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GIVEAWAY: Catholic Sistas Celebrates FOUR Years!

Can you believe Catholic Sistas celebrates four years TODAY? It’s hard for me to recall a time when the blog didn’t exist! You may have come to know CS as a blog that truly enjoys putting new Catholic items into others’ hands. Part of the reason for the giveaways is to put some of these fabulous companies on YOUR radar! 

On a serious note, though, I would personally like to extend my gratitude to each of you who have found comfort, been challenged in the Faith, or been spiritually nourished by Catholic Sistas. It is always my hope that the different writing styles will appeal to a wide range of readers, bringing each of you to a level of commitment and recommitment to the beauty of our Catholic faith. Please do continue to keep us in prayer as we move into our fifth year of bringing you our witness. One thing I’d love to share with you is a bit of an inside view – each year, I – along with my executive board – encourage each of our writers to prayerfully reconsider their commitments annually, always putting their primary vocation first and trusting that God will bless whatever time they can give to writing. We aren’t professional writers by design. We are women – wives, and mothers who just happen to have stories to tell and want to share our time and talent to bring you a glimpse into our personal lives. As readers, we invite you to share your experience with us in the comboxes. 🙂 

I’ll stop now so we can get to the heart of this post – the giveaway! Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair, and get ready to browse for a while. Ready? Let’s roll!

CS 4th Anniversary Giveaway 2015


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(3) WINNERS

will each receive a FREE PDF Catholic Through The Year 

downloadable and printable calendar and any/all bundles they would like

{Household Management, Homeschool, Catholic Blogger}

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

by Martina Kreitzer, Catholic Sistas

VALUE of $18 each

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WHO doesn’t love an opportunity to be more organized? What if it helped pave the way for more time to devote to your prayer life? What if you could print this stylish, functional, and budget friendly calendar from the comfort of your own HOME? Would you take that leap? Would you commit to a more organized life so you can focus on the things that matter the most, like your relationship with God and family? This planner will put you on the right path to accomplish those things. The calendar, along with each of the bundles, is designed with your Catholic day in mind. 

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(1)  WINNER

Vintage Style Amethyst Gemstone One Decade Chaplet
by BC Inspirations

VALUE of $20 

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This handmade one-decade rosary is made from 6 mm round natural amethyst stone beads, a 1 3/4″ bronze finished crucifix and centerpiece.  Each bead is unique, and the beads have a very smooth feel.  The crucifix and centerpiece are attached using split ring, which are far more durable than jump rings.  Using split rings prevents the rosary from breaking should it experience an accidental tug.

Both the center and the crucifix are Italian-made.  The center piece features a two-sided Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is also know as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, created by St. Catherine Laboure following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is believed to bring special intercessions on behalf of the Blessed Virgin Mary if worn with faith and devotion at the hour of death.

The bronze finished rosary parts give this rosary a vintage look. Amethyst is the February birth stone.

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(1) WINNER

will win one copy of the book “The Beautiful Story of the Bible”

from Ignatius Press

 VALUE of $19.99The Beautiful Story of the Bible

Here are 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. The Old Testament stories include Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, David & Goliath, Moses and more. The New Testament stories include the whole story of the life and miracles of Jesus, and the lives of the Apostles and early Church, all presented in a wonderful way that shows God’s great love for mankind.To see interior images, click on the “Samples and Images” tab.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win the Our Lady of the Lilies art bundle

by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink 

VALUE of $50

Our Lady of the Lilies

Personalized 11×14 signed print of Our Lady of the Lilies

and a package of 8 notecards and 15 prayer cards (“Lilies” or variety, winner’s choice)

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(1) WINNER

will win Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $7.99 Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year

 Interested in learning about the seasons of the Christian Year and special saints’ days, but don’t know where to begin? Want to delve deeper into living liturgically? Looking for simple real food recipes to celebrate both feasts and liturgical seasons of fasting? 

Feast! is the book we wish we had when we first started observing the Christian Year.

  • 125 pages of real food to celebrate the liturgical year and lives of the saints and reflections on the seasons of the Christian calendar and simple traditions.
  • 23 simple real food recipes for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, and well-known saints’ days like St. George’s Day, St. Rose of Lima’s Day, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Day as well as less familiar saints like St. Charles Lwanga and St. Raymond Nonnatus.
  • 6 reflections on the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, as well as some practical tips for observing these seasons in your home.

