Branches Catholic Books & Gifts, a division of the non-profit organization Branches Catholic Ministries, offers a great selection of Catholic literature from apologetics to reading for spiritual growth to age-appropriate titles and resources that will help to form children and youth in their beautiful Catholic faith. Branches Catholic Ministries based in the vineyards of the Niagara Region seeks to "bring Catholic Faith to Modern Culture" through special events, conferences, and the facilitation of adult faith formation programs and youth ministry both on-site and in parishes. Profits realized from the sale of books and gifts at our physical store location and online are directed to support this very mission.
Branches Catholic Books & Gifts first opened its doors on November 20, 2010, and since then, the store has become a destination place for our local Catholic community. Branches is also home to the Grounds of Hope coffeehouse and a Raising Little Saints section.
Grounds of Hope coffehouse, as a ministry under BCM, seeks to foster awareness and promote social and environmental justice by supporting the drilling of water wells in the poor region of Santa Maria, Jalapa, Guatemala through Wells of Hope International Development Inc. (registered charity no. 834281768RR0001) and the shipment of needed goods to developing nations through Niagara Warehouse of Hope (registered charity no. 887140689RR0001). Incidentally, both of these charitable organizations find their roots in the Niagara Region, and continue to be greatly supported by their local residents. GOH purchases 100% Arabica, high elevation, organically-grown, premium coffees from South and Central America. Such coffees are grown and traded respecting the principles and strict guidelines of Fairtrade Canada. GOH then returns the profits from coffee sales to Wells of Hope, and in doing so, the circle of help and hope is complete. That’s why we call it “Fairest Trade!”
Raising Little Saints, as a ministry under BCM, seeks to support clergy, educators, children’s liturgy teams, RCIC and parents to provide the tools needed to teach and train up a new generation of “little saints."
We are now branching out in the spring of 2015 to serve our online global Catholic community to make resource more readily available especially to those who find themselves in more remote places or without access to a local Catholic bookstore. Today, many Catholic bookstores are facing great challenges with respect to sustainability. With that in mind, we thank you for your continued support of Branches. We would like to also take this opportunity to encourage visiting patrons to our online book store to support their local Catholic bookstore.