Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Reflectors work with the children at the Saturday 5:00 p.m. mass to present and interpret the Gospel in a special way. Shepherds assist the Reflectors. Reflectors and Shepherds escort children (through Grade 4) to the basement of the rectory, and follow a format of prayer, readings, and discussion until after the priest’s homily, when they return to church. There is always enthusiastic participation on the part of the children.
The Children’s Liturgy time commitment is minimal. A Reflector and his/her accompanying Shepherds are usually assigned a 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass once every 5 or 6 weeks(September or October through April only). Preparation time for the reflection varies according to the reflector and the Sunday reading involved. Usually 1-2 hours will be needed to study the provided readings and background information, and to develop a plan for the reflection with the children. A one hour training session is provided.