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Our readers asked:

What can we do about crying babies at Mass?

Julianne Wallace Answers:

First and foremost, we must have a little patience and understanding. Although having crying babies and noisy children at Mass is distracting, it is also important to welcome all to the Table of the Lord — no matter how quiet or noisy a person may be.

If this is a particular problem at your Church, you may investigate the Cry Room. For instance, if there is one at your Church you can make sure it is properly stocked and supplied for all a parent needs. The Cry Room should also be somehow connected to the worship space, so parents who are trying to worship can still celebrate with the gathered community. Finally, if you are willing to go the extra mile, consider volunteering some of your time in the cry room at a Mass, that way a tired and weary parent can get some focused time to pray while you look after the children. Hopefully then, the next time you go to Mass, someone else will be staffing the Cry Room and you can experience a quiet, centered Mass.

The Author : Julianne Wallace
Julianne E. Wallace is the associate director of faith formation, worship, and ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She earned an M.T.S in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.
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  • Ed

    I brought my 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son to Mass this morning on my own without my wife- and was asked by a grumpy man in front of me (he wasn’t that old) to leave. I didn’t find that very welcoming, especially considering my daughter was sitting silently sucking her thumb while my son was pointing at all of the stained glass windows and would just babble on occasion. They certainly weren’t carrying on.

    If one of them had started to cry or be loud we would have moved into the crying room.

  • shaji

    I had a question to ask Who is a Priest?, What he should bear in mind as a Priest? It is commonly said that Priest is a human being and can cause error. so they should be viewed like that i.e if a priest is drunkard, wayward, child abuser,womaniser should be pardoned as an human error. If it so what is the view of the church in case of polygamy, drunkard, etc. Because I feel is that If one is priest, he should remember he is annointed by God to be a Priest, and avoid all such situation that could cause human error. So is the same for a husband,wife, or children, once a person starts to think himself as a human, then the society becomes at par with so called ‘western culture’, gay culture i.e no priest, no husband,wife or children but are the product of freedom to do as they like.

    It is said that error of parents don’t fall on children. If it is so, few years back we heard about a priest Fr Benedict I think so, who sentenced jail, for sexual/other act, though the priest was innocent. the priest completed sentences, but the actual person family through counseling came to know that the problems i.e. physically handicapped children in their family was due to this error, consequently went and asked pardon the the same and the news was in public. could you explain if it was not the error of the parents that his grandchildren faced or are facing. please clarify in reference to this incident. as this well know case in Kerala. and the priest is dead.

    thanks in Jesus name

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