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It’s The “Best of” Rave! “BUY #CATHOLIC FOR #CHRISTMAS ONLINE”

30 November 2016

Posted by Sofia

The greatest thing about battling chronic illness these past years is that it taught me that shopping is really much better online. The first Christmas I was bedridden I fretted about not being able to get those I loved, Christmas gifts.

3 kings with giftsOf course everyone knew I was worried and tried to console me by saying it didn’t matter. Really? I guess if the Magi got sick and couldn’t make it to the Epiphany that would be okay and it didn’t matter? I don’t believe it.

It isn’t about what you spend but it is about emulating Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar in giving a meaningful gift that symbolized the importance of what they experienced. This is why we give gifts at Christmas. After all it’s a BIRTHDAY, isn’t it?

That first year, long before it became cool to shop online, QVC rescued me along with a few other retailers. The Catholic shopping experience online hadn’t gelled yet or I would have definitely done that. The amazing thing is that I was able to get meaningful gifts and even the wrapping paper etc right down to disposable tape dispensers online. I got great deals and free shipping like crazy.

I thought how out of such a sad experience of having loved ones watching you in your illness was that I could surprise them with a gift wrapped under the tree! The joy that they received that year was not the actual gifts they received but that I could do that (with a creche_under_christmas_tree_religious_christmas_card__14674.1405357332.380.380little help from my nurse) and not make myself worse in the process. For a day they forgot that I was so sick and we shared our Christmas like other families.

I must admit I love going out to a store just once to experience the atmosphere but I only go out to get some cards and a new ornament for the tree and do my shopping to this day all online. I put on a fire, turn on the Christmas music, sit up in bed with the computer and do what I still can’t do because of bad heart days.

In my experience of becoming a pro shopper online (If you haven’t signed up for Ebates yet for cash back, email me at alwayscatholicblog@gmail.com and I will be glad to explain it and send you a link to sign up) I have found I have discovered gems on the Internet I might have missed otherwise.
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christine harkThe first of these gems is the new Christmas CD “Hark” from lyric soprano Christine Westhoff. Westhoff, as I have posted before, gave up a very promising career in opera to sing Sacred music for the glory of God. Christine Westhoff offers us a version of “O Holy Night” which I dare anyone to tell me it is not THE BEST. Similarly, the rest of the songs are exactly the balm our soul needs for this Holy Season in this crazy secular world. Now go buy “Hark” and listen to the REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON! Also, try “Ora Pro Nobis” as perhaps a gift for yourself, your priest or for anyone who loves beautiful music.

Here is the link to purchase “Hark” in CD format through Paypal or to contact Christine for other forms of payment:

Christine Westhoff.com

Both are available along with the digital versions here at CD Baby

Christine Westhoff is a new soprano for a new era in music. Hark AND Ora Pro Nobis available in digital format only on:

Amazon and Itunes

Now go do some shopping as I’m going to listen to O Holy Night for the 23rd time!
You won’t be sorry. In fact if the CD sells out you will be sorry you didn’t get more as gifts.

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The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have a Gift Shop online. It’s called Seignadou Soaps & More Monastery Gift Shoppe of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey. Believe me, the soaps and lotions are some of the best I ever used and the “MORE” is so much more and as wonderful as the soaps. I am sharing the email they sent me today so that perhaps you will discover that The Cloister Shop is a terrific place to find the perfect gift.,. the best part? You are helping to support the nuns at this beautiful monastery. Two gifts for the price of one.

So here is the info so you can go over there right now and shop! I ask you to click on their ad on the right side of the page as your purchase there helps to defray our costs of paying the domain fee here at Always Catholic. While you go to the right side to click on their ad, please also go to Battle Beads Rosary and Jewelry site for the best in handcrafted Rosaries, Religious and secular jewelry.Lastly, a direct link for Christine Westhoff’s “Hark” CD is on the sidebar and you can go straight to their sites from clicking on the ad.

 

Seignadou Soaps & More

Monastery Gift Shoppe of the

Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ

Cloister Shoppe Christmas!

Don’t forget! The Cloister Shoppe closes on December 17th
so that we can more deeply prepare
our hearts and home for the coming of Christ!

In the monastery the sights and sounds of Christmas begin just a day or two before Christmas but it’s not until after we sing Matins and Midnight Mass and place the Infant Jesus in the crib that the lights are turned on and we listen to Christmas music!

We celebrate Christmas for the full 12 days!

But we know that you need to do your Christmas shopping and we hope you will find many special gifts from the Cloister Shoppe!

