Month: January 2014

How to Thank a Priest? Five Simple Ideas for Quality Catholic Gifts or Cards

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Preach the Gospel

Honoring a priest in your life is a special occasion, no matter what the day or event. Their guidance, leadership and service continues all year long – and a message like “thank you” or “you’ve inspired me” means so much. Here are some easy ways to honor a priest with quality Catholic gifts and cards:

1. Send a special message to your priest with a handwritten Catholic card. You can celebrate their ordination day, their birthday, a milestone in years of service, or just honor their commitment to ministry with a note they will cherish. Some religious greeting card companies, like The Printery House, have a special story that goes along with the card. These cards, for example, are designed, lettered and created on-site at The Printery House, an apostolic work of the Benedictine monastery at Conception Abbey. For 60 years, the monks have worked alongside artists there to create beautiful, meaningful and unique cards for every occasion to honor a priest. Go behind the scenes for a glimpse of this process!

2. Send a quality Catholic gift item that will inspire and remind your priest throughout the year that the work they do truly impacts lives for Christ. How about a framed print for his office? One that says “Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary,” from St. Francis of Assisi, is a simple and powerful reminder that you recognize your priest’s acts of service in the name of the Gospel.

3. Does your priest drink tea or coffee? How about a mug and coaster set honoring his faith. One that describes a “Man of Faith,” with the message “As for you, Man of God,…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11),” will be a great complement to his work area.

4. A beautiful wall cross makes a meaningful statement to your priest and is always a quality Catholic gift. Several new designs are available, from a Dove of Peace to classic or antique designs and a Jerusalem Wall Cross. Some have bright colors and bold messages; others are simple and powerful on their own, like the Olive Wood Comfort Cross for holding in the hand.

5. Your priest is likely a reader. How about a few new bookmarks to accompany a handwritten card? Pope Francis designs are sure to inspire, as are contemporary designs. Pick up some extra for him to send in his own cards and notes of encouragement.

Today, in the New Year, as you consider how to let your priest know you value and appreciate his service and his ministry, you have so many options for sharing your thoughts. Why not surprise your priest this month with an unexpected token or card, just to say “thank you.” Check out the new gift items and unique card collection offered by The Printery House – every purchase supports the ongoing work of building up new champions of the faith.


Highlight What is Most Important in Your Life With Christian Décor

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Celtic Cross and Peace Prayer Plaque

When guests come into your home they expect to see a reflection of your life and your heart in your surroundings. This is an important truth for Christians to grasp. Does your home reflect your Christian faith and the value you place on God in your life? Here are some ways to incorporate your all-important faith into your home through Christian décor.

1. Christian art
Fortunately there are more choices than ever when it comes to decorating your walls with Christian art. Today you don’t have to be a de Medici patron of the arts to own beautiful and meaningful artwork. You can find subtle artwork that emphasizes the beauty of creation with just a small verse along the bottom. Or you can use distinctly religious wall art like images of the saints, household prayers and blessings or framed bible verses. Some Christians use artwork with fish or sheep to express their faith.

2. Wall Crosses
Of course the most obvious expression of faith is the symbol of the cross. Using crosses in your home is natural for the person living every day in the knowledge that Calvary was life’s defining moment. You can use crosses in many ways and without sacrificing a sense of style. Display various kinds of crosses (Celtic, Latin, Jerusalem and others) or crosses made from various materials (wood, iron, pewter, bronze). You can line your crosses up or scatter them across the wall. Place one large cross in the center of a grouping of other kinds of framed art. It’s really up to you.

3. One special area to highlight your Christian Decor
If you already have most of your home accessorized and decorated, you might consider giving a make-over to just a small corner. Maybe you have morning devotions in a favorite armchair or perhaps you have family bible reading around the dinner table. Pick just one spot and have fun adding Christian décor to that area.

Whether you decide to convert a corner or cover a wall the important thing is to not be shy about what matters to you. Christian gift stores like The Printery House offer all types of religious art for the wall, desk or table. Take a look at their online catalog and be inspired to express your faith in your home. You might be surprised at how many people will be encouraged by your décor and the expression of faith that it embodies.

Religious Gift Ideas to Help You Plan New Valentine’s Day Traditions With Your Family

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You’ll Always Be My Valentine

Here you are in 2014. It came before you knew it. Now it is almost February and that
means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So it’s not too soon to give some thought as to how you will celebrate the Day.

