Teach the Children Well

There’s recently been some troubling polling news about young Catholics not being well formed in their faith. Relativism is rampant and many children don’t know the difference between transubstantiation and the Assumption. Many young people aren’t going to Mass because they don’t “get anything” out of Mass. Some opt for vague spirituality, rather than religion.

My sister Mary Archbold and my brother-in-law Pat Shay, both veterans of ImprovOlympic and The Second City Comedy Group, recently had their first child and started creating videos as supplemental teaching aids that Catholic educators can use to teach the faith to young Catholics. (Yes, they’re in the entertainment business and they’re Catholic. Like real Catholic. Not like the Lady “I’m a devout Catholic” Gaga.)

Both are practicing Catholics who just had their first child this year and wanted to use their talents to make educational videos for young Catholics.

It’s a little bit of old-time religion with new and original upbeat music that makes the process of learning the Catechism fun for young people.

Right now, they’ve got two videos, one describing the process of canonization called “In the Sainthood” and the second has St. Thomas More and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton give a rundown on the changes that will be coming to the English-language version of the Roman Missal in November.

Here’s a preview:


I think it’s Catholic education in a format kids will enjoy. The videos are available for preview and the lesson has a downloadable worksheet. To download the whole thing costs $1.98. Educators can show it to children right on the computer. Moms and Dads can use it to teach their kids.

They’re not getting rich off this; it’s just something they feel is needed right now. And I agree with them. So please check it out here if you would.

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)