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

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.

Fr Ed