For many, our sacraments are being held hostage by the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, by the grace of God, we’ll soon see more and more restrictions lifted. Looking to the future, many Catholics will be entering the Church, receiving first Communion, Confirmation, and Baptism. We also have the joy of recent sacraments that took place in smaller gatherings, and weddings and new deacon and priest ordinations to look forward to in the coming months.
Check out Catholic Digest’s gift guide selections for some memorable Catholic gifts.
Saint Teresa Of Avila Decor
Give a candidate a decorative sign with one of Saint Teresa Of Avila’s most encouraging quotes: “Trust God that you are exactly where you were meant to be.” The 18″ x 25″ features black and white lettering and watercolor effect on cotton canvas. Looking for a different inspirational quote by a well-known saint? House of Joppa also features framed artwork—including quotes—of St. Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Padre Pio, St. Gianna Molla, and more.
Price: $89.00 (free shipping)
Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater
Easter 2020, world-renowned Gloriæ Dei Cantores releases Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater. The Estonian-born, Pärt (b. 1935) is today’s most performed “classical” composer. The CD features Peace Upon You, Jerusalem (Psalm 122), L’abbé Agathon, Salve Regina, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, and Stabat Mater. The Stabat Mater is the most dramatic and moving of the pieces. “Pärt’s said he composed it “to express the passion, agony and love of Mary at the foot of the cross of her son.”
Stories of the Blessed Sacrament
Stories of the Blessed Sacrament by Francine Bay and illustrated by Hengjing Zang includes twelve engaging stories to help children better understand the beauty and gravity of the Eucharist. One standout story is the tale of how the Vendée—the Catholic-resistance in France during the time of the French Revolution—risked their lives by having a secret Easter Mass in the forest.
Price: $12.74 (softcover)
Stories of The Saints: Bold and Inspiring Tales of Adventure, Grace, and Courage
The newly released, Stories of The Saints: Bold and Inspiring Tales of Adventure, Grace, and Courage by Carey Wallace tells the stories of 70 popular and little-known saints and martyrs chronologically. Wallace’s lively retelling is reverent but real, but it’s Nick Thornborrow’s illustrations that draw you in and tickle your imagination. Included with each story are the saint’s dates, location, emblems, and patronage.
Price: $24.95 (hardback)
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Splashy Watercolor Sacred Heart Print
We love this modern take on the Sacred Heart of Jesus done in watercolor by Catholic artist Kortnee Senn. Her original 8″ x 8″ artwork is printed on 110lb Bright White Felt Cover Stock.
Crucifix Shield Necklace
Looking for a masculine holy medal for a young man who’s making his Confirmation? Johnny LTD offers a pewter Crucifix Shield Pendant with the Virgin Mary on the opposite side. Necklace comes with a 20 or 24-inch lobster clasp chain, and the pendant measures 1.3-inches by .8-inches.
Imagine getting a gift card with no limits, ever. That’s kind of what happens at your baptism and confirmation. Except it’s not just one gift. You get seven incredible, supernatural gifts from the Holy Spirit.
If you’ve ever doubted these gifts, or thought they didn’t apply to you, meet the people on these pages: Joan couldn’t read or write. Matt suffered from addictions. Josephine was a victim of human trafficking. They received the Holy Spirit’s gifts just like the rest of us, and they ran with them. Joan led an army, Matt gave up alcohol for good, and Josephine turned her past into a beautiful future. Read their incredible stories — and those of other saints — right here. Find out how they turned their gifts into action and changed the world.
Website: Twenty-Third Publications
HOLY ORDERS FOR PRIESTS AND DEACONS
Travel Mass Kit
A perfect gift for the newly ordained priest, this portable Mass kit includes everything needed for Mass at a prison, hospital, or other occasions when a priest travels. The kit comes with a zippered carrying case that holds a chalice, paten, pyx, crucifix, two Glass Bottles, two Candles, stole, and linens.
Price: $149.95 (Size: 7-1/2″ W x 5-1/2″ H x 3-1/4″ D)
St. Benedict Chaplet
A beautiful but masculine St. Benedict Chaplet made from durable paracord that will last for a lifetime of prayer for a priest or deacon. This chaplet features a silver finish St. Benedict Crucifix and St. Benedict Cross Medallion. The St. Benedict medal offers protection against temptation because it’s a prayer of exorcism.
Madonna and Child with Lamb Figure
This lovely resin Madonna and Child with Lamb Figure is a baptism gift that the child will cherish for a lifetime. Inspired by the “L’Innocence” painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau from the 19th century, the 12-inch statue features the Blessed Mother the Christ Child and a lamb—a symbol of Jesus’ prophesied future sacrifice
San Damiano Crucifix
Bless Catholic newlyweds with this gorgeous bronze San Damiano Crucifix from the Veronese Collection. The 11×16-inch resin cross has been dipped in bronze and then hand-painted.
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