My 11 year old son is shy, especially around adults. We go to a big parish with a large attendance at the Sunday Mass we go to.
There was an announcement in last week’s church bulletin that there would be altar server training this Saturday. I asked him several times if he wanted to do it ,and he said ‘yes’ all times. I told him that if he didn’t think he would like it he didn’t have to do it.
The reason? My son is also very sensitive.
Now, out of the blue, came the announcement that BOTH of our priests are leaving in 3 weeks. I have only lived in this city, in this diocese, for 3 years and I do not know any of the other priests. It took me a while to completely trust these priests, with all of the scandal the past few years, but also some priests are just grumpy and I’m afraid my son will take this to heart and get very upset.
I am very upset at the timing of all of this, that I don’t even feel like praying. It’s like having what you think is a divine inspiration only to be shot down.
I am thinking of pulling him out until I get to know the new pastor well enough.
Am I doing the right thing? This is something he can take up next year if he so desires.