CALLING ON ALL MILITARY MEMBERS
ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVISTS, AND RETIRED PERSONNEL!
This is an appeal to join together, as a military family, to support the spiritual needs of our military brothers and sisters serving overseas.
Do you wish that you could help those in our military when it comes to staying strong in their faith, especially when they are in places where going to church is not always a possibility? Our military items and chaplains' registries will help you do just that. If you haven't checked out either before, now is a great time. We have many military-specific items – rosaries, holy cards, pins, medals, books, and more. These items are great to get those who are serving our country and keeping us safe every day. The chaplains' registries are lists of items that military chaplains have requested for soldiers under their care, lists from which you can buy and the items will be sent directly to the chaplains.
There is a great need, particularly in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, for these military chaplains to have resources to benefit service members' spiritual lives, which are often tested in these difficult times and locations. Because of this program, we have been able to send over 6,000 Catholic gifts and items to registered chaplains, who are then able to help those spiritually under their care.
- Each chaplain sets up a registry with us, creating a list of items that he would like for the soldiers he serves.
- Customers like you go to the military registry section and select items they wish to purchase from the chaplain's list, and add them to their shopping carts and check out.
- We then package and ship the items to the chaplain at our own cost, so that neither the chaplain nor the customer who bought the item are responsible for shipping costs.
We cannot help these courageous chaplains without your participation. They are often serving with very limited resources in very difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. The soldiers who serve with them often find it spiritually draining, and they need resources such as the ones that you help us provide in order to sustain their hope and faith in God. It is too easy for us to forget about the spiritual needs of these soldiers who sometimes have limited access to church, confession, Eucharist, and other things we often take for granted here. We hope that you will join us in the effort to keep the faith strong among these soldiers, and that you will tell others about our military registries program so that many more chaplains and soldiers will be able to benefit from this program.
Here are a few notes of gratitude from chaplains who have received items through this program:
“Thank you for your chaplain registry and the items I have received! Your help helps me to take care of my Catholic soldiers.”
Chaplain Daryl, Attack Reconnaissance Battalion
“The key chains and books you sent to Fr. Bob were given to our soldiers at a very distant and isolated base camp – they were grateful. My name is Fr. Dan and I am the new Catholic chaplain taking Fr. Bob's assignment here in Afghanistan. Please thank your customers for their generosity. God bless!”
In an effort to help meet the needs of the chaplains serving with the troops, one of our military moms has created handmade note cards embossed in brilliant gold with the emblems of the military branches. What a wonderful way to stay in touch with those we love, serving our country so far away. These note cards are currently available with the emblems of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Each note card measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ and is blank inside, perfect for sending words of encouragement and support to our loved ones. Each box contains 10 note cards and sells for $11.95. Due to the handcrafting of each card, no two cards will be exactly alike.
Here's how you can help…
For each box of note cards purchased, Aquinas and More will send a Pocket New Testament Bible to the troops serving overseas, via the Soldier's Registry. This has been the most requested item on the Registry. Please help us to help them. Not only will you receive a great product, but thanks to you our military members will receive a much needed product to bring them comfort and strength in their daily struggles away from home.
To order these cards, visit our website at www.aquinasandmore.com. To view other items requested for the troops, simply click on “Gift Center” and then select “Military Chaplains” under the Registries category.
Thank you, and God bless you, for helping us with this important mission!
– Aquinas and More Catholic Goods