Advent Devotional Readings

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We are full of hopeful expectations as we prepare for the birth of our Savior and the promise of the new year. 

In this time, we can really prepare by reflecting on our deep need for Jesus through Advent devotional booklets. These booklets let us bring focus each day to the things that truly matter in our lives and help us to prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. These booklets are not only great gifts for others but could be one of the best gifts to give ourselves. 

Below are a few of our Advent booklets available this season. Click the link to learn more. http://bit.ly/2ysDRSo 

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Spreading the Message

The position of The Printery House General Manager has proven to be a bigger task than I had ever anticipated.  Now in my third year of being the General Manager of the press I would like to share with you one of the great things that I have learned.

Throughout our lives we receive several invitations, whether it be to a wedding, a dinner party, or to share a prayer with a family member or loved one.  In seminary, we were taught that the people who come to church every day are not the people of God that we needed to worry about.  We as future priests needed to be more attentive to the people who only come to church at Christmas and Easter, or even more important than those people who live within our parish boundaries that we never see. At the time it sparked a couple of questions.  How does one reach out to the people of God who only come to church once or twice a year?  How do I reach out to the people whom I never see? 

In October 2016 I was in the press room talking with our Press Manager/Operator while she was printing an order for 4,600 Christmas cards.  As the cards were coming off the press, I looked at the card and was blown away by the innovative way this pastor was reaching out.  The card itself was one of our Christmas cards.  As you would open the card up on the left-hand side, he had printed the church services for the Christmas Season.  On the right-hand side of the card was our message, but underneath that the pastor wrote his own note.  “Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas Season with the Peace and Joy of the New Year to come!” and then he signed his name. 

I found out that there are several pastors that have cards printed in this way, which is a creative way of reaching out to everyone within the parish. We can now help out these pastors even more with our new mailing program. Given the mailing addresses, we can print, stuff and mail all your Christmas cards for you hassle free. This could be a great way for your own parish to reach out to people, and a unique way to invite people to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

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Monastic Formation: Making a Monk

This article describes in brief the process of monastic formation that a man goes through to become a monk. This is how it happens at Conception Abbey. Other monasteries may have different procedures or terminology.

First Steps

Those just visiting the community may be termed “prospects” or “candidates.” Either term may be used interchangeably. Vocation guests may be allowed to eat with the monks or to sit with us in our choir stalls at prayer. They may also get opportunities to work with one or more of the monks.

After a period of discernment and communication with the vocation director, a man may decide to ask to test his vocation within the community. After completing an application process and being accepted by the vocations committee, he may come to live with us. At this point we call him a postulant. He has “postulated” himself as a potential member of the community.

Becoming a Novice

If the postulant and the community discern that it is God’s will, he may next proceed to a more formal period of monastic formation or training as a “novice.” According to church law, the “novitiate” or period of being a novice must last at least one year. So if you enter novitiate in August, you could, God willing, profess vows a year and a day later, the following August.

Simple Vows

A new monk first professes vows that will last for three years. During this time, he is a “junior” monk. He receives a new name at profession and is called “Brother.”

Supporting Those in Monastic Formation

Young men in the process of discernment and monastic formation need lots of prayers. Please pray for our novices. Pray, too, that God will send us more good men to seek God in the monastic life. If you know someone making vows, send a card.Share This:
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What is a Mass Card?

A Mass card is a greeting card that is sent to a person to inform them that they, or a deceased loved-one, will be remembered and prayed for in the intentions at a Mass. The most common occasion for offering a Mass is for the repose of a departed soul. The saints and early church fathers spoke of remembering the dead at the Mass, and encouraging the faithful to pray for those who have died. Other popular occasions include Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and special intentions.

Here at the Printery House we are making it easy for you to send your prayers and intentions through a Mass Card. With our two card sets, you will receive a card for you to send to the person for whom you are requesting the Mass, and another card for you to send to the parish or priest where you would like to have the Mass offered. Each of these cards comes with an envelope for mailing. Choose between our Mass Cards for the Intentions of the Living and Mass Cards for the Intentions of the Deceased. 

Mass Set for the Intentions of the Deceased 
Mass Set for the Intentions of the Living

Whether is it is for the repose of a departed soul, the anniversary of a departed soul, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, or any other special intention, these Mass cards are a beautiful way to bring comfort, joy and hope to a loved one.   

Click here to see more information on these and other Mass cards:    Printery House Mass Cards

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