[quote="Immacolata, post:6, topic:309420"]
The same thing happens at my parish. Parents bring their young children, who, surprisingly, are usually well-behaved (not yesterday, but that's posted in a different thread ;)) and, in case, a small toy. I believe some bring small snacks as well. Then again, I've only sat in front of small children three times since July (when I first started going to Mass, and getting into my religion) so I'm not particularly knowing of what parents do and do not bring with their children.
My wife and I used to before we were welcomed into the church but then all of a sudden it didn't feel right... It only took a few weeks and they got used to it. Now the whole family feels more at peace during mass and the kids pay more attention to Mass and we can feel there faith growing as a result. After all it's only 1 hour & compared to what Jesus did for us........
[quote="Deo_Gratias42, post:6, topic:309420"]
Family members eating throughout Mass and then receiving communion
I wondering how other people would handle this situation I had to deal with during Christmas Vigil Mass for my future reference.
During Mass my family members started eating candy throughout Mass, knowing if they did, they broke the Communion fast and couldn't receive communion (I told them this). Nevertheless, they went up and received communion.
Unfortunately, sacrilegious communions are one of the things that cause me a great deal of pain. After Mass while everyone else was piling out, I knelt down and cried. When I got home, I went up to my room to go to bed, but ended up falling to my knees and crying.
I know I didn't handle this as best I could have, as I was getting increasingly mad about the fact they were eating throughout Mass. I'm just wondering how others would have handled the situation?
Don't be disheartened Deo Gratias42 but would praying for them help? Personally I would choose to sit somewhere else if they still chose to come to mass and deliberately disrespect the blessed sacrament.
May our blessed Lord Jesus bless your struggles and your zeal for him:tiphat: