This is obviously a children's Mass at a school or summer Vacation Bible School. Thus I might cut the priest, who I will not name to protect him from abject cruelty over this, some slack. In the 1980's (and he is slightly ordained before me) I was well-known to give "great" children's homilies at our school Masses using show and tell props. I was down right crazy, but in a good sense!
But that was then and this is now. As I watch this silly homily (and keep in mind in the EF Mass the homily is not a part of the Mass, in fact technically even the chasuble should be removed, the priest exits the sanctuary for a pulpit in the nave)I can't help but wonder what kind of impression this will make on these children when they recall it as adults. Will it promote awe and wonder, a deep piety and sense of God's mystery. Will it make them want to fall down on their knees in adoration or will it ultimately be one more reason why we have so many "NONES?"
When I was in the first grade at St. Anthony Church and School in the West End of Atlanta, I think we went to Mass every morning before school even began. Since it was the 1959-60 school year it was the traditional Mass of the Church, the only Mass of the Church of the Latin Rite at that time.
We sat with our sibblings, not as a class and we were quiet and reverent. Not a peep out of any of us. We had no homily at the daily Mass and the daily Mass was not geared toward children in any fashion whatsoever.
I was bored, but I knew something powerful was going on and I knew that people took the Mass seriously by their profound silence and reverence. There was no giggling unless someone got the hip-cups!
What do children take from this Mass?