News Release for Building Home Shrines

For Immediate Release

Jeffrey Goettemoeller, 660-528-0768

Bring Catholic Culture Home!

November 2007 — A convert to the Catholic faith, Constance Malewski enjoys bringing beauty and a sense of the sacred into the life of her family by building home shrines. “After a hard day, during times of stress, or while in prayer,” writes Connie, “it is a pleasure to sit or kneel at a home shrine. A beautifully constructed shrine will add to the attractiveness of a room, foster thoughts that turn one toward God, help us remember to pray, and bring a sense of well being and dignity to a home.”

In her new book, Building Home Shrines: Bringing Catholic Culture into our Homes & Schools through Art, Symbols, & Sacramentals, Connie explains how to make pedestals and backdrops, achieve unity through theme, materials, and color, share your faith by building shrines with children, and make “pocket shrines” to carry anywhere! Nineteen color photos by Stephanie Hesse illustrate these simple techniques and provide plenty of ideas to get started.

Constance Barrett Malewski resides in St. Joseph, Missouri. Her passion for traditional Catholic art led Connie to establish a business, “Colorful Saints,” in partnership with her sister, Kathy Hesse. Connie and Kathy restore sacred statues, that these reminders of God’s love may inspire future generations.

Building Home Shrines is available from,, or contact Prairie Oak Publishing: 660-528-0768 or
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Building Home Shrines: Bringing Catholic Culture into our Homes & Schools through Art, Symbols, & Sacramentals by Constance Barrett Malewski. Photography by Stephanie Hesse. 2007, Original Edition, 8.5 x 8.5, 16 pages, 19 color photos. ISBN 978-0-9786293-1-1.
LCCN: 2007939303. $12.00

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