Preparing Masses with Children gives even the most inexperienced teachers and catechists the tools that they need to communicate with principals, pastors, liturgists, and music directors in order to prepare liturgies that are both effective and liturgically sound.
The simple, 15-step system in this book shows teachers and catechists how to prepare liturgies, involving the children in their class in every phase of the preparation. This unique approach will teach children the language of Catholic liturgy and reinforce their Catholic identity by engaging them in breaking open the Word, selecting music, preparing liturgical environment, and serving in liturgical ministries.
This book was written by Robert W. Piercy, Jr. Robert most recently worked as part of the editorial team at Liturgy Training Publications. Prior to that, he served in many different roles in parishes and Catholic publishing, including working as the director of music at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, Illinois, as the director of music at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, Illinois, and as the catechetical director at GIA Publications, Inc. He has authored many publications on children, liturgy, and music, and is a well-known lecturer on these topics.
"I highly recommend Preparing Masses with Children as a resource that should be in the library of anyone responsible for Masses with children, especially in Catholic schools and faith formation offices. Robert Piercy guides his readers in preparing good liturgies without resorting to themes, gimmicks, and innovations that take the focus away from the mysteries being celebrated. His 15 steps show how children can significantly participate in preparing liturgy, and also assist teachers and catechists in gaining a deeper understanding of the ritual celebration of the Mass."