Recommended Spiritual Websites
Websites for Church Hierarchy and Organizations
The Holy See - Check this website for updates from Pope Francis, including texts from encyclicals, homilies, and apostolic exhortations. Log on every Wednesday morning for the text of his Wednesday Audiences!
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - The USCCB is the assembly of Catholic bishops throughout the United States. This website is a wealth of information on a variety of Catholic topics. Click on the "Bible" tab for access to the NAB translation of Scripture and a liturgical calendar for the daily Mass readings. There is also the text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the "Beliefs and Teachings" tab.
Diocese of Harrisburg - The website for our Diocese of Harrisburg.
EWTN - The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) website contains information about the television channel, but also is a great resource for saints' biographies, Scriptures, and questions about the faith.
Websites for Youth and Families
Chastity Project - Jason Evert's ministry focuses on teaching about authentic love and chastity. This website contains a wealth of information on a variety of chastity topics. Access the blog for creative, interesting, and informative posts. Also check the bookcase outside of Delone Catholic's Mary, Queen of Peace Chapel for print resources and CDs.
Emotional Virtue - This ministry from Sarah Swafford educates young men and women on emotional chastity and right ordering of emotions in relationships. Together, the DCHS girls in Kate + F.A.I.T.H. work on the Virtue Challenge every year!
Real Life Catholic - Chris Stefanick says that the mission of his ministry is to ignite "a bold, contagious faith in the heart of every Catholic in America." Be sure to read the articles and watch the videos for inspiring witness and stories.
CNS Movie Reviews - Catholic News Service and the USCCB rate movies and aim to provide the public with a spiritual, moral and artistic evaluation of the products of visual mass media based on the standards of faith and morals." They rank popular movies based on their appropriate audience, as well as give their reason for doing so.
Websites on Social Justice Issues
Pennsylvania Catholic Conference - A website for all Dioceses in Pennsylvania. Check for updates and information on timely local and state issues.
CNEWA - Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has been a lifeline for the poor throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe for more than 90 years. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern Catholic churches to identify needs and implement solutions.
March for Life - The website for the March for Life, which rallies to testify to the dignity of every human life.
Catholic Social Media
Catholic Twitter accounts to follow:
Pope Francis (@Pontifex): Yes, the Pope is on Twitter! Check for short snippets of his writings and speeches.
Diocese of Harrisburg (@HBGDiocse): Stay in the loop regarding Diocesan news and get some inspiration based on the Gospel readings.
Mark Hart (@LT_TheBiblegeek): Mark is the Executive Vice President of Life Teen International. His tweets are humorous, but thought-provoking and insightful!
ZENIT (@zenitenglish): A great source to jeep up to date with news in the Church
Jackie Francois Angel (@jackiefrancois): Jackie is a Catholic speaker, singer, and worship leader from California. She has traveled the world (including the Diocese of Harrisburg!) speaking about God's love.
Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent): AKA "The Catholic Hipster," follow this page if you need a good Catholic laugh.
Instagram accounts to follow:
Vatican (Vatican_): The official page of the Vatican
Pope Francis (fanciscus): The official page of Pope Francis
Diocese of Harrisburg (hbgdiocese): The official page of the Diocese of Harrisburg
Life Teen (lifeteen): Follow for inspiration specific to today's teens
Blessed Is She (blessedisshe_): A beautiful community of Catholic women and encouragement for young ladies on the path of discipleship
Imagine Sisters Movement (imaginesisters): An Instagram dedicated to how awesome Catholic Sisters are!
Catholic Teen Posts (catholic_teen_posts): A plethora of Catholic memes
Fr. Jason Smith (frjasonsmith): He's a priest, but his images are close to professional photography! Follow and check out his beautiful work
Catholic Problems (catholicprblm): Something we all can relate to - humorous and timely.
Do you have a suggestion for a page that we should include on this list? Email Mrs. Phenicie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended Spiritual Reading
Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
Confessions by St. Augustine
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Francis Effect by John Gehring
Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints by Colleen Swaim
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel
If You Really Loved Me by Jason Evert