Category Archives: Directory for Masses With Children

DMC 29: Children Preparing Liturgy

Part 3 of Chapter III treats “Preparation for the Celebration.” At our parish school, each Mass is assigned  to a class for preparation. The liturgist and pastor each meet with the class to review the readings, produce intentions, and explore … Continue reading

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DMC 27-28: Weekday Masses

Daily Mass in the life of children is questioned. I’m not sure where I stand on the boredom issue. Any Mass led by adults who are not solicitous of the spiritual needs of children will be boring. On the other … Continue reading

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DMC 25-26: Place & Time For Mass

Other commentators have suggested there are a few curious prescriptions ahead, including the notion that a church might not be totally suitable for the celebration of Mass with children. My own sense is that churches should be made to be … Continue reading

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DMC 24: Other Adult Roles

Let’s delve into DMC 24, where a previous question was asked about lay preaching. 24. Since the eucharist is always the action of the entire ecclesial community, the participation of at least some adults is desirable. These should be present … Continue reading

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DMC 23: Priest Responsibilities

A lot gets put on the priest. Do seminaries prepare him for this role? Do bishops emphasize this in continuing education with their clergy? Consider that the exodus of many Catholic children begins at the end of their grade school … Continue reading

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DMC 22: Liturgical Ministries

Chapter Three’s Part 1. Offices and Ministries in the Celebration addresses liturgical ministries. Internal participationists who complain about multiple liturgical roles won’t like it. While the DMC differentiates between the two, this is where the Church connects ordinary participation with … Continue reading

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DMC 20-21: When Adults Are Few

In the US, school liturgies are the most common application of Chapter III: Masses With Children in Which Only a Few Adults Participate: 20. In addition to the Masses in which children take part with their parents and other family … Continue reading

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