Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life was filled with journeys: long, hard physical journeys such as those that brought her to Italy and to Maryland, and intense, beautiful spiritual journeys of conversion and faith. Through all the hardships she faced, Mother Seton’s love of and trust in the Lord drew her always closer to Him. Relying heavily on the Sacraments and prayer, her journey of faith and love resulted not only in deepening her own relationship with the Lord, but also in drawing all those around her closer to God.
This year has truly been filled with challenges, hardships, and suffering. But with this chaos, comes great opportunity. Just as Mother Seton traversed through her pain travelling always closer to the Lord, we can use this year to enter more deeply into the Advent season. Meditating on Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, we can journey along with them this Advent and draw further into an encounter with Christ. These beautiful gifts are the perfect means to help deepen our spiritual journey, celebrate the blessed season, and bring the joy of Christmas into the lives of others. Below are a few of our favorite items. If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, try visiting us virtually to shop our hundreds of products online here or browse our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide here.
Great Adventure Bible (A-952) – The Great Adventure Bible has consistently been one of the shop’s top sellers. Featured in the renowned ‘Bible in a Year’ Podcasts by Father Mike Schmitz, this Bible is unlike any other. This full-color Catholic Bible features a beautiful eye-catching design and a narrative approach giving the big picture of salvation history and showing how everything ties together. Each book of the Bible is color-coded with a thumb index, indicating where it belongs within The Bible Timeline. This Bible contains twelve timeline charts providing a visual overview of the Bible, including important characters, key events, geography, major covenants, world rulers, and contemporary events in secular history. Also included are twelve articles giving a summary and explanation of each period of salvation history and seven articles introducing and explaining the major covenants of salvation history, showing God’s amazing plan for humanity. Additional features include seventy key event call-outs providing a brief description of the milestones in the biblical narrative, sixteen full-color maps, the words of Jesus printed in red, an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat through the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and two ribbon markers. This beautiful and unique Bible is the Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition. $59.95
Seton At The Sea (J-147) – This beautiful and inspiring statue is a Seton Shrine exclusive! Sculpted by renowned artist Timothy Schmalz, this unique statue allows the viewer to reflect on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, her life, and her legacy as the first American-born canonized saint. Born in America and raised near the New York harbor, Elizabeth lived a life marked by her incredible faith, strength, fortitude, and love – all qualities beautifully represented in this remarkable piece. The Patroness of Sea Services, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (S.E.A.S) prayed tirelessly for her children, three of whom sailed across the sea. As a mother, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton worried about her children and prayed for them, in addition to praying for all those under her motherly care. Today, Mother Seton remains a powerful intercessor and saintly friend for us all. With Elizabeth standing at the harbor, rosary gripped tightly in her hand, this beautiful statue serves as an inspiring reminder of our faithful friend. For over 25 years, Timothy Schmalz has been creating large scale sculptures. Many of his pieces are installed worldwide with some of his most renowned works displayed in historical churches in Rome and at the Vatican. Timothy describes his most important work as visual translations of the Bible. He uses his God given talents and inspirations as a fine artist to glorify and communicate Christ’s teachings through the universal language of sculpture. Timothy personally sculpts every original small masterpiece complete with his signature or monogram. Each replica is detailed by hand to the exacting standards of this modern-day master sculptor. $90 on sale for $45 https://setonshrine.org/product/st-elizabeth-seton-harbor-statue/
Learn and Grow Nativity Scene (X-251) – “Christmas day is began—the day of our dear Redeemer’s birth… is the day that opened to us the door of everlasting life.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
During her life, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton held many different titles: wife, convert, educator, religious, foundress, widow. She served as both mother and teacher to not only her own children but to all those who came to her in need. She wrote, “I am at peace in the midst of fifty children…I am as a Mother encompassed by many children of different dispositions…bound to love, instruct, and provide for the happiness of all, to give the example of cheerfulness.”