We know YOU KNOW about our soap…

But did you know about our Candles?….our Pens?…our Catholic books, DVD’s and music CD’s.

and much much more…

This is just a SAMPLE of the beautiful gifts which can be purchased from the nuns. The quality of their handmade items could be sold in the most exclusive shops in NY or LA. the packaging and presentation are as stunning as the items. Truly a pearl online! Now go now and save yourself time, gas, money and know that your gifts will be so appreciated and that the nuns will also be very grateful for your support.

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Love, love, love QVC but it is always this time of year to give truly unique Catholic gifts. As we approach tougher times to come, the best gift you can give someone is a unique Rosary, a bracelet that also is a Rosary and many other unique items that are jewelry and items of Faith.

The best I have found (and the Official Rosaries of Always Catholic) is at BattleBeads.com. Mary is someone who has been given the gift of making Rosaries that aren’t just beautiful, they are works of art. In addition, the Rosaries are made strong so they are practical as well.

The jewelry, both Religious and secular is some of the best quality I have seen and believe me SHOPPING is my middle name! Now, for the prices…RIDICULOUS and I mean ridiculously inexpensive. Mary is not looking to make money here. She wants people to pray and to get value for their money. Believe me, VALUE is what you get. The precious stones, the Swarovski crystals at prices NO ONE ELSE CAN BEAT!

Mary isn’t looking to get rich, this is a ministry, not a business. I must tell you that I have purchased jewelry and other interesting items that I have given as Christmas presents. The people I gave BattleBeads items to said it was their FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Hands down! Mary also has secular jewelry items that are stunning! Something for everyone…

So go to Battlebeads.com and do your shopping there, I guarantee you will be satisfied.
Most of all, Santa will be happy you are helping out!!

Happy Shopping!

Here’s a sample of Mary’s work:

Peach Rosary Brass Champagne Pearls Onyx Sacred Heart Rosary
Ruby Crystal Brass Rosary Aqua Swarovski Crystal Rosary Papal Pater Twirls Rosary
Cobalt Brigittine Rosary Onyx Rosary USA Chaplet
Life of Jesus BraceletOnyx Rosary Bracelet Millefiore Rosary BraceletCrystal Rosary Tree (NOT a 'cry tree') ;-) 5 Wounds ChapletMetal Angel Bookmark

Above is a selection of Rosaries, a Rosary Bracelet, a unique bookmark that I have given to many people and they love them! A really unique item and that is the Rosary Tree that stands on a nightstand or office desk.

Below, gorgeous Christmas earrings to wear while you shop online!
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I could do pages on Mary’s items but it’s easier to take my word for it and get to BattleBeads.com and shop!!! Items available for Christmas delivery, Mary will advise on shipping costs. (Also very very reasonable.)
Now, go!! Tweet me (@alwayscatholic) and let me know how happy you are with your purchase and I will offer a special Rosary for your intentions on a BattleBeads Rosary.

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Buy Catholic for Christmas!

Here are some additional links for monasteries and religious communities who sell outstanding products to support themselves.

Father Z’s Blog – Click on the Amazon Link to do your Amazon gift-shopping to help support FatherZ’s ministry.
Cistercian Nuns in Wisconsin – MONASTERY CRAFTSHOP – Hand & Prayer-Made Rosaries,Chotkis,Cards and Gifts
Sisters of Carmel – religious goods including custom rosaries using the “build a custom rosary” page
Mystic Monk Coffee – coffee, tea, drinkware, and more
Subiaco Abbey – Monk Sauce (Hot Sauce) and other food items, religious products, calligraphy, wood carvings, and more
Brigittine Monks’ Gourmet Confections – fudge and truffles
Gethsemani Farms – fruitcake, fudge, and cheese plus an Abbey Gift Shop with religious items, art, and more
Holy Spirit Monastery Gifts – food items, religious items, and more
Monastery Candy – caramel candies, chocolate-coated caramels, mint candies, chocolate hazelnut candies, truffles, and caramel sauce
Monastery Fruitcake – fruitcake, truffles, and creamed honey
Monastery Greetings – food and drink items, books, CDs, cards, pet items, and more from a variety of abbeys, convents, monasteries, and hermitages; some popular items not found elsewhere:Trappist Preserves, Praylines & Chimay Trappist Ale.
Monks’ Bread – bread, spreads, soups, coffee, sauces, dressings, baked goods, mugs, and more
Texas Nuns (Sisters from Mother Angelica’s Poor Clares) – Nonnavita soap
RedNuns Roberie and Scriptorium – original knitted garments,needlework and graphic arts
Trappists at Assumption Abbey in Missouri – Fruitcakes

Have a Blessed Advent and a Holy Christmas!

