Month: March 2014

These Four Scriptures Send a Meaningful Message With Your Christian Birthday Card

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Birthday Beauty Collection

Want to send a Christian birthday card, or just share your faith with a scripture verse inside? If you’re looking to send a more meaningful birthday message, a touch of scripture may be just the thing to get the recipient thinking about not only their special day, but the truth that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Several choices are available today for Christian birthday cards, ranging from bright and punchy colors to watercolor images. Others are more traditional, showing Catholic or Christian faith icons. You’ll also find a larger selection than ever of creative photos with Christian-based messages, perfect for buying a stack to have on-hand all through the year.

If you’ve already got a few cards or want to choose one with a more mainstream message, it only takes a minute to share a verse that communicates the value of the receiver in your life. Here are some scripture verses that are perfect for sharing inside a birthday card:

1. Choose a scripture to remind the birthday guy/girl that aside from gifts and parties, just being in a relationship with God is a pretty wonderful way to celebrate another year. King David says in Psalms: “The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s
perfections and meditating in His Temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

2. Choose a card or write a note to help the receiver remember who holds life in His very hands, such as: “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16b)

3. Remind a loved one or friend that today, their birthday, is a great day to start anew. “But exhort and encourage one another daily, while it is called Today” (Hebrews 3:13).

4. Send a scripture that looks ahead to a bright new future. Proverbs 16:3 reminds us “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” You could pair a card like this with an item like a decorative Christian wall plaque to send a truly meaningful gift.

Sending a Christian birthday card is easy when you shop our online store at The Printery House. For the past 60 years, our monks and artists at The Printery House have been designing, painting and lettering designs for cards printed on-site at our
print shop, an apostolic work of Conception Abbey in northwest Missouri.

Inspirational Gifts for an Easter Basket That Share the Message of Easter

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Each Moment Is a New Beginning

While it’s true that children never tire of chocolate and sweet confections why not make this year’s Easter basket a bit more meaningful? There are any number of inspirational gifts parents can tuck inside the brightly colored Easter grass to reinforce the true message of the holiday. And children aren’t the only ones you can bless with an Easter basket, adults also will be blessed by a basket full of special Easter gifts. Here is a list of gifts that you can give to share the message of Easter to get you started.

Little girls will enjoy finding a new cross necklace or bracelet in theirbasket. It might be fun to put her jewelry in a plastic Easter egg – sort of a prize in a prize. Boys might enjoy pocket prayer medallions. Dad, too, might like receiving a more masculine stainless cross necklace. The cross and the empty tomb are at the center of our Easter
and our faith. We wear these symbols in honor of our Lord.

Lent/Easter books
Religious books make terrific inspirational gifts. Choose from children’s bibles, activity books for Lent or Easter (use the Lent books next season) or children’s bible story books depending upon the ages of your children. These books will help your child remember that Easter morning is about more than chocolate bunnies. And they will be the vehicle for many blessed hours together sharing God’s true words.

Religious artwork
So much of Easter focuses on children and the joyful hunt for eggs on Sunday morning. But the truth is that Easter is a celebration we share with one another as believers. Isn’t there someone special in your life with which you’ve shared spiritual things? An older Christian who has guided you with godly counsel or a younger believer whom you’ve had the privilege to encourage in the faith? Make this Easter special for them with the gift of religious artwork. Reproductions of icons, stained glass depictions of the Last Supper or a Resurrection Triptych all make terrific inspirational gifts this Easter season.

For those special ones who live far away, consider tucking a religious bookmark inside an Easter card. Look for bookmarks with uplifting messages like No problem is too big for God or Each moment is a new beginning. There also lovely bookmarks bearing the words of scripture itself. Your loved one will be delighted to be remembered and will feel that way every time they open the pages of a book!

At The Printery House you’ll find religious books and jewelry, faith-encouraging artwork and a wide array of bookmarks and Easter greeting cards. We want to help you find the inspirational gifts that will help you share the real meaning of Easter this year.

