Welcome to Veritas!
Welcome to our website where you will find our newsletter, a bulletin for events, photo galleries, and so much more. We hope you will add us to your list of favourites and visit us often.
We are located on Barrington Street in the heart of downtown Halifax. If you haven't been to our new store yet, we invite you to come by and see our much larger and brighter space. Distinctly Catholic, we now offer a larger selection of quality books and merchandise - something for everyone!
Views from Barrington Street and Blowers Street, Downtown Halifax
The Franciscans of Halifax at Veritas
Next time you come shopping at our bookstore, you will be pleasantly surprised. Behind the desk you will see a Sister in her habit, it’s Sister Elizabeth. If it is not Sr. Elizabeth, it could be Brother Grant, he also wearing the Franciscan habit. We also have Brother Nathanael back: at one time he was busy helping customers: now he is a board member.
These members of a religious order offer to the other Veritas volunteers the example of their continuous dedication and a visible witness. Our customers will know where they are just on entering, no need of words.
PALMS! PALMS! PALMS! PALMS! PALMS! PALMS!
The week of March 22 will be the week of the palms: everyday, morning or afternoon, palms will be cleaned, stripped and packaged, ready for the customers. There are over a hundred churches, large and small, Catholic and not, which depend on Veritas for the palms they will use in procession on Palm Sunday. It is an opportunity for us to keep our customers happy, to keep their good will. This is how Veritas survives.
We will need your help that week, as we have in previous years. Working on the palms is also a good deed before Easter. We ask that you keep some time for stripping palms that week for you and the friends that you will want to invite.
Veritas Needs Your Email!
It is well known that it is too expensive to keep in touch with all of Veritas' friends by post. Today, practically all businesses use the internet.
Veritas has new titles, new icons, and new opportunities every day. If you are looking for a present, for a Christian greeting card (you should have seen our Christmas cards from Italy this year!), for a new book by Pope Francis or on him, for new information on the situation of the Church in the world, then the Veritas Newsletter will be necessary for you. And it will be inexpensive, through the internet. Would you send us your email address? We will keep it confidential. Without your email address, Veritas withers. And, this may be the last time the Newsletter is sent out by post. Thank you!
Our latest newsletter for Winter is now available for you to read online, or download your own copy. Just go to the Newsletter page for our issues.
We have a created an ad for you to download and keep for store information. You can download it here.
Letter from Archbishop Mancini
Veritas Catholic Books and Gifts recently received a special letter from the Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, Anthony Mancini acknowledging the hard work of Veritas volunteers. Please click here to read the letter.
A Partnership of Faith
by Nicole Myshak
It’s not often that a person gets to experience the embodiment of a feast day of the Church, however, the Nov. 1 grand opening of a branch location of Veritas Catholic Books and Gifts at Chalice’s head office in Lower Sackville, NS was one such occasion.
All Saints' Day, celebrated on the first of November, honours all known and unknown saints who lived out their love of God and others in a variety of ways during their earthly lives. Similarly, although Veritas and Chalice express unique works of mercy which meet the distinct needs of people locally and abroad, both ministries are motivated by their love for God and their common Catholic faith.
“I think we both have the same mission which is sharing Christ with the world,” says Chalice founder and president, Father Patrick Cosgrove. “We’re both servants in the Church. We both strive to serve the Body of Christ.”
While Father Cosgrove notes that Chalice accomplishes this mission by “serving the poor,” he stresses that there are “many kinds of poverty” including that of the spiritually hungry which the Veritas Society feeds through their very presence and the resources they offer. “We’re all spiritually poor in some way,” he states. “We all have a poverty in spirit.”
Father Cosgrove affirms that it is “love of God” which compels people to serve. Accordingly he suggests that, besides providing others “an opportunity through which they can express their faith” by sponsoring those in need, Chalice is enabling an indirect ministry to the materially poor through this offer of office space to a Catholic bookstore. “Veritas seeks to deepen that faith,” he asserts. “It’s an extension of our work,” continues Father Cosgrove. “We have a lot of partners around the world that reach out to the poor. This is one more partnership.” Lucian Bianchini agrees.
The president of the Veritas Society acknowledges that “there are a thousand ways of serving the Lord” but they all have “the same inspiration.” “I think we are an example to one another,” he adds.
Bianchini sees in this newly forged partnership a witness to the possibility of charities working together for the good of each other’s ministries. “It will be a help for both of us,” he maintains.
Father Cosgrove concurs for he believes this cooperation will bring more people through the doors of both Chalice and Veritas. This will result in more exposure to, and a wider proclamation of, the truth of God’s love manifested in the outreach of the two organizations.
“It’s going to be a great blessing to us,” he smiles. “Already you can feel that blessing.”
Vandalism at the Store
Veritas Catholics Books and Gifts has been the subject of vandalism since moving to our new location. We would like you to read the letter Veritas has sent to the Archdiocese of Halifax addressing this issue. To read the letter, click here.
Thank you and we hope to see you soon!