Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Children's Liturgy of the Word is a special part of the 8:30 AM Sunday liturgy. Children age five and older are invited to hear the Word of God in a version of the Sunday scripture especially prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved for children. (Younger children are welcome when accompanied by a parent.)

At the beginning of Mass, the children are invited to the altar by the celebrant, blessed, then led to the Parish Hall by their catechists. Liturgy of the Word begins with a song, followed by readings and psalms/responses from the Children's Lectionary and reflection. Older children may be invited to assist with the scripture readings. Adults lead the prayer and reflection on the Word. Liturgy of the Word concludes with a circle of prayers offered by the children. The children return to their families during the Offertory when the congregation is seated.

Through Liturgy of the Word, we seek to:

  • involve the children in the liturgy--the joy of song, the holiness of silence, the richness of ritual, and the colors of the liturgical seasons,
  • show them the Wonder of God's Word, and
  • show each child that they are important participants in the liturgy of God's Word, thereby enriching the entire parish family.

Parents are encouraged to periodically accompany their child to Liturgy of the Word and assist with the care of all children. Teens or adults interested in assisting with the Children's Liturgy of the Word one or more Sundays during the year should contact Patrick Klein at [email protected] or by calling the parish office or call 480-595-0883. 

***Until further notice, the CLOW program has been suspended following the direction of Bishop Olmsted on the coronavirus pandemic.  We hope to continue offering the program when social distancing restrictions have been lifted.