Sunday Children’s Liturgy
Children's Liturgy of the Word as part of the Sunday Eucharist in our Parish
On these Sundays, the structure of the Mass, The Liturgy of the Word and The Liturgy of the Eucharist, are maintained but the children celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a separate place where adaptations are made for greater participation by the children.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is important for the spiritual well-being of our children.
Children are invited to leave the assembly and to gather in a special area, to have the Liturgy of the Word presented for them in such a way that they can best understand. Activities are used that highlight the theme of the Mass, the readings especially the Gospel, prayers and season.
The term ‘Children’s Liturgy of the Word’ refers to the practice of children leaving the Sunday assembly during the Liturgy of the Word and gathering elsewhere to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding. Simplifying this part of the celebration, while maintaining its liturgical character, satisfes the needs of the young so that they, too, can celebrate the Eucharist with ‘full, conscious and active participation’ which is ‘their right and duty by virtue of their baptism.’ (CSL#14)