Parish Library

St. Thomas's Parish Library is located in the Father Freeland Room of the parish hall. It is open on Sundays after the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. masses. All parishioners have borrowing privileges. Borrowing is on an honour system. You are asked to use the sign-out sheets that are available on the display table.

On Sundays, we try to put out books that are appropriate to the liturgical season. If you have suggestions, please let us know.

About 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 not too heavily into systematic theology, but in historical theology and biography, we are strong. In prayer and spirituality, we have a good collection.

Donations Welcome

We have a very small annual budget – approximately the cost of two books – so we rely heavily on donations from friends and parishioners. If you would like to donate to the library, please contact the church office at and we will arrange to meet you.

Lenten Reading Recommended by Fr. Mitchell 

John Henry Newman: Prayers, Verses, and Devotions (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000). This volume contains some of Newman's most intimate devotional writings and his own translation of the devotions of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes. Makes for good spiritual reading at any time of year but especially during Lent.

Becoming Human, by Jean Vanier (Toronto: Anansi, 1998). The book contains the five talks Vanier gave for the 1998 Massey Lectures, which aired on CBC's programme Ideas. It is a profound exploration of the human spirit and is a helpful tool for those wishing to engage is some serious spiritual reflection during Lent.

Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations of The Last Words of Jesus From the Cross, by Richard John Neuhaus (New York: Basic Books, 2000). From the Preface: "Good Friday is not just one day of the year. It is a day relived in every day of the world, and of our lives in the world."


Books in the Parish Library

Title Author Subject
Windows Onto God Runcie, Robert Spiritual Life
Windsor Castle Residential buildings: castles
Wisdom of the desert , The Merton, Thomas Desert fathers
Wishful thinking, a theological ABC Buechner, Frederick attitudes, Religions: beliefs
With open hands Nouwen, Henri J.M. Prayer
Women & Christianity Maitland, Sara Ecclesiology
Women and the church's ministry Johansson, Nils Christianity: socio-economic problems
Women of spirit Ruether, Rosemary Women in Christianity - history
Women priests? Mascall, Eric L. Ecclesiology
Women's Bible Commentary , The Newsom, Carole A. Bible: commentaries
Word among us: reflections on the readings of the Re O'Driscoll, Herbert Bible - Criticism, etc., interpretation
Word and mystery O'Donovan, Leo Jesus Christ: biography
Word for the world Devotional
Word is very near you: a guide to praying with scrip Smith, Martin L. Prayer
World Christian encyclopedia Barrett, David B. Christianity & other religions
World of the Talmud , The Adler, Morris Judaism
World, the flesh, and Father Smith , The Marshall, Bruce Fiction
Worship Underhill, Evelyn Theology
Worship in a new key Sloyan, Gerard S. Liturgy
Worship of the Church , The Shepherd, Massey Jr. Worship
Worship of the church, The Shepherd, Massey H. Book of Common Prayer
Wound of knowledge , The Williams, Rowan Spiritual Life
Wounded healer, The Nouwen, Henri J.M. Pastoral theology
Wounded prophet - a portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen Ford, Michael Henri J.M., Nouwen
Written in red Wheeler, Francis L. Meditations
Ye are the body Spencer, Bonnell Church history
Year of the Lord , A O'Driscoll, Herbert Meditations
Years of discretion Religious education
York Minster Churches
You. Prayer for beginners Link, Mark Prayer
Your confirmation Stott, John R.W. Sacraments
Your God is too small Phillips, J. B. God
Your word is near Oosterhuis, Hureb Prayer
[3 addresses, St.James Cathedral, Toronto, October 2 Borg, Marcus J. Jesus Christ