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What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
During Mass, it is the practice of gathering the children from the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.
Why it is celebrated?
It is to make the Word of God more accessible to children and to enable them to participate more fully in the Sunday liturgical assembly.
When does a Children’s Liturgy of the Word happen?
It can happen at every Sunday Mass or it might be at a particular Sunday Mass. It is important to give children the experience of regularly celebrating all of mass with the whole community so parishes might consider having a Children’s Liturgy of the Word only once a month.
Resources for Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Complete Children’s Liturgy Book: Liturgies of the Word for Years A, B, C
2004 Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
Step By Step: Take-home Leaflets For Every Sunday Of The Catholic Lectionary for Ages 3-6
1999 Twenty-Third Publications
Fifty Children’s Liturgies for All Occasions
Welcome the Word, Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word with Children,
Joan Brown, SND
1997 Geoffrey Chapman
Living Water -The all-age resource for the Lectionary, Years A, B and C
Susan Sayers and Andrew Moore
2000 Kevin Mayhew
A Handbook for Children’s Liturgy
Barbara Mary Hopper
2003 Canterbury Press
Mass Leaflets for Children
Redemptorist Publications www.ShineOnline.net