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A Word From The “New Guy On The Block”

While I’ve never lived with the thought that I am defined by my career, I have always been blessed to be in a position I am proud to hold. I see work as a means to support my family, but I also see my work as an avenue to serve the Lord. If you’re able to do something you love that’s just icing on the cake.

I’ve spent the last 10 years of my professional career writing for local newspapers in my hometown community. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to share stories of great moments that impact people’s lives. I decided to make a professional shift in order to get hours that are closer matched to my family’s in hopes to spending more time as a husband and father.

Living in rural Missouri I never imagined that I’d be fortunate enough to step out of the newspaper gig and land in a similar position.  Finding myself at the Conception Abbey and The Printery House doing something just as fun – assisting in card development and marketing through graphic design – I have found that God truly does works in mysterious ways.

As a Christian I’ve always enjoyed touting that I am “spreading the good news” through my job as a reporter. While not every story was Christian-based, they were always positive in spirit and brought joy to the reader.  This stands in contrast to the news we have become accustomed to from things like TV and social media. I told my editors that I refused to be an “ambulance chaser” that reported on things like wrecks. While reporting in this way may increase readership, I never wanted to portray the worst experiences in someone’s life. I did unfortunately have to cover some big events in the community that had a negative impact, but with the caveat of how someone is making the best of the situation or used my platform to assist that individual through their hardship.

As I begin this new chapter in my career working at The Printery House, I can continue to boast that I help spread the good news, but this time it can be the Good News of our salvation through Christ. There is a joy and peace knowing that I am part of something that can have such a great impact in someone’s life.  My hope is that you will also feel that joy when you purchase something from us.

I look forward to working with you, our friends, and hope to hear from you all as I continue to work on stationery customization through graphic design here at The Printery House.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

What better way to see the goodness of the Lord than through the beauty of nature. Whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden, or just a serene spot near a field or meadow, consider adding a bit of spiritual decoration to your space with our new garden gift items, including two new wind chimes, a planter pick, garden stone, and Irish solar angel. Don’t forget to share the blessings with friends and family, as these items make perfect birthday or special occasion gifts! Click here to shop our Home and Garden gift selections: www.printeryhouse.org

 

“For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those whose sake it is tilled, receives a blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7

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Send a Catholic Christmas Card and Ornament Celebrating a Popular Carol and Keep the Tradition Going

Glass Disc Ornament Set

Glass Disc Ornament Set

Singing from the heart over the birth of Christ started with the angels. The gospel of Luke recounts the appearance of a multitude of heavenly beings who burst forth in songful praise to the Glory of God and goodwill toward men. Since that night, singing praise over the gift of Christmas has remained an integral part of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Early Christmas Carols
Within the first century after Christ, special hymn music for the holiday was being written and performed. Christmas carols, as we now call them, are so named from a French term (carole) meaning joyful song or circle dance. Many early carols were composed in Latin, the language of the church but not of the common people. For this reason, carol singing lost popularity until the 1200s when St Francis arranged nativity plays which included songs sung in the language of the common folk. The carols were popular but not seen as church music. Instead, they were the entertaining music sung by minstrels in the streets of town.

Going A-Caroling
Carols remained popular and spread until the English Puritans began to frown upon the common music not deemed sufficiently reverential. It was not until the Reformation took hold that Christmas hymns/carols enjoyed a revival among church leaders eager to make faith accessible for everyday people. The practice of carol singing perhaps reached its heights during the Victorian Age. It was during Victorian times that people first began to go “a-caroling” singing the songs of the season and collecting alms from house to house.

Renewing Interest in Christmas Carols
The monks of Conception Abbey want to help you celebrate the coming of the Christ child. Choose a Catholic Christmas card to send and then pick out one of several ornaments they have which draw on popular Christmas carols.

The Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments are simple decorations which depict the dozen gifts in the English carol.
Little Drummer Boy features Mary snuggling infant Jesus to her heart while in her skirt folds, the little drummer boy plays his music to welcome the King.
O Night Divine is a hand-painted glass ornament with a tender image of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
Silent Night, Holy Night is a deep blue ornament reminiscent of the holy night when Christ came to earth in a humble stable
We Three Kings is a vibrant ornament depicting the journey of the eastern kings en route to bow before the King of Kings. This ornament is available in glass or carved and painted wood-like resin.

This season, remember how St Francis brought singing back into practice. Think of the Victorians who went from house to house singing of His Coming. Help others remember too by sending them a meaningful Catholic Christmas card and using carol-inspired ornaments to revive the habit of joyful Christmas singing. Go online to see The Printery House ornament collection or to choose your 2014 Catholic Christmas card.

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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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