This shirt is in honor of the 9 days and over 200 km that my brother and I spent on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in April of 2010. What a wonderful experience of hiking, meeting new people, thinking, praying, and eating new and delicious foods. The Camino takes folks from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela which is situated in the northwest part of Spain. St. James the Apostle is buried there at the Cathedral there. Pilgrims come from all over thew world and complete all or part of the pilgrimage for a variety of reasons. Some walk and some ride bikes or horses. The scallop and yellow arrow are important symbols and markers along the way. Can you find them on the shirt (the back is blank)? If you’ve spent time on the Camino, then this shirt will help you tell your story. If you haven’t spent time on the Camino, then I recommend you figure out a way to make it happen! Buen Camino!
The Catholic tee shirt is one of our most popular shirts because it’s pretty simple and gets right to the point. It was inspired by my college COAST GUARD sweatshirt from years ago, and I wanted something similar that would promote my Catholic faith. We had a navy sweatshirt with white ink, and the font was basically the same. It was warm and comfortable, and it could be worn with just about anything. 20+ years later, I still have mine! The word CATHOLIC really throws people off sometimes. If I wear it in the DC area, then folks think it’s CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY. Anywhere else I get looks (and double looks). I’ve had people ask me “are you Catholic” (yes!) or “where do you go to Mass” (St. Mary of the Lakes in Eustis, FL or St. Patrick in Mt. Dora….when I’m home). I’ve had a few folks actually tell me that it reminded them to go to Mass or to tell a story from CCD, CYO, or their Newman Club from college days. It’s a conversation starter for sure and a gentle reminder to myself to “wear my faith on my sleeve!”
“We have done two fundraisers in our parish with CATgear and both have been very successful. I think the neatest part of this fundraiser has been the many comments I have received from customers who have had such positive reactions from other people while wearing their ‘Catholic’ shirts! What a great way to evangelize the Catholic faith!”
Sandy Seefeldt ~ St. Arnold’s Catholic Church ~ Milnor, ND LEARN MORE
Everyone wants to belong to something. As Catholics, our faith connects us to each other throughout the world. When I wear my CATHOLIC tee shirt, I always have someone come up and ask “where do you go to Mass?” CATgear provides clothing so we can proudly wear our faith on our sleeve!
We are building community one event…one shirt…one person at a time!
The Archdiocese of Atlanta will be hosting their Eucharistic Congress June 24-25 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Speakers include Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Raymond Arroyo, Paul Thigpen, Dana, Father Bob Barron, and Sister Olga of the Eucharist. Russ Spencer will emcee, so it’ll be a great time! CATgear has been at this event for the past several years, and it’s always a fun event. Please stop by our table and say hello!
Here’s the website for the Congress: www.archatl.com/congress/
The shirts will be available for men and women summer 2011 on our site.
If your church or group needs to raise funds and would also like to evangelize and build community, then you may want to consider this “stimulus” plan. CATgear sends you 2-3 boxes of Catholic gear and your group sells the gear at a mark-up price to generate profit. Keep the shirts for a month and simply return the unsold items. Payment isn’t due until AFTER the month, so no out of pocket costs for your group. We do ask you to cover shipping charges. Interested? Let us know!
Heading to the Eucharistic Congress for the Archdiocese of Atlanta this weekend (June 25th)! We’ve been at this event for many years, and we’ve seen it grow each year. One of the first year’s was at the outside venue in June, talk about hot and humid! It’s always a fun gig, and we look forward to it every year. We’ll have cool Catholic tee shirts, Catholic hoodies (remember when the AC was blasting!), and Catholic hats to boost your Catholic wardrobe. Also, ask us about easy fundraising for your group. Please stop by and say hello. See you at Congress!
What a great time we had at Congress this year! Yes, we sold some Catholic tee shirts, hats, and hoodies, but it’s always fun to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Plus, Josh and Maddie (my nephew and niece) had lots of fun. I sure was proud of them as they stepped up and took over the table. They encouraged me to take a “break”, and they took care of customers, shirts, and then some. A great time for sure!
If you’re looking to raise funds, build community, and evangelize then you may want to consider our easy consignment fundraiser. We ship you product, you sell it, you return unsold items, and you simply pay for items sold. We ship you Catholic tee shirts, hoodies, hats, etc. and you just make the products available to your group, church, etc. for sale. Interested, contact us soonest!