10 Tips For Taking Your Kids To Church

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by Jordan Watwood from EverythingCatholic.com to share about tips to help get your kids to Mass and have them enjoy it too!

Episode 242:

In this episode, we will discuss:
• How can you make your kids LIKE church?
• Is it ok if your kids are crying during Mass?
• Should you “force” you kids to go to Mass?
• What resources exist for parents?
• and much more


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One comment on “10 Tips For Taking Your Kids To Church

  1. Donna Hager says:

    Really enjoy most of your shows. I watched the show on things you shouldn’t do in Mass. The comments on sermons were very well thought out. I would like to add making sure you speak loud enough. My pastor’s voice becomes quieter at the end of his examples/stories/teachings & I frequently don’t hear the last 3 or 4 words which means I don’t get his point.
    One parish where I worshiped the Priest’s sermons were very intellectual & I took notes. He had his outline on screens & he controlled them so that made it easier to understand. He also watched the congregation & added explanations. I learned so much from him. The parish had about 425 families. There were 2 missions a year, Advent & Lent, & had one night with confessions. There were usually 7-8 priests & each line had at least 20 penitents for each priest. Add that to the priest visiting all homebound on 1st Friday & hearing confessions. Confessions were offered before & after weekday masses (one was an evening mass), 1 hour on Saturday & by appointment. In my 2.5 years in the parish made going confession was easy & almost contagious. I miss that.
    I tried to always sit in the first row so my children could see the priest, servers, readers, etc. Then behaved & paid attention. Their father was in the choir & they could see him also. My one regret is my husband only sat with family when we were on vacation.
    After my mother, who my husband & I cared for for 4 years, died, the choir director invited me to sit next to my husband in the choir area. Since my husband & I had attended different churches so one of would be with Mom so I didn’t know anyone at church. It meant so much to be with him when we were both grieving. A father who had custody of 2 sons had his sons in the choir area & one father set with his wife & children during the gospel & sermon. Reminds me of: ‘A family that prays together stays together.’ When we moved after Mom’s death, I sat in the front row by the choir & my husband joined me for the gospel & sermon. I am thankful for that time we spent worshiping together because my husband died 3 years after my Mom.
    Mentioning my experiences are ways we became more spiritually connected &, I think, a good way to encourage families to pray together. Every night we prayed together ending with St. Michael the Archangel, kissed goodnight, saying I love you & making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads.
    I currently change the screens at my Mass & I wish all the readings & prayers were included. I live in an area with many immigrants with various accents & seeing the words would be helpful. For visiting non-Catholics it would be beneficial for them to see the prayers. It’s easier to explain the Mass if they have read what we’ve prayed.
    Lastly, I didn’t watch the talk about children in church because of the cartoon pictures; the cartoon does not depict a good Christian family. I will watch it another time.
    I enjoy watching & listening to the thoughts you share.

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