It's never too early to get your child thinking about a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. Why not put the idea in their tiny minds before they have even made their first communion?
WeeBelievers.com has just the gift your little darling needs to shore up his/her commitment to the Catholic Church. Designed for ages 3-8 (according to the company Web site) are two huggable plush vocations dolls ($29.99 each). They come complete with booklets about their lives and must have been especially designed to encourage minority vocations. The priest doll is Fr. Juan Pablo (...he looks kinda like this Spanish priest who comes over every summer to give lectures in our diocese...) and the nun is a morenita named Sr. Mary Clara (in a traditional habit, of course!).
The same company produces a "Mass kit" ($76.49 on sale) for little boys who want to play priest (though no one says that you can't buy it for your daughters...hint, hint...) and next year they will be issuing the "My Quiet Church kit" which will eventually include "accessory kits for baptisms, weddings, first communions" and other sacraments. I am waiting for them to issue an ordination kit...
From the company's press release: "'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, co-founder of Wee Believers. 'We pray that the Holy Spirit will use these dolls to call more men and women to the consecrated religious life.'...children who play with toy mass kits and dolls which represent the consecrated life may have their hearts opened to God’s call to become a priest or a Religious Sister. Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, recently shared how a toy mass kit he was given as a young boy first inspired him to the priesthood..."
Well, considering the problems we have had over the years with Archbishop Burke and his extremely rigid brand of Catholicism, we wonder what will come next in the production line. Perhaps an "Inquisition kit"???