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The Weight of a Mass
The Weight of a Mass

The Weight of a Mass

A Tale of Faith

5 & up

The Theological Virtues Trilogy


32 Pages, 8 x 11 1/2

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, Paperback Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: June 2002

ISBN 9780940112094

Rights: WOR

Gingerbread House (Jun 2002)

Price: $18.95


When a poor devout widow begs for a scrap of bread from a rich faithless baker, she promises to participate in the king's wedding mass as payment for the baker's generosity. The baker writes "One Mass" on a scrap of paper and places it on his scale to determine how much bread it is worth. To his and the entire town's surprise, nothing in the shop, not even the gigantic wedding cakes made for the king, outweighs the simple piece of paper representing the true worth of a mass. Luminous old-world watercolor paintings grace the interior of the book and gold foil artwork lends an air of solemnity and sacred beauty to the story. This has been a best-selling children's book since it was first published. It us often made into plays for catechises, or used in homilies, and read on YouTube, and on private sites and channels.


“Lilting storytelling style. Charming.” —School Library Journal

“Wholly beautiful! For those of us with a religious background—or none!” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Josephine Nobisso is the author of over 100 books including Take It to the Queen, and Francis Woke Up Early. She lives in Italy and Portugal. Miss Nobisso is a Dame in the chivalric, Papal, and royal brotherhood of Saint Michael of the Wing, invested by the Duke of Braganza. She was named "Distinguished Graduate" by The National Catholic Education Society, and "Friend of Education" by the society of honored teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma. Katalin Szegedi has illustrated numerous children's books and was awarded the Most Beautiful Children's Book Award by the Society of Hungarian Publishers and Distributors.