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August 1st, 2009, 07:37 PM
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Does your parish have a similar program? Our parish has preschool classes for ages 3-5 (each age has their own class) held in the school during one of the morning Masses on Sundays. It is for three Sundays out of the month, and then the fourth Sunday the child attends Mass with his/her family. In the classes they do crafts, singing, and other activities and from what I've heard they actually teach a lot. It sounds pretty good, and most of the moms I know with preschool aged kids are registering them for it. WDYT, would you have any hesitation about it? My only thought in that regard is that I feel like we finally have Nathaniel to a point where he sits there and pays attention and is interested about what's going on during Mass. So now he'll only be attending 1/4 of the time, I'm worried he won't be used to going, you know? Although I could try really hard to get to daily Mass and that would probably solve that issue.

Just looking for your thoughts! Thanks!
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August 2nd, 2009, 10:38 AM
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Hm, I'm not sure. Several months ago, when we first started attending the Parish we go to now, they had a "Children's Liturgy" during one of the Sunday Masses, where right before the Gospel reading, all the children were invited to one of the Parish rooms/classrooms at the back to hear a Children's reading and listen to a "homily", i.e. some explanation about it in terms they understand. DH and I never really liked it because we kinda think that children should be present during the entire Mass, not just a part of it. And if the parents believe the child won't understand the Gospel and homily anyway, well it's their responsibility to go through it with them at home.

So I guess if it were us, we wouldn't do it. It's not bad or anything, just something we prefer not to do.

ETA: they've since eliminated the above and don't have that option anymore. They do have a "children's Mass" on Saturday evenings but it's more that they have a children's choir there; I don't think the kids leave anywhere during Mass.
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August 3rd, 2009, 04:25 AM
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I think its a neat concept, another parish in the area has something similar. I would prefer the kiddos to stay with me during the mass when they are older.
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August 3rd, 2009, 07:41 AM
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I'm personally not a fan of kids leaving during Mass but that is just me. I have just always viewed Sunday Mass as a time the whole family spends together - although it isn't as though we have that now - one of us is usually in the back with one of the kids, or like yesterday when both were in the back with one kid each!!
Luke isn't old enough for anything like that but a lot of my friends around here send their pre-school age kids to Catechesis of the Good Shepard. I think it is during the week - like one morning a week. It sounds awesome though and I'm excited for my kids to be old enough. Have any of you heard of it?
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August 3rd, 2009, 08:02 AM
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Luke isn't old enough for anything like that but a lot of my friends around here send their pre-school age kids to Catechesis of the Good Shepard. I think it is during the week - like one morning a week. It sounds awesome though and I'm excited for my kids to be old enough. Have any of you heard of it?
I have friends who live in another state and they have that program at their parish. I know their kids loved it, and they were happy with what was being taught and how the program was run.
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