Liturgy of the Word with the Children
Our Lady Queen of the World Parish is pleased to offer the Liturgy of the Word with the Children at all masses for children in the parish in J.K./S.K. to Grade 4
The term “Liturgy of the Word with the Children” refers to the practice of children leaving the Sunday assembly during the Liturgy of the Word and gathering in the Parish Center to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at their level of understanding.
It is important that we remember that the Liturgy of the Word with the Children is liturgy, ritual prayer, and not religious instruction or child minding. Children are not given activities to keep them busy while their parents listen to the homily. The Liturgy of the Word with the Children is ritual centered on carefully breaking open the Scriptures. In the solemn breaking open of the Word, an explanation of the readings, appropriate to the children’s level of understanding, is provided by a catechist who has met the Parish screening criteria.
Although children are taught the principles of good liturgy (through gestures and symbols, active participation, discussion, prayer and dialogue with God), they still participate in the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Concluding Rites with the worshipping assembly – only the Liturgy of the Word is celebrated separately.
If you would like to be a catechist or student assistant, please contact Cathie Furfaro at the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org