Mass is Hard with Kids

It's no secret.

Mass is the center of Catholic worship, the source and summit of our faith, but it can be hard to enter into with kids in tow. Come to the Altar contains tips, perspectives, videos, and resources from fellow parents to help you experience more of the richness of the Mass, and guide your children to as well.

Experience God's Presence Together

Come to the altar.

Reconnect with your own motivation for going to Mass and help your kids experience the wonder of time spent in God's presence. Make Mass the centerpiece of your weekend and help your family prepare with weekly discussions on the Gospel.

Come to the Altar

Take the Step

Your primary goals for this step are to define your "why" for going to Mass, make a plan for going every weekend, and help your kids have a meaningful experience of Mass. The Nextstep Card gives you everything you need to do the step. Sign up to download!
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Daily Encouragement

Instruction, Guidance, and

  • 01

    Start Here

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    • Come to the Altar

    • What Is Nextstep?

    • View or Download the Nextstep Card

    • Print the Nextstep Card

    • Order the Nextstep Card

    • About the Speakers

    • Gratitude and Acknowledgments

  • 02

    Week 1

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    • Danielle: Mass as a Family - Chaos and Beauty

    • Identify Your "Why"

    • "Why Do We Have to Go?"

    • Jason: Good but Not Fun

    • Josh: When Kids Say Mass Is Boring

    • Showing Up Is Half the Battle

    • Lessons from Anti-fungal Cream

    • The Freedom of Commitment

    • The Sacrifice of the Mass

  • 03

    Week 2

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    • The Other Half of the Battle

    • Tips for Helping Kids Enter into Mass

    • Adaptations During the Pandemic

    • Conversation Is Key

    • Jason: Discussing the Sunday Gospel as a Family

    • Resources for Sunday Readings

    • Get More Out of Mass

    • Scarlett: Praying the Mass with Kids Present

    • Josh: Modeling Love of the Eucharist

    • Going to Meet Aslan

  • 04

    Beyond the Step

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    • Choose Your Next Step

    • Read, Watch, and Discuss Narnia