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For the 4th of July Weekend we are doing something different! Long ago, some of you will remember we were selling “ThaItalian” Sterling Silver Bracelets covered with our hand-painted saint medals. We stopped doing it when we ran out of the sterling silver because when we went to re-order, it was obvious we could not sell the bracelets with lots of our hand-painted medals. The prices had increased, and everything put together just made it too expensive. However …. 

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1.     Hooray! Retail Stores have begun opening again! Rob spoke to Amy at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. Amy let us know the Basilica Book & Gift Shop is open again and our medals are available there, and featured front and center.”

If you are in Washington, or plan to visit anytime, or know someone there, please take, or ask them to take, a photo of our saint medal display at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Send it to us or simply post it on our Facebook Page! Thanks.

2.     Announcing Another Contest: Enter our Latest Contest! This Time We are Offering:

One of our hand-painted crosses adorned with saint medals recovered from the flood OR one of our hand-painted crosses covered with “re-purposed” hand-painted saint medals that did not quite measure up to be sold online or sent to retail stores.

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Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, the Cure D’Ars did become a priest and he heard the confessions of thousands. He had a great life as a priest. He has a childlike devotion to Saint Philomena but I do not know much more to say about that (yet).

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We are writing about Shepherding and the Good Shepherd, and also Shepherdess, Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes, combined with the Shepherd adorned Pectoral Cross of Pope Francis and Saint Agnes holding a lamb. Oh, and Agnus Dei too! This is going to hopefully flow, believe it or not!

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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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