Children's Liturgy of the Word
The children’s liturgy takes place on Sundays at the 9:00 AM Mass. (Children's liturgy does not take place on select Sundays throughout the year; please check the parish calendar for dates.)
Children in grades kindergarten to sixth are welcome to attend. Younger children may attend with the accompaniment of an older sibling if the younger child is well behaved.
The purpose of the children’s liturgy is to help bring the Word of God into the hearts of children so that they may come to know, love, and serve God. The children’s liturgy is not a playtime or a time for arts and crafts. It is the Mass. The children listen to the same scriptures that are read in the church, however they are written at a level comprehensible to a child. After the scripture readings, there is an interactive homily where children may ask questions about the readings. Following the homily, the children profess their faith through the Apostles’ Creed, followed by Intercessory Prayers where the children may request prayers for family, friends, and pets in need. The children then return to church to complete the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their families.
There are many ways children may participate in the children’s liturgy. Some children may help as lectors, some may hold up our Responsorial Psalm signs, or the crucifix during our prayer petitions. Some may hand out/collect copies of the Apostles’ Creed, and some may participate in skits when we act out the story of the Gospel. A child participating as a lector must be at least in fifth grade or able to read at a fifth grade reading level.
If your child would like to participate, he or she may come forward when the children are called at the beginning of Mass. No sign-up or registration is necessary.
Adult participation is welcomed. All participating adults must have completed Safe Environment training.