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Q – I have little children who are sometimes loud during Mass. Sometimes they just babble a bit or talk a little too loud, but other times they are downright wailing and fussing. I want to participate in the Mass, and I want them to get the graces from being present in the Mass (even if they are wiggly and fussy), but I’m not sure what I should do. I see other families just wait out the crying with their children, but I feel that it might be distracting to other Mass-goers. What do you think? Should I take my fussy child out of Mass, or stay in the pew and hope it doesn’t last long and doesn’t disturb those around me. Thank you!
A – Thanks for the question. Archbishop Sheen once said that a woman got up during Mass and started to take her crying baby to the back of the church during the homily. Archbishop Sheen said, “My dear lady, that is ok, your baby isn’t bothering me.” The woman turned and replied, “Maybe not, but you are bothering him!”
For the answers to this issue, we have to look at this from several different perspectives. Both have the same answer – we are called to love others and act with charity.
My family is at the stage where my kids are quiet. They might squirm and not pay attention, but they are quiet. So, when I go to Mass, I don’t have to go to the back (i.e. take The Walk of Humility), sit in a cry room, deal with noisy kids, etc. But, I do have to listen to the babies and toddlers of others who make a lot of noise. Sometimes I am annoyed, other times I am not. It depends on how well I am handling it exterior distractions that day.
In other words, from my current perspective of someone without small noisy kids, the problem is my own. How I choose to handle it is on me. Distractions in Mass will happen, so the question is how will I handle them?
I am not in control of other parents’ crying kids. I am in control of my own interior peace. What might help others in my same situation is remembering where we are and why we are there.
In Mass, we are at the foot of the cross once again. Vatican II says:
“As often as the sacrifice of the cross in which Christ our Passover was sacrificed, is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried on, and, in the sacrament of the eucharistic bread, the unity of all believers who form one body in Christ is both expressed and brought about.” -LG 3
So, all of us who participate in Mass are part of one Mystical Body of Christ – the Church – who come together to partake of the one sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, which is most profoundly offered to us, once again, in The Eucharist.
Therefore – these crying babies can be seen as the wailing women of Jerusalem who are crying because the Christ has been re-presented as a living sacrifice for us in the bloodless sacrifice of The Mass!
These children have just as much of a need for grace as we do and as much right to be there as we do. So, if anyone is sinning, it is the person having terrible thoughts about a child or parent who have the right to be in the same place we are. It is most likely you cried in Mass too as a baby, if you were raised Catholic. Children in Mass = hope for the future.
It is an act of charity to not cast judgment on others, but to look interiorly for the answer to your distractions. Remember, these are the only truly sinless saints in the entire building!
Now, having said that, let us look at the other side of the coin.
- If the baby is under 1 year-old, then take them to the back when they start to cry after a short period of seeing if you can quiet them and they still make noise. Once they are quiet, return to your seat.
- If the child is over 1, then take them to the back after a short time of crying / throwing a fit, but do not allow them to get on the floor or play. If you give them what they want, they will learn that throwing a fit / crying gets them playtime in the back of church.
- I like the general guideline of about 15 seconds to try and quiet a child. Some believe this is too long and some believe it is too short. Regardless, try and be prudent about when to take your child to the back.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” -Matt19:14
A great article on why we all need to support Catholic Campus Ministry. This is from our Ragin Cajun Catholics friends, Fr. Bryce Sibley and Paul George. Below is a snip of it:
Seven Reasons to Support Catholic Campus Ministry
The summer is drawing to a close, which means over 20 million students will be heading off to colleges and universities throughout the nation to begin a new school year.
Between purchasing textbooks, attending classes, and getting ready for the first football game of the season, Catholic students have a great opportunity to get involved in Catholic campus ministry.
An effective and fruitful campus ministry can have a profound impact on the lives large numbers of college students, but that impact depends a great deal on the generosity of financial benefactors.
If you’ve never thought about the importance of Catholic campus ministry and the need to support it financially, here is a list of Seven Reasons to Support Catholic College Campus Ministry.
- College campuses are mission territory. We are all aware of the temptation and sin that are pervasive at universities today. Christianity and morality are often rejected. Catholic campus ministry provides a light in the darkness and gives students the chance to come to know and accept the love of Jesus and to be part of a vibrant Catholic community. We are often asked to support oversees missions, but let’s not forget that there is mission territory right in our own town.
- Students can’t fund it by themselves. Between student loans and living expenses college students cannot provide the financial support to sustain a campus ministry, much less enable it to grow. College campus ministry depends on the generosity of benefactors and alumni in order to provide programming, retreats, outreach, pizza – and all of the other ministries that help to make an impact in the lives of college students.
