The St. Michael Parish Library
Dedicated to Clementine Victoria Ruane
Mother of beloved Pastor Father Michael Ruane
on the occasion of her 102nd birthday.
An avid reader, daily reading was her companion.
May it be yours
March 29, 2004
About the library from the desk of Fr. Mike:
One of my goals and objectives as a pastor has been to establish a multi-media church library for
adults and children. Over the years, as a parish priest, I was frustrated with the lack of space
for a good parish library. In previous assignments I maintained the pamphlet racks and conducted
book sales to serve the educational needs of staff, parents, catechists, lay leaders, etc.
I wish to follow the Dominican motto: ‘contemplata tradere’ to ‘hand over the fruits of contemplation’,
i.e., to share the fruits of my research and provide resources that would challenge and inspire,
teach and instruct, enable and empower, and, yes, entertain. One can also appreciate the ambiance
and the varied subjects with reverence for God’s creation and respect for the sciences.
Since my mother Clementine was such an avid reader almost up until the time of her death – fifty-one days shy of 103-
it was kind of Don D’Valle when he served on the Pastoral Council to move that the church library be named in her honor.
You can see her photo on the dedication plaque in the library.
The word disciple means ‘one who learns’ so I wanted to provide a multi-media
resource center to equip for missionary discipleship and to enhance those in ministry. In
the 1485 sq. ft. library established in 2003 there are books, vdeos, cds, etc. for all ages; faith-based
and family friendly movies. I hope it has been enjoyed by many so far. It certainly impresses visitors!
Our library is at the disposal of all our parishioners of every age.
Please feel free to wander in the peaceful setting overlooking the surrounding countryside and
sign out books and videos for the pleasure of your family.