Want a unique idea for a Mother’s Day gift? Abbey Oven Biscotti… these gourmet Italian cookies are handmade daily in small batches by the Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey. The monks prepare a special dough featuring olive oil, chunks of white chocolate and cranberries, then carefully shape and bake each loaf. While still warm, the loaves are hand sliced into individual cookies, then baked again for a light crunchy texture, hence the Italian name “biscotto” or “twice baked.” These generously-sized cookies are then hand dipped in rich melted chocolate. Abbey Oven Biscotti are especially delicious when dipped in steaming coffee, expresso, tea, or dessert wine and are great as snacks or delicate after-dinner treats. Buon Appetito and Happy Mothers’ Day!
Do you know someone who is celebrating a “milestone birthday” this year? Congratulate and honor a special friend or family member with one of the new milestone birthday cards exclusively from The Printery House. Then ask God to bless him or her with many more happy birthdays. May the warm glow of the birthday candles remind them of the light of God’s love.
… I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
May 8th, Mother’s Day, is only two weeks away. Our mother’s constant love is our strength and joy. Mothers, our first teachers and role models, show us that love is the source of beauty in every day. What about the women in our lives who may not have been our mothers, but have also guided us lovingly through life—have prayed for us and with us, have cried with us in the bad times and celebrated with us in the good ones, have encouraged and nurtured us. Perhaps they are our sisters or good friends. Honor and celebrate all women on Mother’s Day with a unique gift and card from the Printery House. Then say a special prayer to bless them for all their nurturing ways.
Fr. Patrick Caveglia, O.S.B, a monk of Conception Abbey, has written this Mother’s Day prayer for a special Printery House card:
bless my mother this Mother’s Day
for her loving and nurturing ways.
Through her care and intercession,
you graced me and formed me
in so many ways.
May the love you gave me through her
be showered on her today
and for all eternity. Amen.
One of the joys of spring is the baptism of the newest addition to a family. “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213). Peter explained what happens at baptism when he said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Celebrate this Christian milestone with a meaningful Printery House card or gift.