The Dogma Dogs | Songs of Catholicism for Kids

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Songs of Catholicism for Kids

by The Dogma Dogs

Catholic kids' music, in styles ranging from garage band to square dance, teaching doctrine and church history. Think "Sunday-SchoolHouse Rock." A celebration of Catholicism.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Lent
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2:41 album only
2. The Trinity Song
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2:25 album only
3. The Liturgy Song
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4:08 album only
4. Pharaoh, Pharaoh
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2:31 album only
5. 21 Ecumenical Councils
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2:28 album only
6. The 10 Commandments of Mt. Sinai
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3:52 album only
7. Love Your Neighbor
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1:04 album only
8. Love The Lord
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1:41 album only
9. The Lectionary Cycle
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0:46 album only
10. The Two Great Commandments
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2:47 album only
11. Hail Mary (Echo)
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1:39 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This teaching tool is fun for kids even before they grasp the concepts they're singing about. All lyrics are included, and illustrations of the Dogma Dogs decorate the CD insert. And yes, even adults like it!

Creator Amy Lewkowicz holds Masters degrees in both theology and liturgical music. But this isn't liturgical--it's just plain fun.

The Dogma Dogs... great for vacation bible school, CCD, even RCIA -- or just dancing around the living room. A great gift for the budding little theologians in your life, ages 6-11.

SOME HISTORY
Imagine being given a children's choir and not knowing any children's songs... well, that wasn't quite the case, but once I taught them hymns, I wanted to treat my little flock to something fun and summer-camp like at the end of a good rehearsal. Trouble was, after "I've Got That Joy" and "Rise and Shine," I was out of material (this was before the recent, wonderful burst of Catholic children's CDs... I wonder if everyone who put out a CD in the past couple years had the same problem!).

So, armed with a degree in Theology, I started writing little ditties for the children to sing once the liturgical music was learned for the day. And the reaction was VERY positive! One of the best moments was when I was trying to explain when something happened in Mass and they didn't know when the homily was. I said, "OK, I was going to save this til later, but you guys need to know this!" and I played The Liturgy Song on piano, with them looking over my shoulder to sing the chorus. At the end, 6-year-old Sam shouted out "let's sing it again!!" I knew it wasn't because of his astute grasp of the material that he felt that way; he just LIKED it.

The more we sang, the more creative I got in both musical style and subject matter. A number of the songs (like The Lectionary Cycle) were inspired by questions kids asked in choir: if the paper said "Year C," and that meant there was a three-year cycle of readings, why wasn't there a four-year cycle for the four Evangelists? Well, they have to share, of course. "Sharing is good," as a 9-year-old wrote on the whiteboard under my explanation.

Two years and about 9 songs later, word came around that Nick Alexander, "the Catholic Weird Al," was going to be the evening entertainment for our annual youth rally. I asked the youth minister if my kids could be the opening act. I got the "contemporary" group at Mass to play along as "the band" and The Dogma Dogs were born. Fourteen kids were out front, singing and dancing about the 10 commandments and the order of Mass. This was weird... What had I invented? Catholic cabaret? But the teenagers LOVED our little 20-minute concert.

I had written lots of songs over the years, but never gotten this unanimous of a positive response. Apparently I had a vocation, or at the very least, a charism. Not one I would have picked off a list, but God works in mysterious ways.

I decided we had to make a CD. And the wonderful, generous Our Sunday Visitor Institute came to our aid with a grant, allowing us to hire top-notch illustrators and designers, as well as a real recording studio and highly skilled studio musicians. Thus "The Dogma Dogs: Songs of Catholicism For Kids" was released by the very fledgling company, Liturgical Groove Productions.

I hope you and your children enjoy this music as much as my children's choir does. Remember, this was NEVER meant to be used at Mass, so we felt free to get a little zany. Let me know how you like it!!

--Amy Lewkowicz


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Mary

What a gift to our children!!!
I absolutely love this teaching tool. And my kids do too! I recommend it to any Catholic who wants to pass every facet of our beautiful faith onto their children.

Jan H.

LOVE this cd!
How I truly wish I had grown up listening to music like this! My 11, 8 and 2 1/2 year old can sing most of the songs by heart and I use the cd in my religious ed. class, 3rd grade. I have recommended it to friends and other teachers. I look forward to the next release by Dogma Dogs.

The Nelson Family

Dogma Dogs
This is an awesome teaching tool about our Catholic faith that every family and classroom should have! Our 2,9,13, and even 18yr old think it's great--when is the next Dogma Dogs CD coming out? We're patiently but excitedly waiting--we bought a couple for gifts and those families love it, too! Keep up the great work! 10 stars!

LE Clancy

Excellent and fun!
This was a wonderful CD. I am using it in my CCD classes. The songs are not like some old fashioned songs about Catholic doctrine I have heard--these songs are fun and modern. A must for young Catholics!

Barbara Liska

The Best I've Found
This album is great for CCD classes and parent meetings. I have a lot of children's praise music on my shelf, but this is the only one that is truly Catholic. The music is upbeat and the content is faithful to Church teaching. The music makes it easy for kids and adults to learn the information that is presented. This is the only way I know that you could ever get 6th graders to learn ALL the Ecumenical Councils! It makes it easy for everyone to learn the 10 Commandments (parents included)because they are set to the well-known tune "The Twelve Days of Christmas". My two year old grandson knows "The Trinity Song" by heart and its one of their family's favorite albums to sing along with in the car. I think this album should be part of every CCD teacher's survival kit. It reminds us that their should be joy in sharing our Faith! Thanks for a great resource for parents and teachers.

Lisa

Very Cool!
My eight year old and six year old love this cd! It's a lot of fun for parents as well. It's a good way for kids to memorize commandments, catechism, history, and scripture. As a homeschooler, I totally recommend this one!

Deedie (mom), Benjamin (7), Clara Ann (5)

We love it and keep it in our car all the time!
The kids learn the words and we all sing along. It makes for great discussions when they do not understand a word. It is lively and interesting for all of us(D). We have an awesome time listening to it in the car. We listen to it almost every day(B). I love the song, "Pharaoh, Pharaoh"! (CA)! I also wanted to add that we sang the version of "Hail Mary" at my mother's funeral. It was lovely.

Becky J

My 3 1/2 year old loves it!
Hi -- This is an enjoyable CD with a real mix of styles and some catchy lyrics. My 3 1/2 year old wants me to play it every time we go in the car. I feel like it is really teaching her some doctrinal formulas that will, hopefully, stick in her heart and soul (such as the doctrine of the Trinity and the 10 Commandments).

The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I'm a little uncomfortable with song #3 about the Mass. There's nothing wrong with it doctrinally, but it has a very "hoop-dee-doo" style and with so many Masses these days having a circus-like atmosphere, I would wish for something a little more solemn. Then again, as I said, my daughter loves this CD, it is exposing her to a lot of Church doctrine, and I can't argue with the goodness of that.

Jackson

It was great! At first I thought I wouldn't like it but No.
My favorite song was The Liturgy and my next was Mount Siana (HOW do you spell it?) I don't like most CDs but tis one was fabulos! The song about Lent was great and so was the one about the Trinity(my BIG favorite). I really like how it gets faster as it goes along. What I actually give it is 6 stars.

Kristin Dennehy

Great!
My boys love this CD. The tunes are very "catchy" and upbeat. This is a high quality CD.