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To parents of young children, May we
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 is going on at the altar.
They tire of seeing the backs of others! Quietly explain
the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, choir
and other ministries. Help them find the hymns and
prayers in the hymnal or booklets.
Sing the hymns, participate in the liturgy and pray.
Children learn about worship and liturgical behavior by
copying you.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to
do so, 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 His house of worship.
The presence of children is a gift to the church and a
reminder that our parish is growing.
Letter to parents from St.. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mount Dora, FL

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