Quite different from the catechetical materials that our present CCD classes offer. I keep the workbook from my daughter's First Communion class just to remind me what to avoid. Guess what the color is? Pink.
Anyway, these pages are from a collection at The Catholic University's archives, in the American Catholic History Archives.
On the one hand, they are fun and a great snapshot into mid twentieth- century Catholicism. On the other hand, it is remarkable how much serious content they bring with them. The images pictured here come from a 1948 issue on the Mass, which starts with Old Testament typologies, gives a short history of the development of the rites, and then establishes that the earthly liturgy takes place within the context of the joining of heaven and earth. Interestingly its language shows the effects of the liturgical research of the time on the nature of the Mass as corporate worship of the Mystical Body. Here, a priest saying Mass at the high altar with the pre-conciliar Missal, ad orientem, is said to be celebrating Mass "in the community or group form of praying"Typolo-what? What would it take to re-issue these?