Saturday, 19 January 2019

Should I Buy A New Priest A Gift? - Installation Gifts For Priests

 Priest installation gifts ideas

Priest Installation Gift Buying Guide


You should aim to honor the ceremony of your Priests installation with a gift that suitably marks the occasion. When considering installation gift ideas reach outside the box for something your new Priest will treasure. Ideally select an installation gift that celebrates the Catholic faith and has some degree of personalization.

Installation gift options fall into three main categories:

1. Decorative/Ornamental
2. Monetary / Gift Card
3. Practical / Personal

1 . Decorations and Ornaments


 priest pastor installation gifts personalized inexpensiveThe gifts should not be so large that they take up a lot of space. This would rule out pieces of furniture, a large statue, a storage trunk or other item that is similarly big. As such furniture is not a suitable gift choice for the installation of a new Priest.

Where an item is ornamental or decorative keep it fairly small. A personalized oranament, plaque, piece of wall art with personalized details related to the installation is a good choice. Ensure the decorative aspects are elegant, minimalist and suited to the nature of the occasion.

 priest pastor installation gifts personalizedVestments/ Items for Mass


Items such as a stole and other vestments and items for mass can be bought for a Priest which have a more individual design to the ones the Priest may have bought for themselves but bear in mind a Priest has their own taste and as such one should err on the side of caution with this gift option. Consider it akin to buying a family member a jumper, can you be sure it is to their taste? And knowing that's hard enough , imagine doing so for a relative stranger and getting it right. Unless you already have an insight into a special something a Priest may like in this regard, choose another option.


2. Money/Gift cards


Money is an acceptable gift properly packaged inside a 'welcome' card, however a gift card is more so. You can buy simple cash gift cards via Amazon or specific gift cards for books, music or specific stores. As a new Priest to your Parish, keeping the gift card neutral regarding how it can be spent is preferable.

Some Priests may have a gift registry where they can register items they'd like or need. This is a good idea and saves multiple versions of the same gift option (which can happen) resulting in the gifts being returned, re-gifted or hidden away in storage.

3. Practical / Personalized Gifts



 Priest installation gift ideas new personalizedI have used these two gift themes together as with more and more products available with customizations, there is little you cannot buy that can't be personalized for your Priest in honor of their installation.

 New Priest installation gifts mugsFrom personalized journals (they can record their thoughts, plan, note down favored Bible passages, verses) to personalized Priest themed stationery such as clipboard, stationery holder, desk name plate, door plaque and so on. Zazzle offers many practical Catholic themed gift options for Priests, all of which can be personalized. You can view some of them here.

You can buy wonderful leather bound Bibles from Amazon with personalisations. See below for those along with other personalized Gifts for Priests that are suitable to give for installation.

Special Recommendations

Travelling Mass Kit

I have heard that Priest's welcome travelling mass kits like this one available via Amazon. Having a travelling mass kit means a Priest doesn't have to visit a church to have mass, he can have it wherever he is, whether it be a home or hotel. See below for one of those - popular on Amazon.




Ordination Anniversary Gifts For Priests

Surprise your Priest with a wonderful commemorative keepsake gift on their Ordination anniversary


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If you want to buy your Priest a gift which has religious significance and commemorates their ordination anniversary then you're in the right place. Featured here are many unique and practical gift ideas for Priests (and other members of the clergy) to commemorate both being newly ordained and the anniversary of
their ordination.

Whether it be a particular milestone such as silver or golden jubilee, there is something your Priest will enjoy and value here. 

Gifts for Priests available from my Zazzle store include personalized watches, journals, blankets, rosary bead boxes as well as practical stationery items and ornaments. They all have text template fields that can be edited to suit the exact number of years ordained (or other occasion) and space for a name, dates and you can if desired add some scripture, a verse or personal greeting.

 25th ordination anniversary gift pillow personalized




This stylish commemorative ordination anniversary pillow features text template fields that you can edit to add the Bible verse, scripture, quote of your choosing. It has a graphic of hands praying and a gold cross symbol. It has a vintage olde world style to it and would look great in the home or office of any Priest.

 10th anniversary of ordination ornament priest
This inexpensive porcelain ornament has decoration on both sides. The front as shown allows you to add commemorative details celebrating your Priest's 10th anniversary of Ordination (it can be changed to ANY ordination milestone) and on the reverse it has a stained glass window graphic which you can replace if desired with a photo or other image. 

