Thanks for the new thread.
I'm getting pretty excited about Advent this year. DD is 5 and DS is nearly 2.5. I think it will be a bit clearer to them what's going on. I also got a book of activities and crafts and hope to do more of that with them, too. Of course DD is still thinking about gifts, but hopefully we can balance it with other considerations.I'm also totally jazzed for the new translation, but then again, I'm a nerd that way.
I would appreciate some advice on letting go of some anger towards one of my priests. I can't even remember if I've mentioned this before, so forgive me if I have.
He used the occasion of a homily a while back to chide parents to take their kids out of Mass when they were being disruptive or crying because, among other things, we need to teach kids that Mass is a special time/place, and because it's distracting to him as a priest. I completely understand that some parents need to be reminded of both these points, but the tone was so off-putting. My old pastor would often remind parents of this in a loving way, but that was a huge parish with large families the norm. This is the campus center, and to me, it came off as almost accusing families of being a distraction. I had DD with me and after Mass she mentioned that SHE didn't cry at Mass, but I am loathe to try bringing DS for fear that this priest will be presiding. In fact, I brought him one time, got into Church a few minutes before Mass began, when he began to exclaim loudly, "Jesus! There's Jesus!" I couldn't calm him, so took him to the foyer, where I saw Fr. getting ready to enter. I actually grabbed DS, and said very loudly, "I'm not going to get yelled at because you are being so loud!"
Total mothering fail, I know.
Ever since then, I live in fear of this priest, and of bringing DS to Mass, which of course makes it worse because he doesn't understand what he's supposed to do. DH has said he would come once in a while, but I'm afraid I'm not setting a very good example for anyone with this outrage. I really feel like I'm not welcome, and that only families with quiet children, or families with 2 parents so one can be out with the chatterers, are welcome.
I'm even considering making an appointment to talk with him about it, but I don't trust myself not to get angry and defensive.