Wee Believers My Mass Kit

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Recently, I was lucky enough to review the Wee Believers Mass Kit from the newly created Catholic company.  I was so impressed by the product that I ordered one for my nephews Evan and Tyler.

I had the opportunity to review this wonderful product firsthand and am so happy to share with you my love for the Kit.  First off, I almost hate to call this a toy because it truly is a high quality teaching tool.  Intended for little hands, the Kit includes twelve plush, cleanable pieces and a detailed instructional booklet contained in a durable, canvas case. Crucifix, Chalice, Thurible, Finger Bowl, 2 Cruets, 2 Candles, Paten (cotton/polyester blend), Corporal & Purificator (cotton cloth), and play Hosts (foam).


The construction of this product is incredibly high quality.  The carrying case is larger than a lunchbox, but the perfect size to carry to Mass and other special places and is divided into net compartments that store each of the Kit’s pieces.  Inside the Kit, along with the pieces is a small full color book that gives complete instructions for the product and an overview of each of the items.

The product bears the Ecclesiastical Approval of the Reverend Monsignor Joseph F. Schaedel, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Priest who have viewed and endorsed the My Mass Kit are reminded of their own childhood spent “playing priest” and view the toy as a potential tool to foster vocations.

In the booklet, Wee Believer’s priest “Father Juan Pablo” shares, “When I was a young boy, I too pretended.  It was then that the Holy Spirit lit a fire in my heart for the priesthood.”

The My Mass Kit is not an inexpensive toy.  Priced at $85, this is indeed a tool you will purchase to aid you in the religious formation of your family.  I also hope that parishes will consider purchasing the Kit for use in their religious education departments.  Since you will be making an investment in your child’s spiritual enrichment, you’ll want to encourage him to treat this tool with reverence and respect.  The product is constructed to last generations and would be a wonderful gift for any family.  I look forward to sharing a My Mass Kit with my nephews and godsons and opening their hearts even more to the beauty of the Mass.

For more information on My Mass Kit visit www.weebelievers.com.

I’m pleased to share the following interview with Wee Believers co-founder Joni Abdalla:

Please briefly introduce yourself and your family to our readers.

My name is Joni Smith Abdalla.  I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and am the youngest of 7 children.  My parents have always incorporated their strong Catholic faith in to our every day lives.  We knew to draw from our faith during challenging times and to acknowledge God’s faithfulness during joyful moments.  Just because I was raised in the faith does not mean that I have not questioned or challenged my own beliefs.  In fact, I believe that it is during times of personal challenge that you grow, individually, more in love with the Catholic faith.

I met my husband, Steve, while we were both living in the Washington D.C. area.  I was working for a non-profit organization called Family of the Americas, teaching a natural method of family planning and strengthening the family.  Steve was working for a deep ocean exploration company.  We met at a function called Theology on Tap.  We have been married for 6 1/2 years and have 3 little girls–Emma 5 1/2, Ruthie 3 1/2 and Vivian 2.  These little bundles keep us very busy and definitely make life more beautiful.

What prompted you to begin Wee Believers and what are your goals for the company?

Our children are what prompted us to begin Wee Believers.  While at holy Mass, we were frustrated with the lack of religious or Mass related things to keep our little ones quiet and busy.  We wanted to develop toys that were faith related so that little children could actually be focused on the Catholic faith during times that require them to be quiet and reverent.  Our goal is to continue to produce high quality, faith building and enriching toys and other products.

Please tell us a bit about your first product, My Mass Kit.

Our first product, My Mass Kit, is a wonderful and well made toy developed to teach children about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  It is respectful, yet playful.  We want children to be easily able to distinguish between these toy Mass pieces, which they can touch and feel, and the blessed Mass pieces which they cannot.  Children learn by imitating.  Children play teacher, firefighter, dancer, chef, etc.  Why not give them the tools to play Priest?  In doing so, we pray that the Holy Spirit may use this to light a fire in the hearts of young boys and draw them to the holy Priesthood.  Several priests, and even bishops, have mentioned to us that it was “playing Mass” as little boys that really began their journey to the holy Priesthood.  We are humbled and honored to think that this toy could be used in such a powerful way.

