1. Sue Smith

    We use the MagnifiKids with our crew. For the past several years, we have found it fruitful to read the readings for Sunday Mass at our Saturday evening family dinner. As the kids are capable, they are assigned a reading, psalm or Alleluia verse to read (or sing!). It helps all of us focus and concentrate when we hear it again the next morning at Mass. We also try (!) to get the older kids to Confession every other Saturday afternoon. (monthly at the least). The littles take great pleasure in setting out their Mass clothes the night before right after their baths. Little things, but they add up to a much more thoughtful, meaningful Mass.

  2. Sue, these are beautiful suggestions. Thank you for sharing them here. I love seeing your family at Mass. You all bring me joy, especially you and your smile!

    Question: I purchased the MagnifiKid for my niece and she loves it. In your opinion, how young is too young for that subscription (in other words, is Lucy too young, still?)?

  3. By the time we got everyone together to get to Mass, we were going to be late. We ended up going to the museum instead. (We were going to go afterwards, anyways).
    We are so bad!

  4. Laverne Trudeau

    Sunday Masses is very important to our family–going to church every Sunday is one of our family bonding.

  5. Marilyn Klein

    Mass prep starts on Saturdays at our place. Mass clothes and shoes are set out to avoid any surprises on Sunday morning. Dad helps the kiddos figure out how much each should tithe. We button up the house/yard chores and do as much laundry as possible so we can take it easy on Sunday. Sunday mornings are free from tv, computers, phones, etc. If kiddos are fed, clean and dressed and it’s not time for Mass yet then we pull out the holy coloring books, saint bingo, etc. We bring Magnificat on the car ride and somebody reads the readings aloud. Seeing it all written down looks like so much! We were a chronically-late-for-Mass family and found our solution in the Sabbath prep traditions of a Jewish friend. We tweaked things to fit out needs and added one new habit every Advent and Lent. Works for us.

  6. Karey M.

    It is great to hear about on preparing for the Sabbath, but my attention went to the music. I could feel a lot holier if we ever had a Mozart or Haydn mass.

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