Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Information
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered during designated Sunday Mass times at Mother Teresa Mission with the exception of liturgical holidays and the summer months. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is open to all children ages 4 through third grade. At the beginning of Mass, the children are invited forward after the Opening Prayer and dismissed to a designated area to worship. The children will then return to Mass during the Offertory to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. Sometimes children need to have the comfort of a parent for the first few times.
The program is operated as a parent co-op with the expectation that parents volunteer to be a lead catechist or assistant once every 2 months for children to participate. Sign-up sheets to volunteer will be available on a routine basis.
What Occurs During Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
The goal of Children’s Liturgy is to introduce children to both the structure of liturgical worship and the experience of worship so they grow in understanding and love of God. The Scripture readings are presented to the children at an age appropriate level, along with an interactive homily. The homily is based on the readings (and relevant to the lives and experiences of young children) and is presented in a question and answer format. A Children’s Bulletin will be distributed at the end of the session as a take home activity. As a parent, you can ask your child what he/she talked about or listened to at children’s liturgy, using the handout as an aid.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word follows a strict schedule of Mass using the Lectionary for Masses with Children and the Celebrating the Lectionary (resource guide), and should not be confused with Sunday School or religious education class.
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10:14-16 ESV)