleine Fiction
Summoned by love Carretto, Carlo Devotional
Sun Dancing , The Causley, Charles Poetry
Sunday and weekday readings for the time Liturgy
Supper and the Eucharist , The Wilkinson, John Liturgy
Surprised by joy Lewis, C. S. Religious biography
Taize Brico, Rex Brother Roger
Taize picture Bible , The Bible stories
Taking risks and keeping faith Bothwell, John Anglican Church of Canada
Tallies, a tangled tale & the beginning and the end Astle, David Select Subject
Teach us how to pray Evely, Louis Devotional
Teaching your child about God Haystead, Wesley children, Education: Christian
Teilhard de Chardin Speaight, Robert Religious biography
Teilhard De Chardin Towers, Bernard Religious biography
Teilhard de Chardin Braybrooke, Neville Religious biography
Teilhard de Chardin on love and suffering Chauchard, Paul Apologetics
Testament of Devotion Kelly, Thomas R. Spiritual Life
Texts of terror Trible, Phyllis Women
The Bible: the biography Armstrong, Karen Bible - History
The English poems of George Herbert Herbert, George Poetry
The God Nobody Knows Stackhouse, Reginald Christianity - 20th Century
The Parish and Cathedral of St. James, Toronto, 1797 Cooke, William , editor St. James' Cathedral, Toronto
The Sins of Scripture: exposing the Bible's texts--- Spong, John Shelby Bible - Criticism, etc., interpretation
Theological introduction to the 39 articles Bicknell, E.J. Doctrine: Anglican communion
Theological word book of the Bible , A Richardson, Alan Bible: dictionaries
Theology for Amateurs McGrath, Alister Theology
Theology for beginners Sheed, F.J. Theology
Theology of Confirmation Dix, Gregory Sacraments
Theology of hope Moltmann, Jurgen Future life
There's more Hall, Robert Benjamin Christian life
These forty days Lent
These High Green Hills Karon, Jan Fiction
These last days Theology
They became Anglicans Morgan, Dewi Converts: Anglican
Things seen and unseen - a year lived in faith Gallagher, Nora Episcopalians
Thinking about God Solle, Dorothee Theology
Thinking about God Solle, Dorothee Liberation Theology
Thinking about the Eucharist Eucharist; Holy communion
Third testament , A Muggeridge, Malcolm Religious biography
Thirty-nine articles , The Ross, Kenneth N. Church of England
This Far By Grace; a bishop's journey------homosexua Alexander, J. Neil Homosexuality
This is life. A book for the busy Cong. of Saint Mary Christian life
This is our faith Stuchbery, Ian Anglicanism
This is Our Sacrifice Horsfield, L.A.E. Eucharist, Holy Communion
Thomas Cranmer: a Life MacCulloch, Diarmid Cranmer, Thomas
Thomas Ken Rice, Hugh A. Religious biography
Thomas Merton Reader , A McDonnell, T. Religious literature
Thomas Merton Reader , A McDonnell, Thomas P. Merton, Thomas
Thomas Merton spiritual master Monasticism
Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master Cunningham, Lawrence S. Merton, Thomas
Thomas More Marius, Richard Religious biography
Thompson's The Hound of Heaven Le Buffe, Francis P. Poetry
Those who love Him Schlink, B. Second advent
Thoughts in solitude Merton, Thomas Meditations
Three scholars reply to Bishop Spong Barnett, Paul Resurrection
Through the Naroow Gate Armstrong, Karen Roman Catholicism
Through the year with Michael Ramsey Ramsey, Arthur Michael Devotional
Time for Good News: reflections on the Gospel--- O'Driscoll, Herbert Gospels
Time to keep silence Fermor, Patrick Leigh Monasteries
To be a pilgrim Hume, George B. Christian life
To love as God loves Bondi, Roberta Christian life
To Love As God Loves Bondi, Roberta Spirituality - Early Church
To understand each other Tournier, Paul Christian teaching: 20th century
Tokens of Trust: an introduction to Christian belief Williams, Rowan Theology: doctrinal
Tongue speaking Kelsey, Morton T. Religious experience
Touch of God , A Boulding, Maria Monasticism
Toward Holy Ground Guenther, Margaret Spiritual life - Christianity
Traditional symbols & the contemporary world Dillistone, F.W. Symbolism
Transcend Kelsey, Morton T. Spiritual Life
Transforming influence: Memoir of Arch. Howard Clark Harshaw, William A. Biography
Treasure Chest of the Early Christians: faith, care Batson, David Church history
Treasures of Darkness Tanner, Anne Divorce
Treasures of the Holy Land Metropolitan Museum, of Art ancient - Palestine, Art
Treasury of early Christianity , A Fremantle, Anne Religious literature
Treatise on man Aquinas, Thomas Human Beings
Tremor of Bliss: Contemporary Writers on the Saints Elie, Paul Christian Saints
Tremor of Bliss: contemporary writers---saints Elie, Paul Christian Saints
Trevor Huddleston Birnie, Ian H. Religious biography
Trinity and the kingdom of God, The Moltman, Jurgen Trinity
Truce of God , The Williams, Rowan Christian teaching: 20th century
True and living God , The Huddleston, Trevor Sermons
