Friday, November 19, 2010

Why Brng Kids to Mass

WARNING:  This post is more or less a proud parent brag moment.  View discretion is advised.

My wife and I have gotten a bit of guff from folks in the past over our insistence that our kids--ages 4 and 1--attend Mass each week.  Our reasoning is that our kids are baptized and therefore are full-fledged members of the Church and belong in the community.  Reasons to be more relaxed about it have come up like our kids are too young to understand anyway, everyone knows kids can be distracting during church, and so on.  Needless to say our kids haven't missed Mass much; if at all.

This morning we were getting ready and our oldest began singing; which isn't unusual at all.  She likes to make up songs or sing what she hears in the car.  This morning, however, she sang the Memorial Acclamation; an obscure congregational response from the middle of the Eucharistic Prayer.

Does she "get" it?  Probably not (but neither do I, really).  Does she get unruly and distracting?  Yes, most weeks.  Is she Mass making an impression on her?  Yes, and it's amazing to watch.

5 comments:

Eastlyn and co. said...

I'm with you on kids and church. How else will they learn to sit still and pay attention and love their faith later on down the line? My kids are 12 and 14 and have always attended mass with me in the sanctuary. Our church is small and 80 years old, so there was no "crying room" either. They are pretty low-key kids and have never been much of a "distraction" (in my humble opinion *smile*; other parishioners may beg to differ-might be that selective memory thing going on). It is amazing what they pick up on and how it is revealed later on. Keep up the good work!

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Anonymous said...

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Gotta be proud of Brooke #1!!!

Anonymous said...

I think we should have a like button on our blog!!!

Gotta be proud of Brooke #1!!!

Kevin and Lori said...

Lori and I have said the very same thing in our Ma & Pa talks at Search! We had a priest once that said children crying during mass showed that people were having babies, and that is a good thing. He strongly discouraged using the crying room. He even tried to turn it into sort of a library so people couldn't use it!