Children’s Liturgy

jesus_childrenHistory of “Liturgy of the Word with Children”

In the first Synod of Bishops held in Rome 1967, the topic of helping children participate in the liturgy became a priority.  It was decided that children’s participation could be aided by shortening, omitting, or making a better selection of text which could be understood at a child’s level.  With that in mind, the Congregation of Divine Worship prepared the Directory of Masses with Children as a supplement to the revised Roman Missal, published in 1969.  On October 22, 1973, the Directory was approved, confirmed, and ordered to be made public by Pope Paul VI.  This was one of the first documents issued by Vatican II.  St. Mary’s Basilica is happy to offer the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) during the Sunday’s 9 AM Mass.

Children Celebrate!
Liturgy of the Word with Children

St. Mary’s Basilica utilizes Children Celebrate! published by Pflaum Group Publishing to help us implement and deliver Liturgy of the Word with Children (CLOW).  The below link will give you a preview of a typical Sunday’s CLOW experience.  Preview :  Children Celebrate!


Dismissal Instructions:
Children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer and process to the social hall and then return during the Preparation of the Gifts.

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Time: 9 AM Mass
Location: St. Mary’s Basilica

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Time: 9 AM Mass
Location: St. Mary’s Basilica

Date: NO Session – Sunday, April 17, 2022
Time: Easter Sunday
Location: Easter Sunday

This Week’s CLOW Video:

For More Information:

Coordinator of Children Ministry
Theresa Rodriguez
Phone: 602-354-2068