From a readerette:
I am absolutely mortified right now! My fussy two year old wiggled out
of my arms during daily low Mass today (READ: Lots of grey hair) and
ran up into the sanctuary to the Altar during the Canon. I tried to
catch him, but he’s too quick.
I wasn’t sure what to do about getting him out of there, as I didn’t
want to offend the priest by going into the sanctuary, especially
during the Canon. I hesitated; the priest kept going while looking
down at my son. One of the altar boys knelt along the side got up and
escorted my son out of sanctuary back to me while I did the walk of
shame down the aisle with him in tow.
After Mass the priest made an announcement that those of us with
children need to keep them with us so that they are not running where
they shouldn’t be. I tried to apologize after Mass, but I was told “he
had to leave” and “wasn’t there”.
Should this ever happen again, in your priestly expertise, what should
a mother do?
Do mothers have bad dreams about this scenario? I doubt it. They have too many other things to worry about.
My response… oh well, these things happen. We smile an amused smile and get on with life.
If this were happening all the time, I might have some questions. But for a one time event… no problem. Again, if this sort of thing happened all the time, I would probably say something too.
So, … mothers may have some strategies and tips to offer.
Would a leash you eligible for a visit from a social worker?