Every Ending Has a New Beginning

Pictured at left: Roslyn Barry, Cecilia Balog and Donna Biegler, original owners of The Paschal Lamb.

In the fall of 1987 a small group of women, surely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit but without any retail experience among them, decided to open a tiny Catholic bookstore and gift shop in Fairfax.  The population of Northern Virginia was expanding westward and there was a pressing need to provide quality religious books and gifts to the many Catholics in the area. In the fall of 1987 a small group of women, surely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit but without any retail experience among them, decided to open a tiny Catholic bookstore and gift shop in Fairfax.  The population of Northern Virginia was expanding westward and there was a pressing need to provide quality religious books and gifts to the many Catholics in the area.

In the fall of 1987 a small group of women, surely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit but without any retail experience among them, decided to open a tiny Catholic bookstore and gift shop in Fairfax. The population of Northern Virginia was expanding westward and there was a pressing need to provide quality religious books and gifts to the many Catholics in the area.

For thirty-three years, Donna Biegler, Roslyn Barry and I put our heart and soul into operating The Paschal Lamb, the tiny shop that after three expansions, three popes and three bishops, has become the spacious, welcoming, trusted store that it is today.  For many of those years we were joined by Vee Murray, Fran Tancreti, and Barbara Schwartz who were ready to fill in for us whenever we called on them.  We always considered them a part of The Paschal Lamb family and they remain dear friends today.

Do keep all of us – founding owners and new owners – in your prayers as we embark on this new phase of our lives.  And please do continue to support The Paschal Lamb with your patronage so that the Lord blesses HIS store for at least thirty-three fruitful years to come!

God bless you all!

Cecilia Balog, Founder


Continuing the Legacy 

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Julia Hecton, Sharon Driscoll, Laura Mead and Barbara Schwartz, our new owners.

As the new shepherds, we are incredibly grateful to have the torch passed to us, and we pledge to faithfully serve the many devoted friends and patrons of The Paschal Lamb. In the coming months you may see small changes to the store as we add our personal touch to the space.  The mission of the store has not and will not change; it will continue to respond to the call to evangelize and to support our wonderful Catholic community. We look forward to meeting you personally and helping you find what you’re looking for; either in our store, or on our evolving website.

God bless you!

Julia, Sharon, Laura and Barbara

THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE

Before his conversion, Paul was known as Saul, a Jew born from the tribe of Benjamin.  He was a Pharisee who believed in strict adherence to Jewish law. Saul became a violent persecutor of the early Christians in Jerusalem and participated in the stoning of St. Stephen, the first Catholic martyr.

On a mission from the high priest, Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest yet more Christians there.  As he was nearing the town, he encountered the Risen Christ (Acts 9:1-19, Galatians 1:13-14).  A bright light shone and he heard a voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Paul replied, “Who are you, Lord?” Jesus responded, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:4-5). Jesus then instructed Saul to wait in Damascus for further instructions. Saul was shaken and blinded by the experience. A Christian named Ananias came and baptized Saul and his sight was immediately restored (Acts 22: 12-16).  Saul was transformed by this encounter.  He changed his name to Paul, and became an ardent follower of Christ.  He was called to be a missionary to the Gentiles and ultimately was martyred in Rome around 65 AD.

What can we learn from the conversion of St. Paul? We discover that God’s grace is powerful enough to return the hardest of hearts to himself.  We see that God can use anyone or anything to accomplish his divine purpose, which gives us great hope.  No matter our weaknesses, or imperfections, or how grave our sin; we have worth in Christ Jesus and there is a divine purpose to which we each are called.

Let us listen for the voice of Christ in our own lives. Let us be transformed by the power of his grace, so that we, too may fulfill the purpose to which He calls us.

St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us.