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The Catholic Gift Store Has What You Need This Wedding Season

Wall Art 3Springtime is prom season, graduation season and a good time for home sales. It’s also the start of wedding season. From May until August countless couples will be walking down the church aisle and exchanging rings before a crowd of witnesses. It’s one of the most beautiful ceremonies observed in our culture and in the church.

It is important to show those you love that you rejoice with them as they have decided to commit themselves to one another in the sight of God. As a fellow believer you want to do all you can to help the young couple successfully navigate the matrimonial waters. You can help set them off on the right foot with a gift from the Catholic gift store. Gifts with a religious flavor will remind the bride and groom that God alone is a sufficient anchor when the storm clouds form.

Here are some gift ideas to get you started:

A Catholic Wedding Bible
Nothing is more important than the word of God for living the Christian life and creating a Christian home. A Catholic wedding bible is a keepsake bible meant to be read and treasured throughout a lifetime together. The bible lists appropriate wedding passages and provides a place for couples to record those they chose for their own ceremony.

Christian Wall Art
Although many couples are marrying later and may have housewares already, plenty don’t. Even those who already own the nuts and bolts of housekeeping will appreciate artwork that marks out the couple’s new home together as under the Lord’s protection. Why not give a framed rendering of 1 Corinthians 13 Love is patient, love is kind, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails?

Framed family blessings are appropriate as are wall hangings that remind the couple to pray daily for their bread and other needs. A Christian print with a home blessing will remind the couple that as husband and wife – they constitute a godly home.

Books A Good Choice
Christian couples may unpack the toaster and the coffeemaker first, but edifying books are an important part of the Christian life. As things settle down, they will appreciate the gift of a good book.

Catholic couples might appreciate a Family Book of Life in which they can record each sacramental celebration.  The book will become a family’s spiritual history as the pages are filled in year by year.

All couples would benefit from some good books on marriage. What Did You Expect? is an example of a practical book on marriage that addresses the challenges which come when two people with flaws live together at the same broken address – planet earth.

Christian Music
Create a playlist of Christian music that celebrates the young couple and the God who brought them together. This special collection of music will bring them back to the day of their wedding in a mere moment.

The Catholic gift store is not just a resource for baptisms and first communions. It’s a place to find gifts for every important event in life, including weddings. Check out our online Catholic gift store at The Printery House and be ready when the wedding season begins.

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Religious Gifts For Moms Show Appreciation For the Spiritual Heritage Given

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Family Perpetual Calendar

Mothers are a unique breed. They can be stern when needed, but they are most often
thought of as a soft lap, a tight hug, an encouraging voice and a role model to emulate. That’s a pretty tall order for any one woman to fill so if your mom matches even one or two of those descriptions, you are wonderfully blessed.

A mother’s day usually starts well before anyone else’s in the house. Before kids have finished dressing or collecting their school books, moms have packed lunches, put in a load of laundry, and started breakfast. They’ve signed all the permission slips and signed up for committees. They know who has a doctor appointment and when someone needs to be at soccer practice. And they’ve gassed up the car because sure as rain, someone will forget something and mom will be the one to rush it to school later that day.

As you grow, mom may have less “hands on” involvement, but she probably spends more time on her knees. She changes from the one who makes choices for you to someone who helps you think through the choices you make for yourself. And mom is there to lend support when you make the zillion “learning curve” decisions – meaning all those you get wrong along the way.

Because mothers are such an important part of whom people become, our country decided to spend one day celebrating them especially. The first official Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1912 and was intended to honor mothers for their vital role in American culture. All moms are important and are worthy of honor.

The command to honor father and mother was first given by God in Exodus 20 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. God has never changed His mind on this commandment. In fact, the apostle Paul repeats it in the New Testament in Ephesians 6:1-3 reminding believers that it was a command that included a promise from the God who always keeps His word.

If you have a believing mother, you are especially blessed. You’ve been given a wonderful heritage. Just about every mom on the planet will enjoy a fancy dinner, a bouquet of flowers or anything chocolate. But when you choose religious gifts for moms it shows that you appreciate the spiritual investment she has made in your life.

Religious gifts for moms can include many different things. Moms are busy, so a calendar with words of faith is one idea. Moms enjoy encouraging and see it as job number one, so stationary that includes scripture is another possibility. Faith-inspired jewelry, devotional books, Christian music, or a donation made in her name to a Christian organization would all show her that you value her role as a believing influence.

If you are looking for the right gift to give your mom this Mother’s Day – consider a gift that is linked to her faith. If you’re looking for a place to find religious gifts for moms check out The Printery House. We are an online Christian store where you can find
everything from stationary, to artwork to books and beyond.

