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Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don’t sell

Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them. Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher priced statues, American made pewter ...

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Again, Why Would You Move Manufacturing to China?

Maybe because things like having three priests arrested and then having the arrest denied by the Chinese officials doesn’t bother you that much. The whereabouts of three “underground” priests in northern China, detained by police months ago, are still unknown while another has apparently been persuaded to join the “open” Church, say sources. Fathers Liu Jianzhong, Zhang Cunhui and Zhong ...

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The Dazzle of the Olympics…

…seems to have affected a lot of people, including The One, Barrack Obama, who seems to think that the Chinese transportation infrastructure is far superior to the U.S.A.’s. I guess that as long as you only look at the things in Beijing upgraded for the Olympics he may have a point but I’m sure he wouldn’t enjoy the dirt roads ...

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Breviary, Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours?

We frequently receive calls from customers looking for the Divine Office or maybe it’s the Breviary or possibly the Liturgy of the Hours. They really aren’t sure what the book is called because it has several names. If you get requests like this from customers, it’s a good idea to have a little knowledge on your side so you can ...

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The Accidental Punctum (or How I learned to Love Chant) – Part II

In part one, I went over some great resources for teaching yourself the basics of chant. In this part I will review some resources that will be of use once you are ready to move beyond the basics and really get into chant. Okay, so you have learned the different types of notes and know how to sing the Missa ...

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The Accidental Punctum (or How I learned to Love Chant) – Part I

Gregorian chant. Saying the words can put some people into a state of euphoria and make others have apoplectic fits. For those who are used to standard music notation, chant notation can seem like learning Latin when you know Spanish – it looks pretty familiar but you can’t just jump in and start singing. First of all, learning chant is ...

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A Primer on Catholic Missals – Part II

Post-Vatican II Missals There are three types of Post-Vatican II missals. You will want to find out from your customer which type he is looking for before pulling missals off the shelf. Disposable missals For people who don’t want the expense of a permanent missal, there are two options available. First, there is an annual missal available from Catholic Book ...

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A Primer in Catholic Missals – Part I

When you have customers come into your store who hold up two different missals, can you give them an intelligent explanation of what distinguishes each? If not, this guide is for you. If you are in the market for a Missal, take this information with you when you go shopping. The first question that needs to be asked is whether ...

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