Children's Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Word with Children

The "Directory for Masses with Children" (1973) offers principles and guidelines for adapting the liturgy for children.

The Directory states: sometimes ...if the place itself and the nature of the community permit, it will be appropriate to celebrate the liturgy of the word, including a homily with the children in a separate room.


It is recommended for children from 4 years old to 7, 8 or 9 years old or until some suitable time following a child's First Holy Communion.


A separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to the children's level of understanding.


The Christchurch Diocese produced and uses a resource entitled "Liturgy of Word with Children".

To obtain a copy of the "Liturgy of Word with Children" resource please conatct:

Wendy Clark, Parish Sacramental/PPRE Adviser, Catholic Education Office, PO Box 4544,Christchurch (Phone: 03 353 0757; Email: