Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life and snugged into the rolling hills of northern Missouri, Conception Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks devoted to lives of prayer and Christian service. The monks serve in the role of parish priest when needed, but their chief concern, apart from prayer, is the training of new priests at Conception Seminary College. The Printery House is the current incarnation of a printing enterprise begun by the monks of Conception Abbey nearly 75 years ago.
The Printery House initially served to provide seminarians learning materials, but has grown to sell unique products to help to underwrite the Seminary itself. The in-house printing press is just one part of The Printery House. Through The Printery House, the monks also offer a broad selection of religious gift ideas to mark special times in the life of faith.
In addition to universally acknowledged occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and major cultural holidays, there are other times when giving a gift is a thoughtful gesture. Some people still bring hostess gifts when attending a party. Others may send a thank you gift after enjoying hospitality or receiving a personal act of service. Continue reading →
Except for a few northernmost regions, the countryside is bending toward spring. Girls may look for hats, purses or a new hair-bow. Boys usually get a new pair of pants or a collared shirt. Everyone looks spiffed up and at their best on Easter morning. But Christian moms and dads know that the most important preparations affect the heart of their child.
With that in mind, here are some great Easter ideas for kids that teach kids the heart of Easter: Continue reading →
Easter is a holiday that can be extra meaningful when shared with a child. Anyone walking the aisles of the local grocery has already begun to see shelves loaded down with neon plastic and chocolate in preparation for the Easter season. Yet Christian parents may feel that wrapped chocolates and plastic grass, while pretty, might somehow fail to help children grasp the reality of the Easter story. Traditions need not be given up, but they can be reclaimed and given more meaning.
Here are several Easter ideas for kids that can make your celebration of Easter a time of teaching without losing any of the delight. Continue reading →
Although there have been a few recent winter storms, it really is nearly time for Jack Frost to pack it up for another year. Spring is just around the corner. Jonquils will start peeping through the soil about the same time that migrating birds return and grass begins to green. With its resurgence of warmth and life, springtime is the ideal time for significant spiritual occasions too. Baptisms traditionally take place on Easter, but spring is also a time for confirmations and rites of Christian initiation ceremonies.