As I prepare to take off blogging for Holy Week, I’m sharing a recent post I did for Catholic Mothers Online about celebrating Holy Week with little people underfoot. Sometimes celebrating the big holidays seems daunting with kids. I know, I’ve been there. Shoot, I AM there. Just know, you can still relish and enjoy the season without the need for valium or wine. Promise.
An excerpt (to read the rest, visit Catholic Mothers Online):
In 2001, we had our first baby two weeks prior to Holy Thursday. His Godfather was the priest at a neighboring parish, so we attended Mass and Fr. Kevin washed Luke’s feet during the celebration. It brought tears to my eyes. Ten minutes later, I was scrambling to get to the back of the church with my SCREAMING newborn because the water had awakened him.
And so began our “new” way of celebrating Holy Week.
I’m not sure about you, but all of our Holy Week Masses begin at 7 p.m.—not really the ideal time to wrangle our five children up to the church for an hour (or longer!) Mass. It’s quite possibly a glimpse into purgatory and not for the faint of heart.
We adapted and adjusted and now celebrate Holy Week with our children in mind. We want them to experience the week, not dread it, and we want the entire family to (happily) take part. In layman’s terms? We learned to compromise.
During the week, we refrain from…
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