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Thursday, May 16, 2013
If you didn't know, May is a month dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This tradition has been around for quite some time now, and has gone through phases of varied popularity. While dedicating May to Mary hasn't been as popular in recent years, many Catholics still make sure to devote a little more time to her in this special month. Even those who don't knowingly intend to celebrate a special feast for Mary each May.
On the second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother's Day. Most people pay tribute to their own mother on this day, but Catholics also honor Mary. May 13th and May 31st are also special Marian feasts to honor the Virgin Mary. Some people show their affection by dedicating their prayers to Mary for the month. Others gather in larger groups to pray the rosary for Mary. Many Catholic churches and schools will place a statue of Mary to a highly visible location for the month. Catholics have also taken to making "Mary Gardens", where they place a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary into a garden of beautiful flowers.
If you are a little more subdued, but want to honor Mary during her special month. There are so many Marian prayers and hymns for you to recite alone. Offering up prayers is a beautiful way to honor Mary. You could also look into getting yourself a Miraculous medal.
For those who don't know the Miraculous medal was inspired by Saint Catherine Labouré's visions of Mary. Miraculous medals are typically made from sterling silver or gold over sterling silver, and feature the year 1830 (when Saint Catherine Labouré had the visions). Miraculous medals are also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception by some Catholics. They feature the words, "O Mary! Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!", and an image of Mary.
Picking up your very own Miraculous medal could be a really cool way to show your devotion to Mary this month! There is no wrong way to express your devotion to Mary in her special month, so pick something and roll with it.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
One responsibility that the Confirmed have is to maintain their relationship with God. This means many things, but most of all I believe it means keeping the communication methods intact. Meaning go to Mass (at least) every week. The importance of attending Mass cannot be stressed enough. If you are attending Mass that means you will also be receiving Communion. If you are receiving Communion that means you should be in a state of grace, so you have to regularly attend Confession. See how this is all working out? The Sacraments of Initiation are grouped together for a reason!
Outside of attending Mass (and what that entails) a recently Confirmed Catholic should be trying to pray as often as they can. Prayer is your personal way of speaking to God. You should utilize this powerful tool. One of the best ways to pray is to pray the rosary! Whether you pray a decade at a time throughout the day or pray the entire rosary in one sitting, it is without a doubt a very popular way to keep in touch with God.
That is why I think Confirmation rosaries are one of the most practical gifts you can give! Giving somebody a set of nice sterling silver or gold over sterling silver rosary beads is a very nice gesture. The rosary beads will surely last them well into their adult life, and could even end up being passed down through their family some day. Help the person you love keep in touch with God after their Confirmation with a beautiful set of rosary beads!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
When you know a man who is going through the RCIA process you are undoubtedly very proud of what he is doing. RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is how individuals can come into fully communion with the Catholic Church. Whether they are a catechumen or a candidate they will be celebrating many of the blessed Sacraments of the Catholic Church in a short duration of time.
The Easter Vigil Mass each year is typically when catechumens and candidates celebrate their First Communion, Confirmation, and (for catechumens only) Baptism. Can you imagine how that single day must feel? Combining all of those blessed and special days into one must be a pretty crazy experience. It is certainly a thrilling experience for the individual and those close to him. I'm sure that whatever your relationship to this man may be, you want to show him how proud you are that he joined the Catholic Church. I have some really great RCIA gifts for men to share with you. I think you will find the perfect RCIA gift to give to your loved one in this post.
The first RCIA gift for men that I want to share with you is a lovely Cherry wood cross. The cross is seven inches in length and the cherry wood is really pretty. The center of the cross is made from pewter and features a chalice with the Eucharist, a dove, and the letter RCIA to commemorate what will surely be one of the most joyous days in their life. This cross will look fantastic on his wall for years to come, and can be hung in just about any room. Every Catholic needs a cross in their home somewhere, so be the one to give him his first!