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(1) WINNER

will win More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

::AN EBOOK, PDF::

by Carrots for Michaelmas

VALUE of $3.99 More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes

 More Feasts! features 10 new liturgical year recipes (all gluten-free!) as well as reflections on the liturgical seasons and activities for celebrating the Christian Year.

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of 

Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless

by Sarah Reinhard

VALUE of $11.95 each  CFF COVER

How does game night/day meet Catholicism? Find out in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement — with one another and with faith!

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) WINNERS

will each win ONE copy of

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

by Sarah Reinhard

 VALUE of $13.41 each

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CMCP: A Catholic Mother’s Companion begins at conception and includes a 40-week walk through each week of pregnancy, considering both physical and spiritual aspects of this time. It includes sections for preparing spiritually and practically for labor and delivery as well as baptism.

::please note this prize ships to US addresses only:: 

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(3) BUNDLE WINNERS

will win Catechism in Rhyme

::A PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE::

Acts of Hope, Love, Charity, Contrition, and 10 Commandments​

by Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints

 VALUE of $19 eachCIR Acts of Faith For Sale picture

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Acts of Faith, Hope, Love and Contrition
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive. Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization.

*100 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

The TEN Commandments
A Handwriting, Copy work, and Memory work book for Catholic Homeschoolers In Cursive.
Includes basic handwriting practice and Catechism lessons set to Rhyme for memorization of the Ten Commandments.
*78 Pages
*One time purchase
*Use with multiple children.
*Learn the Faith
*Inexpensive
*Simple and effective!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of A Subtle Grace

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $4.99ASubtleGrace 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)

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Stealing Jenny

by Ellen Gable
from Full Quiver Publishing

VALUE of $3.99

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After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

(Amazon Kindle Bestseller with over 287,000 downloads)

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(3) WINNERS

will win ONE Kindle Edition copy of Angela’s Song

by AnnMarie Creedon

VALUE of $3.99 each

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Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is a widow and mother of three who stays busy so as not to have to face the fact that her marriage was damaged and her husband, Devin, died before it could be repaired. Her good friends realize that no amount of home made lasagna, volunteering at church or late night games of Yahtzee can heal Angela from past regrets. When she meets Jack, the teacher of a class she is taking, he challenges her to face her demons. What follows is the poignant, yet often hilarious saga of how Angela overcomes her guilt and learns to love herself and others.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win 10 books of the Treasure Box series  

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $50

10 Books from TAN Treasure Box

The Treasure Box books present a wonderful combination of fun; innocence and the Catholic Faith. They teach the Faith in a simple way; and they inspire children’s hearts to love God. The pictures are truly beautiful; unlike the cartoon illustrations found in many children’s books today. These books are full of Catholic doctrine; presented reverently and simply at a young child’s level; in a manner to capture the child’s interest and raise the heart to God.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls paperback BOOKS

 by TAN Homeschool

 VALUE OF $33.90

 Saints for Boys/Saints for Girls

Compiled especially for Catholic boys and girls preschool age up through the second grade level, the Saints for Boys and Saints for Girls treasuries contain numerous stories of the Saints that will remain in children’s hearts and memories for years. Beautiful illustrations on every page.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of FIVE paperback BOOKS from the beloved Windeatt Series.

St. Rose of Lima, St. Louie de Montfort, The Children of Fatima, St. Benedict, & The Little Flower

by TAN Homeschool

TOTAL VALUE of $60.75

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These five books will soon have companion Workbooks and Teacher Manuals

(coming September 2015)! 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win TAN Homeschool’s newest addition,

The Story of the Bible {Old Testament & New Testament} textbooks ONLY 

by TAN Homeschool

VALUE of $49.90 SotB OTSotB NT

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will receive TWO signed copies of 

Chime Travelers Books 1 and 2 – The Secret of the Shamrock and The Sign of the Carved Cross

 by Lisa Hendey

VALUE of $11.98 

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 When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever?

The Chime Travelers series will inspire children on the road to developing their Catholic faith. In this book, they will:

Learn about Saint Patrick and his part in Catholic history

Develop a deeper understanding of core Catholic virtues

Engage in an entertaining literary adventure

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THE SIGN OF THE CARVED CROSS

Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl—in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she’s hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily.

Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha’s family doesn’t accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE signed copy of The Princess and the Kiss {with an audio CD}

by Jennie Bishop

VALUE of $16

PrincessKiss-2The Princess and the Kiss is a best-selling original story (with over a half-million copies sold worldwide)! In Jennie Bishop’s best-selling original children’s picture book, a princess saves her “kiss” for the man she will marry.  Men who are strong, romantic and rich come to court her, but none seem worthy of her kiss.  How will she find the one who will truly value her precious gift? The book also includes a beautiful read-along audio CD!

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(1) WINNER

will win a signed copy of unPLANNED

by Abby Johnson

VALUE of $22.99 cover_book

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE Infinity Scarf Mantilla

by Veils by Lily

VALUE of $39

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An infinity scarf with a twist!

This soft sheer mantilla is an infinity scarf with a scalloped edge so it can be worn as part of your outfit outside the church and slipped over the head before entering. Available in 10 colors: black, white, ivory, chocolate (new), twilight blue, charcoal (most popular), periwinkle, lilac, watermelon, and fuchsia. Measures approximately 20″ long folded.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE Family Veil Set of three Starter Veils in mocha, black, & white

by Veils by Lily

TOTAL VALUE of $72

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Available in black, off-white, and mocha, this “starter” veil is perfect for women and girls of all statures. It features soft, lightweight Chantilly lace that drapes beautifully and an elegant narrow trim with no apparent seam. The soft Chantilly lace drapes beautifully and the back of the veil is nicely rounded. Measures approximately 44″ across by 18″ front to back. The “Family Veil Set” includes 1 black, 1 off-white, and 1 mocha veil.  

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(1) WINNER

will win a Gift Certificate of $30 from Catholic Printables Shoppe
by Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

Gift Certificate Giveaway 30 2015

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Enjoy a $30 Gift Certificate at our Catholic Printables Shoppe: 

over 30 Catholic Printables to pick from including our brand new Super Saints Craft Kits.  

::PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILES::

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a full set of the Saints and Heroes Collection of 11 animated films for kids,

which focus on the virtuous lives of the saints and heroic conquerors of the Faith.

by CCC of America

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As you plant seeds of faith now in your children – it’s fascinating to consider how that can play out in ordinary and extraordinary ways in the future. But even now, in a culture saturated with noise and immorality, even little people of faith can make a big impact.

CCC of America is known for its eleven captivating children’s animated films on the heroic and virtuous lives of the saints. Pioneers in the field of Catholic animation, these 30-minute movies have bring to life true heroic stories our children learn about faith and virtue during their young formative years.

Never underestimate the ability of little children to understand even the mysteries of our Catholic Faith. After all, didn’t Our Lady appear to Jacinta, Francisco, Lucia, Bernadette, as well as other little ones?

CCC of America will send the winners the DVDs along with other sweet treats!

[CCC PRODUCTIONS ARE 30 MIN AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND FRENCH]

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE eBook copy of Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms

by Brianna Heldt

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In writing Five Simple Life Hacks for Overwhelmed Moms, I wanted to offer readers some of the tried and true things I’ve found helpful so far, both in raising my eight kids and managing my home.  These are very basic ideas that you can implement easily and quickly, and which will hopefully add value to your life. 

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(5) WINNERS

will each win ONE Kindle Edition copy of 

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood, An Anthology of 5 Catholic Bloggers

 by The Koala Mom

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This slender anthology aspires to encourage today’s moms in their vocation of motherhood. From beautiful poetry to practical tips, essays that capture the small moments of motherhood and reflections on mothering in today’s world, this anthology brings together a wealth of wisdom from five ordinary yet inspiring moms. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE set of 33 Day Family Consecration Program books

by Your Holy Family

TOTAL VALUE of $51

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The 33 Day Family Consecration Program has three components, Fr. Nathan Cromly’s Totus Tuus Consecration Book (Older Teens and Up), Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration (Ages 7 and Up), and Your Holy Family’s 33 Day Family Consecration Coloring Book (Ages 2 and Up).  These three books can be used to provide a comprehensive program for your whole family to prepare for total consecration to Jesus through Mary as a family.  For more information on how to use these three resources together, please see the About pages in the 33 Day Family Consecration section of our website.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win a Catholic Sistas Custom Rosary,

