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Advent Closeout Sale of Fr. Lehtoranta’s Books

St. Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic Church has a clearance sale of Fr. Lehtoranta’s books. These books will not be restocked so get yours fast!


Your purchase of any of these books supports the Oblates of the Holy Face and their apostolate in doing work in the parish, helping its pastor and the priests. You can read more about our Oblate Sisters from their website.



A perfect gift for Christmas! This Christmas-time story collection contains forty both classic and lesser-known stories. The title story by O. Henry tells about a young couple whose Christmas present shopping doesn’t go according to their plans but ends up delivering something much more valuable than gifts. This and the other stories are enjoyed both by children and adults. The themes range from adventure to serious and from fun to sorrow – and there's even a bit of suspense mixed in.


* 700 pages, hardcover

* $26.83



This collection of great and untimely stories was first published in 2016. It includes both classic fairy tales, for example some by Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as modern fantasy literature, all stories which tell about good and godly morals. Some stories are well known, others less so, and come from all over the world, including ones from Middle East, Korea, and Russia.


* 740 pages, hardcover

* $24.83



by Ven. Mary of Agreda

with Preface by Bp. Daniel L. Dolan


This abridgement of “The Mystical City of God” by Venerable Mary of Agreda (1602-1665) includes a preface by our late pastor, Bp. Daniel Dolan. Ven. Mary of Agreda was a Spanish nun of the Order of the Immaculate Conception. She is known especially for her missionary work among the Indians in America, which she did by the miracle of bilocation, and where she was called “the Lady in Blue.” This abridgement was originally prepared by Fr. Bonaventura Amadeo De Cesare, the Consultor of the Sacred Congregation of the Index. This edition is based on the one published in France in 1853, and the words of Our Lord and Our Lady appear in bold text.


* 378 pages

* $15.49


By Fr. Vili Lehtoranta


This is a biography of a Chilean schoolgirl Laura Vicuña (1891-1904). Her life serves as a great inspiration to all Catholics, both children and adults. After Laura’s father died when she was three, her family moved to Argentina to attend a Catholic school, which was taken care of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. It was a big sacrifice for her because she had to board at the school, away from her dear mother. But the presence of the Sisters, a solid education and especially the daily sacrifice of the Mass made her a follower of Christ every child and adult should admire. To save her mother from sin, Laura also made the greatest act of charity, and offered her life to save the soul of another.


* 158 pages

* $15.49


By Fr. Vili Lehtoranta


Fr. Lehtoranta published this book in 2017. It is a short story which tells children about the Limbo, the place where unbaptized babies go. Though story is a sad one for children and mothers, it also gives them a lesson to always have a great trust in the wisdom and mercy of God. The book also includes many pictures.


* 70 pages

* $13.49


By Fr. Vili Lehtoranta


“The Nail of Jahel” was Fr. Lehtoranta’s first book, published in February 2016, and the new improved second edition came out in February 2017. The book tells the story of some of the Old Testament heroines. The title heroine Jahel appears in the book of Judges, and she saves her nation by killing the captain of the enemy troops. All the women presented in this book are admirable examples due to their unwavering trust in God and in their bravery in His service.


* 150 pages

* $15.49


by Thomas à Kempis


These meditations about the Passion are arranged to follow the course of Lent. They are taken from the sermons of Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), an Augustinian canon regular, whose most famous work is “The Imitation of Christ.” The book helps any Catholic to love Our Lord more, and be thankful to Him because He suffered so much for our sake on His Cross.


* 378 pages

* $15.49


by Most Rev. Edward Thomas O’Dwyer


This essay was written by Bishop Edward Thomas O’Dwyer (1842-1917), the Bishop of Limerick, Ireland for 30 years. He wrote it in response to the efforts of the Modernists to count the celebrated British convert Cardinal John Henry Newman amongst them. The essay was approved and recommended by Pope St. Pius X, and this edition contains his personal letter of thanks to Bishop O’Dwyer. Also included is Cardinal Newman’s speech on the occasion of his elevation to the college of Cardinals in 1879, where he in clear words confirmed his lifelong opposition to religious Liberalism. Finally, this edition contains Cardinal Henry Edward Manning’s eulogy at the funeral of Newman in 1890.


* 110 pages

* $15.49

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