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Saints Honored in May 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Comments (0)

St. Joseph the Worker and Holy Family

May sees us from the third week of Easter through the beginning of the seventh week of Easter, and during that time, we honor a number of Saints and, of course, Our Lady of Fatima.

At Queen of Peace Catholic Store, we have jewelry, art, gifts and books to help you remember the teachings and sacrifices of the saints and how they help us learn about God.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - It's Always God's Time

Friday, March 24, 2017 Comments (0)

The calendar is showing that it’s springtime now, but here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest it feels like the winter that won’t end. We’ve had more snow and rain than usual and the sun is only making an occasional appearance. And even as I write, we can hear the rain pounding on the roof of the bookstore. But the signs are everywhere that it is indeed Spring. The daffodils are up and pink Cherry blossoms can be seen. It’s a good reminder that there is a time for all things and the timing is always God’s time. We are ready for the nicer weather but we are waiting. During this sacred Lenten season we can’t rush through to Easter. God calls us to His time and to give Him our focus. Let Queen of Peace Bookstore be a resource for you, we are here to help. We have wonderful books available to help you deepen your faith. And after Easter come back and visit. We also change with the season and one of my favorite times in the bookstore, First Communion and Confirmation. See you soon.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Bring on the New Year

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Comments (0)

Like every New Year, it’s an opportunity. It’s a marking of time, a year older and hopefully wiser. And we pray that it is a year to become ever closer to our Lord God. Our bookstore is dedicated to Our Lady, Queen of Peace and each day we ask for her prayers to our Lord to bless the store and for all of those who we serve. We are very thankful to all those who shopped with us last year, your support over the year was appreciated.

2017 is here and it is a good time in the Bookstore. We survived the snow storm, Christmas inventory is getting put away and we are getting ready for sacraments. First Holy Communion and Confirmation items are on the shelf and new items and books are arriving every day. Ash Wednesday is on March 1st and we will have many resources to help you in prayer during the Lenten Season.

If you make a visit Portland this year, stop in and say hello. And to our regular customers…we’ll see you soon.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Great Gift Ideas for Under $25

Friday, December 16, 2016 Comments (0)

The time is almost here. Hopefully you will soon be enjoying time with your family this Christmas. All of us here at Queen of Peace Bookstore want to help you finish up the last of your gift giving with meaningful items that help focus our thoughts to our Savior. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

Louie the Lamb Lil' Prayer Buddy

Louis prays "The Our Father", "Hail Mary", and "Glory Be" with the press of his paw. This is a top selling item in our store.

 

The Untold Story of Mother Teresa

The Letters - The Untold Story of Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was cannonized this past year and this movie would make the perfect gift for the whole family. Told through a series of personal letters, this powerful film is an unforgettable journey of faith, courage and compassion.

 

Gold Speckled Rosary

Rosary with Glass Beads

Our Lady of Fatima said "to pray the Rosary daily." I think that would be the perfect New Year's commitment for 2017.

 

Infinity Mantilla - Navy

Infinity Mantilla

Another very popular item in our store. A local woman here in Vancouver has been sewing these matilla for several years now. Don't see the color you are looking for? Contact us and we'll see if we can have one custom made for you.

Holy Family Holy Water Font

Holy Family Holy Water Font

7 inches, resin contructin, and beautifully painted. This Holy Water Font can be place in your home to be the visible reminder to bless yourself and pray each day.

 

All of us at Queen of Peace Bookstore pray that you and your family have a joyfilled and peaceful Christmas and Blessed 2017.

 

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Tales from a Catholic Store - It's Advent Season not Christmas Season

Friday, November 25, 2016 Comments (0)

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas Spirit. Everyone wishing you Merry Christmas, Santa is everywhere, presents are purchased and the Christmas tree is decorated. Here in the bookstore we have all of the things you would find in many stores this time of year. Ornaments are on our tree, Christmas Cards are lined on the shelf, and Nativity figures are everywhere. But we also know that for us Catholics it’s not Christmas Season, that begins after December 25th. We are entering the Advent Season, a time of preparation. The word “advent” comes from Latin “adventus” meaning arrival. So beginning on November 27 we are preparing for the arrival, His Arrival. And it’s not something that happened a really long time ago, we prepare and celebrate every year. Because every we can bring the events of the past year into the season to learn something new. We can use this time to focus our minds and hearts to allowing Jesus to rest in our hearts just as He rested in the manger. And when joy is in your heart, you can’t help but share it with others. Using an Advent Wreath or Advent Calendar are ways to help count the days with your family. Light a candle each Sunday on a wreath or open a window on the calendar and read a verse from the bible.

So during this time of joyful preparation, all of us at Queen of Peace Bookstore pray that you are surrounded by the people you love and that the Joy of the Advent Season be with you all year.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Rain Down Your Mercy

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Comments (0)

Fall is here and we are in the midst of the first big rain storm here in the northwest. They say we will have 5 to 6 inches over the next week. This is nothing new to those of us who live here, in fact, it is quite normal. I grew up in Southern California and when it rained we just didn’t go out. If I lived that way now, I would be stuck in my house till next year. The rain washes away the dust and dirt and makes it beautifully green here in Vancouver Washington.