 40th anniversary priest ordination beer stein mug
Commemorative mugs are a great idea for Priest ordination anniversary gifts as they can be personalized with the details and remain decorative or put to practical use! This stylish beer stein is an ideal gift choice with it's classic white gold coloring.
 45th priest mug anniversary ordained sapphire gold

This sapphire blue themed mug is perfect for a 45th anniversary of ordainment with it's classy blue gold coloring and commemorative text fields. Add your Priest's name, the date he was Ordained and the anniversary, milstone years to make this a pratical and elegant gift item.


 stained glass window effect wall clock Priest
This stained glass print wallclock ticks all the boxes with its religious, decorative and pratical appeal. It will compliment any church setting.

There are silver and golden (dial) versions to gift for 25th and 50th Jubilees as required. Add the Priest's name, date and anniversary of ordainment and a personal message.

Various stained glass window effect clocks are available for Priest gifts in this store, click on the image to view all.


Priest Golden Jubilee 50th Personalized Watch
I have created a number of commemorative watches for Priests featuring a cross and other religious images as appropriate.You can choose from many different watch styles when you enter the Zazzle store. They have a wide range to suit all tastes, both modern and vintage.

Some are ordination anniversary milestone specific such as 25th and 50th golden Jubilee, but these details can be edited for any ordination anniversary.
Priest Golden Jubilee Personalized
Priest Anniversary 15th 20th 25th 30th 40th 50th Ceramic OrnamentDecorative stained glass themed ornaments are a popular and cost effective choice for a Priest gift and include text commemorating milestone anniversaries, 10th, 15th 25th, 50th (Silver and Golden Jubilee) and more. Both sides of the ornament can be edited. You can add a photo, commemorative message, Bible verse, religious scripture or other as desired to the other side.

 practical office gifts for Priests personalized

Practical Gifts Fir Priests - personalized stationery / office supplies


I have created a wide range of stylish yet practical office stationery gifts that your Priest can use while performing his religious duties. All of these items can be personalized with destails of the ordination anniversary. They have Catholic religious themes, but are not overly fussy or decorative. Items include:
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You can view those HERE

Unique, Modern and Original Personalized Ordination Anniversary Gifts for Priests


Golden Jubilee 50th Priest Anniversary Ordination Priests receive many religious themed gifts each year, including icons, religious art work and verses which they appreciate but which can accumulate.
I have read of one Priest who has many storage boxes filled with such gift items.

If you want your gift to be seen, enjoyed and not gathering dust in a dark closet, check out this list for inspiration.

I have my top 5 Gifts For Priest followed by Golden Anniversary of Ordination Gift Ideas and more.

1. Personalized Journal For A Priest


Priest Gift Golden Jubilee Personalized Journal
Many Priests enjoy keeping a journal, details of sermons, important visits, ceremonies, favorite verses and so on. As such an attractive journal is a practical gift which will be enjoyed. If the journal is personalized with a name, inscription and so on, it has the added value of being a keepsake.

This stylish journal has been Handcrafted by artisans in America from cherry wood. It has a natural beeswax finish that highlights the attractive woodgrain. It lies flat when open and has a generous 140 lined pages of archival cotton paper. Personalization Information: The cover may be personalized with a name, personal message, date of celebration etc. If the gift is for a Priest's Golden Jubilee for example you can add the date of ordination and the anniversary date.

 catholic priest personalized playing deck cards
2. Personalized Playing Cards


Many Priests enjoy a game of cards and as such a personalized deck is a great idea to commemorate an ordination anniversary. This Priest gift is functional, fun and makes a great keepsake!
You can add your own image to the front as well as editing the text template fields.
Add a special inscription to commemorate the occasion.

3. A Gift Card


A gift card may seem impersonal but it is a great way to allow your Priest to buy something he  really wants or needs. They are always appreciated and are less impersonal than giving money.
The value varies and you can find something to fit your budget. These can be given via email or sent with an ordination anniversary card.

Priest Golden Jubilee Personalized Wrist Watches 4. Personalized Commemorative Watch


Zazzle has a wonderful range of watches which can be personalized by adding images, text and changing the background colors. Different styles, strap types are available. Featured here are a few religious themed watches which may suit a commemorative anniversary of ordination gift.
Priest Ordination Anniversary Gift Custom
This is a great practical gift, stylish too!

