Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word is held at the 10:30 am Sunday Mass.

Children are a gift in a myriad of ways. They bring joy even in the midst of heartaches; they give added direction to the lives of their parents. Children, who are the fruit of love and meaningful commitment, are a cause of love and meaning."—USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, 2009

What is it? 
Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children in grades K-6 at the 10:30 pm Sunday Mass  from September through May. Any child in this age group may participate - no registration is necessary.

What exactly do they do? 
The children gather with their leaders in the front of the altar after the Opening Prayer and are sent forth by the presider. They process to the Social Hall which has been prepared for them with banners, a candle, and a lectern. After a brief Welcome and Opening Prayer, they listen to the First Reading proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. They are then led in singing a Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. Next, the Gospel is proclaimed by one of the adult leaders. After this, an age-appropriate reflection on the Word is shared by the leader through stories, discussions, or pictures - whatever the leader finds most appropriate to conveying the meaning of the scriptures. The children are then invited to share their own thoughts and ideas. Following this, the children profess a simple Act of Faith, pray their Prayers of Intercession, and finally return to their families at the time of the Presentation of the Gifts.