Jackie and Bobby talk about how to bring your children to Mass, especially those under the age of reason.
As parents of four kids all under the age of 7, Jackie and Bobby have some experience introducing their kids to Mass. The reason kids get bored or fidgety during Mass is the same reason any adult gets bored: they don’t understand what’s going on. Anytime you’re in a situation where you don’t understand what’s happening (sporting events, ceremonies, lectures, etc.) you’re naturally going to become bored and anxious for it to be over. This is what kids under the age of reason experience almost constantly.
For kids who can read, this is slightly easier because there are several resources available that help explain the Mass to children, including the Interactive Mass Book from Ascension Kids. But if your little one isn’t of reading age, there are other tactics. Try explaining little parts to them like a story. Most kids learn the words of their favorite princess or superhero as soon as they start speaking, so use that level of storytelling to your advantage.
Another really important aspect of bringing your children to the faith is leading by example. Little kids love to imitate their parents, so when you’re at Mass, act with reverence. They’ll see you sitting, listening, and praying and begin to model your behaviors.
Overall, remember that your children’s minds are still growing, and it’s okay if they don’t understand what’s going on or are a little rambunctious during mass. God is working in their lives through you, and as long as you are intentionally bringing them the faith, the Lord will be able to work within their hearts as they grow in understanding.
Meet Jackie and Bobby Angel
Jackie Francois Angel is a full-time worship leader and speaker. Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at a Catholic high school. Married in 2013, they have four beautiful children and strive to grow in holiness each day!