5. Stained Glass Design Jigsaw Puzzle Priest Gift


Stained Glass Window Jigsaw Puzzle personalized with the silver or golden jubilee ordination anniversary details of your Priest. A fun gift, unusual and a great keepsake! The stained glass window print offers a great challenge to fans of Jigsaw puzzles and there are more in this range.

This concludes my top five!

 funny catholic priest mugs ninja

Funny Gifts For Your Priest


Your Priest does have a sense of humor too, so don't be afraid to buy something that is funny. Stay away though from controversial topics which he may find embarrassing.
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Funny Priest mugs with quotes such as 'keep calm I'm a Priest' or 'Priest by day, Ninja by night', 'This superhero wears robes' are funny Priest mug themes, available via Amazon and Zazzle (Zazzle items can be customized).

Funny t-shirts for Priests are also popular with words such as 'World's Coolest Priest' and so on.
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Interest Themed Gifts For Priests


Other suitable gifts for Priests on the 25th, 50th anniversary of their ordination include gift certificates and other items related to his hobbies and interests. If your Priest enjoys music (many do) an iPod, Musical CD or other music themed gift may be appreciated. If your Priest is a bit of an artist and likes to paint in his spare time, how about some art supplies? A nice easel, some paints and brushes etc. Gift ideas for Priests on their 10th 15th 20th anniversaries do not always have to have religious themes. You can gift a religious themed card with your message commemorating the occasion inside that to accompany the gift.


Personalized Rosary Box Add Name, OccasionThe Priest Gifts featured on this page can in many cases be customized by changing the text or you can add a photo. In some cases you can also replace the photo /image with one of your own and change the background colors.

Priest Ordination Anniversary gift personalizedYou can edit the text to include the Priest's name, date of ordination, number of years ordained and so on. Also featured here are more generic religious Christianity themed gifts including books, plaques and more. Personalized Rosary bead boxes are very popular as a Priest Gift.

If you have any ideas for other Roman Catholic, religious life gifts for clergy for occasions such as a thank you, anniversary, newly ordained, Christmas, birthday drop me a line here.  

Friday, 18 January 2019

How To Word A Sympathy Card - what not to say


Express Your Condolences With A Sympathetic Message


Sympathy Cards and GiftsFinding words for sad occasions isn't easy and sometimes we get it wrong. Below are suggestions as to how to word messages of sympathy so as to comfort and not offend, phrases to avoid and verses to include in cards of condolenceAlso featured is a range of cards and memorial gifts that include words of sympathy and condolence that you can further personalize to ensure your genuine sadness at the loss of the deceased is conveyed.

Words of Sympathy and Comfort for the Loss of a Mother or Father


Express Your Condolences for the loss of Mother, Father or other with words that express your sincere sadness for their loss and that you are thinking of them.

"I am so sorry for your loss, losing a mother / father is one of the worst things to bear, my thoughts and prayers are with you." 

 Ensure you use their name too. Names can feel uncomfortable to say when the person is deceased but it's very important to use them. Don't be afraid to do so. Show that you sincerely care and are willing to help.



Prayer Cards - Business Card Sized
"I am here as your friend (neighbor, family) to support you and help you in any way you need during this difficult time. If you need anything just ask. I am also here to just listen if you want to talk, cry or just to have some company." 

Share a fond memory, something you can reminisce together about and cherish. Also try to remember anniversaries of death and living moments of the deceased as the grieving person will do and will require extra support during those times.

Words of Sympathy - TIPS


Send the card as soon as you hear about the death.

It is never too late, so even if the funeral has passed and you came across the news late you can still send a card. Choose a simple card and handwrite the message as it is more personal. Use the person who is deceased's name. Offer condolences, and if appropriate a sincere and specific offer of help. Do not make promises you won't or can't keep.

Photo Card Sympathy Thank You CardsIf you knew the deceased well then you can share a memory or focus on their good qualities. If you didn't know them well then focus on your friend who has suffered the loss.
"I am sorry to hear that your mother / father has passed away. I remember them with fondness and treasure the memories I have." 


"I can't imagine what you are going through but I want you to know that your mother / father was very special and made a difference in many lives. They will be sadly missed. I know it is little comfort that their suffering is now over and that they are at peace. You will miss them dearly as do we." 

"I was so sad to hear your news. I know that there are no words that can take away the pain but if I can help in any way, shopping, a meal, cleaning let me know. Myself and my family are here for you." 

