Community Room During Mass
The use of the Community Room during the celebration of Sunday Mass is intended above all for parents of infants and very small children who are having trouble in church: a parent will take a son or daughter out for a while – or if necessary the duration of Mass – but take part in the service by way of the television.
The room is not a place for children to run wild, or for grown-ups to chat as if they weren’t at Mass. It is not in the tradition of St. Joseph’s to have a “nursery” or “cry room” or to segregate parents with small children. St. Joseph’s people rejoice in the presence of families together, but understand that even the most precious infants and correct children will have their moments. That’s why we have the Community Room set up for an “exit” strategy.
Also at times the church unfortunately just won’t hold everybody. Every Catholic Church in the Raleigh area – every one – has that problem. Those in the Community Room should be able to participate in Mass as best they can, and in moral union with the congregation inside, and not be subjected to behavior which is either irreverent or permitted to be out of control.