Tips for Preparing for Mass

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“The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.” – St. Augustine

There is so much going on in a Mass that can’t be seen except through the eyes of faith. As children grow, they need to hear about what’s going on in Mass in new ways that address where they are developmentally, learning about what is happening that is unseen. And they need to hear both why the Church cherishes the Mass, but also why mom and dad find Mass so valuable, too! 

Here are tips for helping your child prepare for Mass.

  • Read picture books or watch videos that explain the Mass in a developmentally appropriate way without ‘dumbing it down.’ (particularly for young children)
  • Check out Enkindle, our podcast with a family-friendly 5-10 minute reflection on the Sunday readings each week. (particularly for school aged children and up)
  • Read the Sunday readings as a family (from a Children’s Bible for younger children). Ask older school aged children or teens what struck them.
  • Tell stories at an appropriate level about why you love the Mass.
  • Remember to ask the Holy Spirit to stir up real faith in the hearts of your children–He’s the one who can set hearts on fire with love of God Who loves us first!

Written by Kathy DeVet


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