Heaven Help Us!

Sister Mary Martha believes that everyone needs a little extra help from time to time. At Heaven Help Us!, they get that help straight from the top. Patron saints for every problem, hobby, job, lack of a job, annoyance, event, hope, dream, bad habits and fear. Have a custom patron saint matching, or look through more than 80 saints for every conceivable need.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Sister.
I realized that anytime a person told me about a problem they had, I knew what saint could help them. I woke up one morning out of the blue and thought, "I should make little bracelets with saints on them." I had a friend teach me how to put on clasps and I opened the shop.

Lately we've been focusing on the terrible economy with the patron saints of money help. The Infant of Prague, for financial stability, St. Martin de Tours to keep you out of the poor house, and Pope John Paul II, the patron saint of having a job you love for a really, really long time.

Each item comes with a holy card that I make myself with the story of the saint, written by me.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Gardening. (St. Rose of Lima...lived in her own garden in a gazebo her brother built for her.)

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping up with the inventory in the shop. I hate the idea that the saint someone is looking for isn't there.

Also naming the item. Many saints have more than one patronage. Which one should I feature? St. Martin de Porres is the patron saint of veterinarians, but he is also the patron saint of holistic healers, mice, nurses and a couple of other things. I have him listed as the patron saint of Trekkies, because he could travel the way they do on Star Trek. He once 'beamed up" an entire group of Brothers who were at a picnic and were late for Vespers. One moment they were at a picnic and the next they were in front of the chapel.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The Infant of Prague coin purse. They come in such cheery colors. The coasters are pretty useful, too.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. I didn't realize that my getting motion sickness at the drop of a hat and fear of heights would be a problem.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I have to admit I like to prowl the vintage shops. My aunt used to collect salt and pepper shakers and they still fascinate me. Etsy's search bar works very, very well for that.

What does your future hold?
Same old, same old. I hope. I like it that way. Dusting pews, scaring children....

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