Since 2005, The Catholic Shop has supported the local communities of the Chicagoland area. It first opened under the name of Pax Vobiscum, and in 2014 changed ownership. It is now run by local parishioner Judy Gay and her family.
Judy Gay has been a parishioner of Annunciation Parish for eighteen years, and has supported the Catholic Shop since it opened nine years ago. When the original owners contemplated closing the store, Judy believed it was such a vital part of the community that she offered to take over ownership.
Judy and her husband, Ken, and their thirteen children are active members of the community; they even help staff and manage the store.