So I saw this on Facebook and this is actually a card in the pews of a parish, I am thinking we just might want to have these at our seats as well! Please bring those kids into the Church!
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 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 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 at home in this house of worship.
Please, if you need to, have a card for your child to doodle on and draw.
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 into the Church and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. Let them know that you were once parents of little one’s too and you understand the energy of their child.
Fr. Ron Richards