There is no registration and no fee! The children simply come up front when Father calls them.
The targeted grade levels are First through Fifth Grade:. They need to be mature enough for formal worship. The younger children have the Nursery Program or Sunday School. This is Liturgy; not babysitting.
The children gather with their parents until the pastor gives the invitation for the children to come forward. They will process to their separate place of worship. They come back to sit with their families at offertory.
The purpose of Children’s Liturgy of the Word is twofold: to form children in a quality liturgical experience and to facilitate the proclamation of Scripture into the child’s life. 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.
It is not a replacement for religious training.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Resources 2016-17
Website Description: In January 1999, word-sunday.com began as WordStudy, a site parked on a local server for cable television. In 2001, the site was moved and gained its “word-sunday.com” domain name. Today, over 980 different studies can be found here: resources for all Sunday and most holy day readings, gospel commentaries for the daily readings, family activities and catechism studies for elementary aged children
Personal Comments: Built and maintained by a Director of Religious Education from the Diocese of San Diego. Includes an online video presentation.
Sunday Connection – Loyola Press
Website Description: God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.
Personal Comments: This is one of my favorites because you can read the different grade levels and if you have a creative side, it provides ideas for that style of teaching. Provides good contextual background on the Gospel Reading.
The Word Among Us
Website Description: The Word Among Us magazine offers daily meditations based on the Mass readings of the Catholic Church, inspirational essays, stories of the saints and more! Each issue of the printed version of the devotional is currently read by more than 500,000 people world-wide.
Personal Comments: Intended more as a resource for subscribers of their magazine but will allow you to read a limited number of devotional commentaries for about a week ahead.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Resources 2016-17 (cont.)
Living Faith – Daily Catholic Devotionals
Website Description: Living Faith provides brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day. Published new each quarter, these reflections are written by women and men from a variety of backgrounds – lay people as well as clergy and religious. Living Faith writers include such well-known Catholic authors as Amy Welborn, Sr. Joyce Rupp and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti.
Personal Comments: Online content only becomes available on the current day. Can search past devotionals.
Adorers of the Blood of Christ
Website Description: Each week, catechists will find updated readings and Psalm responses taken from the Lectionary for Masses with Children, complemented by prayer, reflection, discussion questions and activities. Please feel free to download these and use them however you wish. These lessons are created by Adorer-theologians using the lens of the spirituality of St. Maria DeMattias. This spirituality is all about compassion, hope and hospitality. While this is the starting point for the lessons, you are invited to approach them however the Spirit moves you.
Personal Comments: Three weeks worth of materials available at a time in pdf format: Upcoming Sunday and then the following two Sundays. Must download the file and read with Acrobat Reader software or print.
Sunday Sunday Sunday – Lifeteen Podcast by Mark Hart (The Bible Geek)
Website Description: A reflection on the Sunday Mass readings.
Personal Comments: Usually made available the Monday prior to the next Sunday Mass Readings. I love listening to this for personal reflection before beginning my week of preparations.