Children's Liturgy of the Word (Kids Liturgy)

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Introduction to Kids Liturgy

Children's Liturgy of the Word, or colloquially called "Kids Liturgy," is:

 

  • a ritual for the proclamation of God’s Word with children, from K-6, appropriate to their age and understanding.
  • appropriate for older children with a disability.
  • a moment of salvation in which the living God communicates to children and in which they respond with praise, thanksgiving and petition.
  • liturgy, not Sunday School teaching, nor child minding. It is modelled on, and leads to, participation in the Liturgy of the Word in the main assembly - proclamation, hearing and celebration. Other activities, such as colouring and activity sheets, can be useful as take home material for family follow-up, but they are not a substitute for the liturgical celebration of the Word.
  • an opportunity to hear the Gospel message and consider how to practise it in life.

 

Role

Children's Liturgy of the Word Leaders have a significant role in the parish, with responsibility for presiding over the liturgy, leading the assembly's prayer, and facilitating a homiletic reflection on the Word of God with those present. This person helps lead the children to an active participation in the Liturgy of the Word. They familiarise the children with the patterns, gestures and responses of the Liturgy of the Word so that gradually they can participate more fully in the adult Liturgy of the Word. They help the children to hear the scriptures proclaimed, understand the scriptures through a dialogue reflection, and respond in prayer and song. They undergo formation and are formally authorised by the Parish Priest (Directory for Masses with Children, 17 and 24; Diocesan Guidelines for Children's Liturgy of the Word, TBA).

 

Other Ministries Involved

The Reader at Children's Liturgy of the Word proclaims the scripture reading from the lectionary, understands what he or she is proclaiming and recognises that it is God speaking to the children in their proclamation. The reader is usually an older child or may be an adult reader or the leader.

 

The Music Coordinator leads the children in song, especially the Alleluia before the Gospel, and encourages children to share in the music ministry. They undergo formation and are formally authorised by the Parish Priest (Diocesan Guidelines for Music Coordinators, TBA).

 

Junior Altar Servers carry the cross and candles in procession to and from the main assembly area and the children's assembly area. They may also assist the Leader in other aspects of the liturgy.

 

Ministry Commitment

The Children's Liturgy of the Word Leader would need to spend one to two hours in preparation per liturgy. Usually scheduled by roster weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Ongoing training and formation.

 

Spiritual Gifts

 

Requirements for Admission to the Ministry of Leader of Children's Liturgy of the Word

  • at least 18 years of age
  • completion of introductory training course drawn up by the Diocesan Liturgy Office and approved by the Bishop
  • verification of a Working With Children Check Clearance (WWCC).
  • a signed Minister Engagement Form
  • approval by Parish Priest that experience and formation prerequisites have been met
  • a firm will to give faithful service to God and the Christian people.

 

Ministry Authorisation

The Parish Priest may authorise Leaders of Children's Liturgy of the Word for a maximum period of five years, following which ministers may apply for further five year periods of service. The Leader of Children's Liturgy of the Word must continually maintain a current Working With Children Check Clearance.

 

Forms

If you are interested in this ministry please submit a Ministry Expression of Interest form.

 

More Information

Guidelines for Leaders of Children's Liturgy of the Word (TBA, October 2015)

 

Other Ministry Resources

Directory for Masses with Children, Congregation for Divine Worship (November 1, 1973) This is THE foundational document for adaptations of the liturgy for children, and provides the foundation principles for conducting a Liturgy of the Word for children.

 

Guidelines for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Brisbane Catholic Education and The Liturgical Commission (2003). These guidelines, initially developed for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and now available for download from Liturgy Brisbane, provide a solid foundation for planning, preparing and resourcing a parish-based Sunday Children's Liturgy of the Word. Highly recommended.

 

How to Lead Children's Liturgy of the Word, Pat Fosarelli, Donna Eschenauer and Paul Turner (Liturgical Training Publications, 2014)

This booklet provides a comprehensive overview of the ritual structure of Children's Liturgy of the Word and describes how to be an effective leader of the celebration. Also available at local book sellers such as Pauline Book & Media in Sydney. Highly recommended.

 

Ministers for Children's Liturgy of the Word, Powerful Points - Unit 9, Liturgy Brisbane.

This Ministry Training Resource Digital Download is the curriculum resource for the Wollongong Diocese's Liturgical Ministry Training in Children's Liturgy of the Word. Highly Recommended.

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word, Elizabeth Harrington, Liturgy Lines, Liturgy Brisbane.

This article provides helpful advice for those commencing Children's Liturgy of the Word in their parish.

 

Lectionary for Masses with Children, Catholic Book Publishing. The essential ritual book for Children's Liturgy of the Word.

 

LabOra Worship, Liturgy Brisbane. A liturgy resources subscription service, including leader suggestions for children's liturgy of the word. Highly recommended.

 

LiturgyHelp, Creative Ministry Resources, Hobart. A liturgy resources subscription service, including leader suggestions for children's liturgy of the word. Highly recommended.

 

Weekly Recommendations for Leaders

The following resources are provided by The Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. They incorporate the readings form the Lectionary for Mass with Children,  and preparation resources and suggestions from Rina Wintour, Mountjoy Enterprises, Brisbane.

 

23 August 2015 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

30 August 2015 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time

6 September 2015 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

13 September 2015 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

20 September 2015 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 September 2015 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4 October 2015 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

11 October 2015 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 October 2015 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 October 2015 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 November 2015 All Saints

8 November 2015 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

15 November 2015 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

22 November 2015 Christ the King

29 November 2015 1st Sunday of Advent

6 December 2015 2nd Sunday of Advent

13 December 2015 3rd Sunday of Advent

20 December 2015 4th Sunday of Advent

 

2016

 

First Sunday of Lent (14 February 2016)

Second Sunday of Lent (21 February 2016)

Third Sunday of Lent (28 February 2016)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (6 March 2016)

Fifth Sunday of Lent (13 March 2016)

Passion (Palm) Sunday (20 March 2016)

Easter Sunday (27 March 2016) – No material has been given for Easter as it is recommended that children celebrate with the full community.

Second Sunday of Easter (3 April 2016)
3rd Sunday of Easter (10 April 2016)

4th Sunday of Easter (17 April 2016)

5th Sunday of Easter (24 April 2016)

6th Sunday of Easter (1 May 2016)

Ascension (8 May 2016)

Pentecost (15 May 2016)

Trinity Sunday (22 May 2016)

Corpus Christi (29 May 2016)

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (5 June)

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (12 June)

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (19 June)

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (26 June)

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (3 July)

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (10 July)

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (17 July)

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (17 July)

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (24 July)

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (31 July)

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (7 August)

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (21 August)

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (28 August)

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (4 September)

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (11 September)

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (18 September)

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (25 September)

 

 

 

 

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