The Children's Liturgy of the Word is a special part of the 10 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM Sunday liturgy at St Michael Parish. Children from 5 years old are invited to hear the Word of God in a version of the Sunday scripture especially prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved for children.
At the beginning of Mass, the children are invited to the altar by the celebrant, blessed, and then led to the Library by a Catechist. The Liturgy of the Word begins with a prayer, followed by readings and psalms/responses from the Children's Lectionary and reflection. Older children are invited to assist with the scripture readings. The Catechists lead the prayer and reflection on the Word. Liturgy of the Word concludes with a circle of prayers offered by the children. The children return to their families before the Offertory when the congregation is seated.
Through Liturgy of the Word, we seek to involve the children in the liturgy--the joy of song, the holiness of silence and the richness of ritual–the colors of the liturgical seasons, refreshing water, oil, fire, light. As family and community within the parish, the children bring to us the simplicity of God's Word as scripture stories are told, retold and discussed at home, on the bike path, in the car, at bedtime. We seek to show each child that they are important participants in the liturgy of God's Word, thereby enriching the entire parish family. We seek to show them the Wonder of God's Word.
Front Row: Lily Lacerna, Luz Montemayor, Fr. Manny Ediza, Lora Gamboa and Loreta Sigarlaki
Back Row: Loida Villegas, Mario Gepila, Marie Osias, Arla Mae Sigarlaki and Perla Boudreaux
Not pictured: Diane Ealdama