My Catholic Library Reviews

My Catholic Library Reviews

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Excellent - based on 15 reviews

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Reviews (15)
Stephen Robinson
Stephen Robinson
2023-12-18
I recently took a lectionary which had been damaged accidentally to Mark Chatwood at My Catholic Library. The spine edge was hanging loose and I felt it might be beyond repair. However, Mark was able to use his amazing bookbinding skills to fully restore the lectionary to its former complete state. This included colour matching the cover of the book. The lectionary is now back in its rightful place on the lectern in church and, thanks to Mark, the Word of God can be proclaimed again! The cost of the repair was very reasonable and we at the parish of St John Fisher RC Church, Kearsley are extremely grateful for Mark's experienced knowledge and expertise in being able to restore our treasured lectionary. We thoroughly recommend My Catholic Library to everyone who has a treasured book in need of tender loving care. Thanks again Mark. Stephen Robinson - on behalf of Father Bryan Cunningham, parish priest of the parish of St John Fisher RC Church and the Shoenstatt Pastoral Centre, Kearsley, Bolton.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-12-18
I was so glad to be able to repair the Lectionary for this wonderful parish and shrine, and my thanks to you and Fr. Bryan for entrusting me with the work.
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delia nye
delia nye
2023-11-27
Lovely job from Mark I feel like I have a new Missal not a 60 - 70yr old one. Thank you Mark
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-11-28
Thanks for the kind words Delia, and for the chance to (re)create such a beautiful hand Missal.
Ricardo Amaya
Ricardo Amaya
2023-11-19
I'm very pleased with Mark's job, it restored my fifty-year-old missal to be like new. I believe even better because of the brand-new covers made of calf leather and endpapers. Mark even resorted to completing some missing Saints Day pages. Many thanks, Mark, great job. Glory be to God!
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-11-19
They were wonderful Missals to restore to full working order, Ricardo. Thank you for entrusting me with them!
Michael Gibbons
Michael Gibbons
2023-10-22
Posted before and after photo's of my restored book to show what an excellent and professional job that Mark completed. Fantastic service from Mark. He makes sure you get what you want from the restoration service. I would heartily recommend His work. I am delighted with the end result.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-10-22
Converting a paperback into a hardback is a lot of work, and it was certainly worth it in this case! Glad you can start reading it again without it falling apart.
Kenneth Roberts
Kenneth Roberts
2023-10-13
I entrusted my school prize Bible which I have used daily for 60 years and was in pieces. Mark, thank you for doing such a fantastic professional job, it looks good for another 60 years! Thank you for the extra care you took removing the prize label and placing it within the renewed covers and for carefully placing the last bit of the original spine with Holy Bible on it inside for me. Highly recommend you and your work.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-10-13
I'm so glad your Google search for "Bible repair" brought up my details, Ken. It's always satisfying to put such a treasured book back together. Like you say, here's to the next 60 years!
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John Stirzaker
John Stirzaker
2023-10-08
Mark made the process so easy. The Missal he restored for me had belonged to my late Mother, and was in urgent need of repair. Mark quoted on the project, just from photographs. He kept in touch with me, suggesting the box to store the missal in. Two last touches were the gold lettering on the box, and a fitted envelope to insert the cards my Mother had collected, one dated back to the early 60s. I am grateful for Mark's care and attention, and highly recommend him, for his skills and expertise. The new maker ribbons he added were a lovely final touch for an excellent restoration.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-10-09
Thanks for entrusting me with a real family treasure, John 🙏🏻. I love making boxes here at My Catholic Library, and your mum's Missal deserved a special one. I just hope there's enough room for her prayer card collection!
Ralph Marsh
Ralph Marsh
2023-10-07
Mr Chatwood's restoration of my book was carried out swiftly and to my great satisfaction. I can recommend his work with confidence.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-10-07
I'm so pleased I was able to revive your wonderful leather binding of 'The Imitation of Christ', Ralph. Thanks for the review.
Samuel Baker
Samuel Baker
2023-09-23
Mark carried out some lovely work on a book whose topic was very close to my heart, and which I'd discovered serendipitously in an old box, in an old outbuilding, in a place very close to my heart. So it was a very personal project for me and Mark took a very personal approach to it. I was fortunate to be able to hand it over to him in person and it felt like a pair of safe hands from the start. As shown in the photos, the book was crumbling and, to my layman's eyes, was a total write-off! However, Mark soon sent me the photos of the work in progress and I was relieved to see it recover its strength. He added some delightful end paper, which beautifully enhanced the original. What really amazed me, though, was seeing the finished product: Mark had only shown me pictures with the cover he had put on, but when it arrived I saw he'd carefully stripped the old cover from the book and attached it to the new one so that it almost looked like the original. I was blown away! I would thoroughly recommend Mark's services!
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-10-23
Thanks for sharing all those photos, Sam. It was a thoroughly enjoyable book to repair for My Catholic Library - the hard part was stopping myself from reading about the medieval Marian shrines of Olde Englande!
Marie Amaya
Marie Amaya
2023-09-04
Stunning job done with my 1951 misal. Impecable leather cover replacement with Fleur de Lys print. I chose the matching front page that I preferred. I'm delighted, thank you very much Mark! 🤗
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-09-04
Always a pleasure doing custom hand Missals at My Catholic Library, Marie! I was actually sad to send yours back - think I'll have to re-cover one of my Roman Missals in that style 😃
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G Q
G Q
2023-06-02
Beautifully produced children’s missal. What made it special was the bespoke feature of the added name to the bind.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-06-17
I hope the young man enjoys his Children's Missal for years to come!
Marek Chmiel
Marek Chmiel
2023-05-02
Excellent work on refreshing a 1936 New Testament with new endpapers, ribbons, red paint bookedge, and protective coating on the cover. Great eye for colour matching and fair pricing. Responsive communication. Many thanks!
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-05-02
This was a little treasure to work on. I'm glad you reached out to me!
Robin Haig
Robin Haig
2023-02-12
We have had several books repaired and rebound excellently by Mark. In particular a small Missal, over 60 years old and rather battered, beautifully rebound, with a new cover and new ribbons added. The character of the Missal itself was expertly retained and Mark made a box in which to keep the Missal. We are delighted by the result.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-02-12
They were wonderful books to work on, Robin. Thanks for those photos too!
Jane Scott
Jane Scott
2023-01-24
Treasured 1959 Daily Missal in a poor condition (damaged, detached cover, all ribbons frayed and dogeared pages) all restored to prestine condition and in a complimentary protective case.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-01-24
Thanks Jane, it was a pleasure to work on.
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Viva Cristo Rey!
Viva Cristo Rey!
2023-01-22
I can’t thank Mark enough for the excellent job he did on repairing my old (1949) well used missal. The leather front was falling off, it had some small rips on some of the pages, Mark was able to fix them for me and to replace all of my ribbons with new ones, as well as replacing the old front cover with a beautiful new leather one. I could highly recommend Marks skills as a book binder, His work is excellent! I would recommend that anyone who’s looking for a professional book binder uses Mark to repair there Missal's or old books. Thanks again for the wonderful job you have done repairing my old missal. God bless.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-01-22
It was a very enjoyable project for me, thanks for letting me work on it! Watch this space for the blog post and video of the process.
Bridie Hannah
Bridie Hannah
2023-01-12
My missal was in a very bad state, with the cover almost falling off. Mark did a great job with a new leather cover, new ribbon etc. I am so pleased with my new much loved book.
Reply from My Catholic Library 2023-01-12
It was a pleasure to bring your Missal back to life, Bridie! Thanks for letting me work on it.