St. Maria Goretti Medallion Large Tote Bag
The St. Maria Goretti Medallion Large Tote Bag features a beautiful double-sided custom print on a premium quality imitation leather tote bag. Comfortable and sturdy adjustable carrying straps with high-quality stitching for long-lasting durability. Finished with multiple interior compartments to keep your items organized. A truly unique way to share your faith or a special holiday, birthday or confirmation gift.
◼ Adjustable Straps 11"
◼ Zippered Top Closure
This is a couture item which is custom made-to-order. Our couture collection features exclusive, custom designs with our signature crown somewhere within the design. Not sold in stores and you won’t find this anywhere else!
Please expect longer than normal ship times during the pandemic. The carriers and shipping facilities are overwhelmed with more packages than they can handle at this time.
Our custom made-to-order tote bags ship world-wide directly from our exceptional craftsmen in China. Production Time Approximately: 7-10 days Ship Time by FedEx or DHL Express Approximately: 2-5 days. For FedEx or DHL Delivery, please use a physical street address for your shipping address. They can not deliver to PO Boxes. Destination tracking is available for most countries. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as your order has shipped.
Please Note that during peak shopping seasons, production and ship time may take a little longer than normal. If you are buying this item as a gift, please order as early as possible. We don't want to disappoint you or the gift recipient with a potentially delayed order.
For countries where tracking numbers are not available, this item should arrive by regular post within 2-4 weeks. Orders that have not arrived within 45 days from the time your order has shipped are eligible for a free reshipment or a refund.
The printed area of this tote bag is made with a high quality, textured imitation taiga leather (similar to the material used for the Gucci and Louis Vuitton luxury handbags). This material is made with split leather (that’s the fibrous part of the hide left over from making genuine leather) which has been bonded with polyurethane. This material is extremely durable and the image will not fade, peel or flake. This tote bag is vegan and eco friendly.
Your freshly made bag might arrive with a "new bag smell" (similar to a new car smell) that some people love and others do not. When you receive your bag, please unwrap it and allow the bag breathe for 24-48 hours to absorb the natural scents of its surroundings. To clean your handbag, use a soft, damp towel to wipe away any dust or dirt. You can use a mild soap or cleaning spray if needed. Please do not put this handbag in the washing machine.
ST. MARIA GORETTI
One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization —250,000 — symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the story of Maria Goretti. She was the daughter of a poor Italian farmer, had no chance to go to school and never learned to read or write. Her father died early in her life and left her mother to feed all of their children.
On July 5th, 1902 at the age of 11, Maria was sitting on the steps of her home sewing a shirt for her brother. A cart stopped outside, and a neighbor, 18-year-old Alessandro, ran up the stairs. He seized her and pulled her into a bedroom. She struggled and tried to call for help. “No, God does not wish it,” she cried out. “It is a sin. You would go to hell for it.”
At her words, Alessandro began to choke her and Maria said she would rather die than submit. Upon hearing her refusal, he stabbed her with a stitching awl 11 times. When she tried to make her way to the door he stabbed her 3 more times and then fled.
Maria's family returned home to find her bleeding on the floor. She was rushed to the hospital where they performed surgery without anesthesia but her wounds were beyond repair. Her last hours were marked by the usual simple compassion of the good — concern about where her mother would sleep, forgiveness of her murderer, and her devout welcoming of her last Holy Communion. She died 24 hours after the attack while looking at an image of the Virgin Mary and holding a cross to her chest.
Alessandro was captured and questioned where he admitted he was not successful in raping Maria and she died a virgin. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. For a long time he was unrepentant and surly. One night he had a dream or vision of Maria gathering flowers and offering them to him. His life changed. When he was released after 27 years, his first act was to go to beg the forgiveness of Maria’s mother.
Devotion to the young martyr grew, miracles were abundant, and in less than half a century she was canonized. At her beatification in 1947, her 82-year-old mother, two sisters and a brother, appeared with Pope Pius XII on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Three years later at Maria’s canonization, a 66-year-old Alessandro Serenelli knelt among the quarter-million people and cried tears of joy. He later became a laybrother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, where he lived in a monastery and worked until his death.