The Parish Store is a source of inspiration

The Parish Store offers hard-to-find religious and inspirational articles and gifts. The Parish Store recently mover to a larger location and launched a shopping website. The Parish Store has unique christian and catholic items, gifts for baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations and other events.

Whether you're looking to mark a religious milestone, celebrate a holiday, or just spread some inspiration, The Parish Store is the source for religious articles and gifts. Blake Pra Sisto, owner of The Parish Store in Pompton Lakes, provides inspiration for many faiths with her extensive array of religious articles and gifts. Angels are a cherished item for many shoppers at The Parish Store in Pompton Lakes downtown.

Before launching The Parish Store in the heart of the downtown at 322D WanaqueAve., Blake Pra Sisto worked for four years at St. Mary's Parish nearby. She got to see first-hand that many religious items were hard to find. "People were coming in all the time asking where can I get a Bible, rosary, or First Communion gift?", she said. "We didn't have anywhere to send them." Opening the store was her way to fill a void by supplying inspiration items cherished by the Catholic faith. But Pra Sisto welcomes people of all faiths into her store with merchandise many would love. "We really get all different faiths. We even have a rabbi and his wife in town who come into the store," she said. "We're serving the need in this community and beyond," said Pra Sisto.

"A lot of people come in because we have a very big selection of inspirational gifts," she said. The book "Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul" is something many would find encouraging, along with inspirational cards, garden ornaments like angels, and soothing music. Among the store's hot-sellers are gifts for baby's christening/baptism; Nativities, ornaments and presents at Christmas-time; and an extensive array of crosses and crucifixes. Wedding gifts are also available. When it comes to jewelry, one is never too young for religious pins, medals or necklaces, Pra Sisto said. Medals serve many needs and the store has a vast array for many purposes. For example, Saint Michael, the patron saint of soldiers, is often given to men and women in the armed forces, while Saint Christopher is seen as a guardian of athletes. Saints bracelets are another popular item.

In addition, rosary bracelets put rosary beads, a crucifix and miraculous medal all in jewelry form to follow the wearer throughout the day's events. "We sell a lot [of these] for babies for baptism gifts often from godparents or grandparents," Pra Sisto said, adding that it's also a popular Holy Communion present. The jewelry found at the store can also be a source of comfort for those who are ill. This is especially the case with the cancer bracelet made up of different colored stones representing different types of cancer. Some may wear the bracelet in honor of a loved one struggling with cancer, she explained. Or they may buy it for a friend and for themselves to be united against the disease.

The store?s jewelry showcase also includes the sterling silver purity ring, with which the wearer makes a promise to God to preserve themselves for marriage. "A lot of young ones are wearing it," she said. The Parish Store recently moved to a nearby larger location that offers an improved shopping experience. Additionally, a new shopping website was recently launced so that customers who find it more convenient to shop online now have that option.

The Parish Store continues to offer specialized catholic and christian gifts that are difficult to find elsewhere. For example, Jerusalem Stone that is quarried in the Holy Land and has inspirational words or scriptures is one of the unusual and special items available.If one is trying to sell a home, a St. Joseph homesellers kit can be purchased to assist in this endeavor. The store also offers an extensive array of car visor clips such as guardian angel ot St. Christopher clips, as well as ones for new drivers.A wonderful selection of faith-based children's books are availalbe as well as bibles for every age from infant through adult.

The Parish Store also supplies church goods. Some of the items available include candles, communion hosts, vestments, chalices, collection baskets, stationary items, incense and charcoal.

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