True and living word - sermons from the communi Barrigar, Christian Sermons
True prayer Leech, Kenneth Prayer
True resurrection Williams, H.A. Resurrection
Truth about Jesus , The Neil, William Jesus Christ: biography
Truth of God incarnate , The Green, Michael Christology
Turner of the arctic Flint, Maurice S. Religious biography
Twelve Apostles , The Brownrigg, Ronald Apostles
Twelve stories you and your children need to know Hockin, William children
Two paths to one God Levin, Raphael Judaism & Christianity
Uncomfortable words De Blank, Joost Devotional
Uncommon prayers Hunt, Cecil Poetry
Under the Dragon's Tail Jennings, Maureen Fiction
Understanding the faith Norris, Richard Alfred Theology: doctrinal
Understanding the New Testament Kee, Howard Clark Bible: NT criticism
Understanding the Old Testament Anderson, Bernhard W. Old Testament: commentaries
Unity man's tomorrow Schutz, Roger Sermons
University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Churches
Unshakable kingdom , The O'Driscoll, Herbert Theology
Use guide for Liturgy for living Fenhagen, James C. Liturgy
Use of praying , The Ward, J. Neville Prayer
Vanier: combined volume Vanier, Jean Theology: doctrinal
Varieties of religious experience , The James, William Social theologies
Vatican Council II: Vol. 1 Flannery, Austin Church history
Venerable Bede , The Stranks, C.J. Religious biography
Venice and its beauty Fanfani, Guido Art
Violence against women Women
Violence inside , The Tournier, Paul Christianity: socio-economic problems
Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads Bailie, Gil Apologetics; Violence - religious aspect
Vision glorious , The Rowell, Geoffrey Oxford Movement
Vision of Piers Plowman , The Langland, William Devotional
Vision-quest Hodgson, Janet Doctrine: Anglican communion
Voice of the spirit , The Hamilton, Elizabeth Mysticism
Waiting On God Weil, Simone Letters
War in heaven Williams, Charles Fiction
Waters of Siloe Merton, Thomas Monasticism
Waters of Siloe , The Merton, Thomas Monasticism
Way in prayer , The Anonymous, Prayer
Way of Perfection , The Theresa of Avila, St. Devotional
Way of prayer , The Baycroft, John Prayer
Way of the cross , The Devotional
Way of the cross , The Holloway, Richard Devotional
Way of victory , The Andrew, Father Lent
Ways and teachings of the church , The Haughwont, Lefferd Doctrine: Anglican communion
Ways of the spirit Hamilton, Elizabeth Pentecostalism: RC Church
We lie down in hope Pollock, John J. Meditations
Wedding quest Dale, Alan T. Old Testament
Western Church in the later middle ages , The Oakley, Francis Church history
Western society & the Church in the Mid-Ages Southern, R.W. Church history
Westminster historical maps of Bible lands Wright, G.E. Bible: history, geography
What , Select Subject
What Anglicans believe Edwards, David L. Anglicanism
What Anglicans believe Edwards, David Anglicanism
What happened to Morning Prayer? Hayes, Alan L. Morning Prayer
What is Anglicanism? Holmes, Urban T. Doctrine: Anglican communion
What is liturgical preaching? Fuller, Reginald H. Liturgy
What Jesus Meant Wills, Gary Jesus Christ: teachings
What Saint Paul really said Wright, Nicholas Thomas Christianity - Origin
What Saint Paul really said Wright, Nicholas Thomas St. Paul
What the Church of England stands for Wand, J.W.C. Church of England
When Bad things Happen to Good People Kushner, Harold S. Spiritual Life
When children ask about God Kushner, Harold S. God
When God is Silent Taylor, Barbara Brown Preaching
When the Spirit Comes Urquhart, Colin Religious experience
When the well runs dry Green, Thomas H. Ethics
When Women were Priests Torjesen, Karen Jo Women in Christianity - history
When you pray Gilling, John Prayers
Where do we stand? Blamires, Harry Apologetics
Where She Was Standing Helwig, Maggie Fiction
Who is Jesus Christ? Neill, Stephen Jesus Christ: biography
Who moved the stone? Morison, Frank Bible: NT commentaries
Who was Jesus? Wright, Nicholas Thomas Jesus Christ
Who wrote the New Testament? Mack, Burton L. Bible: NT criticism
Who's Who in the Bible Readers, Digest Assn Bible - biography
Who's who in the New Testament Brownrigg, Ronald Bible: biographies
Whole person in a broken world , The Tournier, Paul Christian teaching: 20th century
Whose child is this? Baycroft, John Surrogate motherhood
Why Christianity must change or die Spong, John Shelby Christianity
Why do men suffer? Weatherhead, Leslie D. Suffering
Why were the Gospels written? Ashton, John Bible: NT criticism
Wilkinson Young, George Religious biography
William Neil's one volume Bible commentary Neil, William Bible: commentaries
William Temple Iremonger, F.A. Religious biography
William Temple: 20th Century Christian Fletcher, Joseph Theology