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Jenna wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have twin sons that are nine months old. I try to take them to church with my husband but they are so squirmy and wormy during Mass that my husband and I usually end up paying attention to them and missing everything that's done and said during the Mass.

  • Is it sinful for us to miss our Sunday obligation?

Thanks for any information.


  { How do we handle our desire to participate in Mass, despite our young sons? Can we miss Mass? }

Mary Ann replied:

Jenna —

We have been through that recently in our family. Take turns going to different Masses or enlist grandparents!

The care of small children, the elderly, and the sick has always been considered a valid reason to miss Mass. One parent can go, and the other say home to care for the children, and then go to another Mass, if there is one.

If there is only one Mass on the weekend (a rare thing), then take turns. However, I suggest you take them. It is a wonderful witness to the parish, a joy to others, and your presence itself is worship.

Mary Ann

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