Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children are genuinely capable of hearing and absorbing God’s Word, prayers, and entering into short intervals of silence and reflection. Even preschool-aged children can learn to be active worshippers in church. Many simply need a child-friendly environment where they can practice the skills and rhythms of how the Catholic community worships together. Children's Liturgy of the Word can provide such an environment.

Resources for Parish Leaders

Introduction to Children's Liturgy of the Word 

November 2021 session led by Georgette Dionne, diocesan Coordinator of Children and Adult Ministries

Principles for the Celebration 

From the Archdiocese of Boston - Principles and guidelines for adapting the liturgy for children so that they may gradually take a more active and conscious part in the full eucharistic assembly Click to view.

Essential Practices

Children's Liturgy of the Word is primarily about prayer and worship. It is not a time for catechesis activities, snacks, or games.

Supervising Minors during Children's Liturgy of the Word

Code of Ethics – Diocese of Portland

Protecting God’s Children – Diocese of Portland