Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)


What is CLOW?

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a special part of the 9:00 am Sunday Liturgy on the first and third Sunday of each month from September through May. It is held weekly for children from 4 through 9 years old who are invited to hear the Word of God in a manner especially prepared for children.

Prior to the Scripture readings, the children are called forth by the celebrant, who blesses them, and are then led in procession to the Holy Family Chapel with the CLOW minister. Children’s Liturgy of the Word begins with a prayer, followed by readings and psalms/responses from the Children's Lectionary and reflection. The CLOW ministers engage the children in prayer and reflection on the Word.  The children then return to the Worship Space and their families after the Prayers of the Faithful.

CLOW provides a wonderful opportunity to involve our young children in the liturgy at a level they can better understand. We seek to show each child that they are important participants in the Liturgy of the Word, thereby enriching the entire parish family. 

Parent Support

Parents play a critical role in preparing the children to attend CLOW and are encouraged to ask them about each week’s readings and lessons. 

We ask for parental assistance in reminding your child that he/she is still in Church and should exhibit the appropriate behavior while attending CLOW, including listening attentively, walking in and out quietly with hands folded in a prayerful posture over their hearts, standing for the Gospel, etc.  Asking questions after Mass about what they heard in the readings and what the leaders discussed will give you a good indication of how well they paid attention.

Ministry Opportunities

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a wonderful, rewarding experience for both the children and the leaders. The only requirement is your desire to answer God's calling to share your faith with the youngest members of our parish community! Teens or adults interested in assisting with the Children's Liturgy of the Word should contact Jamie Danielson.

All volunteers will be asked to complete VIRTUS Training for the safety and protection of our children. 


 For more information on how to get involved, contact Jamie Danielson or call the Parish Office at 410-792-0470.

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