I am about to be on maternity leave for about 2 1/2 months. I had a thought that this means that I would be able to attend daily mass at my church with my daughters once the newborn was ready to be out and about.
I went on Friday to check it out, and there were about 25 people, and only one kid. It was so quiet in there you could literally hear every little sound she made. She was about 6-7 and certainly not the best mass behavior I’ve seen from that age, but nothing that really would have been too noticeable in a bigger louder Sunday mass apart from the people sitting behind her.
It made me really wonder about attempting to take a two year old and a 2 week old (and for the month of September, my 5 year old part-timer. Would we be too distracting in this super quiet setting? My two-year-old does pretty well most of the time. She colors and does stickers, sings, and is sometimes kinda squirmy or chatty. I can just imagine every little noise they made echoing through the church and ringing in people’s ears. I would love to attend mass, but I am worried it would detract from everyone else’s experience?
Does anyone (parents or others without kids with them) have any thoughts or experiences to share about kids at small masses?
If it makes a difference, I am not yet Catholic, so not receiving Eucharist.