A Brand New Glory Stories CD – Secrets From Heaven {and a St. Mary’s Messenger Giveaway!}

by | Nov 30, 2013 | Christmas 2013, Giveaway, Magazines, Saints | 77 comments

I always try to have my Christmas shopping completed (at least mostly completed) before Advent begins and am currently working on checking off a few last items as I start to pull out and set up all of our Advent Decorations and Book Baskets! This year I’ve broken the “three” gifts for each of our children into three categories: something fun, something faith based, and something to read.

We already had gifts/ideas for most of the children, but I was having a difficult time coming up with something faith based to put under the tree for Chiquita…  (I already have one of the Shining Light Dolls for her stocking.) I was so excited to hear that Holy Heroes has just released a brand new Glory Story CD: Secrets from Heaven – The Children of Fatima!  (If you buy it today you can also choose a free Holy Rosary CD!) It will be perfect for her!

I have decided to wrap the two CDs along with a copy of the St. Mary’s Messenger 2013 Summer Issue (which she hasn’t seen yet and which featured one of her past birthday parties!) and a St. Mary’s Messenger Subscription as her “faith based” gift. She is going to love it!

St. Mary’s Messenger is a full-sized, full-color, standalone, 32-page, quarterly Catholic magazine for kids, ages 7 to 12!  The yearly subscriptions (4 issues) are available for $19.95.  I’ve posted more about St. Mary’s Messenger here.

St. Mary’s Messenger has generously offered to give complimentary subscriptions to TWO of my visitors here at Shower of Roses!  If you would like to be entered in the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entry box below:


  1. Erica

    Jessica, you always have such fantastic ideas. Where oh where do you find the time? Have a Blessed Advent and Christmas Season!

  2. Sarah O

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for offering it. I've been looking for some ways and products to keep my young children involved and excited about their faith – this looks like a perfect treat to receive in the mail. =)

    Sarah @ Two Os Plus More

  3. Unknown

    I've been thinking about the new CD! I would love to win a subscription!

  4. Stephanie in Germany

    A blessed Advent, Jessica!

  5. Amy

    The St. Mary's Messenger looks delightful!

  6. Anonymous

    I agree! You always have the best ideas! Will you be sharing what you choose for your other children?

  7. Lovey Dove

    your blog is so inspiring

  8. Anonymous

    I was thinking about the St. Mary's Messenger magazine from a prior post that you had years ago. What a wonderful idea for a giveaway. Thank you so much.

  9. Sophie

    thank you for a chance to win, and for all the lovely ideas!

  10. Natalie S.

    Thank you for the opportunity! I love your blog!

  11. Aimee Landreneau

    I LOVE the way you're breaking down the three gifts!! If I weren't done shopping, I'd so use this idea!

  12. Shalon

    I would love to win a subscription!

  13. Karla in MN

    This would be wonderful! Hope I win a subscription! God bless, and thanks for all of the great ideas.

  14. Melissa

    Looks like a great magazine. My kids would really enjoy it!

  15. Rachel Arnold

    I would love to win this subscription. Happy Advent!

  16. Mimi G.

    Thanks for another wonderful giveaway! Blessed Advent!

  17. Nicole

    Fun giveaway! I will check out the magazine for my oldest for sure. And I may just have to order the new Holy Heroes cd. 🙂

  18. sandra fagundes

    Have a blessed Advent. It is always such a breath of fresh air to read your blog!

  19. Stephanie H

    I am so excited about this subscription, perfect inspiration for a gift for my godchildren.

  20. Ashley Sue

    Thank you for another amazing giveaway. Have a blessed advent!

  21. Audrey Sewald

    Thank you! I'm going to look into St. Mary's Messenger now for my kids!

  22. Anonymous

    How lovely! My 7 year old is hungry for things like this!

  23. noreen

    This is a wonderful giveaway Jessica! Please enter me.

  24. Amy

    We love Glory Stories! Thinking about getting the magazine!

  25. Anonymous

    Love your giveaway!
    Kathleen L.

  26. Emily

    Deo gratias!

  27. Anonymous

    Thanks for entering my name in the raffle. Love your blog ….Lisa p.

  28. Katie

    Looks fun and faith based – my daughter would love her own mag!

  29. Valerie

    Thank you for the giveaway! I have five children that would love to look at St. Mary's Messenger!

  30. Anonymous

    Love this giveaway. Even if I don't win I plan on getting a subscription for my kiddos!

  31. Julie

    These are so nice. Thanks for the giveaway. I just overhead one of my daughters telling her sister that she would like the entire Glory Stories set. WOW! I guess my hubby will have to work overtime for this one. God Bless Jessica!

