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We decided to follow Gary’s advice and add a new brand name, SaintsforHope. It takes you straight to our website. We will be tinkering and making some additions and corrections. The funny thing is, Gary was prescient! If you watch our very first video clip, you will hear that Rob ends it with the word “HOPE.” It’s all very cyclical. So, if you know one of those people who says, “I’m not a sinner!” you can smile and say, “Visit SaintsforHope.com and there’s HOPE available there!”

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We located a bunch of new medals here in the states and are busy painting them now. One of the new medals is Saint Angela. We finally have Saint Angela! She has been sought after for years and years. There are two pictures of her medal in this newsletter.

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It has been a very long year. The protection from virus Saints, Sebastian and Rocco, may or may not have been asleep at the wheel since last March. But, things are a bit better.

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We have 2 St. Valentine’s day boxes available. Thanks to Mizpah, the Sacred Hearts and red being rob’s favorite color, these boxes practically made themselves (I told rob I need to see a video of this cause I just couldn’t believe it!). If you want to claim one, just order a custom prayer box and put in the notes that you’d like St. Valentine.

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A few more chapters of the book rob is working on have finally been finished and he has created a nice outline that’s possible to follow and begin moving further toward completion. So far, the stories of Saint Bernard, Saint Rosalie, along with Saint Maria Goretti, Dismas and the Miraculous Medal have weaved together fairly seamlessly. We offer thanks to the weaver’s saint, Anastasia, for helping us band anecdotes, undo knots, connect dots and whatnot to recall a simple story of a simple life. Again, with hopefulness and catharsis themed in a way that’s all kinds of exciting! Easy? No. Exciting? Yes!

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Making the hand-painted crosses with medals recovered after the flood of Hurricane Katrina will continue. We will also continue selling the “Misfit Medal Crosses.” Please note that you can make special requests and we will try and accommodate.

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If you are having difficulty finding something because money is tight, send us a note and we will figure some way to help. You are not a bad person just because you get the Holiday Blues. Be Good to Yourself!

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 With that notion in mind, if any of you would like us to send a hand-painted saint medal package to someone as a gift, please let us know and we will try our best. Let us know the place to send and give us an idea about the person so we can pick an appropriate medal. It should make it in time for Christmas. We will send it by PRIORITY MAIL.

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Yes, yesterday, December 15, was the bizarre deadline date, according to the USPS. This makes no sense whatsoever because Christmas is on Friday, December 25th. So, if you count, that means there are 8 “travel days” for mail (actually 9 because mail does move on Sunday, it just does not get delivered) and so that is still a lot of time to get packages mailed and delivered before Christmas.

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OK, this is a bit surreal but very nice. People have asked us lots of questions about the Misfit Medal Crosses we are designing! When a medal does not turn out excellent, which is way more frequent than we like, we set these “Misfit Medals” aside. One day we were painting the crosses that we use to attach the Flood Medal Crosses we offer and started using some of the Misfit Medals. People loved them! Now, we have started selling, at a discount price to cover expenses, and raise awareness about SaintsforSinners. And the Misfit Medal Crosses have become popular. WHO KNEW!

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We will be thrilled to post a photograph of all of us with the Grammy Award after The New Orleans Nightcrawlers win! What an ATMOSPHERE for y'all to see! So …. if you are a musician, if you know any musicians, or if anyone you know knows a musician, have them listen to Atmosphere. Once they do, they will vote for Craig, our lifelong friend and loyal supporter of SaintsforSinners.

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We have a new Saint, Ursula! Not Queen Latifa’s “Ursula” from “The Little Mermaid.” Although …, Ursula’s story in the Mermaid film is uniquely and unusually similar to our Saint Ursula! She looks after the miserable, lonely and depressed and she sings “on the whole I’ve been a saint.” Curiously her big song in the animated film is “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” We will try to paint her medal with the colors blue, lavender, and purple, and black, as she seems to have been drawn on the big screen. It will be challenging! Ursula seems to be a poor unfortunate soul. Yet, in the end, everything works out fine for the Little Mermaid and everyone “lives happily ever after.”

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Many years ago, in 2005 or 2006, after our studio was destroyed because of Hurricane Katrina, we were "displaced nomads" for a year and living near Mother Cabrini High School. We were painting the medals in a tiny apartment on Harding Drive.

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We are excited to be participating in the market tomorrow – Come Out to Old Metairie, off Old Metairie Road, Near Saint Catherine’s Church at Codifer & Bonnabel Avenue.

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