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Childrens Liturgy

Let the children come to Me.

Luke 18:16-17

16 But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 

17 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."

The Children's Liturgy group is headed by Sonya Tomic in our Parish. This group is entrusted with the care of young children at the Sunday 9:30 am Mass every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month. The Children are taken to the parish hall as a group to participate in activities and discussions suitably tailored to opening up the meaning of the Gospel and readings read in the Mass for that Sunday. The children rejoin the rest of the parish for the offertory and the rest of the Mass, after having the words of the Gospel presented to them in a fashion easier for them to understand and participate in.

Click on this link to view all the Children's Liturgy dates for the year.

Why a children's Liturgy?

Vatican Council II stressed that “full conscious and active participation” in liturgy was a right and obligation emerging from Baptism. This applies to adults and children. This Liturgy helps the children to exercise their rights as the baptized. They participate: it is their liturgy. 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word occurs at the same time as the adults are listening and responding in the church. It has the same structure (with some options) as does that part of the Mass, and the children return at the end of the homily so they can participate as fully as possible in the rest of Mass. 

The readings (or at least the gospel) are taken from an authorized Children’s Lectionary and are proclaimed by one or more children. There is probably a sung psalm and definitely a reflection on the gospel given by an authorized adult. Some suggested strategies to help the children reflect or see a connection between the gospel and their lives are: explanations of the background and context, photos, echo reflection, paintings, chorus plays, constructing an object. After some prayers of intercession, the children return to the assembly.

Ideally, Children’s Liturgy does not occur every Sunday. There need to be times when it is important for children to experience the whole community in an uninterrupted way. Growing older involves a gradual process of widening and deepening understanding of life’s experiences, including liturgical ones.

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