Canadians may think of Novalis as a book publisher, but did you know we also have a wide range of seasonal gifts that reflect the great diversity of Catholic devotions?
Each year in our Christmas Treasures catalogue, we offer to everyone everything from rosaries to candles to gift cards and holy medals. And in recent times we have doubled our efforts to ensure these items are made and/or distributed by Canadian artists and retailers.
A few examples:
We have a collection of delightful and colourful candles and ornaments made by residents of L’Arche communities in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Founded by Jean Vanier, L’Arche welcomes and supports women and men with varying intellectual and physical abilities. Over the years, Novalis has supported their efforts through publishing the works of their founder and those by and about the late Henri Nouwen, the renowned spiritual teacher who lived his final years in Richmond Hill. Now you can also share some of their other talents.
We have also had a long and fruitful (in more ways than one) relationship with the Trappist monks of Oka, Quebec. Since 1881 these monks have followed the Benedictine Rule, living as an example of prayer and service. From 2009, they have lived their monastic life at l’Abbaye Val Notre-Dame de Saint-Jean-de-Matha.
Among the perennial favourites from the monks is their Christmas fruitcake, of course. But if that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, we also have chocolates and chocolate and caramel sauces to top off your dessert.
And what would Christmas be without music? To round out the Christmas spirit, we bring you some of the best sounds of the world-famous St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. Founded in 1937 by Monsignor J.E. Ronan, the choir school is a national treasure.
This year we have six different CDs, offering collections of songs that will lead you on a musical journey around the world and inspire your Christmas celebrations.
You can find all the information you need to purchase any of these gifts, and many more in Christmas Treasures, right on the Novalis website.
May you and your family have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.