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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:02

Christmas from the heart

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The Redemptorists' Majellan Christmas cards can be traced back to the pivotal period of the Second Vatican Council, which changed the way that Catholics prayed and worshiped.

“Fifty years ago, our Majellan readers told us there was a dearth of Christmas cards that actually celebrated the birth of Christ,” said Fr Michael Gilbert cssr. “Reindeer, holly, snowmen didn’t do it for them. They wanted their children and grandchildren to know the real meaning of Christmas.”

Fr Gilbert said Majellan readers urged them to ‘put Christ back into Christmas’. “We did, and the Majellan Christmas cards are now a big part of Australian Catholic life,” he said.

The sale of cards and calendars support long-term community development programs in Australia as well as in Vietnam, Korea, India, Burkina Fasso, The Philippines, Chile, Peru, China, Pakistan, Myanmar, Taiwan and Fiji.

Another Christmas gift that can change communities is the 2012 Gifts of Mercy. These greeting cards can be used for any occasion, not just for Christmas. Each of the 6 sets corresponds to a particular overseas project of Mercy Works in Pakistan, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.  

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon rsm, Executive Director at Mercy Works explain how the greeting cards allow the giver to donate to any of the six projects on behalf of the gift recipient. “At Mercy Works we are committed to supporting long term development programs in impoverished communities overseas and in Australia.”

“Our programs engage in partnerships with communities to promote justice, self-reliance and to support displaced people and communities who are denied access to basic resources such as education, health carer and social welfare, ” said Sr Ailsa.

“You will receive a beautifully printed card to give to your recipient explaining what a difference the gift will make to the life of an indicidual, family or community.”

This season, there are other religious congregations offering gift ideas that benefit development projects or charities.  For more Christmas ideas from the CRA community, read more through the links below.

Majellan Christmas Cards from the Redemptorists and the Columban calendar.

2012 Gifts of Mercy 

Daughters of St Paul Books and Media 

Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate Bookstore 

Society of St Paul’s Online Bookshop

The Good Shepherd Sisters’ The Trading Circle, a fair trade store supporting the work of women in 24 community projects across 11 countries and 4 continents

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Christmas Card Appea

Poor Clares Online Store

Jesuit Mission Gift Catalogue