Seeking Contributors!

three-wise-men-maria-dryfhoutHope you are not freezing to death here in early January as we celebrate New Year’s, Epiphany, and the rest of the Christmas season.  We are already starting to think about the next issue of A & H and as always we need Catholic writers to share their wonderful work with us!  (Otherwise we have to write the whole thing ourselves – scary!)

At this point we are open to submissions in all categories:  Food, Fashion, Health/Home, Womanhood, Relationships…even Etiquette issues that you’ve encountered.  Check out our submissions page for further guidelines, but if you’re in doubt as to whether something might make the cut or not, send it along regardless.  We’ll be happy to take a look at it!

We are tentatively aiming for a release date near the end of March, so it would be great if we could receive your pieces starting in February or even late January.

Altar & Hearth Issue 5 is here…

…and happy feast of St. Jerome!  Definitely a good saint to publish a Catholic magazine with.  Special thanks this time around go to eShakti for graciously allowing us to use some fantastic screenshots from their website – be sure to check out their stuff and like them on on social media!  Our awesome cover photo (yes, that is a real red caboose!) was taken at Mae Stecker Park in Shelby Township, Michigan, which is a photographer’s paradise featuring a lake, gardens, historical buildings, and a parked steam locomotive with tender and caboose, open to public posing and climbing. Great fun!

Now that it’s hurricane season for the southern states, you may have a more specific interest in listening to this musical arrangement of the French hymn mentioned in our feature story, a poignant reminder of the great Galveston Hurricane that struck in September of 1900.

You’ll notice that we’re doing a little experimenting with our cover – we’d love to hear your feedback!  Be sure to read the updates about advertising with us in the editor’s column; this is a great opportunity for home businesses and Catholic professionals to get their brand out there at a very reasonable cost, especially if they offer products and services online.

And as always, don’t forget to share with friends and spread the love!



Happy Easter to you all! Since the last issue was published in September of 2015, the head editor of A&H has welcomed an addition to her family, requiring she take some personal time off from working on the magazine. Colleen, the Design Editor, was kind enough to step in and bring you another issue of Altar and Hearth, but with her spin and slant on it. We think you’ll find much food for thought in this issue. Thanks to Colleen for taking point on this. (ISSUE 4 FOLLOWS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!)

A bit of housekeeping regarding the publication of the magazine: This is a biannual magazine, published twice a year, but we are excited to announce that from here on out issues will be Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter rather than Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall. We would love to be able to offer the magazine more frequently, however, with such limited staff, resources, and the needs of our respective families and duties, this is as much as we can handle.

If you or any of your acquaintances are interested in helping bring Altar and Hearth to the world, we welcome your contributions. To help, please email altarandheartheditors at gmail dot com with your name, contact info, and somewhat about how you would like to contribute (if by writing, expound on the topic, the angle, etc. if with photography, please send demos of your work or a link to your portfolio, etc.)

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here! To read Issue 4 of Altar and Hearth Magazine, click on the cover below. We welcome your commentary and opinions!

Spring-Summer 2016 new cover maybe


Cover Reveal for Issue 3 of A&H

It’s here! By the skin of our teeth, as our design editor prepares to go out of town and as our editor in chief prepares for a new arrival, it’s here. We’re still working on ironing out our publishing schedule – it’s only two issues a year, but trying to figure out where they should or can fall with our own schedules can be tricky!

But the cover is done! I know our fans are going to want to check out what we have going on in this issue, so here it is! Celebrate with us, share on social media, spread the love. Front Cover 2015 Summer finished

And the winner is….

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Congratulations, Littleways! Please contact me with your snail mail addy at altarandheartheditors at gmail dot com (replace ‘at’ with ‘@’ and ‘dot’ with ‘.’) so I know where to send your rosary.

Thanks to all those who participated. Watch for a new issue of A&H coming out this fall.

Assumption Day Decade Rosary Drawing


We thought it would be appropriately festive for us to host a drawing giving away decade rosaries to mark the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption. You have TWO chances to win, on the blog here and on FB.

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The blog drawing decade rosary is handcrafted with pink crystals, a brass medallion centerpiece of the Immaculate medal, and a matching brass St. Benedict crucifix. If you win, be sure to get your decade blessed with the special blessing reserved for St. Benedict medals!

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In the comments, tell us what you’ll be doing to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Will it be simple? Elaborate?

Head on over to our FB page to double your chances to win a decade rosary!