Leading children in the meaning of the Scriptures.

In her wisdom, the Church realizes that the Sunday liturgy is a prayer form that children grow into.

The Sunday scripture readings in particular are sometimes not easy for children to understand. There is a separate lectionary (book of Mass readings) for children, approved by the Bishops, that contains a more understandable translation of the scriptures (Contemporary English Version). This children’s lectionary also contains only one of the two readings (chosen by the bishops) preceding the gospel to simplify the message of the week.


At St. Michael’s we dismiss children (grades K-4) to the Chapel during the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00 and 10:30 Mass, from September through May, for Young Peoples’ Liturgy of the Word (YPLW). We use the children’s lectionary during this session. The readings are proclaimed by our child lectors, and the facilitator ofYPLW breaks open the scripture on a child’s level to enhance their understanding of the message. Following the reflection on the scripture, the Creed is proclaimed, and prayers of the faithful (again on a child’s level) are offered to God. The children then re-enter the assembly for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


Facilitators for Young Peoples’ Liturgy of the Word are comfortable leading children in discerning the meaning of the Scriptures at an age-appropriate level, while connecting the message to daily life. They are gentle, kind, and proficient at handling a large group of children (from 30-60 children).


If you are interested in becoming a Young Peoples’ Liturgy of the Word facilitator or if your childis intersted in becoming a Child Lector, contact Coordinator, Sue Castline Noonan, at (708) 403-9912 or email at

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