Another RCIA gift for a man that you cannot go wrong with is a sterling silver patron saint medal. The options are plentiful here. You can give him a patron saint medal for his first name, his Confirmation name, his job, or an activity he loves. Does this loved one enjoy sailing? Then a Saint Brendan the Navigator medal might be right for him. Does he love football? Maybe a Saint Christopher football patron saint medal would be nice. With so many options to choose from you will absolutely find the RCIA gift for a man that you desire.
I hope my ideas will help you to find the perfect RCIA gift for the special Catholic man you love! If you have any further questions feel free to connect with me on Twitter (@CatholicBlogger) or Google+, I'd love to chat with you!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Everybody wants to find that perfect Confirmation gift to give to the person they love. Personally I know that shopping can be difficult sometimes. Things are so much simpler when you have a few ideas to start with. So I figured that I would share a few of our best selling, Confirmation gifts for boys in this post. Hopefully it gets your creative juices flowing, and helps you choose the gift of faith that is right for the special boy in your life.
The first Confirmation gift for a boy that I can highly recommend to you is perfect if you are the young man's Confirmation sponsor. The folding Confirmation photo plaque is a beautiful Catholic gift that will surely be treasured for years to come. Hopefully you two take a moment to snap a picture on his special Confirmation day. He can put that photo of you together into the photo frame that you got him. There will be great memories associated with this frame, and he will absolutely love it. These photo frames are ALWAYS top sellers when it comes to Confirmation gifts for boys.
Our Seven Gifts of Confirmation Cross is a perfect Confirmation gift for a boy too. This wooden cross is 7 inches by 3.75 inches, and will hang beautifully on a wall. It will serve as a reminder of the gifts the young man has been Confirmed with. These gifts are Wisdom, Piety, Fear of the Lord, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, and Understanding. This is another gift with great meaning that the young man will be able to take with him where ever he moves in life.
So there you have it, three of our best selling Confirmation gifts for boys! I really hope that they have inspired you to find the perfect Confirmation gift for your loved one! Be sure to check out ALL of our Confirmation gifts here at The Catholic Gift Shop, and call us with ANY questions.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
There are not many days more special than the day you become an adult in the eyes of the Catholic Church. This, of course, happens when you celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. You receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, and further your journey as a Catholic. If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a young girl's Confirmation you should be thrilled. You are probably a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or family friend of theirs, and this is such a momentous day for them. If you happen to be their Confirmation sponsor than the occasion will be even more special! Regardless of whether you will be their sponsor, attending the ceremony, or simply sending your warm regards and love from far away, you probably could use some Confirmation gift ideas for girls. I have several Confirmation gift suggestions that any girl will be sure to cherish.
Have you considered a nice Confirmation necklace? Our Confirmation necklaces are gorgeous and we have plenty to choose from. Our selection of necklaces come in sterling silver, gold over sterling silver, rhodium, and pewter. We have many different types of necklaces as well. Here at The Catholic Gift Shop we carry patron saint medals, crosses, crucifixes, and other unique medals. Many of our Confirmation necklaces feature doves because they are widely recognized symbol for the Holy Spirit and the sacrament of Confirmation. Our four way Confirmation medals have always been a favorite!
We also carry an entire section of Confirmation rosaries! Rosary beads make a terrific Confirmation gift because your loved one will have a perfect way to pray forever! We have plenty of Confirmation rosary beads for girls too! Our best rosary beads for girls are those that feature pink beads. Girls seem to love these rosaries, and they will be sure to go over great with your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or friend.
Another popular Confirmation gift to give is a Confirmation photo frame. These photo frames feature the image of a dove on them to commemorate the beautiful sacrament. Our Confirmation photo frames come in different sizes and makes. I guarantee you will be able to find a lovely one that would make the perfect Confirmation gift for a girl.
I saved our most popular girl's Confirmation gift for last. We have a wide variety of Confirmation bracelets that are our best selling girls Confirmation gift each year. These bracelets are truly gorgeous! We carry Confirmation bracelets made from sterling silver, gold over sterling silver, rhodium, and pewter at The Catholic Gift Shop. Many of them feature some sort of dove pendant on them, and typically a cross as well. A Confirmation bracelet will really look nice with their outfit on their special day, and it is something they can continue to wear forever.