Sofia



Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Seignadou Soaps & the Shroud?

29 March 2015

Reposted from Palm Sunday 2012 by request…

Soap-making nuns of New Jersey monastery combine the practical with the prophetic — and a mystery

by Lauren Green
Originally published April 01, 2012
| FoxNews.com

On any given morning, noon and evening, the dulcet tones of the Dominican Sisters waft through the corridors of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J., as the nuns attend their daily devotions in chapel. It’s an example of their devout higher calling.

For a few morning hours during the week, the hum of the sisters’ soap-making operation shows a commitment to an earthly vocation.

 

“It’s become a business for us,” says Sister Mary Catharine Perry. “Of course it doesn’t totally support us, but it does help toward supporting us in our life, and it’s also compatible with our contemplative life.”

What began as gifts of soap for church volunteers became so popular the product line expanded. Now the sisters offer lip balm, hand lotion, room sprays and more. They’re all available online and at the monastery’s modest gift shop, Cloister Shoppe.

The business helps cover health insurance, utilities and other basic necessities.

But behind the monastery’s cloistered walls is not only the sisters’ soap-making business, but a mysterious object that’s part of their greater mission. An object that one researcher called the common denominator between science and religion.

A nearly 400-year-old replica of the Shroud of Turin, Jesus’ burial cloth, long stowed away, is now on public display in the monastery’s sanctuary. The shroud was a gift to the sisters from the Monastery of Monte Mario in Rome, as gratitude for their support during World War I.

The shroud replica was one of two commissioned in 1624 by Maria Maddalena of Austria, the wife of Cosimo de Medici. The replica was placed on the original shroud and as such is now treasured and venerated.

In 1987, scientists preparing to study the Shroud in Turin used the Summit replica for a dry run to test their equipment. What they discovered could be considered a miracle.

Sister Perry says, “What’s special about this one (Shroud replica) is when it was laid on the actual shroud, and they lifted it up where the stain of the side wound is on the actual shroud showed up on the replica.

How that happened is a bit of a mystery, even more so because, according to published reports, the replica’s ‘stain’ was never tested thoroughly. Sister Perry says she was told that the stain is human blood and that it matches the DNA of the original shroud.

How could this be? Sister Perry says, “I don’t know. God provides.”

Perry is more concerned about everyday matters of faith than the mystery of the shroud replica.

She’s satisfied that it gives some people a deeper understanding of God.

So as Holy Week begins, the sisters continue to pray for the soul of the world, knowing that their soap business and the shroud combine the practical ….with their prophetic message.

Sister Perry says, “it helps people to think about the passion and to think of what Christ suffered for us, and it helps people in their life of prayer, and that’s good.”

Lauren Green serves as a religion correspondent for FOX News Channel’s (FNC). Prior to this, Green served as a news anchor for “FOX & Friends,” where she provided daily news updates for the irreverent morning program.

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Help support the Dominicans Nuns of the Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J.

To purchase the BEST (without a doubt, I’m hooked!) soaps, lotions and room sprays ever, gift baskets (including a “Design your Own Custom Basket” …plus special Catholic items & books, please click on the graphic on the right side of Always Catholic Home Page for Seignadou Soaps and more at the Cloister Shoppe of the Dominican Nuns.


Dominican Cloistered Nuns on Fox Special Palm Sunday! UPDATE!

31 March 2012

UPDATE: PLEASE CHECK BY CLICKING THE LINK >>  “It’s Up! Fox News features Dominican Cloistered Nuns,Seignadou Soaps & the Shroud? “ 

Fox News To Feature Seignadou Soaps!

Posted on Seignadou Soaps
~ Monastery Gift Shoppe of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey

Even Fox News knows about Seignadou Soaps! They will be airing a story about the soap, the nuns who make it and also talk about the copy of the Holy Shroud that is special and in our possession here at the monastery.

The story is schedule to air on April 1st, Palm Sunday. We don’t know what time. We don’t want TV or the news so hopefully it will also be online.

Stay tuned!

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Please click here to check in at the Nuns Monastery Gift Shoppe. Leave a comment for the Sisters and better yet, Buy Seignadou Soaps and Lotions instead of candy this Easter!

The quality of the soap and lotions are like no other and you will be help support a monastery of nuns praying for all of us! Below is a sample pic of the lavender soap which is FABULOUS….

We are doing a story on the nuns in the next couple days…Stay tuned! Please check your Fox listings for the special with the Dominicans and Lauren Green…


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