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Children's Christmas Gifts - "My Mass Kit" (Catholic Caucus)
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Posted on 11/28/2008 7:28:03 AM PST by NYer

My Mass Kit is the flagship product in the Wee Believers™ Catholic toy line.  This innovative, educational and entertaining soft-sculpture toy is aimed at play for boys ages 3-12.  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. 

My Mass Kit includes most items used during Holy Mass to assist in a child’s first-hand interaction with the sacramental pieces used by the priest in the Sacred Liturgy.  Also included in the kit is an ecclesiastically-approved instructional booklet to educate and foster better faith communication between adults and children. My Mass Kit is an excellent tool for catechists and faith-formation teachers, as well as parents, grandparents and godparents.

My Mass Kit includes twelve plush, cleanable pieces and detailed instructional booklet contained in a durable, canvas case.

Pieces include: Crucifix, Chalice, Thurible, Finger Bowl, Purificator, 2 Cruets, 2 Candles, Paten, cloth Corporal, and foam Hosts



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1 posted on 11/28/2008 7:28:07 AM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

This is the first in what they expect to be a growing line of merchandise with a religious theme. Finally - a gift that may lead to a vocation! Should be labeled for “boys only” but I guess they are leaving that up to the discretion of parents and godparents.


2 posted on 11/28/2008 7:29:55 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

He He - we used to play with Necco candies - LOL


3 posted on 11/28/2008 8:00:35 AM PST by Chili Girl
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To: NYer
My Mass Kit is an excellent tool for catechists and faith-formation teachers

That's true. It would be very useful for teachers to show the children exactly what Father is doing during Mass, since they can't see unless they're in the front row and at exactly the right angle. It would also help them to memorize the names of the vessels and other items.

Our deacon in Broken Arrow had made flash cards and would quiz the altar servers, because it drove him crazy when they would point and say, "Should I bring you that thingie next?"

4 posted on 11/28/2008 8:06:22 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: NYer

http://ourfathershouse.biz/shopsite_sc/store/html/page30.html

These are the kits my kids use in their Catechisis of the Good Shepherd classes. They are beautiful.


5 posted on 11/28/2008 8:24:22 AM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah 2012!)
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To: NYer
I am not certain this is a good idea.

Playing Mass is more likely to demean the sacred by making it commonplay and commonplace.

Parents would be better served to explain the Mass to their children as soon as they can stand on the kneeler and pay attention.

Parents of today seem to be remiss in educating their children in the Faith.

6 posted on 11/28/2008 8:31:02 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Parents would be better served to explain the Mass to their children as soon as they can stand on the kneeler and pay attention.

Even if the children can see the altar clearly, you'll get nothing but nasty looks and annoyed comments from the people in front, behind, and to both sides of you. A video would be great, though, like the ones the Red Cross uses to teach CPR.

7 posted on 11/28/2008 8:37:39 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: mockingbyrd

They are indeed ... thanks for posting the link. I believe the above kit is geared more towards the pre-school crowd and for home (personal) use.


8 posted on 11/28/2008 8:38:31 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Parents of today seem to be remiss in educating their children in the Faith.

That is because they were never properly catechized themselves. We see this at our parish.

9 posted on 11/28/2008 8:40:05 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Good point. You know that kids will be scooping sand, drinking soda, throwing these around, etc... Like the toys that they are. It’s not right. MY opinion.


10 posted on 11/28/2008 8:50:36 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: NYer

It’s a popular item with the Catholic homeschooling crowd.


11 posted on 11/28/2008 8:52:04 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: NYer

There are also some more elaborate and realistic toy Mass kits available. I think toy Mass kits foster a strong Catholic identity that could lead to more vocations and only wish they had been available when I had little boys.


12 posted on 11/28/2008 9:11:15 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: NYer

No offense, but it looks like a plastic “Sick Call” set. (Do priests still make Sick Calls?)


13 posted on 11/28/2008 9:43:57 AM PST by Oratam
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To: NYer; All

Father Z has a post with a very nice picture of a young man playing with a kit. It’s from a poster from the Raleigh diocese. I’d post the picture but am picture-posting illiterate.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/08/great-vocations-poster/

Plus you can get the poster and read about the background here;

http://romancatholicvocations.blogspot.com/2008/08/latest-diocese-of-raleigh-vocations-ad.html


14 posted on 11/28/2008 9:57:49 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I disagree. I think it has to do with context. The families I know who have these kits, use them as leaning tools, which is why my three and five year old know the names of all the pieces on the altar. They love to set up the altar the correct way and explain what each is used for.