Valentine celebrations don’t have to be only about romantic love between a man and a woman, as wonderful as that is. It’s also a great holiday to celebrate as a family. For Christian families, it’s a holiday with many natural connections to our faith. So here are some religious gift ideas and suggestions for making this Valentine’s Day the start of at least one new family tradition.

1. Talk about how the Bible defines love
If you ask 10 people to define the word LOVE you’ll get 10 different answers. But since God Himself is love, your best source for defining love is found in His Word. Fortunately for us, God has provided an entire chapter – 1 Corinthians 13 – to the subject of what love is. Consider printing out the chapter and then take one characteristic of love to discuss as a family over dinner. How can we show this kind of love? How does God?

2. Give a cross necklace
The greatest love ever shown was demonstrated on the cross of Calvary. Explain the love behind Christ’s sacrifice and give your children their very own cross necklace. The Printery House offers cross jewelry appropriate for both boys and girls.

3. Share some sweetness with a lonely heart
Sometimes the best religious gift ideas are wrapped up in a simple act of kindness. As a family, take a bag of chocolate kisses or homemade heart-shaped cookies to a widow, widower or shut-in.

4. Paint the day red
Have fun with the color red on Valentine’s Day. Wear red clothes. Put up red decorations. Make red food (e.g. tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers) or use red food coloring to turn other foods into Valentine’s Day cuisine.

5. Give personal care gifts to show you care
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give gifts that pamper the person. At The Printery House you can find scented handmade soaps and delicious body scrubs. You can purchase soaps as a gift bag or put together your own body-loving gift basket. Include bible verses such as Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news and Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands along
with others you find to share.

6. Don’t forget the cards
Valentine’s Day cards are a tradition for everyone – lovers, families, friends, believers and unbelievers. Cards are a great way to share the love of Christ with all the people in your life. Encourage your kids to think of folks they would like to send a valentine and then have everyone write their own around the table. The Printery House even
offers cards with a bit of information on St Valentine!

Don’t wait to make a Valentine Day family plan. Life has a way of running ahead of us when we don’t have one. Look at our religious gift ideas and order your cards now and make this February the start of at least one new family tradition in the name of LOVE.

Four Ideas for Ministry Appreciation or Any Day

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In Appreciation of Your Ministry

October is the official month for Pastor Appreciation. While it is great to have a month set apart to honor these servants of the Lord; priests, pastors, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders should be aware of our appreciation throughout the year. Hebrews 13:17 tells believers to follow spiritual leaders in such a way that they can fulfill their role with joy. And 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 tells Christians to respect and esteem their leaders in love. How do you show them you appreciate their service throughout the year? Here are a just a few ways to express your gratefulness toward those who minister the gospel in your life:

1. Speak about leadership with respect
At home, at work or out in public always speak of your leaders with honor and respect. Be wise in conversation and do not allow others to speak disrespectfully of leaders in your presence either. Find positive things to say about leadership. Let those around you hear your words of ministry appreciation.

2. Communicate with leaders about your ministry
Don’t bring every minor problem to your pastor or priest, but do talk with them about your area of service in the church in order to keep them informed. If you are teaching a class – or working in the nursery – invite your pastor or priest to attend one time. If you are not currently serving in any way, make an appointment with him and ask how you can be of help.

3. Speak your thanks directly
Look for opportunities to tell your leaders thank you. Tell them in person and send them thank you notes. Let them know how their ministry is affecting your life. Invite your ministers to your home for a meal or give them a gift card so they can take their wife out to dinner. Send small tokens of appreciation along with a note when a sermon or act of service touched you in a special way. Encourage people around you to do the same.

4. Spend time in prayer on behalf of your minister or priest
Prayer is the best gift you can give. Pray for those in authority within the church. Pray for them collectively as well as individually. Pray for them to have regular time alone with God. Pray for the richness of their devotional life. Pray for them to be growing in wisdom and understanding so that their work in the church will be a natural outflow of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their own heart.

These are simple steps anyone can take to demonstrate ministry appreciation. If you are looking for religious thank you cards or gift ideas to bless your spiritual leaders, check out The Printery House website. At The Printery House, cards are made with loving care by the monks of Conception Abby.