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 hand, meaningful daily worship with children could not be coordinated by anything less than a person working three to four hours a day. And that excludes the use of time to teach kids vocal or instrumental skills, to develop visual art, or to do liturgical formation.
27. Weekday Mass in which children participate can certainly be celebrated with greater effect and less danger of boredom if it does not take place every day (for example, in boarding schools). Moreover, preparation can be more careful if there is a longer interval between diverse celebrations. [Notitia 1]
A large parish school like mine would be able to handle daily communal worship, but not without coopting the parish’s 8:15 Mass or pressing upon our clergy an additional Mass–which would then need to be made funeral-proof in terms of scheduling.
Sometimes it will be preferable to have common prayer, to which the children may contribute spontaneously, or else a common meditation, or a celebration of the word of God. These are ways of continuing the eucharistic celebrations already held and of leading to a deeper participation in subsequent celebrations.
Liturgy of the Hours: not mentioned, but possibly the best available choice, whether it would be done in the classroom, a chapel, or the church.
28. When the number of children who celebrate the eucharist together is very great, attentive and conscious participation becomes more difficult. Therefore, if possible, several groups should be formed; these should not be set up rigidly according to age but with regard for the children’s progress in religious formation and catechetical preparation.
Until a last year, the structure was to split the school in two for Wednesday and Thursday Masses. Grades 6-7-8 at one; younger kids at the other. On holy days, all the school would worship together.
This past year we’ve done a single weekly school Mass. It has advantages and disadvantages. But I’m curious as to what you think. Perhaps add your own current experiences with weekly, daily, and/or Eucharistic prayer with children.