Monday, August 20, 2007

Blest Art, Inc. at Church of St. John of St. Paul

"Next weekend, August 25th and 26th (2007), representatives of Blest Art, Inc., will display in our church hall beautifully carved sacred images, the work of Palestinian Catholics using olive wood native to the Holy Land. Over the years, I have purchased a number of their beautiful products: a large Nativity set, a representation of the Last Supper, and a number of individual statues. They are both a joy to behold and an inspiration. Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, Blest Art, Inc. serves as the marketing agent in America for these sacred images. Six hundred Christian families (mostly Roman Catholic) in the Bethlehem area rely on the sale of these products as their principal source of income. In recent years, subjected to the daily pressures brought to bear by an increasingly aggressive Islamic environment, most of the Christian families, despite their millenial connection with the Holy Land, have fled to the Christian West. The six hundred or so families who still remain in the Bethlehem region are reluctant to leave, since to do so would be to remove from the birthplace of Christ the living witness of the Christian faithful. Purchase of these products helps us to enable these familes to remain in the neighborhood of Bethlehem."---Father George Welzbacher

The Church of St. John is located at 977 E 5th St. in St. Paul. 651-771-3690
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