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The Election of Pope Francis is Encouraging for Catholic Gift Stores

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Pope Francis Portrait in Gold Frame

Early August saw the 17th annual Catholic Marketing Network convention. The event is really a trade show where suppliers can showcase merchandise to buyers. It’s also a great place to witness trends within the Catholic community. This year’s show was brimming with enthusiasm for expanding inventory to include new items tailor-made for Catholic shoppers.

The convention was buzzing with opportunity. Many there were discussing how to reinvent Catholic gift stores with new items and new marketing strategies. The foundation of Catholic supply houses has long been the sale of devotional materials like books, icons and rosaries but the buzz on the convention floor was that this is a good time to expand inventory. A lot of the excitement about tapping into the Catholic sales market has to do with the church’s new pope, Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is a leader who has already managed to gain positive attention from the world press and many Catholics are energized by his outspoken yet loving leadership style. Pope Francis is clearly interested in reaching out to all Catholics including those currently outside the fold of the church. This rekindled enthusiasm among Catholics and belief that Francis will be effective in calling many to faith, is expected to translate into increased sales at Catholic gift stores.

Already, demand for Pope Francis-themed items has begun to soar. One of the largest suppliers of Catholic artwork reported devoting entire work weeks to producing wall art featuring the Pope, including at least one life-size cardboard cutout of the pontiff. Catholic gift stores will certainly be offering more greeting cards, Holy cards, bookmarks and other items highlighting Pope Francis. But most vendors agreed that it is time to start offering Catholic shoppers an even broader range of merchandise that celebrates their faith.

Of course, Catholic gift stores face some of the same challenges confronting all book retailers and faith merchandisers – a competitive market where consumers don’t necessarily need to shop at a specialty store to find what they want at the best price. Catholic retailers need only glance over at evangelical retailers to see how stiff the competition for customers can be. Evangelical bookstores are struggling to compete with online bookstores and giant discount stores that now carry some, though not all, of the same merchandise.

While mega-stores may carry some of the big name book titles and generic Christian gift items, Catholic stores can still be competitive if they revamp their marketing strategy to include items that promote the Catholic faith/brand. There is room for innovation and creativity in the current climate. The Pope has infused Catholics with renewed zeal and there will be demand for faith-centered merchandise if it is offered with a bit of savvy and a lot of excitement.

If you are looking for cards, gifts or books that celebrate your Catholic faith check out The Printery House. This Catholic purveyor of faith-centered gifts and supplies is run by the monks of Conception Abbey, and sales help to support the on-site seminary. Cards are made on-site at The Printery House using the artwork and lettering created by the monks themselves.

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Holy Cards, Your Bible and a Rosary: Creating a Prayer Corner

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It has been said that a person will be no more powerful for Christ in public than they are with Him in private (through prayer and bible study). We want to be these kinds of powerful witnesses for Christ, but most of us struggle.

Establishing a prayer habit is a spiritual endeavor but, in fact, it is a habit that can be formed just like any other habit. Conventional wisdom says that it takes 30 days to form a new habit. Thus, with a little forethought and planning a new habit of devotion can developed in just about a month.

Some people are morning people and some are night owls. It doesn’t matter what time of day you choose but in order to make your prayer time a regular habit, it needs to be a time of day when you can be faithful. For most people, early morning will be the best time for a regular prayer appointment.

Once you’ve chosen when to meet God in prayer, you can next choose an appropriate place. The Lord admonishes us in Matthew 6 to have a quiet and private place for prayer. That doesn’t mean that we have to go into a literal closet, but it does mean that our prayer time needs to be protected from outside disturbances.

A prayer closet, or prayer corner, is the place you set up to help you make prayer a regular habit.  Maybe it’s a comfortable chair in the living room. Perhaps it works best for you to have your prayer time sitting in bed before you get up or just before you go to sleep. Some have their prayer time at a desk each day. It just needs to be someplace that you designate as your regular meeting place with God.

Wherever you establish your prayer corner, it needs to have a few things handy. On a table, in a drawer or in a basket on the floor nearby, you will want to keep your Bible, a pen, a notebook and other helps like a rosary or Holy Cards. Then have a plan for how you will use these things to help you become more prayerful.

You could have a schedule of 15 minutes spent reading the Bible followed by 10 minutes of prayer each day. You could choose one day to pray from the book of church prayers. Some people pray the words from a hymnal or Psalter. Holy Cards are great devotional aids, since they often not only have the stories of inspiring saints, but words of prayer as well.

The important thing is to have a special place and time where you have an unbreakable appointment with the Lord. Write down the things that are burdening your heart and the things for which you are thankful in your notebook. Read the prayers of others. Say aloud the rosary.

