Friday, December 12, 2008

Kid's Mass Kit

Somewhere in the mail this week  - and I now can't remember wether it was in the Snail or E mail -  I came across an advertisement for a new product, released on my birthday,  from a company in the US called Wee Believers.

The company states its aim as "... a new family company dedicated to creating authentically Catholic toys that educate, entertain and enrich the faith lives of children."  They even have an endorsement (not quite an imprimatur) from Archbishop Raymond L Bourke (Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura).

The publicity and  pdf. poster that I managed to download for their  latest product certainly 'entertained'  some big children at Diocesan HQ.

The item in question (shown above)  is a plastic 'Mass Set' for BOYS aged between 3 & 11.

I'll let their  PR blurb provide the full details..
Pieces include: (All Cloth) Crucifix, Chalice, Thurible, Finger Bowl, Purificator, 2 Cruets, 2 Candles, Corporal, Paten, Hosts

Overview: My Mass Kit is the flagship product in the WeeBelievers™ emerging Catholic toy line. This innovative, educational and entertaining soft-sculpture toy is aimed at play for young boys ages 3-11. Children will enjoy 'playing Mass' using this kit as a part of their play-time activities at home or at school and in environments such as a church sanctuary where busy-child activity requires solemn attendance.

My Mass Kit includes most items used during Holy Mass to aid in a child's first-hand interaction with the sacramental pieces used by the priest in the sacred liturgy. Also included is an ecclesial-approved instruction booklet to educate and foster faith exploration between adults and children. My Mass Kit is an excellent tool for catechists and faith-formation teachers, as well as parents, grandparents and godparents, anyone who interacts in faith development during early childhood development.

Some of my more Liberal-Catholic friends would no doubt of spotted with some horror that this toy is only for BOYS. Perhaps by next year they will bring out the toy Altars to go with the mass sets and plastic flowers and carpet sweepers for the girls ministries in the Sanctuary ?!?

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