Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Note: Due to COVID-19, Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) during Mass had been suspended, resumption TBD. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

During the weekend Masses, the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) ministers and assistants lead the children to the classrooms to proclaim the Sunday readings and give a scripted homily designed for children ages 4-10. The children are then brought back to Mass during the collection. Our CLOW ministers are back in time for the second part of the Mass! Training is available. Contact The Parish Office for details.

Interested in helping children better understand God’s word? For more information about CLOW, email Casey Bazzano at

Children, ages 4-10, are invited to leave the assembly after receiving a blessing from the priest at Mass and gather in their own worship area to hear the Word of God at their own level of understanding. Parents are always welcome to attend.

Our teachers use the Weekend Children’s Lectionary to focus on the readings with prayer, reflection, discussion questions, and activities so your children grow in their relationship with God. They return to the Mass assembly during the Offertory hymn.

For more information or to learn how you can become involved with this vibrant ministry as either a leader or assistant, please contact our Parish Office or call 301.663-0907.

The Sunday program is very popular. Because of the numbers, we split the group into two smaller groups in order for the children to get the most out of their experience. We are in need of leaders and assistants. Ideally, we would like to have teams of four rotate duties on a monthly basis. Easy-to-follow lessons are sent electronically to all leaders every two months. Once a volunteer has gone through the STAND/Shield the Vulnerable training and has ‘shadowed’ as many sessions as they feel needed, they can sign up for as many or as few weeks as they’d like. Teens are eligible to be assistants and they earn service hours for it.

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