Saturday, July 28, 2007

Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe

The Opus Angelorum display, which includes their many outstanding audio recordings from retreats, and items made by the Sisters

Did you know that Assumption Grotto has a Giftshop which is open daily from 8:30 to 10:00 on weekdays and from 11:00 until 2:00 on Sundays?

If you have ever walked into a Catholic book store or giftshop only to find new age material or piles of books on speculative theology, dissent, and other such content you know how confusing it can be to navigate and wonder what you can read without being led astray or into scandal.

All of the material and books available through Assumption Grotto's Giftshop & Cafe must meet a high standard of orthodoxy held by Grotto's pastor, Fr. Eduard Perrone. You will find an abundance of rich classics which have guided Catholics for centuries, like the works of many saints. There is no question about the fidelity of material that you will find in our giftshop.

There is much for children from coloring books to prayer books for small hands, including Serve the Lord with Gladness, compiled by Fr. Perrone for altar boys and others. Grotto Productions music is also available, among other brands.

Among the booklines carried by the giftshop are those of Grotto Press & Real View Books of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, whose series on John Henry Newman is very popular.

There are things like statues, scapulars, rosaries, medals & more. There is also what I call "Grotto-ware" and other beautiful embroidery by the solid Catholic shop, Mater Admirabilis Embroidery. To get something with Assumption Grotto's name on it, you need to go through the giftshop, but other things can be ordered directly from Adrian (see the website for designs and ordering info). Eventually, we want to get the giftshop up online so we can offer such things to people who are not local.

On Weekdays following the 7:30 or 8:30am Mass, stop in and have a coffee with Cathy and some of the others who run the giftshop and parishioners who stop in before or after you browse. If you don't see the coffee, be sure to ask.

For more info, call the giftshop at 313-332-4432

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