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Yesterday, I sent out a newsletter to a few people and was asked why I didn’t send it to everyone. So, I thought about it and decided to send this newsletter to everyone.

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This is a set of photographs and essay about Celebrating Memorial Day with French WWII Soldiers. There is no “sale” or special offer. This is simply a reflective bit of writing….

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Hi – Some of you will recall when we first started this little company, back on June 11, 1996. We had 2 hand-painted Saint Medals and Stories, Saint Christopher & Saint Sebastian. They were on laminated rectangular story cards with necklaces attached. We gave them away at a birthday party on City Park Avenue. Gosh, if you have one of those cards, please return it!

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     We are happy to report that our local retailer, Little Miss Muffin , on Harrison Avenue in Lakeview is open and fully loaded with our SaintsforSinners medals and we will be stocking and restocking often since their store is only one mile away from our Studio!

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This will be a pretty short note. We just couldn’t let May 1 go by without noting that it’s the traditional Catholic Feast Day of Saint Peregrine. You surely don’t need to be Catholic to appreciate the story of Saint Peregrine.

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Latest news from rob and the SaintsforSinners Gang. Sales have been slow due to CV19 so we are trying to use the time to find ways to be more efficient. It’s working!

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A bit of an Update Regarding COVID19, it seems the various communities have come to a consensus that Saint Rock/Roch/Rocco is the “Go To” saint to ask for intercession with the pandemic. Most Google searches seem to point to Saint Rocco, as we have done, although we thought San Bernardino of Siena was a nice choice too.

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Holy Thursday is upon us and then soon we will be participating in Good Friday and then celebrating Easter Sunday and the Resurrection. On Good Friday, folks in New Orleans typically have delicious  boiled crawfish, adding corn, potatoes, garlic, mushrooms, onions, green beans, oranges, asparagus, and sometimes artichokes, if you get lucky!

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We are adding more stories. We didn’t realize so many were missing… thank you for noticing and letting us know– they are going up today and for the next week they will keep going up as fast we can add them – plus, we are writing more.

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OK, here we go with CV19 - Corona Virus 4 – As I’ve said, I do not like writing these CV19’s but y’all are opening them so I’ll write on yet another CV19 Topic. Gosh – I will be happy when I have nothing more to add about CV19 and can move along to something like bilocational saints or something else curious, interesting, and fun. BUT FOR NOW, it’s CV19, back-by-popular-demand, we will keep going with CV19

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Here’s a little letter about some of the health care saints to think about and perhaps share their stories with others. Maybe your doctor, or a neighbor who’s a nurse, a sister who’s helping another with radiation treatments, a butcher to let them know they have a saint too, or a pediatrician, who helps young kids, or someone who is just feeling a little blue, and maybe needs a happy meeting to cheer them up! Let’s get this newsletter started.

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As far as we can remember, we have never suggested that there is a living saint that we should pray to and ask for their help and more importantly ask for their well-being. There’s a first time for everything, though, and we will finish this newsletter asking you to pray for an actual living person, a living saint, for help with combating CV-19.

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This has been one of the most difficult newsletters to write. Angst. I’m basically feeling full of angst and frozen. Saint Charbel please perform another miracle and cure me from this paralysis. I’ve been reading and studying and trying to write about this coronavirus and everything I type looks crass and hopeless. That’s the bad news….

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Celebrating the patron of soldiers, Saint Adrian of Nicomedia. Saint Adrian is the patron saint invoked for safety with guns. He is also the patron of gun sales and arms dealers.

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On Wednesday, many decide to take a Lenten Vow. It might be giving up candy for 40 days. It might be deciding to say 5 kind things to people every single day for 40 days! Many go to Church and receive ashes on their forehead. This shows the world the person is celebrating and participating in the Lenten Period with a Lenten Vow. 

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