Norbertine Nuns taking Wreath Orders!

It’s that time of year again! The Norbertine Nuns in California have begun taking orders for their incredibly fresh, long-lasting Christmas wreaths. My husband rolled his eyes when ours arrived last year, and wondered why I was ordering from the sisters, rather than from the Boy Scout troop, but even he had to admit that the huge wreath was gorgeous, wonderfully constructed and so fresh that we kept it on our door through to February — I just took off the Christmas stuff and put Valentine’s Day hearts on it.

I would have gone for Shamrocks in March, but my husband said, “enough, already, take down the wreath and put up the gremlin.” He is Italian and does not understand Leprechauns.

The Scouts did okay by us, by the way — we used their wreaths for the garage doors!

These Norbertine wreaths, I can’t praise enough, but let Mother Mary Augustine tell it:

September 29, 2011;
Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, Archangels

Dear Friends of the Norbertine Sisters and our Annual Christmas Wreath Sale,

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
On behalf of the Norbertine Sisters of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph, we send you our warm and prayerful greetings, hoping that all is well with you, your families and all your loved ones.

Thank you once again for your generosity last year in our annual Christmas wreath fund-raiser! As you may know, we had our best Christmas wreath season ever last year, with 1000 wreaths sold across the country, and the Sisters are already busy preparing for the 2011 season. With deep gratitude for your past support, we invite you to our new website (under construction) where you can “click” to view or download our 2011 two-page Christmas wreath flyer(pdf), which includes some of your many wonderful comments from the 2010 season, and our 2011 Christmas Wreath Order Form .

We are blessed, in these difficult economic times, to be able to offer our Christmas wreaths at the price as last year — $35 plus tax (for CA orders) and shipping (via UPS).

Please place your order as soon as possible, as our supply is again limited to approximately 1,000 wreaths.

With thanksgiving for your friendship in Christ, please be assured of our daily prayers for you and all your intentions, as we remain grateful for your prayers for us as well, especially for our most pressing need: our convent expansion project.

With four young women having entered in the past two months and two more scheduled to enter before year end, we will be at 26 sisters and near capacity; with God’s grace, we hope to break ground next Spring for our convent expansion project. This 2-1/2 story building-annex to our monastery will: (1) provide much-needed space for our growing community, (2) replace our three deteriorating modular trailers (which have served as our dormitories and novitiate since 2000), and (3) include two professional kitchens so that we can sell our artisan cheese to the public, as well as our jams and biscotti at venues other than the Priory. We thank you for your continuing prayers for this urgently-needed project.

May God bless and keep you, and may the holy archangels protect you always …

Prayerfully in Christ, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. Norbert,

Mother Mary Augustine, O. Praem., and the Norbertine Sisters

P.S. If you wish to send gift wreaths to the same persons as last year, please know that we have this information (e.g., names, addresses, etc.) in our files and are happy to help!

Here is a look at the lives of the Norbertine Nuns –

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  • Jane Hartman

    Absolutely heavenly……

  • Julie

    Impressed at how the nuns sew the vestments by hand. Every stitch is a prayer.

  • tempus fugit

    Can they only meet with family and friends through that barrier for the rest of their lives?

    [Yes, the grille makes an important distinction that some communities still embrace, marking their dedication to enclosure. It's not a prison. They are not there against their will, and can always leave. But they choose enclosure in order to (paradoxically) free themselves from attachments and distractions of the world in order to live in prayer and community. One of their newsletters describes their daily lives and it is not a life that can be lived with a lot of coming and going. A monastic community is like a powerhouse. You don't keep the fence up to keep the power in, but to keep out others who will gum up the works, so to speak. Not all enclosed communities still use the grille. Our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ took down theirs and are able to hug their visitors. The Dominican Nuns in Springfield, MA, on the other hand, have recently decided to RESTORE their grilles, because they've determined that a stricter sense of enclosure would benefit them. -admin]