Rosary Bracelet (of the winner’s choosing), 

Greeting Card Sampler Package

Our Lady of Guadalupe Car Magnet

and a Katie Keogler Praise & Worship CD

by Keogler Studios

VALUE of $70 Keogler Studios Giveaway Package

Handmade Rosary, custom designed for Catholic Sistas (with the help of Martina). Rosary Crucifix and Center are from Rome and are blessed by Pope Francis (disclaimer: we are not selling the blessing, it’s just a perk and we’d like the winner to know); Handmade Rosary Bracelet, custom sized and designed by the winner! 10 small “Hail Mary Beads”, one larger “Our Father Bead” and delicate 1/2 inch Miraculous Medal; Spread the Gospel of Life wherever you go with our popular Car Magnet that reads: “At the Moment of Conception there is Eternal Life in the Womb;” Hand drawn by the matriarch of Keogler Studios, these Sacred Image Blank-Inside greeting cards are perfect for any occasion. Some of the images are now large etched glass windows on a Building at our Parish, St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, CT, as a tribute to the 20 students and 6 teachers that we lost on December 14th in a tragic school shooting; Katie Keogler, another talented member of our family, is a singer and song writer who travels around the country leading worship for Liturgy, Youth Events, and Conferences.

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE “Blessed” cuff bracelet

by Pink Salt Riot

VALUE of $20
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 This elegant silver plated cuff bracelet features the word “blessed” taken from an old book and preserved under glass for long lasting wear. On good and bad days alike, carry this reminder that through it all you are deeply blessed! Cuff fits wrists up to 8 inches and has some give so you can squeeze it down a little smaller size or widen it slightly.

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win RTY Swag — Rosary bracelet, Prayer Squirrel and a “surprise” Book

by Reconciled to You

VALUE of $40

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Rosary Bracelet – hand made bead rosary bracelet;  Prayer Squirrel – hand crafted polymer squirrel – place it some place in your home or work to remind you throughout the day to pray.  As host of A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on Real Life Radio, I am always finding new exciting Catholic books to feature on the show – I will share one of these!

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win Life of Jesus Complete Coloring Pack and Holy Heroes Matching Game

by Holy Heroes

VALUE of $27.80

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Get all FOUR of the Holy Heroes‘ coloring books teaching the Life of Jesus from the Annunciation through the Crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven by His side! Extended captions from Scripture make them more than just coloring books, but a great way to teach the story of Salvation History from the Bible. Also included in this prize is the Saints Memory Game. Children play the concentration memory game with these cards, inspiring their imaginations with stories of the saints pictured, the mysteries of the rosary from the images of Our Lord, and the joy of the Faith from the Holy HeroesAnswer Kid card! You’ll enjoy listening to your kids tell their friends the true-life stories of the saints as they play the game with their friends.

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(10) WINNERS

will each win ONE digital download of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators

by Catholic Author

VALUE of $4.99 each

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For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith. Bring them to life!

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE custom pocket rosary

by Rosaries by Allison

VALUE of $20
image1One-decade pocket rosary with Emerald Swarovski crystal round beads and silver-plated Shamrock center and crucifix. {custom made specifically for the fourth anniversary giveaway}

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE complete set of The Illuminated Rosary books

(The Joyful Mysteries, The Luminous Mysteries, The Sorrowful mysteries, The Glorious Mysteries)

by Peanut Butter & Grace

VALUE of $64
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The books in The Illuminated Rosary series illuminate the mysteries of the rosary in sixty works of sacred art—one for each bead—to help readers pray the rosary more meditatively:

  • Each two-page spread includes a work of art on one page, and the words of the appropriate prayer on the opposite page.
  • A string of “beads” at the bottom of the text marks progress through each decade.
  • Each decade opens with a beautiful Scripture-based introduction to one of the mysteries as well as suggested prayer intentions.

The Illuminated Rosary is perfect for children just learning to pray the rosary. Younger children can turn the page after each Our Father and Hail Mary, and older children can use the text on each page to help them lead the rosary and memorize the prayers.

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(2) WINNERS

will each win a signed copy of Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves

by Helen Alvare

VALUE of $16.95 BreakingThrough

Catholic women are some of the most maligned, most caricatured, and most intriguing people in American society. 

America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying “yes” to the faith as a private source of comfort, but “no” to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings. 
Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the church itself — questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today’s toughest issues?

A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say “no.” But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith.

Nine such Catholic women — varying widely in age, occupation and experience — share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories — full of honesty, but ultimately hope — shed new light and new clarity on women’s continued attraction to the Catholic faith.

