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Children’s Liturgy of the Word Process

The following is a step by step description of how the Children’s Liturgy of the Word is operated each Sunday.

  • There is a leader (catechist) and 4 Supervisors on each Sunday.
  • At 10am the catechist, with assistance, sets up the space in the school hall.
  • The catechist and supervisors are in place in the church for the beginning of Mass.
  • After the opening prayer of the Mass (the Collect) the celebrant invites those taking part in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word to come forward and go to their class.
  • All gather at the side door, to the right hand side of the church.
  • Once all are gathered, the group goes to the school hall with two supervisors leading the group out of the church and the other two supervisors at the tail of the group.
  • If a child needs to return to the church at any stage during the activity, two of the supervisors will bring them back and ensure they return to their parent.
  • The catechist leads the group activity.
  • At 11am, the group begins to wrap up with the intention of leaving the school to head back to the church at 11:05.
  • They come into the church via the sacristy door and wait in the sacristy, if necessary, until the distribution of Communion has begun in the church.
  • They then come into the church where the catechist will bless those who are not yet receiving communion and the minister of Eucharist will offer communion to those who can receive it, including the adults taking part in the liturgy.
  • All will wait in that space until Communion is complete and then head back to their places.
  • Ideally, they will present the work they have done and or be involved in the closing of the Mass in some way.
  • After Mass, the items in the school hall are tidied away.