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Thinking About Sending That Christian Greeting Card or Note? Go For it, Today

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Thanking God for the Blessing You Are

Thinking about writing a letter to someone? Go for it – it’s National Card and Letter Writing Month (mid-April to mid-May). Several articles explore this topic from a variety of angles, from celebrating motherhood to the historical anniversary of “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Why this tribute to letters?

Letters and cards matter. Sitting down to put a pen to paper and utilizing the U.S. Postal Service is something many of us think about, but just don’t find much time to do in our busy lives. Yet, if you ask someone what some of their prized possessions are, many may say these include treasured cards or letters received.

Move it from your mind to paper. Why not take a few minutes to get that card or letter you’ve been thinking about off your mind and into the hands of a loved one or friend? A Christian greeting card can make that task simple and enjoyable, and there are so many styles in today’s collections. Set aside just an hour and you’d be surprised at how many cards you could actually get ready to send. It’s a feeling that brightens your day for the next several days.

Don’t forget about sending a card or note to missionaries, your clergy or even a non-profit organization that you feel is carrying out their mission well. It’s also rewarding to step outside your comfort zone and send a card to someone you’ve heard about who is in need of encouragement, even if you’ve never talked face to face.

There’s another reason cards and letters are so special – they are like sending a little bit of yourself to someone else. Your thoughts, your handwriting and even the choice of Christian greeting card you send all add up to sharing a piece of you with someone else.

Don’t worry about knowing exactly what to say; you can let the card’s verse or image help convey that message for you. Sometimes it’s just enough to say “thinking of you” or “I’m here for you.” In today’s digital world, even this kind of simple message holds weight.

Let your children or grandchildren see you writing a note or invite them to send their own. They can learn a new way to deepen relationships or serve someone by watching you carry out this basic act. They’re not likely to forget it when you let them help with the process.

You can make it a social time, too, by inviting friends over with their own stationary or hosting a group at your local church or community center. Maybe sending a card or letter is a ritual you can carry out as a group on a monthly basis, adopting a new group or cause to reach out to each month.

Regardless of the artwork you choose, or the message you send, now’s the time to act on that letter that’s been forming in your mind. You’ll be so glad you did – and so will the recipient. Find unique and beautiful designs online at The Printery House, where each card is designed and lettered by the monks and artists who work here. Each card you send helps support our work, and that makes the message even more special. View new designs today at ww.theprinteryhouse.org.

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Send Christian Greeting Cards to Match Your Favorite Christian Songs

Christian Cards 2If you find yourself humming along – or singing out loud – to popular Christian music, you’re not alone. It’s a fast-growing category on radio and on downloadable music, with more stores and businesses playing it as well. For many, there’s just something uplifting and encouraging about so many contemporary Christian songs, in comparison to many types of other music.

This month, think about passing on some of that encouragement to a friend or family member with Christian greeting cards that echo that same uplifting sentiment. Like popular Christian music, today’s religious greeting cards are bright, bold and inspiring – especially when they’ve got a story, like those made by the monks and artists at The Printery House at Conception Abbey.

Here are some examples of the beautiful and unique cards that can align with messages from your favorite sing-along Christian songs:

1. “This is Amazing Grace,” by Phil Wickham. This song is one of the top on the Christian billboard charts for its message, including “This is amazing grace, this is unfailing love, that you would take my place.” If you have a friend who needs reminded of God’s Grace, try a card from the encouragement and prayer section of The Printery House’s online catalog. Some have bold photos and bright watercolor designs that are sure to encourage the recipient to stop and think about how His love surrounds us.

2. Send a card that reflects the popular Big Daddy Weave song “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” when you want to congratulate someone on a job well done when it comes to a faith milestone. Try a card that is bold in its faith statement, acknowledging that they’ve made a firm decision and you’re proud of them. You might also send a card to honor a priest’s service or even a dedicated Sunday School teacher.

3. Don’t forget to send a card when someone you care about is going through a tough time, and you just need them to know it’s OK to feel sad, worried or unclear. Remind them that God can handle it if they’ll talk to Him in prayer. One song that reflects this feeling is captured in the popular song by The Afters, “Broken Hallelujah.” A card that may help someone know you’re there for them might be the unique bird on a tree card from The Printery House that says “sometimes all we can do is pray..”

As you think about the type of Christian greeting cards that would make a difference as you share your faith, don’t forget to include an occasional gift or trinket to serve as a reminder. Several wall crosses are available from online Christian stores, including new designs with contemporary looks that seem to shout out the message of God’s peace and mercy.

Today, browse The Printery House online for great religious cards and gifts that put you in the mood to hum your favorite song.

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