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Easter basket ideas, First Communion or Confirmation gifts, new spiritual reading, or some new fiction to read out on the patio as you soak up the spring weather – Catholic Sistas Easter Giveaway is here, with 16 fantastic prizes! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.

All of these prizes have been generously donated; please consider patronizing these Catholic businesses as you make your Easter purchases. (The companies and authors who have donated these prizes are not sponsors of Catholic Sistas – they have simply teamed up with us to offer their goods in the giveaway we are hosting!)

(1) First Communion Gift Pack
from Holy Heroes

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This gift pack is perfect for children preparing to make their First Holy Communion or those who are recent First Communicants. The Inside the Sacraments DVD teaches children thorough Eucharistic Theology in a fun way they can understand and grasp. The Glory Story tells the story of Blessed Imelda, the Patroness of First Communicants. The Coloring book is a perfect companion to the Glory Story CD. ($45 value)

(2) Children’s Rosaries with Bethlehem Olive Wood Cross
from BC Inspirations

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These colorful children’s rosaries are very sturdy. The Our Father Beads and the cross are secured in place with white cord that is very strongly knotted. The wooden Our Father and Hail Mary Beads are each 12 mm in diameter and the cross is approximately 2 1/2 inches tall, which makes this rosary the perfect size for little hands!

 

(1) Gift Certificate of $30 for Cathletics Craft Kit Printables
from Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

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Enjoy $30 towards any of our Cathletics Craft Kits (PDFs): paper craft printables to teach and celebrate Catholic Catechism, Saints, Sacraments, Prayers, Mass and Family Traditions.  Over 50 Catholic craft kits to choose from here: http://www.equippingcatholicfamilies.com/cathletics-printables-2014.html

(1) Embroidered Purple Garden Necklace
from Call Her Happy
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The perfect accessory to remind you of the Lenten season: a purple garden of Gethsemane. This necklace is made of unbleached muslin, bamboo ply hoop, antique brass chain and findings, and felt backing for comfort. It measures as a 1″ diameter hoop and 18″ chain.

(1) Confirmation Prayer Bundle
from Dovetail Ink

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Personalized 11×14 signed print of Confirmation Prayer illustration by Monica Welch, set of 8 note cards with same artwork, and 12 prayer cards with same artwork *or* mix and match (winner’s choice)

(1) A Time of Renewal: Daily Reflections for the Lenten Season
from Ignatius Press

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These meditations enlighten the reader to see conversion as positive and enriching, and help us to understand that the generous embrace of Lenten penance has a purpose and brings a wondrous reward: deeper union with God.

(1) The Beautiful Story of the Bible
from Ignatius Press

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All the most important stories of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, with very expressive and gorgeous pictures, sure to delight young children from 3 years old and up.

(3) copies of “A Subtle Grace” by Ellen Gable (Kindle Edition)
from FQ Publishing

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1896, Philadelphia: At 19, Kathleen O’Donovan (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires. (read more)

(5) Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy
from Manga Hero

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Jorge Bergoglio was just an ordinary teenager in Argentina, until the autumn day he decided to stop by a church. That’s when he hears an astonishing call.

But that’s only the beginning of Jorge’s adventures, which take him into the Jesuit order, the priesthood, serving the poor, and into a bitter conflict when his country is involved in a sinister Dirty War. But Jorge keeps trying to follow Christ, no matter where He leads – even to Rome and the heart of the Church! The amazing true story of Pope Francis, and his experience of the mercy of God.

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Winners will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter. CS will email the winners. Once they confirm they will be publicly announced on the blog. 
Winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor of the prize they won in order to work out details of delivery.
Eligibility: Prizes are available to residents of the U.S.A. only.
Catholic Sistas reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.
The companies who have donated these items are NOT sponsors of CS; they have generously agreed to include their items in a giveaway that CS is hosting.

Thank you so much for reading; this blog wouldn’t exist without YOU! Good luck!

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Your Handy-Dandy Guide to Catholic Christmas Shopping!

I know, I know! Thanksgiving is still 2 weeks away, and Christmas isn’t even on your radar. But when it comes to Christmas shopping, the earlier, the better, especially if you’re relying on the USPS to get your stuff to you. One year, Martina made a commitment to get ALL her Christmas shopping done before Advent began, to prepare for a peaceful, less-stressed Advent. What a great idea – it is a little stressful to track your package online on December 23 and see that it is currently in Denver, 600 miles away from you, and that your city is expecting a huge snowstorm overnight, and you may have to show up at the relatives’ house with an “IOU – your present is on its way!” card. (raises hand.)

