Thursday, January 1, 2009
Toys That Promote Vocations? Creators of Vocation Dolls To Appear on CatholicTV
On January 5th, the makers of the "Wee Believers" Vocation Dolls, Steve and Joni Abdalla will be featured in a live interview on the CatholicTV Talk Show "This is the Day". Wee Believers is a Catholic toy company which is best known for the toy Mass Kit it produces. Steve and Joni were first inspired by their children to make Catholic toys which would help with the spiritual growth and formation of children.
This episode of “This is the Day” will stream live at www.CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV where available on January 5th at 10:30AM ET. The show will be rebroadcast at 8PM the same day and will also be added to the website archives the same day.
Each Wee Believers product is accompanied by a companion booklet, written to compliment the particular toy with relevant and educational material. The vocations dolls "Sr. Mary Clara" and "Fr. Juan Pablo" dolls, are accompanied by a booklet featuring the real-life vocation stories of five priests and five religious Sisters.
“Our hope is that by playing with the Vocation Dolls™, children will grow in virtue with a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith,” says Steve Abdalla. “We pray that the Holy Spirit will use these dolls to call more men and women to the consecrated religious life..”
The Most Reverend Raymond L Burke, Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura said of the Mass Kit, “When I was in first grade, I used to like to play Mass with the participation of my siblings and the neighboring children. My parents bought for me a Mass Kit for children, which was available at the time. It has a plastic chasuble and stole and little dishes and candles, much like this kit... I can tell you that that little Mass kit played its part in fostering my vocation to the priesthood.”
During the month of January, "This is the Day" will feature several guests who will discuss vocations including the Director of Vocations for the New England Province of the Jesuits, The Vocation Director of the Fathers of Mercy, and the co-founders of Family Vocation Ministries. Each week, CatholicTV airs a special programing block entitled “The Call” devoted to promoting vocations. More information is available at http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=145&videoID=847