On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate the Family Mass at 9:00 a.m. The presider delivers a homily exciting, accessible, and effective for children. The Family Faith Choir sings at the Family Mass, and children participate in the liturgy as lectors and hospitality ministers.
The pastor celebrates the Class Mass sporadically at 9:00 a.m. in the Xavier High School chapel for students of the program, their catechists and parents. It is a mass adapted to the age of the children and includes didactic elements to understand the liturgy.
Children Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) meets at 9:00 a.m. Mass every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month and holiday weekends, the presider invites children from 1st to 3rd grade to go with a liturgical catechist to the West Room, while the 4th to 6th graders go with a catechist to the Mary Chapel, for an age-appropriate examination of the Gospel from that Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word.
The Second Vatican Council expressed the importance of having a good number of ministers, in addition to the priest, for the full celebration of the liturgy. The inclusion of children in the liturgical service is important since the body of Christ is not formed solely by adults. Children are not only the future of the church, they are our present as well. The liturgies of inclusive communities are reflected by the diversity of participation. Diversity includes not only gender, but culture, generation, age. That is why our Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. includes boys and girls serving at the altar. Children who have received First Communion can take part in the liturgy as altar servers. Gerry Moss is the coach and coordinator of altar servers.
Family Faith Choir
The Family Faith Choir is an intergenerational choir organized by the Family Faith Program in collaboration with the Music Ministry. It rehearses in the Main Church at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays and it sings on every Sunday at 9 a.m. Mass and special liturgies such as Family Christmas Mass on December 24 and Lessons and Carols . You do not have to be part of the Family Faith Program to be in this choir. All children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors are welcome to participate. The Director of the Family Faith Choir is Jacqueline Perez.