Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nativity Story - Boston area pre-release screening Nov 19

 If you have any trouble clicking the RSVP, send an email to Mary McKenna with the name(s) of those attending and their email addresses and she will register you. and you will receive a confirmation.


Pauline Books & Media is pleased to invite you to attend a pre-release screening of the new movie from New Line Cinema, The Nativity Story.

 The screening will be held at the

Dedham Showcase Cinemas,

950 Providence Hwy (Route 1),

Dedham, MA 02026

November 19, 2006 at 2:00 PM.

 Please click on the link below to RSVP..

The DAUGHTERS OF ST. PAUL / PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA cordially invite you to a Special Screening of THE NATIVITY STORY. After you RSVP online, mark your calendar. We hope you will be able to make this very special event.

About the movie:
The Nativity Story chronicles the arduous journey of two people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. This dramatic and compelling story comes to life in a major motion picture starring Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) as Mary and Oscar-nominee Shoreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) and Oscar Isaac (Syriana) in supporting roles. The Nativity Story is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) from a screenplay by Mike Rich (Finding Forrester, The Rookie).

Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Mary"), Oscar Isaac ("Joseph"), Hiam Abbass, Shaun Toub, Alexander Siddig, Said Amadis, Ciaran Hinds, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Release Date:



In order to attend this private screening, you must RSVP online.

Thank you.




Thursday, November 9, 2006

NATIVITY STORY: Vatican to Host Premiere





The Nativity Story Is First Feature Film Ever To Premiere At The Vatican


LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2006) – On Sunday, November 26th, New Line Cinema’s The Nativity Story will become the first feature film ever to premiere at the Vatican, it was jointly announced today by New Line’s President and COO of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing Rolf Mittweg, and Stefano Dammicco, CEO of Eagle Pictures, the film’s Italian distributor. The Nativity Story is scheduled for a Dec. 1, 2006 release in the U.S., and will open in territories worldwide throughout the month of December.


The premiere, to be held at the Vatican’s Aulo Paolo VI (Pope Paul VI Hall), will be attended by The Nativity Story’s director Catherine Hardwicke, actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and Oscar Isaac, producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, screenwriter Mike Rich, and 7,000 invited guests of the Vatican. The event will serve as a benefit, with contributions going toward construction of a school in the village of Mughar, Israel – which has a diverse population of Christians, Muslims, and Druze and is located approximately 40 kilometers from Nazareth.


“We are very proud of The Nativity Story and extremely grateful that the Vatican has embraced the film in this way,” says Mittweg. “We believe it is the perfect venue to present the film’s universal message of hope and faith, a message we are sure will resonate around the world.”


The Nativity Story is an extraordinary event, and this premiere is a fitting way to reach out to our community and share the experience,” says Dammicco. “It is a privilege for Eagle Pictures to be New Line’s Italian partner on the film.”


The event has been made possible due to the collaboration of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, the Vatican Film Library, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” (for Human and Christian Development), the Vicariate of Vatican City State, and the Foundation for Sacred Art and Music.


The Nativity Story chronicles the arduous journey of two people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. This dramatic and compelling story comes to life in a major motion picture starring Academy Award® nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) as Mary, Oscar Isaac (upcoming Guerrilla) as Joseph, and Academy Award® nominee Shoreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The Nativity Story is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) from a screenplay by Mike Rich (The Rookie, Finding Forrester).


About New Line Cinema Corporation:

Founded almost 40 years ago, New Line Cinema is the most successful independent film company in the world.  Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment.  In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit.  In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company to release independent films.  A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history.  New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc. (TWX).



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The Nativity Story Tie-in Books by PB&M

You can now order

The Nativity Story: A Film Study Guide for Catholics and T

he Nativity Story: Contemplating Mary's Journeys of Faith



The Nativity Story
A Film Study Guide for Catholics
The Nativity Story invites us to explore our faith and to listen for God’s Word in our daily lives, and this film study guide is a wonderful roadmap for the journey. Complete with sections for personal study, for group study, and for whole community catechesis, The Nativity Story: A Film Study Guide for Catholics is a practical guide for delving prayerfully into the mystery of our Savior’s birth.

(This is priced at $4.95 so catechists (and parents) can have their own copies as an Advent and Christmas guide for reflection, prayer, and catechesis.)

The Nativity Story Contemplating Mary's Journeys of Faith

16.95 paperback
In this inspiring book, contemporary women ponder Mary’s journeys—both spiritual and physical—and contemplate her growth as a person, a woman, a wife, a mother, a child of God.

Each of these authors has made a journey of faith that has been enriched or guided by Mary’s example, and they show us how—through our roles and women and men, daughters and sons, wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, professionals and religious—we can find in Mary both a role model and source of insight andencouragement for our own “journeys of faith.”

Friday, November 3, 2006

The Nativity Story - news update

I thought you would be pleased to know that the upcoming film THE NATIVITY STORY will be in wide release in the US (and Canada) in English on December 1 ... and it will also be released on Dec. 1 in Spanish in the US in the major Spanish-speaking markets. Please share this information with your catechists, pastoral ministers, clergy because the film will be an excellent, relevant, and inspiring way to journey through the Advent and Christmas seasons for everyone.
This is great news because so many more people will enjoy this wonderful film (I have seen it!) in their own language.
Please note that Pauline Books & Media has published two titles as tie-ins to the film for the Advent and Christmas seasons especially that I had the privilege to work on. They are already available at your local Pauline Book & Media Centers and will soon be on our website, You can also order by toll free  1-800-876-4463. Both books can also be ordered on (These books are also being translated into Spanish but I think that only the study guide will be available by December 1; please call our toll free number to find out.)
THE NATIVITY STORY: A Film Study Guide for Catholics
 In three parts: 1) for personal use 2) for small groups 3) for whole community catechesis
$4.95 US (If you take groups to see the film, it would be very helpful for each leader to have a copy.)
Contemplating Mary's Journeys of Faith
Eleven women reflect on the film and Mary in their lives
$16.95 US
Contributors:Dr. Mayra Fernandez; Selena Liu, M. Div.; Marie Paul Curley, FSP; Judith Ann Zielinski, OSF; Gretchen Hailer, RSHM; Marilyn-Ann Elphick, M. Div.; Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda; Marianne Lorraine Trouve', FSP; Marilyn Gill; Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND; M. Jean Frisk