Headline: Children are welcome in our church!
They can make noise, run around, distract others, make a mess, distract their parents, and even distract the priest… but we’ve all been there, we all were those children, and thanks to the patience, perseverance (and occasionally sheer bloody-mindedness!) of our parents, we came to church, and are still hanging around to this day.
This link (thank you to Cheryl Kouba) to an online blog follows this theme http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-bruesehoff/parents-kids-church_b_3909085.html
So if you are the parent/guardian/grandparent of a child or of children, and you bring them to Mass, and you worry about the reactions of people around you if your children are distracting — know that the children are always, always welcome, and thank you so much for bringing them.