Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame's Championship Chaplain

Paul Dykewicz

Special Virtual Sales Event: Holy Child School's Mayfield Market Fundraiser

I am selling and signing copies of my inspirational and motivational book, "Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame's Championship Chaplain" with a foreword by Lou Holtz, along with selling educational children's books by best-selling author Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican; writer Charlotte Pence and illustrator Karen Pence, featuring the Second Family's pet rabbit; and Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip series and books. 

 My book features sports chaplain Fr. James Riehle, who guided players, coaches and many others at the University of Notre Dame to overcome adversity and achieve success on and off the athletic field. Each chapter offers a way to improve your life as if the championship chaplain, who won four national football titles with three different head coaches, was counseling you. The book was highlighted on EWTN Bookmark

 The beautifully illustrated children’s books are in limited supply and could sell out quickly, so do not delay if you are interested. Gingrich’s “From Sea to Shining Sea,” features the famed westward trek of Lewis and Clark; and “Remember the Ladies,” highlights former First Ladies such as Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Jackie Kennedy and Martha Washington, from the perspective of Ellis the Elephant. Two of the books by Charlotte and Karen Pence are “A Day in the Nation’s Capital,” and “Best Christmas Ever.” The educational Charles M. Schulz books feature American history, great investors, great explorers and great heroes. Call 202-677-4457 or email holysmokesauthor@gmail.com to let me help you find the right books among my remaining inventory to educate our future leaders, inventors and history makers.

Update about 2020 Book Signings and Media Appearances:

​The COVID-19 health crisis has prevented me from scheduling book signings other than the Mayfield Market right now. You are welcome to contact me directly at 202-677-4457 if you want a signed hardcover book with dust jacket. I am happy to provide special dedications upon request. 

  If social distancing and the wearing of masks prove to be sufficient measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19, I may try to scheduled limited book signing events before the holidays.

  Special thanks go to some of my favorite stores for past book signing appearances: 

--Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, 10 am-2 pm, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Catholic Supply of St. Louis, where I signed and dedicated copies of my book "Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame's Championship Chaplain." The address is 6759 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO 63109. Feel free to call the store at 314-644-6403 to place an order for a signed book.

 Watch for updates about dates and times for other appearances. Signed copies of my book also are available for gift buying at:

--Barnes & Noble's at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057. My last 2020 appearances occurred there on Saturday, Jan. 18, the day of a basketball game against Marquette, Saturday, Feb. 8, the day of a home basketball game against DePaul and Sunday, March 1, against Xavier. Please join me next time on a date to be announced! It would be great to meet you.

--Paschal Lamb, 11214 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the Jermantown Square Shopping Center across from the new Lowe's, 703-273-5956;

--Kensington Row Books, 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895, 301-949-9416;

--Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception gift shop in Washington, D.C., 202-526-4433; --Hammes Notre Dame Book Store, 1 Eck Center, N Notre Dame Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556, 574- 631-6316; and

--Our Lady of Peace Giftshop in Santa Clara, CA 95054, 408-988-4585, among other retailers.

Thanks to Darrel Eason, the host and program director at the "Morning Praise" radio show in St. Louis, for inviting me to appear on Friday, May 25, 2018, on Praise 95.1 FM and 1250 AM, which provide contemporary urban gospel programming in St. Louis. I look forwarding to returning as a guest again. I will provide updates when I have them.

Thanks to the St. Catherine Laboure Sodality for inviting me as a guest speaker in November 2017, as well as Bishop O'Connell High School, including its football team led by Coach Disch, who welcomed me as a guest speaker on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The team responded by beating its rival 40-3 two days later in a season-ending game.

My appearances give me a chance to highlight the wit and wisdom of Notre Dame's late sports chaplain, Fr. James Riehle. My "Holy Smokes!" book, with a foreword by Lou Holtz, is inspirational, motivational and biographical, with each chapter featuring a different way to improve your life based on advice given by Fr. Riehle to student-athletes, coaches, administrators, professors and others for 40-plus years. 


Endorsements and stories for the book come from Notre Dame players and coaches of various faiths, races and backgrounds. They include former Washington Redskins’ Joe Theismann and Reggie Brooks, four-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana, “Rocket” Ismail, “Digger” Phelps, Ara Parseghian and Fighting Irish basketball coach and Rockville native Mike Brey. Many thanks to national title-winning football coach Lou Holtz for providing the powerful foreword, which conveyed that anyone who does not think a chaplain could make a difference did not know Fr. Riehle.

GREAT NEWS! Catholic Athletes for Christ, http://www.catholicathletesforchrist.org/, has approved my book for sale and plans to begin offering it soon on its website. The group also is offering a CD of broadcast great Vin Scully reciting the Rosary. Consider buying my book and the Vin Scully CD!