The Presence of Children in Church Is a Gift

A couple of weeks ago a parishioner gave me the following which I think is important for all of us to read.

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, musicians, etc.

Sing the hymns, 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 little children come to me.”

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 to be reverent in this house of worship.

TO THE 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.

And may I add my own.  An infant cries as a way of praising God.  That is all they can do.  Children are a reminder to all of us that God continues to have hope in us to make the world a better place in which to live.  That is why he keeps sending them to us.

Other Items of Note

A reminder that this Thursday November 1, is the Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation.  Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7:00 and on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

This Saturday November 3, we will remember in a special way those members of our parish community who entered into eternal life this past year with Mass at 10:00 a.m..  All parishioners are invited to join us and to support those families who grieve the death of a loved one.

And don’t forget that next Sunday November 4, Daylight Saving Time ends.  Turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night and get that extra hour of sleep.

— Fr. Dennis, October 28, 2018