Children's Liturgy of the Word


Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a program that invites children ages 4 to 11 to leave the larger parish assembly to celebrate a concurrent Liturgy of the Word in the Parish Hall classrooms and then to return to the main parish assembly for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The children experience the same readings and rituals as the larger parish assembly, but use a special Children’s Lectionary.  Children’s Liturgy of the Word aims to reproduce the liturgical, prayerful, and ritual based environment of the Mass, with developmentally appropriate readings and homily experiences. 

Children enter the church with their families. They participate in the Opening Song, the Introductory Rite, the Penitential Rite, the Gloria and the Opening Prayer. When it is time to begin the Liturgy of the Word, the celebrant or deacon invites the children to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. A Children’s Liturgy of the Word volunteer comes forward in front of the altar. The children gather near the volunteer, who leads them to the classrooms, where they experience the Liturgy of the Word.


Children's Liturgy of the Word could not exist without the dedication, commitment and talent of our fabulous volunteers. Thanks to their help, the children in our parish are able to focus on and appreciate the Word of God.

There are basically two types of volunteers: CLOW Leaders and CLOW Assistants. CLOW Leaders lead the Liturgy of the Word, teach (and reinforce) appropriate responses, read the Scripture readings, and prepare a homily experience, using material provided by the Faith Formation Office.

CLOW Assistants help the children focus on the Liturgy of the Word and assist in bringing the children to and from the main assembly.  CLOW Assistants do not need to prepare before Mass and may leave immediately after Mass.

Volunteering in the CLOW program does NOT take a big time commitment. Volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to Mass to assist in the setup of the liturgy space. Volunteers sign up on a semester long basis and commit to the number of Masses that fit their schedule and only for the dates that work for them.  CLOW volunteers are reliable, have a love of children, a passion for God's Word, and receive training prior to working the CLOW program. If this sounds like a ministry for you, please click here to complete a volunteer survey.  Once we receive your survey, the Coordinator of Religious Education will contact to you.