Victory Gift Shop opened September 23, 2017. The store’s mission is to be a resource for items that inspire and strengthen the Christian faith in the West Hills of Pittsburgh (Moon Township and surrounding areas). Victory Gift Shop also desires to help our local churches save on costs so many bulk orders are offered at discounted prices.
A note from Kelly:
I am a convert to the Catholic Faith and I love it, it’s the reason I wake up every morning. However, prior to becoming Catholic, if anyone would have told me that I would be making major life changing decisions with a novena prayer, I would have told them they were crazy… but this is exactly what happened.
I just could not stop noticing that we had a need for local resources, a place where you don’t have to hunt for Catholic authors among a generic religious section or where you can check out the rosaries to make sure the beads feel right in your hands. Of course, I also wanted to help the Church and people kept telling me to find a way to use my skills. I joke that I can’t sing so I opened a store instead, but really here I was with this odd set of business skills that transferred rather nicely to retail.
Father Frank, my pastor, very wisely directed me to make sure that it was God’s will that I do this and not my own so he recommended a Novena to St. Therese of Lisieux. Everything started to come together during the novena. The store suddenly went from being just an idea to something real and tangible, as resources started coming my way.
Believing that it was God’s will gave me the courage to leave a good job and put everything I owned on the line. Still, I don’t really feel as though this is my store. I am just very grateful that I have been “called” to provide faith inspiring resources at fair prices. May God give us all the courage to do His will and celebrate in His Victory!
“For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.” – 1 John 5: 3-4