Undoubtedly, Mother Seton would have found instructing her children about Advent and its meaning the perfect “example of cheerfulness.” Fun and educational, this adorable plush nativity makes a wonderful gift for children, grandchildren, and godchildren. Complete with Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, His bed, a donkey, and a manger, this lovely set encourages young children to learn about the birth of Jesus while they play. It also helps develop important problem solving, spatial reasoning, fine motor, and creative play skills. Highly detailed, this soft manger set is perfect for kids of all ages. $40
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Ornament (GA-80c) – A Seton Shrine exclusive, this stunning
décor piece makes a wonderful keepsake. Masterfully crafted, this treasure features a beautiful and unique depiction of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The back is engraved with the words “Saint for Our Times,” as a reminder of how relevant she remains to us all. Having suffered many tragedies, including enduring the deaths of her parents, husband, children, and friends, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton remains a faithful companion and powerful intercessor for us. As a daughter, wife, mother, convert, teacher, and foundress, Mother Seton is an inspiring role model. This beautiful ornament is not only perfect for Christmas but can also be displayed anywhere any time of year. A perfect addition for the home, place of prayer, office, or dorm room, this lovely rendition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton makes a wonderful gift. $22
Holy Family Beeswax Candle Set (GA-504) – From those first stirrings of conversion, Elizabeth found hope and solace in the sacred traditions of the Catholic Church. The sights, sounds, and smells of the Mass must have brought her unspeakable joy upon her conversion. Candles are a deeply symbolic tradition of the Church. The light they emanate symbolizes Christ. Jesus tells us, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). During Advent, the rich symbolism of candles becomes even more evident. Lighting candles in our own homes helps us create a holy space in which to draw closer to the Lord in prayer. Made in the USA, these masterfully crafted candles are a perfect addition to any special place of prayer. Made from 100% pure beeswax, this set contains three 4 oz. scented candles infused with pure essential oils. The set includes one Immaculate Heart (pure rose essence and beeswax) candle, one Sacred Heart (pure chrism essence and beeswax) candle, and one Most Chaste Heart (pure cedar and mint essence and beeswax) candle. Created in small batches in Athens, Georgia, these wonderful products smell absolutely heavenly and are made with wooden wicks to provide a more even and complete wax melt. Both calming and inspiring, these hand-poured candles in tin candle holders assist in creating an elevated space of prayer, meditation, and reflection. $50
Pray and Think Imaginative Rosary Book (A-1113) – Having lost her own mother at a young age, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton clung tightly to Our Blessed Mother. As a mother and caregiver herself, she further identified with Mary. She taught her children and those in her care to pray the Rosary. Of this time, it is written: “Our first hail Mary in our little closet at night prayers when Nina said, ‘oh Ma let us say hail Mary;’ ‘do ma’ said Willy, and ‘hail Mary’ we all said, little Bec looking in my face to catch the words she could not pronounce but in a manner which would have made all laugh if Mother’s tears had not fixed their attention.” Parents today can easily identify with Mother Seton and her attempts to pray with little ones. Pray and Think Imaginative Rosary Book, published by Ascension Kids and written by Candace Camling, gently and powerfully invites children into the beautiful, traditional prayer of the Rosary. This sturdy, interactive board book was designed to teach children how to follow along with the Rosary, recite important prayers, and understand how to pray. With colorful, reverent illustrations and engaging text, this delightful and unique book was created especially for children to help them to think about the Rosary, reflect on the mysteries, and interact with the pictures using their imaginations, leading them toward the first steps of meditative prayer. Simple explanations and diagrams of the Rosary provide a deeper understanding for little ones. Complete with the NIHIL OBSTAT and IMPRIMATUR, this book is a creative and powerful way to help children learn about and reflect on the Rosary, the life of Jesus, and the importance of prayer. Fun and informative, this book makes a wonderful teaching resource for parents, grandparents, and teachers. Approximately 94 pages, it is the perfect size to take along to Adoration or even on long car trips; this inspiring book makes a wonderful and special gift. $14.95