What type of responses have you received from teachers and families about the Mass Kit?

We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and excitement from faith educators and families.  There have been several cute stories of families whose homes have been turned in to virtual churches with several “Masses” being said every day.  It is the stories like these that we receive that make us hopeful that children will grow deeper in the knowledge and love of the Catholic faith.  It is also very humbling and exciting that future priests may one day say that this toy helped foster their vocation.

Do you have any special tips for parents on how to keep My Mass Kit reserved for reverent play?

We would recommend keeping My Mass Kit in a special place, separate from the other toys.  Maybe even put it in a place out of reach, so that the children have to ask to use it.  The instruction booklet is a wonderful vehicle of faith communication between parents and children.  Parents can even quiz their children on the proper names of the different items in the kit.  I am sure that Mom or Dad will sometimes even be asked to participate as an occasional lector or choir member.  When play is finished, I would make sure that the pieces are placed back in the case.

What future plans do you have for Wee Believers?

The future of Wee Believers is an exciting one.  We have so many ideas for faith related products.  Our next couple of products are really fun. One of our next toys is My Quiet Church, which is a cloth Catholic Church.  This toy will help children learn to identify the proper names of the things they see inside a Catholic church.  My Quiet Church will also come with our character dolls.  We then hope to have sacrament accessory kits with the church so that children can pretend to have First Holy Communions, Baptisms, Weddings, etc.  We pray that we are able to continue on this journey for as long as we are called.

Are there any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share with our readers?

We are grateful for all of the support and feedback we are receiving.  As a new startup company in a challenging economy, we are blessed to be able to continue, and hope to provide high-quality and faith enriching products for years to come.

For more information on My Mass Kit visit www.weebelievers.com.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

6 Comments

  1. I heard about Wee Believers almost a year ago and just love what they are doing!

    Kids today spend so much time living in ‘virtual reality’, it is a true blessing from God that they now have an option to spend time in supernatural reality!

    It is very true what has been said about the vocations: I know many priests whose first introduction to the priesthood was the mass kit they used as a child, and it left a lasting impression. This could be the start of a vocational revolution!!!

    Keep it up Joni and Steve! You are doing wonderful work!!

  2. Love the Mass kit, attended many of my son’s Masses!!! but knew we were in trouble when he started hearing our Confessions!
    God bless, keep up the lovely work, will buy for my shop,
    Anne.

  3. Peter, here is a response from Steve and Joni Abdalla, creators of this product:

    Of Course! My Mass Kit is specifically designed with an eye towards young boys as men are called to the Holy Priesthood, however. We encourage parents and teachers to create environments where all children (and even adults) can participate in playing mass together. Hopefully, parents and faith educators will take the opportunity to explain to children the beautiful and important roles that both men and women play in the Church. We hope that this early childhood development distinctive will teach young boys and girls to grow in respect and reverence for the sacred history of the liturgy as it relates to the roles of men and women in the development of Christ’s Church.

    Why does the church teach that only men can be Priests?

    This question was eloquently and fully answered by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in his May 1994 Apostolic Letter, ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS, TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON RESERVING PRIESTLY ORDINATION TO MEN ALONE. (Full Text Here). We could not put it any more beautifully and will not even try.

  4. Judy Jennewein on

    One very progressive nun had a Mass kit for my 3 children while they were attending Catholic primary school. All 3 are in there 30’s now. I now have 3 granddaughters from one of my daughters. I am going to purchase the Mass Kit because my son and 2 daughters had such a good time with the Mass kit. Sister even had a white vestment and stole that they could dress up. (idea to add to the product list and if you do could I get one at a deep discount for sharing the idea???? Ha!!!) They brought the suitcase home for about a week.
    They looked forward to their time w/ the Mass suitcase. They still talk about it! I can’t wait to surprise my children with it when my granddaughters get it as a Christmas gift.

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