Liturgy of the Word for Children is a ministry for children allowing for their full, conscious and active participation in the Sunday readings, homily and general intercessions.
About the Ministry
Liturgy of the Word for Children takes place at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist. Accompanied by adult dismissal ministers, children leave the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word and gather elsewhere to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word more appropriate to their level of understanding. A typical session has three parts.
- Gathering. The children gather with the assembly to celebrate the introductory rites.
- Blessing of the children and processing. At the conclusion of the opening prayer, but before the first reading is proclaimed, the presider formally sends the children and their ministers to the Galilee Room of the Pastoral Center where they celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word.
- Preparing the children to listen. The children are welcomed and invited to introduce themselves to one another and to share something they did during the last week.
- Listening to the Word. The readings follow the same structure and cycle as the readings for Mass but come from a Lectionary designed for children. The adult leaders share some understanding of the readings and provide children with background information where necessary or appropriate.
- Prayers of the Faithful. Simple petitions are prepared allowing the children to name the needs of the Church, the world, those in need and the local community and to bring these to God in prayer.
- The children rejoin the community for the Eucharistic prayer, communion and concluding rites.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunity
If you enjoy working with children and sharing faith, consider become part of this worship ministry.
• Liturgy of the Word for Children Dismissal Minister
Linda and Tom Breen