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A Saint Patrick Catholic Church we celebrate children.

To the parents of our young children, 

  • Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
  • Do prepare your child ahead of time by modeling joy at the opportunity to worship God in this community.
  • Sit toward the front where it is easier to see and hear.
  • Quietly explain the parts of the Mass.
  • Sing the hymns loudly, pray and voice the responses with enthusiasm. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
  • If your child becomes particulary disruptive, feel free to leave Mass, but please come back. As Jesus said: “Let the children come to me.”
  • Trust the evironment of the Mass and our community to form your child over time.
  • Please do not bring food or drink into the church unless they are medically indicated. Please do not bring electronic games into Church.           

To the members of the parish…

  • 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 loved and appreciated in this house of worshipA smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small, active children.
  • The presence of children is a gift to the Church! They are members of our community, and a reminder that our parish is growing.

 

I want to be part of the welcoming team!

Sandra Kuharic, Pastoral Assistant for Evangelization & Engagement

253-274-4116

skuharic@saintpats.org