Topics include:

Navigating dating and sexpectations

Feminism, freedom and contraception

Children versus a “better me”

Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal

Faith, psychology and same-sex attraction

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE hand stamped metal bracelet – winner’s choice

by Bay and Bee’s

VALUE of $15 for aluminum and $20 for copper/brass

custom bracelet

1 – 6″ x 1/4″ aluminum or copper or brass handstamped cuff bracelet: choice of: “faith-hope-LOVE”, “love”, “believe”, “blessed” OR winner’s choice of bible verse 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win For Immediate Assistance, Pray the Memorare by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JC; a CD – Our Lady Speaks, Reflections by Fr. Rocky, Fr. Simon, Rev. Daniel Farley, The Most Rev. David L. Ricken; a CD – Fathers Know Best, Answers to Your Faith Questions, by Fr. Rocky & Fr. Simon; a  CD – The Holy Eucharist, by Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, and a Relevant Radio Car Fish Magnet

by Father Rocky of Relevant Radio

VALUE of $70.84 RR bundle

970 AM plus web

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(1) WINNER

will win ONE copy of Commentarii de Inepto Puero

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Latin translation

by Jeff Kinney and translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher 

and donated by Martina Kreitzer

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Et tu, Heffley? That’s right, international superstar Greg Heffley is now poised to conquer the classical world with this new Latin edition of the first book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—translated by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a Vatican specialist who translates Pope Francis’s Tweets into Latin. The Wimpy Kid joins beloved characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, the Little Prince, Bilbo Baggins, and the Grinch as the latest in an elite pantheon of children’s books selected for Latin translation. Commentarii de Inepto Puero is sure to appeal to fans of the international bestselling series as well as to readers of all ages studying Latin, either for school credit or for fun. 

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(1) BUNDLE WINNER

will win ONE free issue of Radiant Awakening and a Radiant Awakening tee

by Radiant Magazine

VALUE of $10

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 Radiant is a modern, classy magazine covering traditional topics of the Catholic Church and applying them to the lives of young, Catholic women who are searching, learning and living out their unique calling with style, elegance, beauty, and grace.


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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. {Every effort will be made to contact a winner, but after three days without contact, a new winner will be chosen.}
  • 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.
  • CS reserves the right to alter the giveaway terms or items at any time.
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  • The companies who have donated these items 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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GIVEAWAY: Win FIVE Ellen Gable Books!

Ellen Gable Giveaway

There’s nothing I like better than Fridays and giveaways – two of my favorite things! And, it’s been a while since we’ve hosted a giveaway! We have been blessed to call Catholic author Ellen Gable friend of the Sistas! It is an honor to be able to offer ONE lucky winner all FIVE of her books in print!!

::only open to readers in the US and Canada::

The contest will go until midnight, May 31th, so get started!!

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 THE BOOKS

  • Emily’s Hope
  • In Name Only
  • A Subtle Grace
  • Stealing Jenny
  • Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship

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SUMMARIES

Emily’s Hope

A gripping story of one young woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother’s troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone. Based on a true story.

In Name Only

Caroline Martin’s life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn towards Him. Gold Medal Winner in Religious Fiction, 2010 IPPY Awards.

A Subtle Grace

In this sequel to “In Name Only” (2009, FQP), “A Subtle Grace” continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century.

At 19, Kathleen (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.

Dr. Luke Peterson (the family’s new physician) also makes quite an impression on Kathleen. His affection for her leads him to startling revelations: about Kathleen, about his practice and, most importantly, about himself.

Will (oldest son) believes God may be calling him to a religious vocation. Eventually, he discovers the hidden circumstances of his humble beginnings compelling him to embark on a pilgrimage to Rome.

(Note: Although A Subtle Grace is a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone book, independently of the first book in the series.)

Stealing Jenny

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship 

A celebration of faith and enduring love. This compilation contains 12 courtship/dating stories which will inspire, captivate and entertain readers. Some of the stories include: a widow with eight children meets a widower with six children; a man asks his live-in girlfriend “what if we stopped having sex,” and is greeted with tears of joy; an atheist falls in love with her Catholic Prince Charming; a woman prays to God for a husband and years later finds herself falling in love with a seminarian; a sailor prays a novena to marry the right girl. What these and all the stories illustrate is that God is the ideal matchmaker.

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GIVEAWAY: Catholic Sistas Wants to Say Thanks a Million!

I knew I wanted to do something nice for our one year anniversary from the beginning. For the past two months, I’ve been asking around to see who would like to donate some goodies for our giveaway. And it grew and grew and grew and…well, you get the idea. What a collection we’ve got! Hold onto your hats. You haven’t seen a giveaway like this before.

