“Gather the Children” allows children in Grades One and Two the opportunity to learn how to worship at Mass. It is a children’s Liturgy of the Word, a replication of the adult Liturgy of the Word offered in language that children can understand. Gather the Children begins September 24 and continues through April 29, 2018 during the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.
Parents of children in preschool and kindergarten are encouraged to register their preschool and kindergarten children in Sunday School, which happens during the 11 a.m. Mass. Registration for Sunday School is in the drop down menu under Formation.
The purpose of Gather is to create an optimal experience for children to be formed by the scriptures. Children eligible to participate are invited to come forward with their adult leaders after the opening prayer at the 11 a.m. Mass. They receive a blessing from the presider or attending deacon and then they walk to the Spanish Room in The Commons which has been set up as a prayer space. The adult leader proclaims the scripture readings. Because their attention spans are short, the children have an opportunity to engage in a “dialogue homily” about what they heard proclaimed to them through the Scripture readings. They sing a responsorial psalm, pray the Creed, which is adapted for their level of understanding, and pray the Prayers of the Faithful before rejoining their families in the adult assembly.