Friday, July 2, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
"Sacramentals help draw us closer to Christ. With prayer and with the proper intention, the many beautiful sacramentals help us focus on that which is holy. Although we do not need them for salvation, sacramentals draw us into deeper devotion and prayer." - Amazing Graces
We love antiques. We have couches and chairs and desks handed down from our parents and their parents and aunts and uncles...well, you get it. They carry meaning. They have history. Many were handcrafted. Things are "just not made like they used to be." Point is, we love them mainly because they bring back memories. Good times. Joy. So, as we travel, we search through local antique stores and as we do, we find many of our beautiful sacramentals. Some are well displayed and cared for but often we find them dirty and mis-marked. We have begun collecting and cleaning our sacramental finds and putting them in the store so they can go to new homes that appreciate and love them as we do. Looking up the history and thinking about who could have had these pieces in their homes has become a true joy. The statue of the Blessed Mother that was prayed in front of for the son or daughter going off to war. The picture of the Sacred Heart that blessed the multi-family home because of His promise "I will bless every place where a picture of my Heart is exposed and honored." The crucifix with the rubbed smooth feet of Jesus from constant prayers by a husband for his wife each time she gave birth. These beautiful gifts of grace carry meaning and are meant to bring us closer to Christ, to His Mother, to the Saints and to the joy of our faith. They draw us into prayer and help us to focus on our journey to become Saints. Our Saved Sacramentals section has become a very popular area inside the store. And, well, it should. Our customers love the history and the stories as much as we do!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
We are in a season of change and we have been in a year of challenge. So, let's challenge ourselves to change things up and start a new family tradition!
Whether we are a small or large family, whether we live alone or with a few or with many, we can all use the help of those who have gone before us, namely the SAINTS.
This year, choose a saint and let us know who you choose! Put a statue or a prayer card or a picture of him or her in a prominent place in your house. (Good excuse to visit St. Mary's)
Once a month find a prayer related to your saint or read passages from a book or watch a movie. Do something each month that brings you closer to your Patron For a Year! Our prayer is that your Patron protects and guides and brings your family great joy! Please remember to share your Saint!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Trust us. We get it. We have heard every pro and con, every negative and positive, everything about good and evil. As you all can imagine, there is something every day about the request to wear a mask.
But here's what we have learned from serving people through "the mask". We all know that the masks are hot and irritating. We all know that when going up and down four flights of stairs, it is difficult to breathe (heck it's difficult without a mask most days). But what we've discovered is that we must have been watching people's mouths all these years to hear what they say. We must have been thinking about our response for when their mouths stop moving instead of really listening to what they say. The covering of the mouth has made us actually look into the eyes and truly listen, carefully, to what people are telling us or asking. The mask forces us to ask people to repeat things because honestly, we don't always really listen - with the heart. The book, "The Power of Silence", emphasizes the importance of listening with the heart. We are learning how to keep our mouths closed and our minds silent but it is quite the journey. Shutting off the ability to see lips move has literally allowed us to practice what Cardinal Sarah has written. We can only hope to form better habits. We can only hope to find some kind of good from all these challenges. We can only hope and pray to learn more about the care and love of people, deep in their souls.
We cannot tell you, our customers, how grateful we are for each and every one of you. You are our support. You are our livelihood. You are our teachers. You are our neighbors and our friends. We cannot grow without you. After being without for 10 or more weeks, we know how important you are to our physical, spiritual and mental well being. Together let's try not to allow the face mask, a material irritant, to separate us, but instead to help us open our eyes and really see others. We may be surprised at how much we need one another and how much they need us.
"You may be writing, and the fullness of your heart will come to your hand also. Your heart may speak through your writing. Your heart may speak through your eyes also. You know that when you look at people they must be able to see God in your eyes. If you get distracted and worldly then they will not be able to see God like that. The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we need. That is the fullness of our heart expressing itself in many different ways." St Teresa of Calcutta
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
As you can imagine, people often ask us, "What is a good gift for someone coming into the Church?"
One wonderful book that we highly recommend is "Amazing Graces: The Blessings of Sacramentals". Not only does it give the history of our beautiful Sacramentals but it also gives testimony of how people have used Sacramentals to draw closer to Christ. Each chapter concludes with a prayer that ties the use of the Sacramentals to our faith journey.
Rosaries are always a great gift along with gift boxes or pouches to put them in. We have crosses with the RCIA symbols on them or Crucifixes that make wonderful gifts as well. If someone has taken a patron for Confirmation, we have many items specific to the Saints and if unsure, we have the ever popular Four-Way medal which includes a Scapular medal, a miraculous medal, St. Joseph and St. Christopher medals and some (Five Way) include the Holy Spirit on the center. These medals usually have inscribed on the back, "I am a Catholic". We have prayerbooks with nice covers that have simple short prayers for every day and we recommend to inscribe the books with a short note and the date. No matter the gift you choose, let us as always take time to pray for one another. Let us as always take time to listen to one another. Let us always take time to encourage one another in Faith. Everyone has a story and through the work of the Holy Spirit, they are all amazing!
We are open 9-3 Monday - Saturday (please wear a face mask) but you can always browse our website at www.stmarysbookstore.com and we are happy to curbside deliver.
Monday, May 25, 2020
Every day we are asked by parents and grandparents and friends and neighbors, aunts and uncles and godparents, WHAT is a good present for First Communion?
We highly recommend that parents and grandparents give the more traditionally "personal" gifts, such as, a rosary, a prayer book, a bible or a crucifix. Godparents may want to go with a piece of jewelry such as a cross or a bracelet with a chalice (we offer great masculine bracelets). Aunts and uncles may like to give a rosary box or pouch or a communion frame. Friends and neighbors can choose from many, many books about First Communion or the Mass. We suggest if anyone chooses to give a book, whether specific or general, that they personalize the inside with the date and a message for the child's special day. Other choices, in general, include medals, figurines and books of saints, bookmarks, crosses with communion symbols or a special message, and music boxes.
First Communion Day is a very special time for our children and we are aware that you want to keep the momentum of that day going forever. Let us help you choose something special.