We Welcome Our Little Ones
"... Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
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 little ones to hear and see 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 server, 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 church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
TO OUR PARISHIONERS
We must always rejoice in the presence of our little angels in church with us every Sunday.
The presence of children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our parish is alive and growing.
Please welcome our children of all ages and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.