Children's Liturgy of the Word

Immaculate Conception St. Joseph Parish Catholic Church in Chicago Breaking Open the Word for Children
Let the children come to me.
— Matthew 19-14

It can be hard for young children to fully appreciate and comprehend all that happens at our Sunday liturgy. They can easily become distracted or bored. It can be difficult for them to fully grasp what is going on, especially when adults have assumed most of the liturgical roles. Even the language that we use at Mass contains words geared for adults; and the homilies are usually directed to an adult audience.

Our parish will offer a Children's Liturgy of the Word to help our young children understand the Sunday scripture stories when they come to church.

At Mass, children aged 4-7 will be dismissed from church for the Liturgy of the Word. Adult catechists will prepare a lesson, a reflection and an activity based on the readings for that particular Sunday. The scriptures become more “child friendly” as we help bring the word of God “to life” for them. The children will also have the opportunity to pray together. They will return to their families in church right before the offertory.

For more information, please contact Kim Rak, Director of Religious Education. And watch the bulletinFacebook page and website home page for details on upcoming sessions.