Mass Plans Brought to You by CTN
Following the guidelines from the “Directory for Masses With Children” this Mass plan
was created to help teachers guide their students in creating a liturgy for a school
Mass. Recognizing that every school and Liturgy is unique, you and your students may
wish to amend these Mass plans. An important goal is that each of your students feels
involved in the planning and celebration of the liturgy so that they may grow in their
understanding and appreciation of the Mass
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION LITURGY
FLOWER OF PRAYER WELCOME/INTRODUCTION
A week before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
make colorful tissue-paper ﬂowers (with a large leaf on a _________________(Student)
long stem) for each of your classrooms. Copy “The Mem- Good Morning!! Welcome to our liturgy celebrating the
orare” for your upper grades and the “Hail Mary” for Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On this day we cel-
your lower grades in such a way that it is small enough to ebrate that Mary was free from sin from the ﬁrst moment
glue on to the leaf of each ﬂower. Distribute each of these of her existence within her mother, St. Anne.
“prayer ﬂowers” to homeroom teachers with instructions Mary, the mother of Jesus, was without sin.
to keep their “ﬂower” on their prayer table and to make
a special effort each day during their prayer time, to ________________(Student)
recite a prayer to Mary. Each teacher should be invited We honor Mary in various ways because she is our
to bring their “prayer ﬂower” to Mass to carry in the model of trust, faith, and obedience to God. She showed
Entrance Procession as a representative of their students. her faithfulness and goodness by always saying “yes” to
Supply a vase(s) on, or in front of, a prayer table set up God. We pray that we may be as eager to do Godʼs will
on the altar so that as the teachers proceed to the altar as Mary was.
they will place their class ﬂower in the vase(s) to create a
bouquet of “Flowers of Prayer.” _________________(Student)
During this season of Advent, a season of waiting, we
SET UP A PRAYER think about Mary, a person who really struggled in learn-
TABLE ON THE ALTAR ing how to wait for light, for understanding, for faith.
(Vase(s) should be placed Whether we pray for ourselves or for others, we know
on the ﬂoor in front of this that we can pray to Mary whenever we want. Mary is
table.) the mother of Jesus, and she is our mother, too.
She will help us to live good lives and to follow her Son,
ENTRANCE PROCES- Jesus.
(Statue of Blessed Virgin ________________(Student)
Mary to be placed on the In our Entrance Procession this morning the teachers from
Prayer Table) each grade level will be bringing to the altar their class
“Flower of Prayer.” For the past week every class has
DRAMATIC GOSPEL been praying a special prayer to Mary. When all these
READING ﬂowers are brought together we will have created a beau-
(Appropriate costumes tiful bouquet of prayer to offer to our Mother, Mary.
needed for Mary and the
Angel Gabriel.) Mary joyfully followed Godʼs will for her and intercedes
on our behalf whenever we turn to her in prayer.
PROCESSION OF OFFERTORY GIFTS We welcome our Presider, “_________, “and ask that
Bible, Candle, Rosary, Statue of the Holy Family you join us in singing our Gathering Song, Hail Mary,
(to be placed on the Prayer Table) Gentle Woman. Please stand.
GATHERING SONG: of Jesus. She helped him take his ﬁrst steps and listened
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman to his ﬁrst words. We honor Mary because she was such
by Carey Landry/NALR/ a good and generous mother. She loved Jesus and took
OCP Publications good care of him. Help us to learn, like Mary, to be
generous, caring people and to listen to your voice in our
ENTRANCE PROCESSION hearts and answer “yes” with love.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
• Statue of Blessed Virgin Please be seated.
• Classroom Teachers car- LITURGY OF THE WORD
rying in their class Flower
of Prayer First Reading: Isaiah 41:9-10
• Lectionary carried by Introduction of First Reading
Student proclaiming the
First Reading ___________________(Student)
• Book of Remembrance When God chose Mary to be the mother of his Son, God
(optional) made her special. Isaiah tells us that God made each one
• Altar Servers of us special and chooses every one of us to do a special
• Presider job in life. But, whatever God wants us to do, God prom-
ises to help us to do it well.
Presider A reading from the Book of Isaiah. Chapter 41, verses 9
______________(Presider or Student) “God says: I have chosen you. You are working for me
We ask Godʼs forgive- now. So, do not be afraid. I am with you - - donʼt worry!
ness for ways in which I am your God, and I will make you strong. You can hold
we have failed to answer my hand and I will help you.”
Godʼs call to be kind and The Word of the Lord
loving people. All: Thanks be to God!
_____________(Student) RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Lord Jesus, forgive us Adaptation of Psalm 40 Here I Am by Christopher Walk-
when we arenʼt generous er/OCP Publications
and think only of things
we want and donʼt really _________________(Student)
need. Our Responsorial is an adaptation of Psalm 40.
Lord, have mercy Please join me in singing the response Here I Am.
