Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is for children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. CLOW takes place at the Sunday liturgies during the 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
CLOW is a worship experience for children which provide the same worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and interactive style. CLOW is not intended to substitute attendance at faith formation sessions that take place between October and May. Rather, CLOW enhances your child's continuing religious education experience. Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word can be an empowering experience that provides children with a foundation for understanding and appreciating Scripture.
The Word of God has a message that is relevant and fitting for children as the Word is for adults; however, children often fail to hear the message as the adult vocabulary may be beyond their comprehension. During CLOW, children are offered an experience to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God's word.
Each session includes the readings of the Mass from the Children’s Lectionary and a reflection by the catechist. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to the Franciscan Rooms at any time.
When and how do children participate?
Children attend Mass with their parents and join the assembly for the introductory rites. The children are called forth, given a blessing and dismissed, by the presider, after opening prayer. They are led by a team of trained adult catechists. CLOW takes place in the Franciscan Rooms, which is close to the church. Children will hear the Word of God proclaimed and reflect upon its meaning in their lives. At the conclusion of the liturgy of the word, the children will rejoin their parents to continue the celebration of the liturgy of the Eucharist.
Parents are asked to talk to their children about behavior and being courteous while attending CLOW. Parents are welcome, especially for your child’s first time attending CLOW, to be present as your child becomes familiar with the experience.
Who are the leaders of CLOW?
CLOW leaders are members of the parish. These adult leaders receive training on requirements and different way of doing CLOW. Also, all adults working with children in the parish are required to be fingerprinted and complete safe environment training.
There is always a need for more trained volunteers. If you would like to volunteer as a leader, an assistant leader, or reader, please contact the Catechetical Center at 714.963.0014.
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