“They brought children to him to touch. The disciples rebuked them, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant, and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ And he put his arms round them, laid his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special part of our 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy. It is held the last Sunday of each month. All children are invited to hear the gospel and share in the liturgy that has been especially written for children.
At the beginning of Mass, the children are invited to the altar by the celebrant, blessed, then led to the vestibule by an adult leader. In the vestibule, Liturgy of the Word begins with the reading of the gospel, followed by a reflection and age appropriate project to reinforce the theme. Older children are invited to assist with the scripture readings. Adults lead the prayer and reflection on the Word. Liturgy of the Word concludes with a circle of prayers offered by the children. The children return to their families during the Sign of Peace and before the congregation is seated.
Through Liturgy of the Word, we seek to involve the children in the liturgy–the joy of song, the holiness of silence and the richness of ritual–the colors of the liturgical seasons, refreshing water, oil, fire, light. As friends, neighbors and family within the parish, the children bring to us the simplicity of God’s Word. We seek to show each child that they are important participants in the liturgy of God’s Word, thereby enriching the entire parish family. We seek to show them the Wonder of God’s Word.
Parents are encouraged to periodically accompany their child to Liturgy of the Word and assist with the care of all children.
Dates for 2016-2017 Year
September 25th -26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30th – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 27th- 1st Sunday of Advent
December 25- Christmas- no Children’s Liturgy of the Word
January 29th -4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 26th- 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
March 26th- 4th Sunday of Lent
April 30th – 3rd Sunday of Easter
May 28th- 7th Sunday of Easter