Inspirational Cards and Gifts for Easter: Send a Message of Hope

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Easter: God Gives the Gift of Life

Easter is an important Christian holiday. It is the high point on the church calendar and it is a celebration of hope! It reminds us what had to be done to bring those who were far away (us), near to God.

As wonderful as Easter is, it isn’t always possible to share it in person with all the ones we love. There are any number of reasons why family members and loved ones might be separated during this most joyful holiday, nevertheless, it is possible to make the person far away feel included and near to your heart.

Shower them with cards
One way to create that shared feeling is through the sending of inspirational cards. Inspirational cards with a clear Easter message are inherently full of hope and receiving cards makes the person remembered and thereby included in your family’s Easter celebration. Send a card to grandparents living in another state, to aunts or uncles serving in the military or to loved ones spending the season in a hospital bed. In fact, you don’t have to send just one – why not send them a card every day for an entire week?

Instead of an Easter basket, make an Easter box
Another way to include people at a distance is to make up an Easter box. You (and your children) can decorate a shoebox or other box with colored paper and fill it with brightly colored Easter grass. In your box you can place a tiny cross, a book about a favorite saint or some new devotional reading. You could also make some handmade crafts to include. Construction paper eggs decorated with rickrack and ribbons or a cheery spring bookmark make wonderful additions.

A taste of Easter is like a taste of home
If your family enjoys special cakes or cookies at Easter time – this is a great time to send some to loved ones far away. If you like, you can send the recipe with a note explaining that these goodies are part of your yearly Easter observance. Even though they are not able to be in your home, you are sending part of your Easter celebration to them.

Phone calls – just do it
Phone calls are another way to help erase the miles at Easter. With today’s technology your phone call might be a Skype video call – but the idea is the same. Take the time to enjoy a leisurely visit, just as if they were physically in your home.

Easter is a significant holiday and one you’ll want to share with the significant people in your life. Inspirational cards and gifts are one way to share the joy, but there are lots of ways to make your loved ones feel that they are somehow part of your celebration this year. Pick up inspirational cards and religious gifts at The Printery House and start planning ways to help those far away feel near at Easter.

Simple Ways to Share First Communion Catholic Preparations With Your Child

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First Communion Keepsake Box

How can you help your child realize what the First Communion Catholic process means? Present it in a way that makes sense to a child’s point of view. Be open to questions, and repeated questions. Share your joy about the process and what it means to you. Keep talking throughout the months of preparation.

Here are some insights into helping your kids grasp the meaning of First Communion:

1. Relate the connection we have to Jesus through communion to the friendships kids have with their peers. Since kids are familiar with being a friend and keeping up with friends, explain that communion means they can be a friend of Jesus, too, throughout their whole lives. Explain how special it is to have Jesus as a friend and share stories of what this looked like among the disciples.

2. Talk about how you mark important events with special celebrations. Tell them that First Communion is the best kind of party they’ll have, because it means they’ll be honoring and remembering that Jesus came to earth, lived, died and was raised again for us – what could be more of a cause for celebration than that?

3. Connect first communion Catholic traditions with eating and food. Talk about how Jesus gave up his body for us, and through his Spirit, taking the bread and wine means we can take Him into ourselves. We gain strength and are satisfied through Him – similar to how other types of food give us energy and strength. Talk about scriptures related to Jesus being the Bread of Life.

4. Share a special gift to help a child remember, think about and consider First Communion throughout the year. The Printery House, a Benedictine monastery in northwest Missouri, offers several unique gifts for children such as jewelry, keepsake boxes and wall crosses. As you share this gift with your child, share a special moment, photo or keepsake from your own First Communion to connect your experiences together as a family.

However you choose to help your child understand the significance of First Communion Catholic preparations, keep it simple and return to the conversation on different occasions. Pray for God to give you the right words for your specific child, and cherish every moment of the journey!

Find beautiful First Communion and confirmation cards made by the monks and artists at The Printery House, along with several gift selections for your children or those in your Parish family.