The Paschal Lamb

The Catholic Store for Books & Bibles, Distinguished Christian Gifts, Jewelry & Art Since 1987

Open House & Steve Hemler Book Signing 12/7/19

Join us at The Paschal Lamb this Saturday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Author and Catholic Apologist Steven R. Hemler will be available to sign his books, The Reality of God and Search No More, answer questions and chat with you. We are honored to host Mr. Hemler and hope you will be able to come meet him. We will also be serving refreshments all day for our annual Open House.

Steven R. Hemler is President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of The Reality of God: The Layman’s Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator and Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness, both published by Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books.  He is also the Coordinator of Christian Initiation and Adult Faith Formation for his parish, Precious Blood Catholic Church in Culpeper.  Steve has a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also has a Certificate in the Catechism of the Catholic Church from Catholic Distance University and Advanced Catechist Certification from the Diocese of Arlington.

Steve has been actively involved in adult and adolescent catechesis for over 30 years, including developing and teaching six popular online apologetics seminars for the Certificate in Apologetics offered by Catholic Distance University.  His multimedia presentations focus on strengthening faith and equipping Catholics to better explain and share why we believe what we do.  After a 33-year professional engineering career, including 13 years in Saudi Arabia, Steve took early retirement in 2011 to follow a calling to serve God and the Church full-time.  He and his wife Linda have been married for nearly 40 years and have three grown children.

The Reality of God addresses these all-important questions by providing an introductory overview of key scientific evidence, philosophical reasons, and insights drawn from human nature demonstrating God’s existence.

In simple, accessible language―and well-supported by scientific experts―author Steven Hemler guides the reader through compelling evidence for the existence of God. Hemler shows how natural sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics―far from disproving religious belief―suggest and reveal the existence of a Creator at every turn.

Catholics and others seeking sound reasons, credible science, and faithful theology supporting belief in God will cherish this easy-to-read book.

The Reality of God provides:

• An opportunity to address doubts about God’s existence and strengthen faith

• Persuasive reasons for belief valuable for sharing with questioning family and friends

• Arguments showing the compatibility of faith and reason/science

• Reasonable answers to the evolution vs. creation debate

• A great gift, including for high school and college students.

The Reality of God puts forth in layman’s terms how science and the natural world point to God’s existence. Anyone seeking answers to life’s deepest question will find in author Steven Hemler an indispensable guide.

Why are we not truly happy with what everyone says are the good things in life, including money, fun and friends?

How does being a committed Christian bring true happiness?

How can we know that Jesus is really the divine Son of God who rose from the dead?

Is there scientific evidence that the afterlife and heaven are real and, if so, how are we saved?

Why would anyone want to be a practicing Catholic in today’s world?

Search No More provides clear, compelling, and concise answers to these and other “big questions” about happiness, Jesus, salvation, and the Catholic faith. In Search No More, author Steven Hemler makes the case that the keys to truth and happiness are Jesus and his Church, as experienced by himself, the saints, and millions of others over the past 2,000 years.

Even though the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandals are terrible and have damaged the credibility of the Catholic Church’s witness, this does not negate the wisdom and truth of the Church’s divinely inspired teachings nor prevent us from finding true happiness and joy in her service-oriented community and sacramental graces. Explore this claim for yourself and discover the happiness and truth you are searching for in life.

Search No More will be of interest to anyone seeking something more or examining the truth of key teachings of the Catholic Church, including those who were raised Catholic and have questions about the faith of their childhood. Search No More will dispel doubts, strengthen faith, and provide valuable information for discussion with family and friends who have questions about Catholicism.
Search No More also makes a great gift, especially for those who were raised Catholic but no longer go to Mass.

Happy Labor Day!

We pray that your observance of Labor Day was restful and you are ready for the ‘fall rhythm of life’. We will be going back to normal business hours starting Tuesday, September 3rd. Come visit us anytime Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.!

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Summer Hours and Red Dot Sale!

summer2Our summer hours are in effect July 1-September 1! We will be closing each day at 5:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. Our doors open at 10:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday. Enjoy your summer!

Please come in for our Red Dot Sale!  we have shelves stocked with slightly scratched, dented or discontinued items and all are greatly reduced!Red Dot Sale


Happy, Holy Easter!

We pray that you and yours have a happy, holy Triduum and Easter season!


Hang in there!

spring croacasesSpring IS on the way…but because of today’s winter storm, we’re closed, 2/20/2019. Stay warm and stop by tomorrow instead!

We’re open today!

Yes, we are open for business, January 14, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stop by if you are out and about and please…be careful out there!

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Closing at 5:00 p.m. 1/12/19

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Due to inclement weather, we will be closing at 5:00 p.m. today, January 12, 2019. Stay safe out there!

Oplatek! (Part 2)

We have customers coming in who aren’t of Polish decent asking about this beautiful tradition. Of course you can adopt it in your family even if you aren’t Polish!

The following is an article from The Polish American Journal with a thorough description of how to celebrate with Oplatek:

The Breaking of the Oplatek

One of the most beautiful and most revered Polish customs is the “breaking of the oplatek.” The use of the Christmas wafer (oplatek) is practiced not only by native Poles in Poland, but by people all over the world whose ancestors came from Poland.

The “oplatek” is a thin wafer, made of flour and water. For table use, it is white. In Poland, colored wafers are used to make Christmas tree decorations. Formerly, these were baked by organists or by religious and were distributed from house to house in the parish during Advent. Today, they are produced commercially and sold in religious stores and houses.

On Christmas eve, the whole family gathers and waits impatiently for the appearance of the first star. With its first gleam, they all approach a table covered with hay and a snow-white table cloth. A vacant chair and a place setting is reserved for the unexpected guest, always provided for in hospitable Polish American homes.

The father or eldest member of the family reaches for the wafer, breaks it in half and gives one half to the mother. Then each of them breaks a small part of each other’s piece and, after a warm kiss, they wish each other long life, good health, joy and happiness, not only for the holiday season, but for the coming year and for many years to come.

Now the same ceremony is repeated between father and their children, as well as among the children, then, with the relatives and even strangers, if they happen to be present. The ceremony over, they all sit down to a tasteful, though meatless supper, after which they sing kolendy (Christmas carols and pastorals) until the time for Midnight Mass, also know as “Pasterka.”

Sometimes, the oplatek is sent, in a greeting card, to loved ones away from home.


oplatekAn ancient, Polish tradition, these wafers are shared at the Christmas Eve table in memory of ancestors, departed loved ones and for the Unseen Guest, Jesus Christ. There is high hope that the “Unexpected Guest” will come and bless the gathering. What a beautiful way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! We have plenty on stock. $1.50 for a single wafer packet and $3.00 for three (two white and one pink).

This item is not available in our online store, however, for your convenience, you can call the store and arrange payment.  We are happy to mail your order to you.

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