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The sound of children around St. Paul's is the sound of a growing church!
Many parents of infants prefer to sit in the rear of the church because it has space for standing and bouncing, and the left front is a good area for older kids because of its unobstructed view of the choir and sanctuary—and its easy access to the Nursery and restrooms directly through the double doors to the right of the Lady Altar. The ushers can supply coloring books and crayons for children on request.
Children are welcome at all services, but if you prefer, our staffed Nursery is available for children through age 5 every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Nursery is on the first floor through the Atrium, near the restrooms. In addition, during the 9:00 Sunday Mass from September through May we offer Christian formation through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children aged 3-6. St. Paul’s CGS classrooms are on the lower level of the parish hall; a large painting of the Good Shepherd in the stairwell shows the way.
Children, including infants, who have been baptized are welcome to receive Communion at their parents’ discretion. Infants have the cup bearer dip his or her finger into the chalice, which is then placed in the child’s mouth. Older children may receive either the bread or the cup or both, at their parents’ direction. They may also intinct by holding the host out for the cup bearer to dip in the chalice and place on the child’s tongue. Children who are not receiving communion are welcome to receive a blessing, which is indicated by having them cross their arms over their chest. If your child is not baptized, feel free to speak with a member of the clergy.
Parents and guardians of children in the parish are encouraged to join our email list for parents and families to receive occasional updates about family-oriented parish events.