Dear Children’s Liturgy Leader,
The following Gather the Children books explain all of the readings for each Sunday of the liturgical year. I found that I didn’t have time to do all the readings and explain them in detail. So I just concentrated on the Gospel. Others do the responsorial psalm and the Gospel. After I greeted them, I explained what the Gospel was about. Then I read the Gospel and let them act it out. I related the Gospel to their own experiences, and sang a song. Wow! My time was up before I knew it.
The first few years I did the Children’s Liturgyat St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, I used the following books. I would suggest you order one of the current church Cycle copies to see if you like it.
Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle A If it says it’s not available, click on Mary Berglund’s name or search title again.
Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle B
Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle C
We gave the children “Explaining God’s Word” as handouts. You can order as many copies as you think you’ll need each week. Children look forward to taking these home. Liguori Publications Phone Toll Free (800) 325-9521. Liguori also has a handout for older children. You could call and ask for samples of both.
Our religious education classes sent home a publication called “Catholic Corner,” J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. 1-800-566-6150 http://www.wlp.jspaluch.com/3292.htm
Now they use “The Liturgy of the Word with Children” to teach Children’s Liturgy:
At St. Ann’s church when I did Children’s Liturgy, they used Pflaum materials: http://www.pflaum.com/catalog/liturgy/index2.htm called “Children Celebrate.” It has a teacher’s guide and activity sheets to give out to children each week. Toll free 866-532-2608.
I hope that this will help you. May God bless you.
The Holy Spirit will guide you, as He did me. I promise.
Joan Y. Edwards