This week is the holiest week of all in the Catholic Church with Masses galore.
There is Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Last Supper, Good Friday Mass (generally the Passion/Adoration of the Cross as well as a separate Stations of the Cross); Easter Vigil on Saturday (sometimes early in the evening and sometimes a midnight/daybreak mass), and of course, the celebration of Easter Mass on Sunday.
That, my friends, is a whole lotta Masses to attend with young children.
Each year, we make it to Good Friday (the Adoration of the Cross at noon) and of course, Easter Sunday Mass.
But we've never made it - en famille - to ALL the Holy week Masses.
We've tried switching off in prior years, having Knute attend Holy Thursday Mass solo while I watch the kids and then switching for Saturday's Easter Vigil Mass. This does work for us and makes it more manageable.
I love my Church and my faith, but I am not about to attempt four back-to-back Masses in four days with my three kids. I'm still a work in progress when it comes to that gentle virtue of patience.
My kiddos are getting older and are more able to manage Mass; Becky and Huck attend Wednesday Mass at school and well understand the rules of How to Go to Church. They might not always follow all of them, but a raise of an eyebrow or a tap on the arm usually straightens them up quickly enough.
But Tom is still little; only three years old, he is my wild card at Mass each week - will he be fantastically angelic or horribly, horribly mouthy? He's getting there but he's got a long ways to go.
There are options, thanks to our world of online streaming video:
Catholic TV's Holy Week Schedule
You can also see if your local Cable provider offers Catholic TV here.
How are you trying to live more presently and authentically during Holy Week this year?
Thanks for reading and subscribing to Writer-Mommy!