Let The Children Come To Me
In the Gospel of Mark (10:13-16) we read how parents were bringing their children to meet Jesus so that he could bless them. This upset some of Jesus' followers. They thought that children were to young to understand anything.
Jesus blesses the children
Jesus welcomed them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Every one is welcome
Good Shepherd's welcomes people from all over the world. Our church is a place of worship as well as a place of comfort. It is difficult for parents of small children to attend Mass especially when their children are extremely active. Children should feel welcome in the liturgy and by attending Mass at a young age they learn more about Jesus and become familiar with our faith. Those without children have a right to listen to the Mass and to pray in a quiet environment. This is not always possible.
We are making an effort to offer a children's liturgy during most of our Masses. Following the Gospel, we invite the children to join us in the Parish Center for a short program. We begin with a welcome and then read a simplified version of the Sunday Gospel. It is then followed by an explaination of the Gospel and we end with a prayer. This liturgy runs for about 10 minutes. Children return to the church before the Eucharistic Prayer.
Let the parents come to me
We are all children of God and parents are welcome to join their children or to remain in the Church and listen to the homily. If you are interested in joining our Children's Liturgy group, please contact Good Shepherd's.