Children’s’ Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

What is CLOW?

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a special part of the 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy (10:00 Mass only during summer months).  It is held weekly for children from 4 through 7 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 Sacristy & Adoration 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 attendees in prayer and reflection on the Word.  The children then return to the main church 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 understandable to them.  As friends, neighbors and family within the parish, the children bring to us the simplicity of God’s Word as scripture stories are told, retold and discussed at home, in the car, at the dinner table, or at bedtime.  We seek to show each child that they are important participants in the liturgy of God’s Word, thereby enriching the entire parish family.  We seek to show them the Wonder of God’s Word.


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

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 others – in this case, our children! Teens or adults interested in assisting with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word should contact the parish office, at 410-427-4700 or fill out the form below.


CLOW Video Lessons here: