August 28, 2006
For the next month the Aquinas and More homepage will be featuring a bunch of homeschooling stuff including links to different Catholic Homeschool Curricula, Catholic homeschooling blogs and some tips on choosing a curriculum. If you haven’t checked out our homeschooling resources, this is a great time to do that.
Every year we seem to miss some major sales possibilities because the dates sneak up on us. I’m sure we aren’t the only store with this problem. Here are a few major ones to remember:
Back to school (August) – start planning in May. You need to contact schools during the summer if you want to sell them religious ed materials. Homeschoolers start buying books in June so be ready.
Advent (November) – Make sure you have your advent wreaths and candles lined up by the end of September. Also, if you carry Oplatki, you can usually start taking orders in September.
Christmas (December) – Start selling Christmas cards in your store in early October. We are already starting to see sales for them on our website and it’s only August.
Lent (March) – Make sure you have a palm supplier and the candles for the Easter Vigil ready to go before Lent starts.
In general, if you plan to promote a specific event, give yourself at least three weeks of lead time so that you can get the product in stock before the event.
For reasons I’m not going to get into here, the only weekly Solemn Mass in our diocese was terminated last month.
I am interested in where other places are that actually have them. If you could, list the parish, diocese, website and a brief description about what they do (all Latin, some Latin, chant, bells, incense, etc.)
I know of four parishes in the country where such a Mass exists and would like to compile a more complete list.
Holy Ghost – Denver
Weekly 10:30 am
Has chant with organ, incense, bells, male-only servers, polyphony and traditional hymns and on major feasts a full orchestra.
St. Agnes – Minneapolis
Dream parish for those wanting to see what Vatican II intended – polyphony, chant, Mass at original high altar, almost entirely in Latin
Arlington – I know it exists, don’t know where it is.
Dallas – Fr. Paul was removed from his parish and took the Mass with him to his new assignment.
Please let other bloggers know about this post as I would really like as much help as possible in compiling this list.
Thanks to Happy Catholic, we have been memed for the first time since we started this blog. Is that a milestone? I would invite my staff to answer this as well.
1. One book that changed your life:
Staring into Chaos – This disturbing book from Spence Publishing is a study of the decline of the West through the lense of past civilizations’ falls.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
If I say the Lord of the Rings can I count that as one book?
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Castaway. Just kidding! I would want the Silmarillion because it is such a rich collection of “history”.
4. One book that made you laugh:
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Why did they have to mess up the movie so badly?
5. One book that made you cry:
Real men don’t cry! Okay, Lord of the World by Msgr. Hugh Benson.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
“A Faithful Catholic’s Guide to the Way the Catholic Hierarchy Really Works.”
If you were in the military and have never dealt with the Hierarchy before, you aren’t going to like it. For instance, that clear chain of command you are used to? Gone. That instant obedience to superiors? Gone. That quick discipline towards troublemakers? Gone. In fact, if you are used to the military, we recommend staying as far away from anything that has an official Church title in order to avoid becoming disillusioned about the whole mess.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Celistine Prophecy. Acck. Phpbbbb. Bleh.
8. One book you’re currently reading:
1776 by David McCullough
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Catechism. I know, I know.
If you have a store, you really should consider attending this show. It is the ONLY exclusively Catholic venue to meet vendors. Don’t even think about going to Christian retailing shows if you are a Catholic store. I went to the Christian Retail Convention in Denver and amidst the hundreds of booths, there were only five Catholic ones.