Christ’s Mercy feels that way also. It washes over us, cleanses every heart. From the Divine Mercy prayer at 3:00 we pray, “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.” (Diary, 1319).

The Message of Divine Mercy is that God is merciful. He is love itself poured out for us, and He wants no one to escape that love. Turning to God and imploring His mercy is the answer to the troubled world.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Back to School

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments (0)

Our house was busy this month getting everyone ready for the next school year. We cover the range with one in elementary school, one in middle school, a high school freshman, and now a college freshman. I spend a lot of time making sure they have all they need…plenty of pens and pencils, paper and notebooks, and sturdy backpack. A whispered prayer to St. Michael to keep them safe, they all run out the door. And I wonder have I given them everything they will need to make them ready for what they will encounter. Every parent worries about their children, the world is huge and there are many things to distract them.

The most important “teacher” in their lives is us, their parents. Do we model for them a Christian attitude that will help them learn and defend their faith? Several year ago those attending World Youth Day received a copy of the Youcat, the Catholic Catechism written for young people. Fireside Publishing and St. Mary’s Press both have Catholic Youth Bibles. But learning is a lifelong process especially when it comes to our Catholic faith. We are never really out of school. Our Catholic Bookstore here in Vancouver WA is here to help you pursue The Faith and pass that faith on to all children.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Icon, Written or Painted?

Friday, August 12, 2016 Comments (1)

I prepared an order shipment today that contained an icon of Christ the Teacher and Mother of God, Loving Kindness. We have many on our website and more in the store. My favorite is Perpetual Help.

In preparing to write this I was researching icons from Orthodox tradition and read that many people refer to the creation of the icon as being “written” and not painted. How interesting. The translations from the Greek and Russian languages mean “written”. And that the image of the Icon is based upon the gospel. Since the gospel is written, so is the icon.

Then I read further. If based on the Russian language the word for painted and written is the same word and translated depending on the context which it was used. From Greek the word is eikonographia. The suffix graphi means depiction, as well as writing. Translation depends on how it is used. Example, the word geography doesn’t mean “earth writing”. Some scholars argue that the idea of an icon is being “written” is just poor translation.

To the Iconographer, the creation of the icon is a spiritual practice that requires gospel reading , contemplation and prayer.

I believe icons focus our mind to something greater than ourselves. And the beauty of the symbolism makes the icon all the more meaningful. Whether it was written or painted our benefit is viewing art that is both magnificent and sacred.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Friday Night, Movie Night

Friday, July 29, 2016 Comments (0)

I love to go to the movies. It’s something my husband and I have always done together. It’s also something we are now doing with our kids. I used to watch everything and managed to see some really amazing work and some real stinkers. If you are looking for something to watch, here are a few of my favorites:

Bella – Without giving too much away, this is a beautifully made move about an unplanned pregnancy.

Bernadette- Digitally re-mastered for a higher quality movie, a favorite movie about Lourdes

Your kids will love anything with Brother Francis

Clare and Francis – Major feature movie, filmed on location in Italy

Heaven is for Real- My daughter also suffered an appendicitis, so this move speaks to me on a personal level.

In Her Footsteps- Also very personal. I was in Rome for the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Documentary

Little Boy- Feel good movie

Mother Teresa- She is the saint of our times. A humbling movie to watch. Very well made.

Old Fashioned- Date night movie

Pius XII- Under the Roman Sky- James Cromwell does a great job in this one.

Restless Heart – On my “To Watch” list. Heard great things about this movie from customers.

Sound of Music – How can you not love Sound of Music

The Staircase- My husband visited The Staircase once on a business trip. Watching this will make you want to go there.

War Room- Great movie on the power of prayer to transform lives.

So order a move, get your popcorn and enjoy. And give us your recommendations for the perfect Friday Night Movie.

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Tales from a Catholic Store - Perpetual Help

Monday, July 11, 2016 Comments (0)

I was on vacation last week with my family. It was beautiful living on an island for a week, warm weather and beautiful beaches. And yet while we were experiencing such a wonderful time, events in our country turned to violence and horror. We are left numb and hurt and praying to God for answers. Asking for something, we don’t even know what, to heal our pain and comfort the families torn apart by violence.

The beautiful and tender image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help can be a source of that comfort. Mary is show with a star in the center of her veil to indicate that she is the “Star of the Sea” who carried the light of Christ to our darkened world. On each side of her are the Archangels Michael and Gabriel holding the items of Christ passion and crucifixion. Upon seeing this, the child Jesus was frightened and ran so quickly to the arm of His mother that His little shoe came loose from his foot.

And so we are shown by this image that in our times of fear and uncertainty, we should run to our Mother the way that Jesus did. In her we can find our comfort and peace.

“Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us. Amen”

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