Sunday, January 29, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
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, 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.” We have installed a live streaming video of our services in the Baby Sitting Room if you choose to use that room. Please feel free to go out into the Gathering Area and take advantage of the benches there, so you can hear Mass and see through the windows. The area is there for you use, if you need to. 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.
An additional word about the Eucharistic Chapel; here is what the sign on the door said when it hung in the Chapel window. “Welcome to Our Eucharistic Chapel! Please enjoy your time of prayer in this sacred room! The primary purposes of the Chapel are the reservation of the Eucharist, weekday services, private prayer and a quieter place for children and for our friends with disabilities during weekend Masses.”
It is not a Cry Room (unfortunately it has been referred to as that over the years), most importantly NO ONE is required to use it. It should be used sparingly on the weekends, my preference is that everyone gathers in the main worship space so we can celebrate as a community of faith. If someone is under the impression that you sit in there so not to disturb ‘father’, untrue, all God’s children are welcome in the main worship area.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,