If you are looking for helps in strengthening this all-important spiritual discipline, visit The Printery House today. There you’ll find rosaries, journals, Holy Cards, books of prayer and so much more. The important thing is to take action. Before long your act of discipline can become your greatest delight and a source of spiritual strength.

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Blessing a Marriage: Give a Gift That Will Encourage the Bride and Groom

 

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Celtic Cross Shaped Keepsake Box

When I was a young girl my mom had a promise box that was a special part of our days. Most days mom would have each of us four kids pull a brightly colored card from the assortment of God’s promises and read it aloud. It was a great foundation for learning that God’s word is full of truth and we can reach out for it every day to give us strength and courage.

One idea that reminds me of the old promise box is a Blessing Box. If you are planning to attend a wedding anytime soon, you might consider one of these for the bride and groom. It will be a unique wedding gift, but more than that it will be one that encourages them for weeks and months to come! Here’s how you can make your own blessing box to give away:

1. Visit a craft store and choose an attractive box. You could also visit a Christian bookstore and buy an appropriately-sized keepsake box.

2. Choose a biblical blessing that you would like to offer the bride and groom. During church, one of the most precious moments is when the people of God receive a benediction before heading back out into the world. Blessing a marriage with words like those found in Numbers 6:24-26 is ideal “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord turn His
face toward you and give you peace.”

3. Pick out an attractive font and print out the blessing in a size that allows it to be placed on the underside of the box lid. You can use Modge-Podge to glue the blessing in place.

4. Next, choose some appropriate scripture verses that will bring strength and encouragement to the couple. You can choose verses that focus on subjects pertinent to young marrieds. For example:

Being grateful for your spouse

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds
what is good and receives favor from the Lord Proverbs 20:6-7 Many a man claims
to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?  The righteous man leads a blameless life, blessed are his children after him.

Realizing we don’t have what it takes

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to think anything comes from ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God

2 Corinthians 12:9  My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness

There are so many verses that could be put in your blessing box to encourage the bride
and groom.

5. Print the verses in an attractive font that is small enough so that each verse can be rolled up as a small scroll and placed inside the blessing box.

6. Tie each of the scrolls with lovely ribbon – light blue, silver or white and gold are nice.

Like my mom’s promise box, the blessing box will be a place the couple can visit regularly to share eternal truth together. And you will be strengthened in your own faith just by blessing a marriage with God’s Word. Other ideas for placing inside the box include biblical prayers (Daniel 9, Habakkuk 3, 2 Chronicles 20 etc.) or Holy Cards.

Holy Cards and keepsake boxes can be found at Catholic gift stores like The Printery House. Visit The Printery House online and get inspired today– blessing a marriage can be personal and meaningful and fun!

 

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Want to Inspire? Send Religious Greeting Cards Made by Monks

 

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Order monastery-made cards now from The Printery House, and you’ll be ready when you want to send a quick note to encourage someone.

Regardless of instant texts and emails, there’s nothing like the feeling of dropping a handwritten card into the mailbox knowing it’s going to brighten someone’s day soon… or finding a card underneath your typical bills or junk mail pieces. It instantly brings a little joy to your day.

In this fast-paced life many of us live, there’s something that’s extra special and inspiring about sending religious greeting cards that are monastery-made, with artistic input from monks who are living their faith daily. One source, The Printery House, is still creating cards with the ideas and talent of the monks of Conception Abbey.

For 60 years, The Printery House has been creating cards at the shop in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, which supports the monastic work of the Abbey. Monks have incorporated lettering, artwork, writing and production tasks into their daily routines for decades and the messages are more like works of art than just mere religious greeting cards. The concept of monks working to help support missions and causes is far from new; it’s an ancient practice and can have very modern twists, such as a monastery in France that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to area charities from serving guests at an upscale restaurant.

Unlike basic cards you might find at a grocery store checkout, somehow these cards seem inspired, and it’s certainly fun to ponder about the monks or artists who design them. No doubt silent prayers of hope, peace and encouragement have been completed as a monk or staff member puts the finishing touches on a design or a message. This produces not only a beautiful card but also brings with it extra care and prayers.

The desire for quality and faith-based messages remains strong today, as it was in the creation of The Printery House, with team members continuing to share their talents to lift people up while helping spread the Gospel. Take a minute today and check out the assortments and collections for religious greeting cards, Holy cards, prayer cards and other unique gift items offered by The Printery House – it’s truly a way to “send something you believe in” that will stand out to friends and loved ones.

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