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Shawn Lucas |

847-328-1430, x5

What is CLOW? 
The Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children in grades K-3 at the 9 am Sunday Mass at our Saint Athanasius Church site starting with the First Sunday of Lent which is this forthcoming Sunday February 26, 2023.  Any child in this age group may participate - no registration is necessary.

Previously, both Saint Athanasius and Saint Joan of Arc offered CLOW at one of their Sunday Masses.  This was suspended during Covid and we are happy to have it return.  After Easter, Saint Joan of Arc Church site will also offer CLOW during the 10:15 a.m. Mass. This gradual return to CLOW at both Church sites will allow us to better assess how it is working and to grow volunteers who might like to assist as a CLOW catechist.

How does it work?

After the Opening Prayer at Sunday Mass the Priest will invite all children up to the 3rd grade

(older siblings are welcome to accompany 😊 ) to the Altar for a blessing and sending forth!

They will process to the school cafeteria. After a brief Welcome and Opening Prayer, they listen to the First Reading proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. Next, the Gospel is proclaimed by one of the adult leaders. 

The children are then invited to share their own thoughts and ideas. Following this, the children profess a simple Act of Faith, pray their Prayers of Intercession, and finally return to their families at the time of the Presentation of the Gifts.

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