  32. Erin

    This magazine is on my children's wish list!! I am hoping a relative will get it for them for Christmas, but this would be perfect as I don't think it is too likely they will.

    Thanks for hosting this!!!

  33. Anonymous

    This magazine looks darling. A blessed Advent to you! KB

  34. Maria

    Very cool

  35. Lenetta

    Would love this for my 6yo! Thanks!

  36. Emily

    I'm saving the name of the magazine for the future!

  37. Kristin

    Would love to win a subscription for my kids! So awesome they featured your little girl!

  38. Nicole Bradica

    What a neat magazine! Excited to learn more.

  39. Kristi M.

    St. Mary's Messenger would be a wonderful magazine for our 3 daughters!

  40. Shaina

    Just found out about this magazine at a recent homeschool meeting and would love to win a subscription for my boys.

  41. Erin

    Would love to win:) always hopeful

  42. Jennifer Elia

    I really like breaking the gifts into 3 categories like that. I guess I have been mostly doing that but organizing it that way makes gift choices easier. Thanks for the give away, have a great Advent.

  43. Leah W

    Sounds like a great magazine! I'll keep it in mind for my girls!

  44. Anonymous

    Thank you for this blog. It has enriched our family's faith. I would love to win a subscription to this magazine for my daughter.

  45. Anonymous

    I am a huge fan of Glory Stories, but had not heard of St. Mary's Messenger! It looks wonderful!
    My email is piper underscore pal at hotmail dot com.

  46. Anonymous

    You have such a wonderful blog full of great ideas for Catholic families. The magazine looks great.

  47. Anonymous

    Thank you for a delightful giveaway. God Bless your beautiful family and this wonderful Blog….

  48. Sarah

    Can't wait to see your other faith based gifts. I was wanting to get a Catholic magazine for my daughter and this will be perfect. Are there any other Catholic magazines for kids? Thank you!

  49. Jazlyn

    This is a wonderful giveaway. Have a great Advent!

  50. Leslie

    My kids LOVE Glory Stories, can't wait to get them the new one. 🙂 I'm sure they'd love the magazine too!

  51. Anonymous

    I love your idea of the three presents, we have been doing 'want, need, wear, read', but I really like your approach. We have baby 5 on the way, so things are getting tighter financially all the time. Dropping a gift each may help, and your categories are lovely! Do you do anything from 'Santa'? Just wondering how you approach that issue. I still haven't totally worked it out, other than constantly reminding the kids that Santa is St Nicholas! Thanks for your lovely and inspiring blog. Ellen (Australia)

  52. Anonymous

    I have wanted to find a Catholic magazine for my children. I didn't realize one existed!

  53. MrsB

    Thank you for the giveaway! I'm going to be devouring your blog during this season for tons of Advent ideas 🙂

  54. Laurel

    my oldest would love that!!

  55. kgill26

    We would love to receive this magazine! Always wanted to get it!

  56. Amy

    You have run so many great giveaways lately! Thank you and count me in again!

  57. Sarah

    Can't wait to listen to the new Glory Story!

  58. Anonymous

    Praying you receive as much beauty and inspiration this Advent as you share with your readers. With gratitude, Denise

  59. Casey

    We had a subscription once upon a time – loved it!

  60. Anonymous

    Thank you for the post, Jessica. I have been looking for a good Catholic magazine for our children am excited about this one! God bless, Frances.

  61. Anonymous

    As usual… Fabulous items!

  62. Anonymous

    What fun!

  63. Anonymous

    Thanks for the information on the magazine. Always looking for solid Catholic resources. Erin

  64. Angie W

    Would love to win this!!!

  65. Lindsay K

    Wow, thanks! I've only heard about this magazine through you and now I'm curious to see to it. 🙂

  66. Megan

    Great Advent gift ideas. The book and magazine look like they are full of info (well presented/illustrated too) about our faith!

  67. Anonymous

    I have a dear little Goddaughter who would love this magazine…I'd like to be part of the giveaway opportunity. Thank you Jessica. Sincerely, Debbie

  68. JenniferM

    My children would enjoy this. Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. elm

    Ooooo ooooo!! Raising my hand in the back of the room!!! My girls would LOVE this subscription, too!!! 🙂

  70. Unknown

    I love Glory Stories, and so do my kids! We also love getting magazines in the mail. My boys read them all cover to cover.

  71. Anonymous

    Thanks for the information about St. Mary's Messenger.

  72. mrsryko

    My girls would love the subscription to St. Mary's Messenger!

  73. Elizabeth

    Would love to win the subscription – thanks for the opportunity! God bless you!

  74. Unknown

    Thanks for all the Advent inspirations!


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