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March 31, 2020 update: Due to additional surcharges being added by FedEx for expedited services, we are raising our rates for expedited shipping options by $1.00. For 2-Day shipping, add an additional $18.00 (instead of $17.00) to the base rate. For Next Day shipping, add an additional $29.00 (instead of $28.00) to the base rate. Also please note that FedEx is not guaranteeing delivery times on these services, and we are not guaranteeing same day or even next-day shipment.

March 26, 2020 update: We are slowly getting used to our new duties and are getting a fair number of orders out each day. However, at this time we cannot guarantee same-day or even next-day shipping even if you choose expedited shipping. We will ship via your selected method (ground, 2-day or Next Day) as soon as we have the product ready.

Also, at this time many cards with foil accents are running out of stock. These may become unavailable as stock runs out.

Update: As of 5 PM on Monday, March 23, we will be operating on a minimal staff of monks only. At this time we hope to have someone available to answer the phone Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. We will do our best to keep servicing orders in a timely manner, but some orders may be take us a bit longer to process. Custom services may be unavailable; please call or email sales@printeryhouse.org for information. We appreciate your understanding.

March 20, 2019

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, while we remain open for business, all of us at The Printery House at Conception are concerned about the safety and well-being of our customers, families, and friends.

Our hearts are with those of you who have been personally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as well the communities and businesses around the world that are taking extreme measures to slow the spread of this virus.

Do Not Fear Framed Print

The Printery House at Conception is currently operating on our regular hours and committed to continuing our ministry and service to you while also ensuring the health and safety of all of our employees. For over 60 years, we have proudly served you by sharing the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of Christian greeting cards, Christmas cards, Catholic prayer cards, and other contemporary religious are and Catholic gifts. We remain committed to our mission of bringing the Gospel to every person and every situation, especially the difficult ones. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees, their work, and your orders. At this time, the virus has not yet reached our rural area, but we are making preparations in the event we have to send employees home for their safety. If that occurs, we hope that our monks, who live here on campus, will be able to keep our business open and maintain at least a portion of our day to day operations and continue serving you. We realize that being able to send a card to a loved one may be one of the only forms of personal communication left during this time of isolation. For this reason, we are doing all we can to ensure our continued service to you during this difficult time.

For more details about the precautions, the entire campus of Conception is taking visit, www.conceptionabbey.org/information-regarding-coronavirus-covid-19.

Be assured of our continued prayers for all of you and those ill and affected by these recent events.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-322-2737 or sales@printeryhouse.org. As any updates become available, they will be posted here.

The Printery House at Conception: Living the Benedictine Tradition

A Season of Mercy

“Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:39b

The month of December we see people hustling and bustling getting ready for Christmas, and there is a lot of joy that comes with this time of year. However, this time of year is also difficult for a lot of people. They may be mourning the loss of a loved one or feeling alone and depressed. Whatever the reason, we need to remember the hope that comes from the mercy of God.

God’s mercy is all around us, and no matter how far we feel from Him or others, God is always near. This Advent and Christmas Season may we take a moment to think about the people in our lives that we have pushed away or have wronged. When considering those people, we may also think about people who have hurt us, and ask ourselves “How can I take a step in forgiving them? How can I take a step in showing them hope? How can I take a step in showing them mercy?” Taking this step may not be easy. The blind man called out to Jesus “Son of David, have mercy on me!” and the people around told him to be quiet and to stop calling out. But Jesus heard his call and asked him what he wanted. The blind man said that he wanted to see.

This Christmas Season may we find the faith, hope, and mercy of God! May we not be afraid to ask God, and the people around us, for help, when we are struggling. Whether we already have the Joy of the season within our hearts, or if we are striving to see that hope; may we genuinely find the gift of mercy this holiday season.

In Everything Give Thanks

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

In everything that we say and do we should give thanks to God! The month of November is here, and it is a time of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. There is a distinct turning point that seems to happen within the monastery during November. The solemnity of All Saints on November 1 welcomes this shift within my spirit each year as we celebrate first Vespers on October 31. The sun has almost set, and the Basilica is adorned with the relics of the saints. The monks are lining up for the procession into church and there a sense of calm as one contemplates the Saints that have gone before us. On the feast of All Saints, I give thanks to God for my vocation as a monk and priest of Conception Abbey.

As we move through the month of November, we are reminded of all the souls that have gone before us into the Eternal Kingdom. During the first week of November I like to walk through our cemetery and pray for the monks who have died. I also give thanks to God for their vocation, and for the work that they had done to make Conception Abbey a beautiful place to live and worship Him.

The week of Thanksgiving all the monks on mission come home for meetings and to celebrate the jubilee of profession or priest of confreres celebrating. The junior monks put together a program to honor those monks who have dedicated their lives to the work of God. Of course, Thanksgiving Day is the highlight as we give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received, with the celebration of the Eucharist, and then move to the dining room to give thanks with a delicious meal.

My brothers and sisters, may we take time these days to be mindful of the many blessing that we have received. May we take time to recognize that God is at work within each and everyone of us. May we take time to pray, and most importantly may we take time to give thanks. On behalf of all the monks and the staff at The Printery House; we would like to wish you all a Blessed and Thankful, Thanksgiving Day!

Personalize Christmas Cards in a Matching Color

Have you ever wanted to personalize Christmas Cards with your own text and have it match the color of the text that is already there? Now you can! 

On cards enabled for Online Designing which have a colored inside text, we now provide a color palette so that you can select the exact color of the inside text.

In the Online Designer for the selected card, under Font Color, click the “Choose” button:

Use the Choose button under Font color to open the Color Palettes.

In the box that pops up, you will see a color palette with one or more Inside Text colors:

The Color Palette Tab allows you personalized your card with the exact matching text color.
Click the color box to choose the color.

If you prefer, you can still select the CMYK tab to choose any color you want for your personalization. (Note that this does not change the color of the text that is part of the card design.)

Choose any color text to personalize Christmas cards.
Click in the color box, slide the spectrum slider, or enter CMYK numbers to specify an exact color.

If you decide you’d rather go back to black, click the revert button:

This button will revert the color to black.

Using our online designer to personalize Christmas cards is a great way to save time. It adds a personal touch, but you don’t have to write it by hand. It also may be easier to read than your handwriting. Even if you have beautiful handwriting, it is easy to make a mistake when you are writing personal messages on several cards. Let us add your personal message for you. You can still sign the cards and add individual notes before you send them.

Remember, starting this year all of our personalized cards and notes are ordered by the piece. Order exactly the number of cards you need (or maybe a few extra). You no longer have to order in multiples of the package quantity. Minimum orders apply.

Click here to learn more about personalizing cards.

Happy designing!