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Growing Up Catholic - Children's Liturgy of the Word What, Why, and How?

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Growing Up Catholic - Children's Liturgy of the Word
What, Why, and How?

Start or strengthen this pivotal ministry in your parish!

We regularly hear leaders lament how families no longer regularly attend Mass (even when their children are preparing for First Eucharist!). We have seen this ministry—when done well—make a big difference. Those who embrace a mission-based approach know that the Sunday experience should be our central focus.

While a vibrant Children's Liturgy of the Word can attract and retain families, what is most important is how we can help children worship better and learn the value of liturgy. Paul Canavese outlines the challenge and opportunities, covering the following:

  • Why is this such an important ministry? How can it make a difference to your parish and the future of the church?
  • What is Children's Liturgy of the Word? It is not meant to be childcare or simply arts & crafts time, but true liturgy. Get a quick run-down on who should be involved and what key principles from church documents should guide us.
  • How should CLW be led? This section steps through the components and the art of leading a session.
  • What resources and ideas can help you make it an irresistible experience? We step you through both free and purchasable tools that make it easy to offer children a rich—and fun!—worship experience.
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Format: eResource
Product code: GUC802
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 20 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Paul Canavese


Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (, author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs (focused on coaching parents) and ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.

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    Too basic

    Posted by Michel on May 14th 2020

    The difficult part of doing Children's Liturgy of the Word is not planning it but coming up with activities and the readings each week. I thought this was a book with suggestions. I guess the best suggestion is to buy a weekly program.

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    Growing Up Catholic - Children's Liturgy of the Word

    Posted by Issa Gaytan on Nov 12th 2019

    I was looking for something more deeper, this is too basic