Hopefully you now you have some Confirmation gift ideas for your special girl! I hope that you enjoy your loved one's special day of Confirmation, and may God bless you!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
So you have been invited to a baby boy's Baptism. You're currently freaking out because you have absolutely no clue what to get for him? The first thing you're going to want to do is breathe, everything is going to be okay. A Baptism is much more about seeing a loved one forgiven of their Original Sin than it is about what gift you get for them. Having said that, everybody does want to give a gift that their loved one will cherish forever. I have some really great suggestions that I think you will find more than appropriate for a boys Baptism gift. After you read this post, you will know exactly what you want to get for the special little boy who is celebrating his first sacrament as a Catholic. So let me get started by telling you about some of our best selling boys Baptism gifts!
One of our best selling Boys Baptism gifts are our Baptism photo frames. These Baptism photo frames come in a variety of different options. We have frames to give your son, Godson, Grandson, nephew, or close family friend. Many of these Baptism photo frames feature an image of a guardian angel and a short blessing or prayer. You can take an adorable picture together at the Baptism, and then he can have this framed memory for the rest of his life! Like I said before, these are a best selling item year in and year out.
Our Baptism crib crosses are also a hit! These are made from pewter and feature a young boy kneeling in prayer on them. As a faithful Catholic you can rest assured that your loved one will grow up with a cross in their crib if you give them this for their Baptism. These crosses also feature blue ribbon which will likely match the little boy's room perfectly.
Another option to consider if you aren't into the crib crosses are our crib medals. Our Baptism crib medals are really great! The Boys Bless This Child crib medal (the featured image)
is another hot item here at The Catholic Gift Shop. Other crib medals feature short prayers and also guardian angels.
A final boys Baptism gift idea to consider is a wall cross or crucifix. A cross or crucifix can hang on the wall of their room for years. These beautiful crosses come in sterling silver pewter, and wood so you will be sure to find one that works for you!
So are you feeling more relaxed? I thought so. Our selection of Boys Baptism gifts here at The Catholic Gift Shop is second to none! I guarantee that you have no problem finding a perfect gift that will last for a lifetime. If you have any questions about these items feel free to give us a call! We love to help our customers!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It is always really wonderful news to find out about a Baptism. Whether it is a niece, nephew, grandchild, or family friend being Baptized we all know the great importance of this early life milestone for Catholics. The child will be washed of their Original Sin, and start their life in the Catholic Church. So naturally, receiving an invite to this special sacrament is thrilling. Now that you have received news of this Baptism you have to make sure of a few things. What you will wear to the event, and what sort of gift you will bring with you. You could blend in to the crowd and give the young child a savings bond or some money to put into a college fund. That's totally okay, but do you want to be forgettable or memorable? Personally I think putting a little thought into your Baptism gift goes a long way! This is especially crucial if you are the child's Godparent!
A really nice way to show that you care is to give the child a keepsake they can grow up in their Catholic faith with. Something like a Baptism rosary! Saint Anthony Mary Claret said, "When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better”. What better way to show that you are excited about this child becoming a member of the Catholic faith than through a rosary? While they likely will be incapable of praying the rosary for a few years, it will still be a keepsake they can grow up having. Once they are old enough to learn the prayers of the rosary you can teach them on the rosary beads that you bought for them! Wouldn't that be a really unique and special bonding experience for both of you? You are showing how much you care about their Catholic faith by giving them this beautiful Catholic gift.
We have a very nice selection of Baptism rosary sets and rosaries here at The Catholic Gift Shop. Our Baptism rosaries are either made of sterling silver or pewter. These rosaries all feature different colored and textured beads. We feature a lot of blue and pink beads in our Baptism section because those tend to be the baby colors of choice. These rosaries will not disappoint! They are one of our most popular Baptism gifts every single year.