Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Unsolicited Advertisment One

I've decided that today is Unsolicited Advertisement Day on And Sometimes Tea. Oh, it's not that there isn't some interesting news and politics and so forth out there; there is, and I hope to resume posting on these topics soon. But I'm still a bit under the weather, and since my posts will be brief I thought this was a good time to talk about a couple of companies and products I like.

The first one made our Easter day so special, despite my illness. I had ordered three wooden saint dolls from Catholic Folk Toys for my girls; each girl was given a doll of her confirmation patron saint. Kitten's was St. Francis, who can be seen here; Bookgirl's was St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and Hatchick's was St. Joan of Arc, both of which were custom doll orders. At $15.00 apiece the dolls were an excellent value, and I couldn't have been more delighted with how adorable they all were! They arrived in good time before Easter and came in little fabric bags, perfect to be tucked in among the candy.

Tammy, the wonderful lady who makes the toys, kept me informed via email and was easy to contact when I couldn't quite figure out the custom order process; the whole experience of ordering from Catholic Folk Toys was an excellent one, and I hope to order from them again in the future.

If you are looking for a gift for a special occasion such as a First Communion or Confirmation, please consider ordering from Catholic Folk Toys!


Anonymous said...

Hi! Those wooden dolls are wonderful -- thank you so much for sharing the link. I have a few people in mind to buy one for :)

Regarding confirmation, are your daughters ahead of the curve by being homeschooled? (Since, for example, I received mine at 14 through my Catholic school parish, which I thought was average age, and I think your daughters are younger than that). Just curious.

Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous, it's actually because we live in the DFW area, and in the Dallas diocese children can be confirmed after fourth grade, while in FW they're ordinarily 16--except that children in Catholic schools in Fort Worth can be confirmed in eighth grade, or even another grade if the diocese decides. (None of which seems particularly "fair," but I've written about that before.)

We used to belong to a Dallas diocese parish, and some family members still go there. Our former pastor offered our children a chance to be confirmed along with some of their cousins, and our current pastor graciously gave us permission to have this special celebration (five children in two families confirmed in one day!).

The truth is that there aren't any coherent rules in America for confirmation. The age varies diocese by diocese, and the only "rule" is that in the Latin Church confirmation is usually postponed until the child has reached the "age of discretion," or seven years of age. But even this is not a universal Church rule, as in the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches it is still customary for infants to be Confirmed as soon as they've received Baptism!

I think there has been an unfortunate tendency to view Confirmation as the "Catholic bar/bat Mitzvah" when the "adult" child "chooses" to be Catholic. But since Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation, and is the perfection of Baptism, there is really no theological reason to see it this way.

Pope Benedict XVI has suggested in Sacramentum Caritatis that the "original order" of the Sacraments of Initiation be restored. This would mean that children would receive Baptism, Confirmation, and *then* First Communion (after Penance, of course). Since Communion is the third, and not the second, Sacrament of Initiation it seems wise to return to that order, and to give our children the benefit of the spiritual strength of Confirmation long before they enter their difficult teenage years.

Sorry--didn't mean to write a blog post about this in the combox! :) But it's a fascinating subject, and one that a lot of people are concerned about.