Just as lockdown begins to ease and Churches gradually open for prayer and Mass, Sue Ellis, York-based children's author and Liturgical and Eucharistic Minister, has produced a book that will help every family, school and church inspire children to enjoy the many aspects of this key event in the life of every Roman Catholic.
Sue has written an interactive book designed to help children understand what is happening around them but also enthuses about the love of God and the positive impact faith can have on each one of us.
On reading the book, Catholic writer and Catechist, Denise Cottrell-Boyce said: "I love the fact there is a conversation with the child that points onwards and upwards to full participation in the Mass and Parish community. I would love to see this book being given to every family when their child starts their first Communion catechesis; not least because it will give parents a big boost of confidence coming in to their child's spiritual formation. This is an excellent book."
Children and adults (parents, family members, teachers, catechists and even those involved with adult formation) will feel involved and motivated to enjoy Mass. There are activities for children to do and a chart for them to track their progress to become a Mass Expert. There is a glossary of terms at the back of the book as well as a photocopiable page for drawing and writing.
Each 16-page book costs 8.50. Schools and churches can get a reduction for 10 books at £6 each or for 20 books at £5 each. Postage and packing will be charged. A proportion of the profits from book sales will be donated to Youth SVP and Mini-Vinnies at the St Vincent de Paul Central Office in London.
If you would like to buy this book for the children aged 5 to 10 years old or require more information contact Sue Ellis on firstname.lastname@example.org or from the publisher Quacks Publishing via their website: www.radiusonline.info or from any good bookshop using the ISBN: 978-1-912728-20-6.
After these difficult times during the Covid-19 lockdown when we have been unable to attend church this is a timely opportunity to say 'Thank God for Mass!'
Sue Ellis is a former teacher, senior school leader and local authority adviser. She is an active member of her local church and the York hospital chaplaincy team. This is her fourth book for young children all of which are aimed at helping young people to become the best person they can be. Sue is available to deliver talks, presentations and assemblies to primary aged children.