Jesus welcomed the little children …and so do we!
To the parents of our young children, may we suggest… Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir (when there are back signing live), etc. Sing the hymn, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” You may also retreat to the Gathering Area and take advantage of the benches and chairs there. This way you can hear Mass and see through the windows. The area is there for you use, if you need to. While on the topic, the Chapel is also available, if needed, it is not meant to for general seating of parishioners, there is always plenty of room in the church proper.
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
TO THE OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH: The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our parish is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
Blessings in 2021!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,