Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology and director of the Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum university.

 Q: I have two questions. The first is about the homily at Mass. According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], when there are children participating in the Sunday Mass, e.g. those from Sunday schools, the children could be separated during the homily and receive catechetical instruction suitable for their age group. Can the children’s group during the homily be led by a layman or should it be another priest? Second, can blue vestments be used generally in all the Masses of Our Lady, whether solemnity, feast, or memorial? Any reference on it? — B.S., Macau

 A: With respect to the first question the norms are found in the 1973 Directory for Masses with Children. With respect to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word in a parish setting, the relevant norms are:

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