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Children's Liturgy

"Sometimes, moreover, if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant room. Then, before the Eucharistic liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own liturgy of the word." —Directory for Masses with Children, #17

Children have the right to hear what God has to say to them. They have the right because they have been baptized. God wants to speak to children as well as to adults. The problem is that in our liturgy, the Scriptures are proclaimed in adult language which children cannot always comprehend.

We celebrate the Liturgy through a "kid's eye" point of view. We try to do this by allowing them to celebrate God's word at their own pace, giving them the opportunity to ask questions, to interact and to offer their thoughts and reflections, following the pattern of normal congregational liturgy. It is designed to create a sense of belonging. You would be amazed at how much the children understand and remember from the Scripture passages.

Children's Liturgy invites them to share their thoughts and experiences for the day. This enables them to discover and recognize themselves in the story proclaimed in the Gospel. When they make the discovery from within their experience, they can then thank, praise, and bless God in their daily lives and cling to our faith in their times of need.

Children's Liturgy of the Word is a wonderful way to form our children in a quality liturgical experience and to facilitate the proclamation of Scripture into a child's life.

Liturgy of the Word for Children is on Sundays during the 9:30am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm Masses to help children better understand the Sunday Gospel and how they can put God's Word into action in their lives.







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