Children's Liturgy of the Word
What is Children's Liturgy of the Word? Children's Liturgy of the Word, or as it is more affectionately known - CLOW, is an extension of the Mass. It is a worship experience geared especially for children ages 3 - 6 that is currently offered at the 11:00 AM Mass only (October - first week of May). Children's Liturgy of the Word mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and child friendly manner.
The Word of God has a message that is as relevant and fitting for children as it is for adults; however, children often fail to hear the message simply because the adult vocabulary is beyond their comprehension. Children's Liturgy of the Word offers an opportunity for children to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God's word. Children are also guided through the proper Mass responses and postures at a much slower pace which helps them to learn and understand these responses.
There is no registration needed for families who wish to participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word. The family should simply sit in church as usual for the Introductory Rites. After the Introductory Rites, the presider invites any children ages 3 - 6 who wish to participate to join in a procession behind the leader as they go to their worship space. They return after the General Intercessions to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the entire community.
- Children's Liturgy of the Word is limited to children ages 3 - second grade. Children who are in second grade and are preparing for the celebration of their First Eucharist this year are highly encouraged to not attend CLOW and stay with their parents and particpate in the regular Mass. Children older that second grade are asked to remain with parents in Mass.
- We welcome youth helpers to come back and assist as needed, however we need only two for each Mass. Youth helpers must be grade 7 and up.
More adult volunteers are always needed. Leaders must be at least 18 years of age and completed the Safe Environment Training from the Archdiocese and have had a background check run through the Archdiocese. To read more about these requirements visit our Volunteers page. Contact Darelen Fowler in the parish office to find out more about the different ways you can help. If you are ready to sign up to volunteer - just click the orange box that says "sign up."
Be a CLOW leader! We need YOU!