Recent News from St. Andrew's, Delavan, WI

Today I had an adorable and wiggly toddler in front of me at Mass. My whole family enjoyed watching him. But I also noticed the anxious look on his mom’s face about whether he was being disruptive. It wasn’t long ago when I was that mom. I mean, I still worry about my kids misbehaving in church, but now they are old enough to understand and deal with consequences if they do act unruly. Toddlers are harder and I had a difficult time when they were that age deciding whether to take them to church or not, and if I did, how to keep them from bothering everyone around us. So obviously, I felt for this mother because it always seems your child is the loudest, when it really doesn’t appear that way to the rest of people around you at all. Then I remembered this little ditty a parish printed for their parishioners and think it is close to perfect: 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 other’s 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 let your child use the reverse side of this card to draw and doodle. TO OTHER 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. If you see a parent struggling, please offer to help them! Source: http://faithinourfamilies.com/2014/07/02/for-parents-with-young-kids-at-mass/

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