Is it proper to have a Children's Liturgy of the Word during Mass?


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Is it proper to have a Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the mass where the children are taken to a separate place for the Gospel reading and a homily given by a layperson?


#2

This is permitted under the guidelines of *The Directory of Masses with Children * (CDF).

*The Directory of Masses with Children * (CDF) says the following:

  1. In many places parish Masses are celebrated, especially on Sundays and holy days, at which a good many children take part along with the large number of adults.

  2. .…. in Masses of this kind it is necessary to take great care that the children present do not feel neglected because of their inability to participate or to understand what happens and what is proclaimed in the celebration. Some account should be taken of their presence: for example, by speaking to them directly in the introductory comments (as at the beginning and the end of Mass) and at some point in the homily.

Sometimes, moreover, if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word, including a homily, with the children in a separate, but not too distant, room. Then, before the Eucharistic Liturgy begins, the children are led to the place where the adults have meanwhile celebrated their own Liturgy of the Word.

The Directory of Masses With Children


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