Now, if they want to have a tea party, well that’s what the Disney princess tea set is for.

All kids I know play mass. It just depends on how they do it. I think it’s a beautiful thing, it’s so a part of their lives that it factors into their games of house. Or better yet, my two year old nephew reapeating the entire epiclesis over his toys, with his hands streched out and everything.


15 posted on 11/28/2008 10:11:24 AM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah 2012!)
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To: NYer

Oh yeah, that’s way better than a bike or a Gameboy./sarc


16 posted on 11/28/2008 10:50:30 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Oratam

Ours does every week, and also visits the home-bound in the neighboring parish 20 miles away where the priest neglects his duty in that regard.


17 posted on 11/28/2008 10:56:16 AM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: Tax-chick; MIchaelTArchangel

Here’s another idea, we did this in religious ed and the children loved it. One day we took them “behind the scenes” for a tour of the sacristy. The priest explained all the various vessels and things, the closet with all the vestments. This was fascinating to them. We had a “dry Mass” which is where you go thru the prayers and some motions, but it’s not sacramental, there is no consecration (not a real Mass), so that you can stop along the way and explain what the words mean, or what the priest is doing on the altar and why. We had a small group of adults attend, who just wanted to learn more about the Mass.


18 posted on 11/28/2008 11:02:20 AM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: baa39

That’s very much what I was suggesting for a video presentation. Our RE program includes around 800 children, so it would be very difficult for Father to do something like this “live”!


19 posted on 11/28/2008 12:12:55 PM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Oratam
(Do priests still make Sick Calls?)

My pastor not only visits sick parishioners, he also says Mass at a local hospital and then makes sick calls in the hospital. He has shared some of those experiences with us in different homilies. Recently he commented on a politician in the hospital who had just learned he had a fatal illness. The politician asked Father to hear his confession in which he repented for having adopted a 'pro choice' stance during his elected term. Recognizing the error as he approached death, he asked Father what he could do at this late hour. Father told him to share begin by acknowledging this error with his own family.

20 posted on 11/28/2008 4:44:36 PM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: Tax-chick

800, wow! We have about 12! This is a rural area with a median age of 62 and a very low percentage of Catholics in the population (Oregon, the “most un-churched state”). Hard for me to imagine a parish as large as yours.


21 posted on 11/28/2008 9:58:43 PM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: NYer

Your priest was quite generous. I would have told the man he could start by acknowledging the error to his CONSTITUENTS, how about a press release, statement of apology for voting to kill babies....deathbed confessions I’m sure are heartfelt and sincere, but when a man has chosen a life as a public servant, with the public trust, let him finish his life as a public servant.


22 posted on 11/28/2008 10:03:38 PM PST by baa39 (www.FightFOCA.com - innocent lives depend on you)
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To: NYer

I used a darling picture from another diocese for our Prayers for Vocations. We pass out a cross at each Mass and a parishioner takes home the cross and the prayers (or chooses some of his/her liking) and prays for onr week and then returns it for the next person the next week.

We have done it at three Masses for three months. Just think of all those prayers for vocations!


23 posted on 11/28/2008 10:07:03 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

What did you play as a young boy?

Several priests have shared that they “played” Mass as a boy. Why question a simple thing?


24 posted on 11/28/2008 10:09:00 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Oratam

Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick

Yes, they do. And there are sometimes deathbed conversions when the priests administers the Sacraments of
Baptism
Eucharist
Condiemation
and Annointing of the Sick.

Our priest performed a fifth Sacrament for a dying man — a marriage to his lady friend of many years. (They were long term members of the parish in good standing.)


25 posted on 11/28/2008 10:14:19 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: voiceinthewind
That's the one I used when advertising our Vocation Cross campaign! Thanks!

Isn't it darling?


26 posted on 11/28/2008 10:19:05 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: baa39

That’s a great idea too.


27 posted on 11/28/2008 10:21:40 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: baa39

We have over 1,600 registered families, which comes out to a slew of kids. We have classes Sunday evenings, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening.


28 posted on 11/29/2008 4:13:11 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Salvation

I know, he’s a real cutie-pie!


29 posted on 11/29/2008 7:52:36 AM PST by voiceinthewind
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