It’s amazing what people will donate when you twist their arm – and wrestle them until they call “uncle.” But I digress.

The following donations are a collection by friends, IRL and online, who have helped support Catholic Sistas this past year, both directly and through prayer. I am a sucker for Catholic books and authors and want to see more Catholic fiction written, particularly for our young adults. Consider patronizing these authors by clicking through to purchase some of their other works, please and thank you. 

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WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN AND ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 18.

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ONE copy of Waking Rose {signed} by author Regina Doman

Our family has been a fan of Regina’s for quite some time. We have almost all her books and my teenaged daughter has enjoyed all of the fairy tale series. She was even excited to get a signed copy of Black as Night from Grandma who met Regina at a book signing a couple of years ago. Waking Rose is a great book choice not just for young adults, but the young at heart, too. You will become an instant fan of Regina Doman and no doubt want to collect the rest of the books in this great series.

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ONE copy of  Sex, Style & Substance {signed} by book contributor Jennifer Fulwiler 

Description: Who is to say who the authentic Catholic woman is?

And how do the perils and pitfalls of modern society impact that vision?

Here is a fresh look at life from the perspective of ten Catholic women who live in the spotlight of the Internet — ten bloggers who keep it real every day with their personal posts relating their triumphs, trials, and temptations for all to see.

In the same way, nothing is off limits in Style, Sex, & Substance. Each of these women brings a refreshingly open and humorous perspective to growing in faith and improving their relationship with Christ.

Enjoy real stories, real struggles, and best of all, real faith and trust that God will bring out the best in all circumstances — whether in the family room, the bedroom, or at work.

Contributors include:
Hallie Lord, editor
Jennifer Fulwiler
Danielle Bean
Rachel Balducci
Simcha Fisher
Anna Mitchell
Barbara Nicolosi
Rebecca Teti
Elizabeth Duffy
Karen Edmisten

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ONE copy of If Protestantism is True {signed} by author and contributor Devin Rose

Description: What if Protestantism were true?

That’s the question Rose takes up and explores. Each argument assumes Protestantism is true and then attempts to make sense of Christian history and theology based on that assumption. In this way, he presents a series of intelligible and compelling arguments for the Catholic Church’s claim to be the Church that Christ founded.

Catholics will learn to defend their faith, and Protestants will be challenged to answer the toughest questions about the roots of their beliefs.

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ONE copy of Bless Me, Father, For I Have Kids {signed} by author Susie Lloyd

Description: 

The uninterrupted life is not worth living

Got questions about Catholic family life? You’ve come to the right place! As a lifelong Catholic, devoted wife, diligent homeschooler, and mother of seven, Susie Lloyd knows lots of people who just might have the answers for you. Susie herself is too busy to give advice: busy giving home haircuts and finding missing socks; busy teaching her teen girls to drive, cook, and diagram sentences; busy praying for divine protection while she races off to church (late) in her full-size van. But every so often, Susie finds a few moments to share the wit and wisdom she’s gleaned from:

Teaching her kids about the Facts of Life Somewhere there must be a book which can aid me in my duty. In it there would be many pages devoted to birds, bees, and flowers. None involving kegs and station wagons.

Quelling her teen girls’ phobias Top of the list is frumpophobia: fear of being seen in a skirt when every other teen at the party, except the statue of Mary, will be in jeans. It gets worse if your dad thinks it would be lovely not only to wear the skirt but a veil as well.

Handing on Catholic customs When I was small, my mother taught me to say a Hail Mary whenever I heard an ambulance. It’s really a beautiful habit and habit is the word — I don’t know how many people I’ve prayed for whose car alarm was going off.

Getting older Some people tell me I could be my teen’s older sister. These people are usually 103 years old and wear their glasses hanging from a chain. But I’ll take it.

Strangers who question the size of her family What’s funny is, the people who call you nuts really expect you to act sane, and not like this: Nuts? Children, would one of you be a good girl and get the gun out of Mommy’s diaper bag?

Enduring her children’s music lessons Piano recitals are a time-honored way of gaining a plenary indulgence, provided we hold no attachment to murdering the piano teacher.

Joing a homeschool co-op None of us wanted to quit homeschooling; we just wanted somebody else to do it for us.

As she did in her beloved first book, Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water, in these pages Susie Lloyd will charm and edify you with her offbeat — but always pitch-perfect — take on the joys and challenges of raising a Catholic family in today’s world.