It is also stressful trying to figure out WHAT to buy for someone who seems to have everything. Maybe you want to buy a religious-themed gift, but don’t want to go with the ol’ standby of a Bible (which is a great present, by the way, but just in case they already have one, or two, or five…)

I present to you: Catholic Sistas’ Favorite Things, a compilation of our favorite religious gift items for young, old, and everyone in-between.

(Click on the title of each item, and you will be redirected to their site to purchase.)

 

Something to Wear

 

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1. Holy Hair Bows (email martina@catholicsistas.com to order)
2. Little Flower Heart Necklace
3. Blessed Virgin Dress-Up Outfit
4. Lego Pope Shirt
5. Veils by Lily
6. Keep Calm And Pray Your Rosary Shirt
7. St. Gerard Rosary Bracelet
8. Miraculous Medal

 

 

Something to Listen To

 

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1. Brother Francis CD: Let’s Sing!
2. Stories and Songs of Jesus
3. Hug Me Jesus
4. Blessed John Paul II Glory Stories (also see St. Kateri & St. Cecilia, Blessed Imelda & St. Juan Diego, and more)
5. St. Catherine of Siena Audio CD – Mary Fabyan Windeatt
6. Advent at Ephesus – Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
7. Mater Eucharistae – Dominican Sisters of Mary
8. Pursuing Holiness: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales

 

 

Something to Watch

 

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1. Holy Baby! The Rosary in 7 Languages
2. Nicholas, the Boy Who Became Santa – CCC Saints Movies (Also see Juan Diego, Messenger of Guadalupe, Patrick, Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle, Francis, the Knight of Assisi, Bernadette, Princess of Lourdes, and other titles)
3. Brother Francis Movies
4. Retreat With Fulton Sheen

 

 

Something to Play With

 

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1. Forever Treasured Wooden Saints – St. Miriam & Friends
2. Brother Hubert Rag Doll + Story Book
3. Sister Mary Clara Doll
4. Fr. Juan Pablo Doll
5. Shining Light Dolls
6. Tiny Saints Charms
7. No Room At the Inn Puzzle
8. Saints Pillowcases
9. Make-A-Rosary Hanger Kit
10. Catholic Coloring Poster
11. Little People Nativity (a classic!)
12. Playmobil Nativity

Something to Pray With

 

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1. Children’s Miniature Mass Kit
2. St. Edmund Campion Missal (for Traditional Latin Mass)
3. Rosary Steering Wheel Cover
4. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Art Print
5. St. Paul Daily Missal
6. Magnificat Subscription
7. Laudamus Te (like Magnificat, but with the 1962 Missal readings/propers)
8. Children’s Colorful Rosary
9. Wooden Sick Call Crucifix
10. Sterling Silver Military 4-Way Medal
11. Shamrock Rosary
12. Madonna and Child with Lamb Statue

 

 

Something to Eat

 

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1. Mystic Monk Coffee – Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
2. Trappistine Creamy Caramels – Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
3. Trappist Beer
4. Hazelnut Fudge – Brigittine Monks
5. Clover Honey – Cistercian Nuns @ Redwoods Monastery
6. Monks’ Bread
7. Prayerfully Popped Corn from the Cloister
8. From A Monastery Kitchen: The Classic Natural Foods Cookbook

 

 

Something to Read

 

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1. The Friendly Beasts – Tomie dePaola (also, see The Night of Las Posadas, The Legend of the Poinsettia, and other titles)
2. Who is Coming to Our House?
3. E is for Eucharist – A Catholic Alphabet
4. An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
5. Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms
6. Small Steps for Catholic Moms
7. Catholic Daily Planner by Michele Quigley (if my husband is reading this, hint hint!)
8. Real Men Pray the Rosary: A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer

(see our Pinterest board for over 100 other book ideas!)

 

Honorable Mention

Looking for a unique, non-religious gift, but still want to support Catholic shop owners? Check out these:

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1. Handmade Toy Soldier – Steadfast Tin Soldiers
2. Nest Egg Charms – BlueJayBabies
3. Handmade Soaps – Corner Shop Soaps
4. Lady Mary Hat & Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern – Nat’s Niche
5. Handmade Tote – Sew Sweet by Shannon
6. Artisanal Soaps & Lotions – The Little Flower Farm
7. Yellow Dotty Vase – Donnabelle

 

 

Be sure to check out our Pinterest gift boards, Christmas Gift Guide and Gift Ideas, as well! In case none of these 67 gift ideas struck your fancy. 😉

Got any favorite Catholic gift ideas or shops you support? Planning on purchasing any of these items for a loved one? Please share in the comments below!