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Celebrate Faith is the labor of love by a mother-daughter team looking to strengthen the spiritual lives of others as well as ourselves. While our experiences stem from a Roman Catholic background, Celebrate Faith focuses on personal spirituality rather than religious doctrine. To that end, we encourage not only religious faith, but also compassion, love, patience, and kindness. We hope that through encouraging contemplative prayer and meditation, we can support the spiritual journey of our world community.

Most of our items reflect that visual and tactile reminders of our spiritual and religious beliefs play an integral role in maintaining a spirit-filled heart and mind. While some of our items are traditional reminders (rosaries and prayer beads, decor, jewelry), others (prayer pockets and quilted prayer cloths) are original creations to support a spiritual experience…

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  • Joined July 18, 2011

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cloth, thread, buttons, wood, paint, swarovski crystals, sterling silver, photography paper

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About

Celebrate Faith is the labor of love by a mother-daughter team looking to strengthen the spiritual lives of others as well as ourselves. While our experiences stem from a Roman Catholic background, Celebrate Faith focuses on personal spirituality rather than religious doctrine. To that end, we encourage not only religious faith, but also compassion, love, patience, and kindness. We hope that through encouraging contemplative prayer and meditation, we can support the spiritual journey of our world community.

Most of our items reflect that visual and tactile reminders of our spiritual and religious beliefs play an integral role in maintaining a spirit-filled heart and mind. While some of our items are traditional reminders (rosaries and prayer beads, decor, jewelry), others (prayer pockets and quilted prayer cloths) are original creations to support a spiritual experience.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you on your journey.

While we are happy to offer many standard or ready-to-ship items, custom orders provide for the ideal creative relationship and product. Through your input, we can provide you with a product that will fulfill the best possible role in your spiritual development.

Celebrate Faith does not discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation, gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyle, etc. If you would like a custom item that integrates any of these elements, simply contact us to make arrangements. We do reserve the right to respectfully decline any request if we feel that it may impede our own spiritual journeys, though we anticipate that to be a very rare occurrence.

If you are purchasing an item as a gift, we are more than happy to accomodate your needs. Packaging and wrapping can be added onto your order; an accompanying card can be purchased as well, but we will also provide a complimentary printout with your message if you do not wish to send an additional card.

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HISTORY OF THE QUILTED PRAYER CLOTH

The Quilted Prayer Cloth is an original idea by Shannon Lutmer. This came about after a year of needing something to hold on to physically, while I prayed for our son, who was flown into Iraq for the “Iraqi Freedom Campaign” the day that it started. He was there for over a year. My prayer life had become so distracted with the additional worry, that having something tangible to hold on to was very important. I thought about what this could be, and even looked for inspiration on the internet, but found nothing that I thought would be helpful. I am a tactile person and fabric expresses a lot of feelings and ideas for me. So it came about that I started to match intention or prayer topic with different fabrics. The size of the finished item showed that it was portable to have with me, in many circumstances.

We were blessed to have our son return home, healthy and well. He then went to Kuwait for another tour, but I was more focused in my prayer life than before. During this time I started making prayer cloths for people that I cared for, and put things that I knew to be important to them in the their personalized prayer cloth. I also worked with my Kindergarten students and their families and had a night for everyone to create their own “Family Prayer Cloth.” This helped families to discuss and work out what they wanted to pray for as a family or individually. I also held workshops for other educators to share with them how to make these with their students and their families. During the workshops they each had an opportunity to create a personal prayer cloth, I worked with over 150 participants.

Over the years I have made several cloths, some for people I knew well and some for those that I only knew briefly. Now I want to offer this gift to everyone, and provide a tangible and personal “Quilted Prayer Cloth” for you or for someone you love. This is what Celebrate Faith is all about, providing beautiful and meaningful prayer support items for your spiritual journey and faith life.

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