Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belong.” (Matthew 19:14)
The parish of St. Alphonsus Liguori welcomes children to take part in learning and participating with their families during Mass.
Protocol for participating in ministry with youth
The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana asks that all adults who will be interacting with children during ministry complete a protocol training course. Training take about an hour to complete and is offered on the last Wednesday of each month. After completing a session, protocol certification lasts for five years until the session needs to be repeated. Contact the Parish Office at 317.873-2885 to inquire about the next session.
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Ministry
Meets regularly during 10:30 a.m. Mass from September to May.
CLOW is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word geared towards children, ages 4 through 2nd grade. Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help with this ministry.
Contact: Parish Office
A Message from our Pastor
Our Parish is getting younger and it is exciting to see so many children at Mass. Attending Mass is something children learn to do with their families. It can be hard for children to understand why they have to quietly sit for an hour and not know what is going on. Remember that children learn “Mass etiquette” as they watch you. Take time before or after Mass to walk through the church and point out and explain different things such as the tabernacle, baptismal font, altar, and so on. If you attend the Sunday morning Masses, go for coffee and doughnuts after Mass so the children may socialize and get to know their parish family as well as their peers. For parishioners without children, greet other families, express joy at having the children at Mass and have patience as they grow as children of God. They are our future and they will learn their place in our faith family from us! - Fr. O’Keeffe
Helpful Suggestions for parents with children at Mass
• Babies can become fussy, but feel the need to only exit with a baby when he or she is inconsolable.
• It is okay to stand and rock a baby at the back of the church.
Toddlers, Preschoolers and Pre-First Communicants
• Some families find that sitting near the front help children see.
• Share the hymnal with children.
• Quietly explain to your children what is happening during the Mass.
• Encourage children to place their own money or the family’s envelope in the collection basket.
• Feel free to use the cry room, located in the glassed-in area at the back of the church.
• Encourage children to extend the sign of peace to those around them.
• Please avoid bring children snacks. Books that they enjoy or their own rosaries are encouraged.
And at home. . .
• Teach your children the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and other prayers used regularly at Mass.
• Make prayer an important family time. Let children offer their petitions too. Children are never too young to learn the “routine” of prayer, be it the rosary or bedtime prayers.
• Talk about the Mass at home, recalling stories or reading the bulletin together.
• Read the Bible, perhaps Sunday’s readings or another favorite story.
• Learn some hymns together and sing.
• Instill an attitude of celebration on Sundays. Let Sundays be the days of rest, just as God intended them.
Another important thing is to make the church a part of your child’s life. Bring your children to Mass, Adoration, confession and other social gatherings. Let them learn more about their “Home away from Home!” If you wait until they are adults it will be too late!
Some ideas to be supportive:
• Express joy at having children worship with us. Send a smile their way!
• Greet children as well as adults during the sign of peace and fellowship time.
• Pass the collection basket to children.
• Be understanding when parents need to take children out and then return to Mass.
• Have patience with the learning process; as we are all growing Children of God!