From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For March 3, 2019

By this point, everyone should know that I love having children at Mass. They are an integral part of our parish and they should be with us at our celebrations. I want to commend you parents for doing a good job with managing your little ones. Some days are easier than others, but I have been very happy with how you parents are doing. There are always trials. Is this going to be one loud cry, or is it the start of a breakdown? You don’t know until you are into it. At the end of the day it is as simple as, “no harm, no foul.” Please keep bringing the little ones.

There is one more thing that I do need to say, though. Please do not bring into the church toys that are going to make noise. If the toy is a truck, they are going to run it along the back the pew, and the wooden pews will act like a speaker, magnifying the sound. If the toy rattles or clacks, then they are going to use it to make noise because noise is fun. Whatever it may be, please do not give them tools for distracting others.

Cute babies are distracting enough in their own right. I see all you people out there smiling back at the babies (and I smile inside). There will always be distractions; we can never remove all of them, and it would be foolish to try. We can, though, do our best to minimize the easy ones.

As always, for the rest of us who don’t have small children, we can also look for opportunities to help those parents who might be having a rough day. We are all in this together. Maybe you don’t know the family that is having a rough day. Well, now is a good time to get to know them to see if there is something you could do to help them. By help, I don’t mean telling them what they are doing wrong or telling them how to do it right. We all know how to give that kind of help.

Again, we are all in this together as God’s family, and family life is messy. Working together, though, we can make it better for everyone, even if it is a particularly rough day.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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