Children's Liturgy of the Word

Welcome to Sts. Simon and Jude’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)!

CLOW is for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and takes place during the Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.


What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?
CLOW is an adapted worship experience for children developed to help them understand the Gospel message and participate at their level.  The Catechist leading CLOW will help satisfy their Sunday obligation and children who have already received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are able to fully participate in reception of Holy Communion.
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.

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. 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.

Who are the leaders of CLOW?
CLOW leaders are members of the parish.  These adult leaders receive training on requirements and different ways of doing CLOW safely. Appropriate guidelines and protocols will be followed. Also, all adults working with children in the parish are required to be fingerprinted and complete safe environment training.

Erin Watson
Director of Early Childhood Faith Formation & Family Ministry