The ministry of Children’s Liturgy of the Word (C.L.O.W.) involves the practice of children leaving the Sunday assembly before the Liturgy of the Word and gathering in a specially prepared, age appropriate venue to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is conducive to their level of understanding.
In 1973, the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome issued a document, “Directory for Masses for Children (D.M.C.). This document offers the principles and guidelines for adapting the liturgy for children to enable them to take a more conscious and active part in liturgical celebrations.
The role of C.L.O.W. leaders is to facilitate the Liturgy of the Word for children by following the guidelines while using helpful resources, including the Lectionary for Children and age appropriate magazines. Ordinarily, the leaders of C.L.O.W. serve on a monthly basis. Taking into account the time needed for preparation, C.L.O.W. leaders give a minimum of two hours of service each month to this ministry.