Please note, Children's Liturgy of the Word is on hiatus until January 2022 in light of the COVID-19 Delta variant and young children not being able to be vaccinated.
Information for Families with Young Children
Welcome! Many families with children tend to worship at the 9:30 a.m. Masses. Some children enjoy the contemporary music and intimate space of our chapel. Others prefer the style of Mass in the upper church. During the 9:30 Masses from September - May, child care is offered in the gym at Saint Clement Parish School for children age 18 months up to 4 years; children age 4 to 8 may be dismissed from Mass to join in Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Here are some suggestions for parents to help their children pray the Mass, and create a reverent, prayerful atmosphere at Mass for all ages:
- Arrive early to use the restroom, get a drink, and settle in. If you have time, walk your child around the worship space and acquaint them with the art and architecture of our Catholic tradition.
- Show them the font and describe their baptism. Point out the beauty of the stained glass. Sit toward the front. Children will have an easier time paying attention!
- Help them to pray and embrace quiet. Mass offers families a wonderful “teaching moment” to develop a sense of reverence and respect for the Mass and sacred spaces.
- Be clear with children about the expectations regarding behavior and participation at Mass. Model full participation by actively participating in the Mass responses and the singing of the hymns.
Our Religious Education Program serves children in Pre-K through 8th grade. Classes of 24 children or less are taught by teams of volunteer catechists. The catechists are trained and meet regularly with Rachel Espinoza, Director of Children and Family Catechesis. Classes are in session from September through May from 10:40 to 11:45am. While the children attend class, parents are invited to gather in the school cafeteria for hospitality and conversation. Children are also invited to participate in the sacramental preparation programs for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation at the appropriate ages. See links for more details.