Let the Children Come to Me

by Yenyen Chan

My husband Rocky and I are parents to young children. As Catholic parents, we want them to experience the richness, joy and love of our Faith. To do this, we are constantly finding ways on how to show it to them. In the process, we have rediscovered our faith through the eyes of a child — with awe, wonder and excitement.

Our children love storytelling. The story of the Nativity or David & Goliath has never been as thrilling as when I read it with my children. They wanted to know what the road to Bethlehem was like. They wanted to know how fearsome Goliath was. I thought I knew these stories but when the children started asking questions, I had to find out more.

Our children are playful. They like to build and play with their dolls. Instead of making our home altar a hands-off area, we have found dolls of Mary and the Saints for them to play with (but still handle reverently). They know they could leave flower offerings or their artwork on the altar. The home altar is also their hands-on, up close cue for the Liturgical Seasons.

Before our children came along, the parish was where my husband and I grew our faith through the Sacraments and service. When the children came,
I initially felt that I didn’t need to bring them to the parish or should not bring them lest they get in the way.

But didn’t Jesus say, “Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them…”? Yes, I will now have a kid forgetting to whisper during Mass. Yes, another kid will pull on my hand right about Consecration to ask for a snack. But, bringing them to the parish has given them a chance to serve (Disaster Relief Operations), to pray with friends (Magnifikids), to be part ofthe Sacraments and to observe their parents and others practicing the Faith. Rocky and I take our responsibility to pass on the Catholic faith to our children seriously. We are blessed that the parish is finding more and more ways to include the youth. Parents and children, young and old need one another to nurture, strengthen and enliven each other’s faith.

Rocky and I take our responsibility to pass on the Catholic faith to our
children seriously. We are blessed that the parish is finding more and more ways to include the youth. Parents and children, young and old need one another to nurture, strengthen and enliven each other’s faith.

As published in the February 19 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

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