- You can help to keep college students Catholic. 70-80 percent of Catholic students will abandon the practice of their faith once they leave college. Getting involved in Catholic campus ministry while they are in college is the best safeguard for preventing them from losing their faith, but more importantly for them growing in and sustaining their faith even after they leave college.
- You can help to create future Catholic leaders in parish and society. Catholic campus ministry is not just about having a place to hang out and eat free pizza- it is about forming life long disciples of Jesus Christ. Catholic campus ministry forms future leaders that will hopefully go out and not only get involved in their own parishes but have a positive impact on society as they become leaders in their local community.
- It promotes vocations and faith-filled marriages. Catholic campus ministry can be a powerful tool for helping young men and women discern vocations to the priesthood and religious life. So many priests and religious today attribute their vocation to their involvement in campus ministry when they were at college. For those who will enter into the Sacrament of Marriage, college campus ministry encourages Christ-centered relationships and often provides a great place for future spouses to meet.
- You love your alma mater. Like most alums, we are proud of our school’s successes both in academics and athletics. We proudly wear our school’s colors and are passionate about giving back to the institution that gave so much to us. Supporting the Catholic campus ministry at your alma mater is a great way to support the university because students who get involved in campus ministry have a much better chance at succeeding in their education.
- You love the the next generation of Catholics. Supporting Catholic campus ministry tells this generation of Catholics that you love them. Knowledge of Jesus Christ and involvement in this Church is the greatest good we could want for someone else because it shows we care about their souls.
Please click here for more information on how you can partner with St. Mary’s Catholic Center in serving our students!
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This post is a collection of different kinds of prayer, ways to pray, devotions, sacramentals, etc. It is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is the numbering in any way more than a simple way of listing them. You will probably find most of the list familiar, but I have tried to give a link to all of them in order to explain the content, method, or kind of prayer in some way. I recommend your feedback or additions to the list. I hope you will find this helpful.
- Confession / Reconciliation / Penance
- Anointing of the Sick
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- The Holy Rosary
- Sign of the Cross
- Liturgy of the Hours
- Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
- The Apostle’s Creed
- The Nicene Creed
- The Angelus
- Guardian Angel Prayer
- St. Michael The Archangel Prayer
- Lectio Divina
- Meal Blessing (Grace)
- Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Bible study
- The Beatitudes
- Novenas (There are many different ones)
- Litanies (There are many different ones)
- Act of Spiritual Communion
- Consecration to Mary (this is a sample of one way to do it)
- Blessings (There are many different ones)
- Hail Holy Queen
- Fatima Prayer (for the Rosary)
- Fatima Prayer (for reparation)
- Examination of Conscience (There are many different ones)
- Act of Contrition (There are several different ones)
- Act of Faith (There are several different ones)
- Act of Hope (There are several different ones)
- Act of Love (There are several different ones)
- Prayer of Abandonment (There are several different ones)
- Prayer for a Happy Death (There are several different ones)
- Morning Offering (There are many different ones)
- The Divine Praises
- Blessing and Adoration to God
- Vocal Prayer
- Regina Coeli
- Singing hymns
- Praise and Worship
- Lorica of St. Patrick
- Prayer for Travelers
- Anima Christi
- Renewal of Baptismal Promises
- Prayer for Vocations (There are many different ones)
- Prayer After Mass (There are many different ones)
- Prayer Before Mass (There are many different ones)
- Offering Suffering for Others / “Offering it up” (There are many different ones)
- Prayers for Souls in Purgatory (There are many different ones)
- Prayer to the Holy Spirit (There are many different ones)
- Come, Holy Spirit
- Prayers of the Saints (There are millions of different ones)
- Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
- Holy reading / Spiritual reading
- St. Alphonsus method of mental prayer
- St. Theresa of Avila’s method of mental prayer
- Canticle of Zechariah
- Canticle of Simeon
- Prayer before Confession (There are several different ones)
- Blessing of a house
- Praying with the Psalms
- Devotion of the Scapular (There are different kinds of scapular devotions)
- Prayer as a couple (There are many different ones)
- Family prayer (There are many different ones)
- Spiritual Bouquets
- Spiritual journaling
- Sacred Heart devotion
- Devotion to the Miraculous Medal
- Praying with Holy cards
- Agnus Dei
- Prayer before a crucifix (There are many different ones)
- Votive Offerings - Prayer while lighting a candle
- The Jesus Prayer
- Devotion to the Child Jesus
- Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Praying with Icons
- Charismatic prayer (speaking in tongues, slain in the Spirit, etc.)
- Prayer for peace (There are many different ones)
- Prayer for healing (There are many different ones)
- Prayer for the unborn (There are many different ones)
Please add your own in the comments.
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