Is there an obligation to take a baptized toddler to Mass?


#1

I’m a cantor for Mass and my wife plays piano/organ. Sometimes we will drop our 13 month old son off at my mom’s house while we go to sing/play for Mass. It just occurred to me that since my son is baptized, he has an obligation to attend Sunday Mass. What is my obligation to see that he attends Mass? Did that obligation start with his baptism or does it start later? Has it been sinful when I have left him at my mom’s?


#2

Hi,

Children under the age of reason are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass. However, they should be familiar with attending Mass by the time they are seven years of age ( the accepted age of reason). They ought to be attending Sunday Mass regularly by the time they start school.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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