Hello, I am wondering about a new program started at my parish. There is a Eucharistic Youth Group, which is mostly made up of English-speaking students (although they have Vietnamese heritage), which attends the Vietnamese Mass. Unfortunately, these students do not speak Vietnamese and therefore the community insisted on the children leaving Mass so that they can attend a “liturgy” in the hall as a layperson reads the Readings, Gospel, and delivers a Homily. Before the Eucharistic Youth Group is dismissed, they celebrant blesses the children and then are dismissed into the hall for a “children’s liturgy.” I looked up several books from the Magesterium (see below) and presented it to the community but they disagree with me. Is this “children’s liturgy” okay?
Redemptionis Sacramentum: # 10, 64, 65, 161
General Instructions of the Roman Missal: 59, 66, 99
Code of Canon Law: 767
Sacrosanctum Concilium: 22
Thank you, and may God bless!