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Koncelebration 4 Kids!

posted by David Gibson

Answered prayer. Just came across this–the perfect Christmas gift for my daughter AND the perfect solution to the vocations crisis: My Mass Kit, the “flagship product” from a new Catholic toy company called Wee Believers™.
According to the website, “Children will enjoy ‘playing Mass’ using this kit as a part of their playtime activities at home or at school, and in environments such as a church sanctuary where busy-child activity requires solemn attendance.” And there’s more: My Mass Kit includes “Crucifix, Chalice, Thurible, Finger Bowl, Purificator, 2 Cruets, 2 Candles, Paten, cloth Corporal, and foam Hosts.”
Foam? Well, can’t have everything. Oh, and I see that “This innovative, educational and entertaining soft-sculpture toy is aimed at play for boys ages 3-12.” Boys? Sorry, Stella. You’ll have to settle for reading Dora the Explorer with Dad. And belting out the Agnus Dei because the line about the sins of the world reminds you of your favorite tune from “The Little Mermaid.” It ain’t easy raising your kid Kafflick.
Hat tip: Renee Gadoua at the Syracuse Post-Standard!



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Steve T

posted December 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm


I find the very idea of a toy Mass kit offensive. They say no to women priests, but yes to a Mass kit? A toy, a plaything of the Most Sacred Mystery we have? For heaven sake. I suppose the kit comes with a sex detector so if little girls touch it they get a shock!
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Your Name

posted December 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm


I think you both need to do some research. “Play” Mass kits for children have been around since well before Vatican II, and are primarily created to help instill a love and appreciation for the Sacred Mysteries of the Mass and call young boys to the priesthood.
Archbishop Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the prefect for the Vatican’s highest court (which by the way deals directly with liturgical abuses) has spoken on several occasions about how as a young boy he had a toy Mass kit, and how his siblings and neighbors (both boys and girls) would “play Mass” as youngsters. He credits that experience as one of the primary ways he was called to the priesthood as a young boy.
If children can “play firemen” or “play teacher”, why shouldn’t we encourage them to “play priest”, the highest vocational calling on earth.
So I recommend that you both get off your pontificating high horses and recognize that our children deserve faithful products that honor and elevate the Sacred Institution of the Holy Priesthood.



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Steve T

posted December 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm


How funny that No Name left such a nasty little missive. May I point out from my high horse that fireman and teacher is not a Sacrament. Maybe they’ve missed the point of what a Sacrament is? No name, that is. I love brave people who stand behind their comments.



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Anne

posted December 4, 2008 at 10:12 am


In the weeks leading up to and following my First Communion, many, many years ago, I “played” Mass every chance I got…without benefit of a Mass kit. Items found around the house, a little bit of Welch’s and some flattened Wonder bread worked just fine. We were encouraged to “practice” receiving communion, but I was compelled to practice the role of the priest. I am now a 42 year old woman, always Catholic at heart, ordained to the priesthood in another denomination.



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Your Name

posted December 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm


I love the idea of this mass kit. While teaching Sunday School to youngsters, we have always had small versions of the altar items for the kids to practice with. We encouraged all children to practice at this station and taught them to show reverence to these items. They were not allowed to ‘play’ with them, but they were taught that the items deserved respect. Little girls can be altar servers now and can grow up to be lay ministers or mothers encouraging their sons to be priests.



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AME

posted December 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm


The idea of a Mass kit is not to say to little girls: “you can be priests too!”
No.
The idea of a Mass kit comes from “The Good Shepherd” Montessori method approach to catechesis for children. Children learn best by playing. Even St. Therese of Lisieux and her sisters “played Mass.”
The URL provided goes to The Good Shepherd website.
Before blowing up, always take a moment to breathe and think about how you were like as a child. Did you really sit still and soaked everything in during your catechesism instruction? Or did you rather play?
I don’t read this blog often, but if the author is pro-women priesthood, that still doesn’t mean this toy was meant for that agenda.



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Mark

posted December 6, 2008 at 1:07 pm


Are you kidding? I just came to Belief Net and the lead feature under Catholic is something called Pontifications by a guy in an easy chair thinking big thoughts. Is this a bit like Women Net hosting Hysteria, or African-American Net hosting Musings by Al Jolson? Or are we so hip and urbane here that we don’t know that to pontificate is to be a blowhard – but is really an old-fashioned anti-catholic slur. One stop….unlikely to ever return.



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Cindy

posted December 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm


Hi David -
Got some heated reactions to the toy and the family references, eh? Oh well. I’ve noticed that the comments sections in Catholic websites and blogs are among the most hostile on the web. That is interesting to me, and worth “pontificating” on, IMHO.
I have very fond memories of ‘playing Mass’ as a child. Reverently offering the ‘host’ to all my stuffed animals whose mouths opened. If not, then they were too young. They got a blessing.
Play, joy, children, Mass, Church, the Eucharist, Sacraments, living, families, joy, abundance, creation. All part of God’s plan.
Again, just in my humble opinion of course.



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