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Children's Liturgy of the Word

Let the children come to me…”  

— Matthew 19:14



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.


Time Commitment:

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.


Please contact Elis Guidice, Director of Religious Education, at 708-352-4555 or email Elis if interested or for additional information.