Chew’s Life Rosary Bracelets (NB-353/354/355) – From the time of her introduction to the Blessed Mother, Elizabeth only grew in love and devotion to Mary. After stumbling upon the Memorare for the first time, Elizabeth was so overcome she states, “…I felt really I had a Mother which…my foolish heart so often lamented to have lost in early days.” To the end of this prayer, Elizabeth adds, “Love me, my Mother!” Elizabeth had a special devotion to Mary often clutching an image of the Blessed Mother close to her heart. These stunning, high-quality rosary bracelets would have undoubtedly been considered treasures by Elizabeth. Artisan made in America, these beautiful Chews Life rosary bracelets are the perfect combination of elegance and durability. High quality and sturdy, these stunning bracelets are versatile, convenient, and functional. Perfect for the busy lifestyle, these unique products make it easy to always have a rosary on hand. Each includes a “bookmark” crucifix medal which is moveable and can help keep track of where you are in your Rosary as you pray throughout your day. These lovely rosaries make the perfect, special gift for any occasion. $43
Prayers for the USA: Rosary for America (RS-189) – Elizabeth’s devotion to prayer and love of the Blessed Mother was perfectly united in her recitation of the Rosary. She loved to contemplate Mary. As the first American-born saint, Elizabeth is the perfect intercessor for America. This breath-taking, one-of-a-kind rosary is an exquisite sacramental created in the hope Americans far and wide will be strengthened in their resolve as faithful followers of Jesus while praying the Rosary for the United States. Made with antique silver & bronze plated medals with silver plated components, this unique Rosary is handmade in Italy by the renowned Ghirelli Company. The crucifix features a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance, “One Nation Under God”, inscribed on the reverse side. The center features an image of Our Lady on a map of the U.S. on one side and an inscription of Psalm 33:12 on the other. Each of the Pater “Our Father” beads are antique silver Miraculous Medals. The “Hail Mary” Beads are antique bronze and feature the initials of each of the 50 states of the USA. This remarkable rosary makes a wonderful gift for veterans, Knights of Columbus members, and anyone with a love of America. $42 https://setonshrine.org/product/prayers-for-the-usa-rosary-for-america/
It pairs perfectly with the Shrine’s exclusive St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for America Prayer Card (G-107 Each $1 found here: https://setonshrine.org/product/st-elizabeth-ann-seton-pray-for-america-prayer-card/)
My Holy Card Holder (G-79) – Elizabeth longed for Christ and sought always to be in communion with Him. Before her conversion, she experienced a profound moment of faith when she happened upon a prayer book. She states, “…A little prayer book of Mrs. Filicchi was on the table and I opened a little prayer (the Memorare) of St. Bernard to the Blessed Virgin begging her to be our Mother, and I said it to her with such a certainty that God would surely refuse nothing to his Mother.” This sturdy, attractive booklet is a unique way to organize your favorite collection of prayer, ordination, and remembrance cards as well as your prayer intentions. Featuring a durable, faux-leather cover and 20 clear plastic sleeves, it can perfectly accommodate 20 laminated cards (40 if placed back-to-back). Stamped with a gold, budded cross and the words “My Holy Cards,” the cover features two snap clasp positions for the ideal size adjustment. Measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches, this booklet is the perfect size to slip in a purse or backpack and bring along to Mass or Adoration. This prayer card holder makes a wonderful gift for Christians of all ages. (Available in blue or maroon.) $11.95
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Blessings Pouch (GA-484) – A Seton Shrine exclusive, this stunning blessings pouch makes a wonderful keepsake. Masterfully crafted, the front panel features a beautiful and unique depiction of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The back panel features the words, “O my God, forgive what I have been, correct what I am, and direct what I shall be,” an inspiring quote from Mother Seton as a reminder of how relevant she remains to us all. This velvety blessing pouch is not only beautiful, it is also functional. The braided gold tassel allows it to be hung in favorite places of prayer and remembrance. Made by Catholics in the USA, this versatile blessing pouch is the perfect place to store a treasured Rosary, prayer cards, and other sacramentals. A lovely addition for the home, place of prayer, office, or dorm room, this inspiring rendition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton makes a wonderful gift. $15 https://setonshrine.org/product/saint-elizabeth-ann-seton-blessings-pouch/