Greetings, from our Catholic family to yours!
It's been 18 years since we put our first catalogs in the mail. That autumn of 1996 found our sons returning to Montessori elementary school while their little sister made it her work to play school during days spent with her dad and I at work. At that time we were busy processing and packing orders for our Angel Book Club company.
We mention the book club because that's where it really all started. We'd begun Angel Book Club 16 years earlier after listening to our Catholic school teacher friends lament the pop culture and media based morals so prevalent in the secular book club offerings. While filling those student book orders for Catholic school teachers we began to hear from more and more parents. And what we heard was that they wanted more!
More books on the saints and the sacraments, the Rosary and Church teachings; more faith-based movies and games; more storybooks to teach and celebrate their Catholic faith. These parents from across the nation were echoing our own thoughts: Why was it so difficult to find appealing, fun, doctrinally sound Catholic-based resources for our children?
Over the years we found our own collection of favorites growing - picture books our children were drawn to day after day, audio stories that took the "are we there yet?" blues out of a long journeys, story books we never tired of reading aloud to them, faith-based games that were actually fun and educational, and movies that nurtured our family faith, reflected our morals and held our children's interest. It was when we realized we had a collection worth sharing that our "fourth child" was born!
Joseph and I used to joke that our Catholic Child project was like our fourth child; it required our love, prayers and attention; demanded that we trust in our Lord as we journeyed into unknown territory; reminded us to keep a sense of humor and, gave us a sense of hope.
Since mailing the first issue of Catholic Child Catalog we've nurtured it and watched it grow right along with our children, who as kids were eager to be our #1 product testers. Today our sons are college grads making their own way in the world. And that baby who used to love "playing school"? She now loves being a college student. We feel blessed that these wonderful young adults still make time to give us opinions about our product choices, and even make recommendations of their own!
Like our kids, Catholic Child Catalog keeps growing. What you see here is the third launch of our web site over the last decade. Our looks may change but our commitment to you will not: our goal is to help you find the finest resources to help you nurture the faith of your Catholic child and strengthen him or her for the challenges of the journey ahead. Each one of the hundreds of items you find here has been chosen by us with care, reviewed for faith and quality, and has been child and parent approved. When you buy from Catholic Child Catalog you are supporting an independently owned, personally run business that remains committed to searching out products to guide, inspire and delight the young Catholics in your life.
Leane and Joseph Ambrosio,
Founders, Catholic Child Catalog