The purpose of this ministry is to proclaim the Liturgy of the Word to children in language that is meaningful to them, and to provide a discussion of the scriptures, which is geared to their age and developmental abilities. Children’s Liturgy of the Word occurs during the 9 and 10:30 Masses on most Sundays. Children begin Mass with their families, are invited to listen to the scriptures in a separate space, and then rejoin their families for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Volunteers are needed to read the scripture passage to the children and to briefly discuss it with them. All reading and discussion materials are provided. Volunteers, who are trained at the time of entry, may select the Mass at which they wish to serve. Volunteering to help during one of these liturgies provides an opportunity to observe this ministry in action, prior to volunteering.
Jesus said,” Let the children come to me. Do not hinder them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).
The Children’s Liturgy program attempts to be the epitome of our Lord’s spoken words in this Biblical passage. Children’s Liturgy is designed to develop a child’s awareness and knowledge of scripture; as well as, enlighten their own insight into scripture. With the help of the Holy Spirit, and 2 adult laypeople as facilitators, the children explore our loving Lord on their journey of faith.
During each Mass, children (ages 5-9, and sometimes older youth assistants) are dismissed by the priest, after the opening prayer. With their leader, they read the Mass readings, Responsorial Psalm, and Gospel. The children are often asked to read the scripture aloud so that they feel involved and to reflect upon the readings in their own childlike fashion. The leader may use various techniques to make scripture “come alive” for the children. For example, sometimes children act out the narration of the scripture in a skit. This often solidifies their knowledge and gives them an “experience” of the Bible. Props, musical instruments, impromptu skits, scriptural Bible stories, puppets, and flannel board presentations are just some of the methods used to help children understand the readings and Gospel.
The children return to the Mass after the petitions are read to take part in the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the rest of the community. Often times, children are chosen to carry the gifts up during Mass. This makes them feel part of the Mass and helps them to learn stewardship. Volunteer Opportunity
CALLING ALL REGISTERED PARISHIONERS…..parents, *grandparents*, aunts, and uncles…..PLEASE HELP US! Are you interested in having a SPIRITUAL IMPACT ON OUR NEXT GENERATION??? Men, this is not just for the ladies. We need spiritual dads desperately!! Please consider volunteering for the Children’s Liturgy Program and embark upon an exciting journey of faith with the Children of St. Paul!
The Children’s Liturgy Program continually needs volunteers!
No special skills are needed, just a desire to inspire children with the Words of Christ. We are required to have 2 adults for every session. Please consider volunteering as a LEADER or an ASSISTANT. Training is provided!! The commitment is simple, just one Sunday Mass a month (15-20 minutes during Mass). Preparation time for leaders is less than 1 hour. The spiritual rewards are huge. Come anytime to a Children’s Liturgy session and see if this ministry is right for you! Is the Lord calling YOU? Then please contact Leia Bame at 882-5045, ext. 380.
You can view a “live” (up-to-date) schedule of volunteers here.