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Bishops Aren't Important – II

After writing this post, several people asked about stats on some other diocese statistics. First, I need to make a clarification regarding St. Louis. In the stats for each diocese I included diocesan and religious seminarians for the diocese which in the case of St. Louis really made the numbers look incredible. There are 48 diocesan seminarians and 290 religious …

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Getting the Word Out – and Helping Others at the Same Time

So you own a Catholic store and you really wish that more people would shop there. One question you might want to ask is what are you involved in in your diocese that would give more people contact with your store? If your contribution to the Church is solely showing up on Sunday for Mass and running your store, very …

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New Payment Method Accepted

(Vatican Information Service) – After several months of development in conjunction with Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, the Holy See has announced a new payment system for Catholic businesses throughout the world. The new PaPal(r) system, while superficially similar to other payment processors, will have several features that the Holy See is sure will make it as big a hit …

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Learn More About St. Kolbe and Pius XII

Kolbe: Saint of the Immaculata Missionary, theologian, writer, publisher, founder of Marytown, Marian mystic, and martyr of charity in Auschwitz, St. Maximilian Kolbe shines through the pages of this powerful book, and the reader will see why Kolbe will soon be regarded as one of the greatest saints in Church history, truly a man for all times. The gripping story …

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The Power of Being On-line

We just had a group of ladies in our store who spent about $300. They came from Denver specifically to visit our store because they are new to the area and were looking on-line for local Catholic stores. They were unable to find any in Denver (even thought there are at least five) and instead drove down to shop with …

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How to Say Goodbye

If you haven’t read the eulogy for Joshua Schmiedicke, the four year old killed in a tragic accident a few weeks ago, please read it and keep the family in your prayers.

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Charlotte Church – Blasphemer

What is it about fame that makes people go bad? The pilot for The Charlotte Church Show was recorded before a live audience on July 12 in London. During the show, the hostess Charlotte Church, dressed as drug-using nun, smashed open a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary revealing a hidden can of cider, and spoke about worshipping “St. Fortified …

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Bishops Aren't Important

Many years ago during a gripe session about a bishop, someone commented that the bishop isn’t really important. The priests do what they want in their parishes and the bishop is basically a figurehead. While I certainly agree that this can be the case, it certainly shouldn’t be the case, shepherds of the flock and all that. Proving that a …

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Getting the Word Out Locally

There are about 20 million Catholics in the United States who shop on the web. Even if you don’t have a website (which you should), you can let Internet shoppers know about your local store. The three most popular places to search are Google, Yahoo and MSN. All of these sites have local search features that allow people to find …

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