Our Children’s Ministry is dedicated to creating a welcoming worship environment for all children ages 3-8.
From September-May, our Children’s Ministry programs are available at the 9:45AM & 11:30AM Masses. *Note: currently only the 11:30AM Mass has our Mini Disciples Program
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word program is available at both the 9:45AM and 11:30AM liturgies for grades K-2. Children accompany their families into the liturgy and are dismissed to the Spirit Center before the 1st reading, where they learn about God’s Word on their own level.
No pre-registration is required for Children’s Liturgy of the Word and visitors are welcome to attend!
Mini Disciples is a worship environment that meets for the duration of 11:30am Mass in the Spirit Center & provides a fun environment for kids ages 2years-5years to play, sing songs, & hear a Bible truth.
Visitors are welcome to attend, and we ask that children who come regularly sign up by filling out a registration form.
What does Children’s Ministry look like?
All Children – whether they are visitors or parishioners are welcomed to attend our Children’s Ministry! Children ages 2yrs–5yrs are dropped off before mass at the Spirit Center for our Mini Disciples Program, while older children (K–2nd grade) will accompany their families to Mass and be dismissed to Children’s Liturgy of the Word prior to the 1st reading.
Mini Disciples remain in the Spirit Center for the duration of Mass while Young Apostles will return before the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Parents are encouraged to let our ministry team know where they intend to sit so that they can be located if assistance is needed for their child.
What is the purpose of Children’s Ministry?
Our Children’s ministry serves 2 purposes:
- Teach children the Word of God & let them know that God loves them and has a plan for their life.
- Invite parents to worship at Mass knowing their children are receiving age-appropriate catechesis that will build up their faith and encourage them in full, conscious, active participation in the liturgy when they are older.
What do you offer for Babies/Toddlers/2’s?
Babies & Toddlers are always welcome to celebrate the liturgy with the entire community. This is main reason we don’t have a cry room! If babies do become too fussy, parents can always go to the Narthex where the family restroom and couches are located.
What do you offer for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners?
Preschoolers & Kindergarteners (2yr-5yr olds) worship in Mini Disciples program in the main room of the Spirit Center. There is no previous sign up or payment required. Visitors and non-parishioners are welcome!
What do you offer during Mass for Elementary Kids (grades 1–4)?
Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word program is specially geared towards this age group. Children begin in the church with their families, leave for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and return before Communion (Liturgy of the Eucharist). There is no previous sign up or payment required. Visitors are welcome!
How do I become more involved in Children’s Ministry?
Children’s Ministry For Adult Volunteers – Adults wishing to serve in Children’s Ministry can contact Lisa Picchi at 941-929-1411. All volunteers must adhere to Diocesan Guidelines for Safe Environment training found here, including a Volunteer Application, Fingerprinting, & attending a Safe Environment Training Course.
Children’s Ministry for Teen Volunteers – Teenagers interested in serving in a Children’s Ministry go through a similar process as adults. For more information contact Belinda Kowalski 941-926-1254.