5 Tips to Help Adults Focus at Mass

Advance Reading

It always helps me to focus at Mass if I have read the readings beforehand. It also helps to receive the daily readings in the Blessed Is She Devotion each morning! I usually click on the link in the email and read the readings, psalm and Gospel along with the thoughtful reflection based on them. You can subscribe to Blessed Is She here

  • Missal

    The truth is…my hearing isn’t so great. I have a little trouble hearing the readings if the reader isn’t perfectly clear and if there is someone rustling a cough candy wrapper in the next pew.  I find it much easier to focus if I’m following along with the readings as they are read.

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  • The Adam-friendly Crying Room

    Should we Cement-In all Crying Rooms?

    There have been times when I have banished myself to the crying room. Particularly with a tiny infant when my breast-feeding attempts were pretty awkward…and about as discrete as Adam eating chocolate cake. I was just grateful to catch a few words while attracting as little attention as possible.

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    Hi Frankie! It’s MAY!

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    Hey Frankie!

    I was wondering how you’re doing! We haven’t written in a while, but I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to.

    I turned three, I’ve got a cool set of Animal Planet animals and my brother’s old workbench, that actually looks pretty new. I’ve  got some cool tools (even if I broke the hammer already) and my Dad filled the sandbox with nice new sand. I figured out how to reach chocolate and the pancake  mix in the high cupboards and they pumped up my basketball, so it’s got a good bounce.

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    Adam says…Hey, Frankie…

    Adam and Frankie are toddlers who correspond through their Mom’s blogs Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic All Year  about being Catholic and being the youngest in a big Catholic family. For the complete correspondence of Adam and Frankie…check out The Catholic Toddler Letters!Dear Frankie, It has been a while since we corresponded! I learned about some of the things you have been up to on

    your Mom’s blog

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    Hey Frankie…it’s a Snow Day!

    Hi Frankie,
    Sorry I haven’t been writing so much this week, but I’ve been pretty busy playing in the snow.You see, last Friday was a “snow day” which meant my older siblings were home from school because the buses were cancelled and most people were just staying home.  It was good to have them home, because we had a lot of work to do!

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    A Letter to Frankie about the All for Jesus Lent Challenge

    Hi Frankie,

    Nice to hear about your plans for Lent.  I like your =&0=&(wow, do you get to hold a candle?!?) and I think the counting to 40 after Grace before Meals is a simple, but pretty effective idea. I’ve been insisting on leading Grace for my family these days, but I think that they suspect that I don’t really know all the words.  I don’t think I can quite count to 40 (maybe 11, with a couple jumbled numbers?) but I bet one of my older sisters or brother could lead that.

    Well, I showed you in my last letter some of the things my family has done for Lent in the past.  I like how your family does so many different things and you try to make them a habit for the rest of the year.  I suspect that our family will try to do one or two things…maybe even a different focus for each week in Lent.

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    Adam’s got mail! Frankie’s Guide for Lent

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    Hey Frankie! Meet Boppa!

    another letter from  Adam to Frankie in the Catholic Toddler Letters

    Hi Frankie,

    Well, I’m not sure if you remember in my last letter how I asked





    “Hey Frankie, what’s the deal with the other people (without little kids) insisting on sitting at the end of the pew so that it’s really hard for parents to leave the pew with a screaming kid?”

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    Hey, Adam’s got mail! Another Catholic Toddler Letter from Frankie!

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    A Letter to Frankie about Mom’s Mass Survival Tips

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