Renovated Catholic Store Now Gathering Place in Geneva
November 14, 2019
GENEVA—The Catholic Store in Geneva recently has become the Catholic Corner, moving to a new location and evolving into a gathering space for groups that make rosaries, for caregivers’ coffee times, for book events and monthly devotionals as well as offering a variety of Catholic items for purchase.
Its new location includes five rooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a fireplace and a parking lot.  
Parishioners from several area parishes and from the Fox Valley Women’s Bible Study joined family and friends to set up the space for a grand opening on Oct. 19. 
The event featured a blessing by Father Jonathan Bakkelund, pastor at St. Peter Parish in Geneva, prayer, music, food and a new Catholic card game by Cathy Kelley called “Journey of Joy.” 
Also featured were author Paula Lawler signing her book, “Graceful Motherhood in a Catholic Home,” Sandy Livingston of Living Image Solutions with her new Pocket Prayer Pillow, and Donna Doherty with Faith Painting.
“This store started as a little stand almost 14 years ago in the Antique Market of St. Charles,” says Catholic Corner board member Kim May. “Ten years ago it relocated to the Berry House in Geneva.
Five years ago, Judy Gay stepped up to keep the business from closing.”
Gay, a mother of 13 and a parishioner at Annunciation of  the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish for 18 years, “has been a wonderful witness to our Catholic faith for all these years,” May says. 
She describes the decision she and Gay made “to make it something more.  We wanted space to host, engage and encounter people from the area.”
To accomplish that goal, the Catholic Store was moved from the Berry House on Third Street to a larger location on Sixth Street and reopened as the Catholic Corner.
“Numerous people stepped up to make this possible,” May says, listing parishioners from St. Thomas More Parish-Elgin, Marmion Academy, St. Peter Parish-Geneva, Holy Cross Parish-Batavia, Annunciation BVM Parish-Aurora, Fox Valley Women’s Bible Study and “countless” friends and family. 
“From packers and window washers, to movers and sign makers — it has been a community effort. So begins the next chapter in our journey.”
Info: The Catholic Corner, 4 S. Sixth St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Phone: 630-457-5466.