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ONE copy of Stealing Jenny {signed} by author Ellen Gable

Description: After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

“Stealing Jenny is a gripping novel filled with engaging characters, a compelling mystery and a message which underscores the precious dignity of life. I literally couldn’t put it down and give Stealing Jenny my highest recommendation.”

-Lisa M. Hendey, author of “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms”

“Ellen Gable is a masterful storyteller.Stealing Jenny is a smoothly written, chilling tale of gripping suspense. There are terrifying moments and heart-wrenching moments. Catholic faith and hope are tested. Above all, the sacredness and privilege of precious new life is made indisputably evident I never wanted it to end!”

-Therese Heckenkamp, author, Past Suspicion

“This is a novel that should come with a warning label! Stealing Jenny will keep you on the edge of your seat and probably destroy your sleep pattern as you stay up to find out what happens.”

-Sarah Reinhard, author, “Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families”

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ONE bundled book The Princess and The Kiss with audio CD & Life Lessons {signed} by author Jennie Bishop

Description of The Princess and The Kiss: A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God – her first kiss – to keep or to give away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy of her precious gift. Where is he and how will she ever find him? The surprising answer in this marvelous parable will touch the heart of parent and child alike.The Princess and the Kiss beautifully portrays the ageless message that “love… comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5)

Description of Life Lessons: Picking up where “Princess and the Kiss” left off, this easy-to-use devotional covers biblical teaching on purity, relationships and God’s plans for marriage (or singleness) with your child in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way.

You and your daughter can build a godly heritage with these short, practical, life-changing studies and activities.

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ONE Catholic Mom shopping bag that consists of two books, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and and brand new release O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath, both {signed} by author Lisa Hendey 

Lisa M. Hendey of Catholic Mom congratulates Catholic Sistas!

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ONE bundled soft CD case and 5 audio CDs: 5 Virtues All Catholic Parents Should Pass On To Their  Children, Marriage Insurance, The Holy Eucharist, Catholic 5 – Non-negotiable Issues: Defending the Catholic Conscience ::includes bonus disc on the HHS Mandate, and Your Catholic Faith: Learn It, Live It, Love It (…and you’ll never Leave IT!) {signed} by Father Rocky of Relevant Radio

Father Rocky is the Executive Director of Relevant Radio and host of the popular program, Go Ask Your Father.

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ONE Large Black Soft Tulle Triangle Mantilla by Veils by Lily

New Soft Tulle Collection

We are happy to introduce the new Soft Tulle Collection, made with one of the finest laces available.
Currently available in white and black, each veil has a delightful softness and drapes beautifully.

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ONE Medium White Soft Tulle Almondine Mantilla by Veils by Lily

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ONE – one year subscription to Radiant Magazine

Relatively new to the magazine world, this amazing magazine offers a wonderful and refreshing change to the secular magazine choices for our Catholic teen girls. From the Radiant Magazine website – Radiant is a chic, classy Catholic magazine distributed nationally to women ages 15-27. It features Catholic news & articles on issues affection young women today: health, beauty, politics, love, style and difficult life circumstances. If you haven’t heard of them before, have a look at some of their previous issues and consider a subscription for yourself or those awesome formidable teen gals and young adults in your life.

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TWO Knit crochet baby hats by Nat’s Niche

newborn size

(can be used for daily wear but can also be used as photo-props)

Girl {right} – knitted pixie cap with venetian lace and leather

Boys {left} – crochet cap with leather and wooden buttons

Both made with wool/acrylic yarn.

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THREE Custom pro-life rosaries and rosary holders

Seen here are only two of the rosary holders and two of the rosaries above.

This giveaway prize involves THREE SETS of one pro-life rosary and one clay rosary holder. In other words, there will be three winners who will each win one rosary and a rosary holder.

The pro-life rosaries are made by Chee Hart of Unique Rosaries for Mary and they are hand strung crystal and bead rosaries.  The ones donated for the giveaway are a special pro-life design.

You can find Chee on Etsy, her Facebook fan page, or her blog.

The clay rosary holders are handmade pottery by Donna of Donnabelle on Etsy. You can also find her on her Facebook fan page.

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 TWO custom Catholic Sistas bottles of wine courtesy of founder Martina and our friends at Personal Wine

 

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This giveaway includes:

ONE bottle of 2010 Viva de los Andes Cabernet AND ONE bottle of 2010 Viva de los Andes Sauvignon Blanc.

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