Category Archives: Catholic Gifts

Give a Great Gift

Has your son or daughter gone off to college? Send one of these inspiring Printery House plaques in a little TLC box to encourage them while they are away at school. These also make great gifts for a friend’s birthday or especially if someone needs daily encouragement.  One plaque features a chalkboard on part of it…you could add your own message: “Remember to phone me!” and sign your name. All make thoughtful gifts of faith.

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Abbey Oven Granola

In response to numerous requests to purchase the delicious granola served at Abbey Retreats, Father Guerric Letter, Kitchenmaster at Conception Abbey, together with The Printery House is pleased to announce Abbey Oven Granola.

Honeynut Blend, simple plate

Honeynut Blend

Abbey Oven Granola is handmade from scratch the old-fashioned way by the Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey. Abbey Oven Granola provides healthy, preservative-free food for the body and refreshment for the soul. Your purchase also supports the good works of the monastery.

Fr. Guerric Letter currently runs the kitchen here at the Abbey and is excited about getting Abbey Oven Granola off the ground as a new and exciting apostolate here at Conception.

Fr. Guerric Letter, the youngest of ten children, was raised on a dairy farm just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  After high school he came to Conception as a college freshman studying for the Diocese of Green Bay.  He entered the monastery in 2002, made his first profession in 2003, and earned  a B.A. in Philosophy from Conception Seminary College in 2005.  In 2012, Fr. Guerric received a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.   He completed the pastry program in the Culinary Studies Department at Johnson County Community College in 2014.   If you attend a retreat at Conception Abbey, you might see Fr. Guerric supervising the kitchen and dining areas.

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Choosing the Right Catholic Gifts for Newlyweds

Finding the perfect gift for newlyweds that are special to you can be difficult. You want it to be sentimental but sometimes it needs to be practical too. You also want it to be personal, something that will make them realize how much they mean to you. Choosing Catholic gifts adds a whole other layer of thought because you want the gift to provide religious inspiration or recollection while still making them feel important and special to you personally. When it comes to searching for the right gift for newly married couples in your life, sometimes the simplest gifts are the most memorable.

Newlyweds are about to embark on a beautiful, rough, spiritual journey together and they will need all the love and guidance they can get. For this reason, gifting them a couple’s Bible is a good start. Find a book that accompanies the Bible, a book that will allow them to study the Word together. This gift is both meaningful and heartfelt, as it helps the couple learn to start their lives as one in a spiritual sense as well as a worldly sense.

When it comes to home decorating, newlyweds often don’t receive a lot of Catholic gifts that they could display in their home. A personal gift from you could be just what they need, be it a beautiful religious figurine of some kind, a decorative cross for the wall, or a special framed painting with Christian art or a verse. Little knick knacks like this will make their house a home and remind them how loved they are by the people like you in their lives.

Sometimes, practical gifts are a smart go-to as well. If you want to be sure you’re still giving Catholic gifts to the religious couple you know and love, there are a lot of products that weave religious images and verses in. You could buy them a set of mugs with Bible verses printed on them, or a set of cuff bracelets with important words like faith, love, or hope engraved on them. Giving them something they can use or wear often means that you will be on their minds a lot and that they will always remember how loved they are, even when they’re doing little tasks like sipping from a coffee mug in the morning.

Lastly, you could pull out all the stops and give them Catholic gifts that are sentimental and deep-rooted. Give them a music box filled with special trinkets, a tapestry they could hang on their wall, or a framed copy of an important piece of scripture, like the Apostles’ Creed. Gifts like this will become staples of their walk with the Lord together and be a constant reminder that you are praying for and supporting them every step of the way.

At The Printery House, we want every gift you give to be a meaningful one. That’s why we carry products that mean something, products with a backstory you can hang your hat on, the story of your faith. Newlyweds are important to us because they are the couples that stand up together for a common cause and aim to make the world a better place as one unit, and we have just the gift for this special couple in your life.

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Five Myths About Wedding Gift Giving, and Ideas for Blessing a Marriage

Love One Another Wall Art

Love One Another Wall Art

A wedding is truly a sacred and meaningful event, and part of God’s plan according to the scripture “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.” Although wedding styles have changed, ranging from destination weddings to large-scale formal affairs, one thing is true – you, as a guest, can take part in blessing a marriage with your support if it, your presence and a special gift you may give the couple.

While many couples may have a list of towels and cookware on a department store registry, you have an opportunity to give the bride and groom something they can treasure. Here are some points to consider the next time you’re searching for what to give a bride and groom:

1. Myth: I should find something expensive from their registry.
Fact: Many times, these gifts are either purchased by the bride and groom themselves with wedding money, or are added to the registry as a “maybe we’ll get it” kind of item. Don’t feel pressure to purchase based on the dollar amount. Instead, try a customized or personal gift like a special frame or devotional. Many times these are the gifts they’ll remember.

2. Myth: I have to bring a gift to the wedding.
Fact: There’s no gift requirement. In fact, a beautiful handwritten card or letter expressing your wishes for them might be just the thing. Try a card with a story, such as a religious greeting card from The Printery House, a monastery set in northwest Missouri. The cards are made on-site by monks and artists.

3. Myth: The gift, if I get one, has to be brought to the ceremony.
Fact: You can appropriately send a wedding gift for blessing a marriage up to six months (or more!) following the wedding. This might be a fun surprise, or a way to see which items the couple truly needs as they establish a home.

4. Myth: It’s impersonal to send a gift to them by mail.
Fact: More and more guests are ordering, paying and shipping right from their computer, and it’s easy for the couple to exchange or return if needed. It’s completely appropriate to send it from an online source, and you can find many personalized items, such as decorative wall art,available from online Christian stores that are specially-geared toward these occasions.

5. Myth: Wherever I get the gift, I should send something tangible.
Fact: Have you considered blessing a marriage using an act of service, such as preparing some freezer meals for the couple’s first months or offering some help with setting up their new home? These ideas and more will mean a lot to the couple and be something they are likely to remember.

Is there wedding shopping in your future? Check out the collection of faith-filled and inspiring gifts and cards from The Printery House. Every purchase goes to support the monastic work of Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

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