The Columba Lectionary for Masses with Children seeks to make the Liturgy of the Word alive and meaningful for children, their parents and teachers, and for all those who attend parish family Masses and school Masses. This Lectionary adheres to the liturgical norms of the church as set out in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal and in the Directory for Masses with Children. With the approval of the Liturgy Commission of the Irish Episcopal Conference, the Good News translation of the Scriptures is used. It is very suitable for use at family and school Masses. The readings in The Columba Lectionary are normally preceded by a preparation, which focuses the attention of the children and their parents on some aspect of the reading, before the formal proclamation.