An article entitled “Dear Parents with Young Children in Church” has been making the rounds on social media recently, and sparking conversations among church-goers of all ages. In the article, the author addresses all parents who worry that their small (or just rambunctious) children are “ruining” everyone else’s church experience. She assures them:
“I know how hard it is to do what you’re doing, but I want you to know, it matters. It matters to me. It matters to my children to not be alone in the pew. It matters to the congregation to know that families care about faith, to see young people… and even on those weeks when you can’t see the little moments, it matters to your children.”
This article has touched the hearts of many parents and grandparents and brought to light the importance of welcoming and encouraging families at Mass, even (or especially) if they have small children who have a hard time sitting quietly. A Catholic convert also wrote about how her parish’s love and acceptance of her small children at Mass was an example to her of the pro-life message. She wrote:
It’s the moments when I think my kids are the ultimate distraction that my parish family shows me that they are gifts of God’s grace. … Because I think that’s part of what it means to be pro-life. To see children always as gifts of grace, not inconveniences. As always welcome as part of God’s family, not as distractions to be avoided.
If you’re a parent who brings your children to Mass – thank you! If you’re a parent who still finds the experience stressful, check out the articles below for some tips and tricks:
For Your Marriage, an initiative of the USCCB, has some great wisdom and tips in their article: How to Take Young Children to Mass.
Kathryn Whitaker, a mom of 5, has some wonderful suggestions in her post: Survive (and Love) Mass with Kids.
Dr. Gregory Popcak has some more reasons why you should bring your baby to Mass and some tips for families in his post: The Contraceptive Sanctuary: Why You SHOULD Bring Baby to Church.