All: Lord, have mercy
Student or Choir will lead the Response and Verses
Sing: “Here I am, O my God, I come to do your will”
Christ Jesus, we ask forgiveness for the times we have GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
been disrespectful to our mothers and caregivers. Sung Alleluia
Christ, have mercy
All: Christ, have mercy GOSPEL
Lord Jesus, forgive us for the times we have said “No” to
God and hurt others with our words. __________________
Lord, have mercy (Student)
All: Lord, have mercy Our Gospel will be a dra-
matic reading based on
the Gospel of Luke, Chap-
OPENING PRAYER ter 1, verses 26 through
38. Please be seated.
_________________(Presider or Student) (The Presider stands in the
Loving God, when you created Mary you made her spe- middle of the altar. Mary
cial. Mary was the woman you chose to be the mother kneels in front of the Presider facing the Angel Gabriel)
_________________ (Student) _______________(Student)
Mary said “yes” to what God asked of her. As we listen We pray for mothers and caregivers all over the world
to this story of Maryʼs “yes” we might think about saying that they will continue to be a source of love and guid-
“yes” to God when God speaks to us. ance to us.
Let us pray to the Lord
__________________(Presider) All: “Through Mary, our Mother, we pray”
A long time ago in the town of Nazareth, there was a
man called Joseph and a woman called Mary. Mary and _______________(Student)
Joseph loved each other very much and they were going We pray for all the people and families who are not
to get married. One day God sent the Angel Gabriel to together because of the war in the Middle East. We pray
visit Mary and to tell her something very special. Gabriel that this war will be over soon.
said...... Let us pray to the Lord. (raise arm)
All: “Through Mary, our Mother, we pray
Rejoice Mary, God loves you very much. You are going __________________(Student)
to have a baby and you will name him Jesus, because He We pray for those who are hungry and have no home
will save His people. in which they can stay warm in this winter. We pray that
those of us who are more fortunate will give generously
____________(Presider) to those in need.
Mary didnʼt understand what the angel was telling her. Let us pray to the Lord
So she asked Gabriel... All: “Through Mary, our Mother, we pray
”How can I have a baby now? Joseph and I arenʼt mar- We pray for the sick in our community. Help them, God
ried yet.” of All Hope, to feel your healing presence.
Let us pray to the Lord.
____________(Presider) All: “Through Mary, our Mother, we pray”
The Angel Gabriel said.......
___________(Gabriel) We pray for those who have died.
”The power of the Holy Spirit will make this happen. Your Teach us to be like Mary, our Mother, comforters of one
baby will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God.” another.
Let us pray to the Lord
____________(Presider) All: “Through Mary, our Mother, we pray”
Mary said to the angel.......
_________________(Presider or Student)
____________(Mary) Generous God, we pray today that the Spirit of Jesus
”I believe God loves me very much. Yes, I will do what- will keep alive in our hearts our love for You through the
ever God wants me to do” intercession of our Blessed Mother.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen
Then the Angel Gabriel went back to heaven. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Presider invites the students
All: Praise to you Lord, Jesus Christ. preparing the altar to come
forward and those bringing up
HOMILY the gifts go to the back of the
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL OFFERTORY SONG
(Introduction by Presider/Invite the students reading the Quiet background Music
Intercessions to come forward)
PREPARATION OF THE
_________________(Presider or Student) TABLE
We are celebrating the season of Advent. Advent is a (Students or Altar Servers)
time of prayer. May we always look to Mary and remem- Altar Cloth, Corporal, Chalice,
ber, generously, the people who need our help, by pray- Puriﬁcator, Sacramentary
ing for them. Mary joyfully followed Godʼs will for her
and she intercedes on our behalf whenever we turn to her (As the Altar is being prepared, student speakers, at the
in prayer. Our response will be: lectern, give an explanation of some special gifts that are
“Through Mary, our Mother, we pray” carried up the aisle and placed on the Prayer Table.)
__________________(Student) Our Father
Along with the bread and the wine for Eucharist we offer Sign of Peace
the gift of a Bible. (Wait for the Bible to be placed on the Lamb of God (Sung)
Prayer Table) Mary was a special person her whole life.
She always followed the Word of God. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
__________________(Student) 1. Servant Song by Donna Marie McGargill, OSM/OCP
We offer the gift of a candle. Publications
(Wait for the candle to be placed on the Prayer Table) 2. Immaculate Mary by Lourdes Hymn
Mary always let the love of Jesus shine through her. 3. Digo Si Senor by Donna Pena/GIA Publications
__________________(Presider or Student)
Generous God, Creator of all that is Good, we love you.
Thank you for bringing us together to celebrate this spe-
cial day in honor of Mary. Give us the courage of Mary
to follow you in all that we do and to be generous
with willing hearts and minds.
We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen
BLESSING AND DISMISSAL
GOING FORTH SONG
Hail Holy Queen by Salve Regina Coelitum
We offer the gift of a rosary. __________________(Student)
(Wait for the Rosary to be placed on the Prayer Table) Please join us in singing our Going Forth Song
The name Rosary comes from the ﬂower, the rose, which Hail Holy Queen
is a symbol of life eternal. Mary reminds us that we are
called to the eternal life of heaven.
We offer a statue of Mary with her husband, Joseph, and
her Son, Jesus.
(Wait for the statue to be placed on the Prayer Table)
We come together to honor Mary and her family. Like our
mothers, she was a wife and mother and loved her family.
(Students) Wine, Paten
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Lord, Jesus, the small sacriﬁces your mother made for you
daily, prepared you for the greatest sacriﬁce of all - the
giving of your life for us. As we remember this sacriﬁce of
love, today, and offer these gifts of bread and wine, may
we be prepared to give as much.
Holy Holy (Sung)
Memorial Acclamation (Sung)