What official support is there for having LWC at Mass?
Drawing from the Vatican II Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
and the first Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Directory for Masses with Children
(DMC) notes "how profoundly children are formed by the religious experience of infancy and early childhood, because of the special religious receptivity proper to those years" (#2). When speaking of Masses with adults in which children also participate, the Directory
states, "...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" (#17). The Directory
also provides that, "...with the consent of the pastor or rector of the church, one of the adults participating in these celebrations may speak to the children after the gospel" (#24).
What are the principles of children’s spiritual development addressed by LWC?
"In the upbringing of children in the Church" reads the DMC, "a special difficulty arises from the fact that liturgical celebrations, especially the eucharist, cannot fully exercise their inherent pedagogical force upon children. ... [W]e may fear spiritual harm if over the years children repeatedly experience in the Church things that are barely comprehensible..." (#2). "The Church follows its Master, who 'put his arms around the children... and blessed them' (Mk 10:16). It cannot leave children in the condition described" (#3).
LWC provides a way for children to encounter God through His Word proclaimed in speech, song, music, gesture, movement and visual elements. It seeks to occasion a joyful return of love to God by children who first experience the love He gives them. This joyful exchange of love is the foundational element of the child’s religious and moral formation. It permits the child to encounter God with complete trust and to offer perfect praise.
When is LWC offered at Christ the King Catholic Church?
Liturgy of the Word with Children is offered during the "school year" beginning September 16, 2012 and continuing, with some days off, through May 19th, 2013. LWC is offered at the 8:45 and 11:30 AM Sunday Masses.
Who leads LWC?
Volunteers! Liturgy of the Word with Children during Sunday Mass is only possible because of the efforts of dozens of volunteer parishioners whose aim is to provide the best possible liturgical participation for our children. Most serve once per month in a Mass team consisting of leader, helper and cantor/musician. Others are "on-call" substitutes. All are devoted to the ministry of the Word in our midst.
How can I help?
You can pray for the team members and our children they serve. If you are inclined to participate with one of the monthly LWC teams, please apply to do so with Sue Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 734-929-0973 or with Barbara Morgan at email@example.com
or at 734-929-0981.