SINGAPORE – Over three Saturdays in November and December 2009, the Children Liturgy (CL) Trainers’ Team conducted a basic course at Church of Christ the King for a new group of nine facilitators from four parishes.
The team of eight trainers comprised existing CL facilitators from St. Joseph Church (Bukit Timah), Church of the Holy Cross, Church of the Holy Spirit and Church of the Holy Family. They took the participants through five aspects of the course: the Liturgy of the Word, the important principles of a good liturgy, the call to be ministers, sharing the Word of God as well as the mission and vision of Christ.
It was the first time that the trainers were conducting a basic course, having been commissioned as trainers at the 2009 Annual Gathering of Children Liturgy Facilitators. The annual gathering, which helps to forge solidarity among CL facilitators across Singapore, saw CL facilitators from 10 parishes gather for discussions with Sister Genevieve Ng and Father Johnson Fernandez on how to empower and strengthen this ministry for the children.
Also present was a team of teenagers from the Church of St. Vincent de Paul Confirmation Classes I to IV. They serve as facilitators for this Ministry, bringing their gifts of music, art, performance and Homily to the children’s liturgy.
The CL facilitators are committed to serve and share the Good News with children, as they believe that faith in God through listening to the Word of Christ needs to be planted in the soul of every baptised Catholic from young, and nurtured through the rest of their lives.
Lena Quek from Church of the Holy Family said: “Efforts put into this ministry now will surely contribute towards the future vitality of the Church.”
Patricia Tan from Church of the Holy Spirit hopes that the children liturgy will receive more support from the priests “since we are serving a long term need in the community”.
The facilitators also hope for more parental involvement especially from those with young and primary-school children, as parents are the first educators of their children.
By Angela Lim