“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
What is Children’s Liturgy?
Children’s Liturgy is an opportunity for kids ages 5-10 to experience and participate in the Liturgy of the Word during Mass on a level that relates to them.
When is It?
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered on the second, third, fourth & fifth Sunday of each month during 8:30 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass.
Why do It?
Children’s Liturgy of the Word has two purposes:
- To provide a quality liturgical experience for children
- To proclaim scripture in a way that children will be able to understand and live.
The celebrations of these liturgies are intended to form children in the liturgical language of the Church, to nourish and guide their spiritual growth, and to immerse them in the Word in ways that are understandable to them.
How is It Done?
Children at St. Joseph the Worker gather with their families and the assembly for the opening rites. After the opening prayer, children are called forth to process to their separate worship place. (Adults are always welcome, too!) The Sunday Readings and Gospel are proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. A homily, creed and prayers of the faithful, that are appropriate for school age children, are also shared. Children return to the assembly during the gathering of the gifts and complete the celebration of the Mass with their families.
Participation in this liturgical experience is appropriate for school age children. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
Who is It For?
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is provided for the children of St. Joseph the Worker through the Faith Formation Staff and is coordinated by Diane Pape-Freiburger. Many parishioners work together to provide this quality liturgical experience.
Adult volunteers coordinate, preside, present homilies and lead music for the children. Adults and children work together in creating the environment for the liturgical space. Children from within the children’s assembly are invited to share the Word by reading scripture from the Children’s Lectionary. Children are also invited to be active participants in the liturgy during the homily and by sharing their musical talents.
Adults and children are invited to share their time and talents! If you feel you may want to help with this parish ministry, please contact the parish office at 563-588-1433.
We invite your child to share their gifts with our parish by serving as a banner carrier or a reader for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. If you sign your child up to be a reader, Julie Hill will email the reading to you so that your child can practice at home beforehand.
The following resources are available to minsters to help them reflect on the readings and plan their message for the kids.