The Bookstore has been, and is, the focus of all the Society’s endeavors. Efforts have been made at some fundraising,
through appeals and lotteries, always with the intent of making the Bookstore possible, of purchasing shelving, counters, display
cabinets, computers, desks, chairs and other necessary items. Essential requirement for the operation of a bookstore is also the
advertising that makes the bookstore known: it is placed on various media, newspapers, radio, and TV.
All the above requires continuous attention and resources, evidently. But why would the Society be created with
the purpose of operating a bookstore? The reason, very simply, was that there was not in the city at the time a Catholic bookstore.
The teachings of the Catholic Church are made known through the spoken word, through the liturgy, but also through the printed word
which includes the Bible, the history and tradition of the Faith, the Catechism, the documents which accompany the life of the Church
in every age and in our own days. It was felt that authentic teachings were not represented adequately in the inventories of
The realization of the lack of authentic literature inventories was certainly widespread; the deficiency
was not limited to Halifax. It is a fact that at the same time the Universal Church was struggling with a colossal project: the preparation
of a “new” Catechism, which would present the continuous teachings on the Faith in answer to contemporary issues. The first English
edition of the new Catechism appeared in 1994, the same year Veritas was started. The need for authentic literature was felt much wider
and higher than the prayer group meeting at St. Theresa’s church in Halifax. The Veritas solution was not to write or publish new
documents, but to ensure that reliable writings were represented in the region.
Veritas Catholic Books and Gifts is the only Catholic bookstore in HRM. We are located in the heart of downtown
Halifax on Barrington Street. We offer our customers a wide range of books and other devotional items from the Catholic tradition.
We have a large selection of books on:
- Saints such as the Franciscans, the Carmelites, Mother Theresa, Padre Pio and many more
- Books by recent Popes
- Books on current issues, defense of life, substance addiction, etc.
- Literary fiction on religious topics
Some of our most popular items include:
- Prayer books
- Children’s books
- Communion and Confirmation gifts
- Religious art
- Music CDs
- Videos – to rent or to purchase
- Greeting cards