Children's Liturgy of the Word
"Let the children come to me...for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14
Children's Liturgy of the Word during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. It directly mirrors what is happening in the Mass during the Liturgy of the Word in a way that is interactive and at the developmental level of a child. Children are sent forth after the opening prayer and return to the assembly before the Eucharistic Liturgy. When the leaders ask, "What did you hear in today's readings?" the hands immediately fly up and the children begin talking about what they heard. This helps them internalize the Word of God so they can live as disciples of Christ - even at a young age. Children from public school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic School, and homeschool all worship together at Children's Liturgy. All children are welcomed to this special ministry and invited to encounter the Lord, growing as members of this Church family and as children of God.
If you have any questions about this wonderful ministry or would like to get involved, please contact Betty Roble at: 724-989-5950. Thank you for sending your children forth when they are invited.
In the Children's Liturgy area there is a basket we call: Heaven's Treasures. We place children appropriate prayer cards and medals for the children to pick from. They love pictures and prayers of Jesus, Mary, and the saints. If you have any extra prayer cards, bookmarks, ,or medals from religious mailings and would like to donate them, please place them in an envelope marked "Betty Roble - Children's Liturgy." Your parish children and liturgy team thank you!
What is Children's Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy is a continuation of the Mass that is specifically designed for children. There is a small altar, upon which the Word of God is reverently displayed, and the children sit and listen to God's Word. A gathering prayer is read by the leader, followed by the first reading. After this, the children sing a Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation, then stand for the Gospel reading for the week. These readings are the same that the adults hear in the Mass but in language that makes it easier for the children to comprehend and internalize the message. In place of a homily, the leaders begin a discussion with the children by asking "What did you hear in today's readings?" and guiding them through their own discovery of God's teachings. Following this, our time concludes with the recital of an interactive Creed and Children's Prayers of the Faithful.
Why go to Children's Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy helps little ones to understand the Mass more fully by engaging with them at an age-appropriate level. The discussion that happens at Children's Liturgy helps the children understand what they have heard, internalizing the message so that they can live as Christ's disciples even at a young age.
When is Children's Liturgy?
Children's Liturgy is offered at the Sunday
10:30 a.m. Mass
Who is Children's Liturgy for?
Children's Liturgy is for those in Pre-K to Grade 5. Older children often make the best examples for the younger children as they continue to benefit and grow from worship.