If you ever dreamed of a Catholic magazine which would capture your children’s interest immediately yet hold it as they delved deeper, look no further than St. Mary’s Messenger.
This attractive magazine, for 7-12-year-olds, entertains as it deepens faith at the same time.
Everything from the colour scheme, the layout and quality of images to the fascinating interactive fun pages tell me that professional staff, who also understand children, put this publication together.
The editors and writers must be parents and/or teachers because they know what appeals to real kids. Kids can smell a phony, pious publication a mile away, but the tone of St. Mary’s Messenger is direct and unpretentious with a vibrant spirituality that connects with real kids.
Kris Weipert, the senior editor of a new Catholic children’s magazine, St. Mary’s Messengercontacted me because the blog community has been their support system. They even donated a year subscription as a giveaway if I reviewed their magazine. Maybe you will be the lucky winner of a free subscription.
It was a joy, not a chore to look through it. I will review this magazine more in-depth in a few months once I have a hard copy in my hands but I could not wait to introduce this magazine because it would make an ideal Christmas gift for your kids, grandkids or kids you know.
Kris explains how the magazine came together:
“A few years ago, we said a novena to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and the answer was the idea for St. Mary’s Messenger, a Catholic version of Highlights, for ages 7–12.
We developed a sample issue, and gave it to parents, teachers, children, priests, editors, writers, and others, to determine whether there was the need and interest for this new magazine. The answer? An overwhelming yes.
Today, you can subscribe to St. Mary’s Messenger as a full-size, 32-page color magazine, published 4 times a year.