" I am sorry to hear your tragic news. It came as such a shock, you must be devastated. We are all thinking of you and while I sadly can't make the funeral I will be there with you in spirit and I will be around afterwards to meet up to share fond memories and catch up. "


Sympathy Phrases to Avoid


Memorial Photo Cards and Keepsakes - Mother/Father

  • "I know how you feel" 
  • Time heals" 
  • "They are in a better place now." 
  • "You'll soon get over it, you're strong." 
  • "They lived a long time, it was their time to go" 
  • "It will be alright, you'll meet someone else." 
  • "You were blessed to know them, be thankful" 
  • "You have your whole life ahead of you." 
  • "Life goes on." 
  • "Oh well at least you weren't that close!" 
  • "It's not like losing a child or a parent" 
  • "My mate Sandra just lost her dad it was awful"

Yes, you and I have all used some variation of the above in the past and we did so with the very best of intentions!
Personalized Photo Frame Funeral Collection
It is just the case that people do not want their sadness and sorrow to be made to be smaller, less important or less impacting while in their moment of grief, which after all can last a lifetime. How we manage our lives after the loss of a loved one doesn't mean we grieve for them any less on any single day.

We just don't show it, or have a way of shielding others from it. And most importantly we do not want to get over it, forget about it. We want that person remembered and treasured as much in death as in life.
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Personalized Photo Frame Funeral Collection

Comforting Lines and Verses


“Parents hold their children’s hands for just a little while .. their hearts forever.” Author Unknown

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Hold tight to memories for comfort, Lean on your friends for strength, And always remember how much you are cared about." Author Unknown


"Our love will be deeper, our life will be fuller because we shared your moment.” Author Unknown
Religious Funeral Thank You Cards
"Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know that they are standing by." Author Unknown 

"Those who loved can truly tell, the heartache of parting without farewell." Author Unknown 


"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Author Unknown


"May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead." Author Unknown 


"They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies." William Penn 


"You don’t get over it, you just get through it. Your don’t get by it, because you can’t get around it. It doesn’t ‘get better’; it just gets different. Everyday… Grief puts on a new face…." Wendy Feireisen



"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear." Author Unknown 

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." Author Unknown 


"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." Leo Buscaglia 


"May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong." Chief Dan George 

How To Word Your 'Thank You For Marrying Us ' Cards

Thank You For Marrying Us Priest Cards

How To Word Your 'Thank You For Marrying Us' Cards


Below are some suggestions for 'heartfelt' thank you messages for your Priest who married you. You can re-word them so they are more personal to you as a couple and relate specifically to your ceremony. Use them as a guide rather than quoting verbatim.

Comment on how well the ceremony was received by your guests. How you felt before, during and after the ceremony thanks to the Priests contribution towards helping you feel relaxed, understanding your needs and offering you guidance.

If there was a special highlight moment, you may wish to mention that so that it is recorded in yours and your Priests memory when recalling your wedding day and the ceremony.

If your Priest contributed some 'extra special' thing make reference to that and show your appreciation. Anything above and beyond what was expected should receive a mention as well as your overall thanks for delivering a wonderful ceremony on the wedding day.
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Olive Branch watercolor wedding thank you cardThank Your Wording


(Add names - ie. Robert and I) both thank you very much for marrying us on (add date so they can recollect who you are). Your calm, kind, professional and engaging manner helped us and our guests to relax and fully enjoy the ceremony. We are so happy and blessed that we chose you to marry us. Thank you for accepting us and for making it happen. Warmest regards
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(Add names - ie. Robert and I) are so pleased that we chose you to marry us on (add date). The service was wonderful and you were so patient, flexible and professional. We will remember this day for the rest of our lives and you will always be part of that memory. Thank you again for making our day super special. Warmest regards (add names)
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Thank you very much for officiating our wedding ceremony and blessing our marriage. You gave it such a personal touch that it felt quite intimate and informal which we greatly appreciated as that's our style. We were touched by the wording and will remember it always. We had a lot of fun despite it being a serious occasion and you were a large part of that, helping us to feel relaxed and at ease. Our families and friends also gave high praise and a thumbs up for how smooth everything went and how lovely it all was. Thank you again! (names in full with date)
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Thank you so much for marrying us, we greatly appreciate the patience and kindness shown to us and the intimate nature of how the ceremony was performed. We received a lot of positive feedback from guests also. It is a day that will always be in our memory and you in our hearts.

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