[size=][size=][FONT=“Georgia”]I am living with a non-Catholic host family for a year, and the kids have begun to ask if they can come to Sunday Mass with me sometimes. (There’s a five year old and twin seven year olds). Their parents aren’t religious, but they don’t mind the kids coming along with me. Each time they’ve asked I’ve let them come. The boy even said that from now on he wants to come with me every single week! (and that he’s going to be Catholic too.)
The problem is that while I am really glad to see the kids expressing interest in religion, and going to church on Sunday (really, really glad!)… I honestly don’t like it when they come along. They haven’t ever been to Mass before, so they don’t know what’s going on, or what to do, don’t know what the “bread” is. When I bow they bend over to see what I’m looking at. And there’s the fact that they’re kids. So when they come to Mass with me, I can’t focus at all on the Mass. I end up being so distracted by the fact that he just sat down, and she’s turned around looking at the choir… that I find it really hard to actually pray. Mass means the world[/size] to me- I await it all week long, and it really makes me sad not being able to really enter into it while I’m there.
So should I let the kids continue to come with me? I can explain to them that it’s really Jesus on the altar, and that they have to try to sit still, but the fact is they’ll always be kids. I hate the thought of telling them no though… am I really going to deny children the opportunity to attend Mass?? They’re asking me to take them! You never know how this could impact their whole lives.
What should I do??[/FONT][/size]