St. Regis Parish celebrates the Children”s Liturgy of the Word most Sundays during the 10:00 Mass. Children in first through fifth grade are invited to participate.
CLW at St. Regis invites children to gather in the church with their families for the Introductory Rites of the Mass (about the first 5 minutes). Then just before the First Reading the priest invites the adult leader, adult assistant and children to gather at the foot of the sanctuary to be dismissed to a “Chapel” in the parish office center. At the dismissal the priest blesses and commissions the adult leader and says to him or her, “Receive the Word of God. Proclaim it to our young people as we shall have it proclaimed to us.” The children then follow the leader to their worship space.
During CLW children listen to God’s Word, reflect on the God’s Word (what difference does God’s Word make in my life?), and respond to God’s Word (how am I going to live differently because of what I have heard?) They pray the Prayers of the Faithful. At the conclusion of the celebration a collection of nonperishable food items is taken among the children and they are invited to participate in the Offertory Procession carrying the food basket and the other sacred vessels for the Liturgy of the Eucharist before returning to their seats with their families.
Children are encouraged to bring one nonperishable food item to Mass each week for the collection. In this way they are able to participate in the care of our hungry brothers and sisters. Members of the parish deliver the food to the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.
Youth of the parish (grades 6 and up) are invited to participate in the celebration by assisting as sacristans (setting up the worship space), as readers (lectors), as musicians, or as helpers. Adults are invited to participate as leaders of the CLW celebrations. Training is available for all who wish to participate in the LWC ministry.
For more information contact Sarah Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father of all families, you have called catechists to serve your family in truth and love. Let your Spirit enlighten their minds and strengthen their hearts so they can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened. Amen.