The J.S. Paluch Company, Inc. is dedicated to serving Catholic parishes, schools, and communities across the United States. Founded by John S. Paluch in
1913, J.S. Paluch Company remains a family-owned business. Second generation
Chester Paluch died in 1980 after developing the company over a period of 35
years following World War II. His wife Margaret served as chair of the board
from 1980 to 2009. Margaret’s daughter Mary L. Rafferty, a third generation of
the Paluch family, owns the company, and William J. Rafferty is President.
When Chester Paluch assumed responsibility for managing the company, its
principal business was publishing devotional booklets in the Catholic community.
It has since developed into a major national religious publisher, providing the
Catholic community with worship aids, Sunday bulletins, educational bulletin
supplements, and computer software.
The Missalette, one of our principal products, resulted from Chester
Paluch’s concern that Catholic congregations take an active role in worship at
Mass. In the 1950’s the company began providing Chicago-area churches with
worship aids (in Latin at that time), allowing people’s participation at Mass in
dialogue with the celebrant. Thereby, the company was ready with the appropriate
vehicle when, in the 1960’s, the vernacular replaced Latin as the language of
liturgy. Several million copies of this innovative publication were distributed
nationally. It was the forerunner of the widely-used monthly missalettes, first
published in 1965. These periodical worship aids have come to be used in various
editions over time – Monthly Missalette, Praise, Seasonal Missalette, with the
option of Misalito Parroquial, We Worship, and We Celebrate. In 1994 the Paluch
Company introduced the new We Celebrate Worship Resource to meet the needs of
worshipping communities moving into the 21st century. This resource was newly
designed and expanded in the 1997 edition.
Liturgy and Music Resources
J.S. Paluch also publishes wonderful support materials for Scripture study
and personal growth. Liturgy of the Word offers Scripture readings and psalms
for all the Sundays and holy days of the year. Living the Word – Not Only On
Sunday serves a wide variety of believers and groups by providing the Sunday
readings, RCIA material, commentary, reflections, and discussion questions,
along with reprint permission.
In 1971 the company acquired World Library Publications, a Cincinnati
publisher of music and worship aids. World Library, now a division of J.S.
Paluch, publishes a wide variety of liturgy and music resources, including an
excellent choral series: Contemporary Composers, La Serie Celebremos, Music for
Children, Music for the Rites, Music for the Seasons, Psalms for the Church, and
Songs of the Notre Dame Folk Choir.
During the 1990’s J.S. Paluch expanded its Hispanic liturgy and music
resources. To serve the Latin and Hispanic communities, in addition to Misalito
Parroquial, the company now publishes an exclusive side-by-side Spanish and
English worship resource named Celebremos, which also includes Spanish, English,
and bilingual hymns and songs. New octavos, songbooks, and recordings are
available as well.
Voices as One, just released in 1999, is another exciting new product for
today’s worship. This hymnal gathers the best of contemporary hymns and songs
into a convenient, attractive and economical volume.
The J.S. Paluch Company provides an extensive variety of bulletins in
various formats and sizes. We have expanded from a local supplier of Sunday
bulletins in the Chicago area to a national supplier. Offices in California,
Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas supply
custom-printed weekly bulletins to thousands of parishes around the country. Ads
for the bulletins are sold by a national sales force of nearly 200 people. The
Paluch Company continues to be the leader and innovator in today’s industry. In
1992 we introduced Laser-Com Express, a state-of-the-art bulletin service; ours
was the first company to provide typeset bulletins, telecommunicated copy, and
laser printing to their customers. Bulletin users also receive an extensive
collection of artwork, graphics, and headings for their bulletin layout.
Calendars and Vocation Awareness
The J.S. Paluch Company is committed to vocation awareness. In 1983 the
company published its first Catholic Family Appointment Calendar with a vocation
theme for distribution at the parish level. Since 1988 we have hosted an annual
national vocations seminar that gathers vocation leaders from across the country
to plan and exchange ideas. In 1994, the Paluch Company became a partner in, and
Executive Board Member of, the National Coalition for Church Vocations, the
umbrella organization for vocation awareness material. Other partners include
the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, the National Religious
Vocation Conference, the Priests of the Sacred Heart, the Rogationists Fathers,
and Serra International. Margaret Paluch serves on the Advisory Board for
Mundelein Seminary, as well as numerous committees and groups dedicated to
vocations and charitable church-related projects. William Rafferty is President
of the Advisory Board for Quigley Seminary. The company supports many local and
national vocation-related projects and programs as well.
Our key function is service. Company publishing decisions, internal
procedures, customer policies, and relationships are all designed to increase
the effectiveness of the company’s service to our customers. As we continue our
mission to serve the Church, we will continue our efforts to provide the best
customer service. Together we will enhance the liturgical experience and faith
life of believers throughout the country and create systems to simplify and ease
the administration of parishes and communication with parishioners.
Please share any comments, questions, and suggestions with us at any time.
We appreciate your input, your interest, and your patronage.