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
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
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.
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.
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.
As a pastor, it is easy to gravitate in the direction of the people we see every day, or the people we like, or the people that can carry on an educated conversation about their faith. However, these are not the people who need my attention or need me to reach out to them. The people who need me the most are the people who I have never seen at church, or the ones who only come at Christmas or Easter. When I became the General Manager of The Printery House two years ago, I discovered a creative and interesting way that Pastors reach out to their parishioners. At Christmas and Easter time, Pastors would choose a card and have us imprint the Mass/Services schedule on the left inside of the card. They would also write a little message of their own and sign the card. They would then send this card to every member within the parish. This is a small way of reaching out to everyone within our community, but it is also a powerful way to let people know that you are thinking of them.
While approaching someone about their faith can make for an awkward conversation, it is even more awkward to be on the receiving end of that conversation. The invitation to faith comes to each of us in a different way, for some it is a tiny whisper and for others it comes to us like a bolt of lighting with the crack of thunder that follows. There is no secret formula in coming to faith. However, we can ask ourselves some important questions that can help us invite others to faith: Where am I currently at within my own faith journey? With whom do I put my faith and hope in? How do my actions lead others closer to Christ, or do my actions lead people away from God? If I were to invite someone to go to church with me who would I invite? Why them? How do I invite them so that they are not threatened (or feel that I am judging them), but are able to see me authentically asking them to journey with me in seeking God?
In asking these questions we will have a better understanding of our own faith and where we authentically are at within our own faith journey. Having answered these basic questions we will not be thrown off when asked and we will be more confident with who we are and who we are in relationship with God.