Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) provides the opportunity for primary school aged children from Prep to Grade 4 to participate in their own Liturgy of the Word at Mass.
At St Agatha’s, Clayfield, CLOW is celebrated during the 9.00 am Mass on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the school term. On the 2nd Sunday of each month we hold a Children’s Mass whereby the Parish children are invited to participate in various ministries. This is always followed by a morning tea. NB: Always check the newsletter, as dates can change on occasion.
At the beginning of Mass, the presiding priest will invite the children to gather at the foot of the altar to collect the Crucifix and Children’s Book of the Gospels.
The priest will then say a short prayer and give the children his blessing before they exit the church with their leaders.
The Liturgy is celebrated in the sacristy located on the eastern side of the Altar. The children remain with their leaders and return at the time of the Offertory procession.
The Liturgy begins with the leader lighting the candle, saying an opening prayer, followed by the Gospel using a child friendly translation. We then have discussion at an age appropriate level with links being made to their daily lives (Homily). The children then do an activity centred around the Gospel.
If time permits the liturgy ends with a closing prayer and quiet reflection.
NB: Pre-school aged children are welcome to attend, but MUST BE accompanied by a parent or adult carer nominated by the parent.
CLOW is always looking for new members to join its dedicated team of volunteers.
Could you be one of them?
Team members are from varied backgrounds, and can be single, married, parents, or grand-parents.
The commitment consists of being placed on a roster for usually one session per term. Those new to the role are paired with a more experienced leader. Blue cards are organised through the Parish office.
If you share a love of the liturgy and wish to assist in the spiritual development of young school-aged children, you are invited to attend and observe any of the Sunday CLOW sessions before committing to join the team.
For any further enquiries please contact the Parish office 3262 2859.
Our parish has implemented the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy. We are committed to high standards of recruitment, screening and selection of all of our employees and volunteers and undertake intentional strategies to maintain a safe and healthy ministry environment for all.