Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been described as a meeting place of two mysteries: the mystery of God, and the mystery of the children.
This program is highly child-centered and allows children to enter into a relationship with God in their own ways, and in their own time. We meet in the atrium, a quiet, focused place - more like a children’s chapel than a classroom. Everything in the atrium is designed with simplicity, beauty, and dignity, and all items are child-sized.
Catechesis holds that children have a deep capacity to receive and experience the most essential elements of our faith, and offers a place where God is encountered through word and action. The catechist's role is to prepare the environment and to give selected presentations from scripture and liturgy that "call forth" the child's response rather than "pour in" information. The catechist listens with the child and together they ask, "God, who are you? How do you love us?"
Each Sunday, a different presentation is offered in the atrium, for example: the Presentation of the Geography and Land of Israel, where the children locate the very place where Jesus was born, or the Presentation of Liturgical Calendar and Colors, which shows the way our church year is structured.
The first three Sundays of each month, we will meet in the atrium at 9:45 a.m. During the Peace, we bring your children back to the sanctuary for Communion.
The fourth Sunday of each month, the children will be in church; we encourage them to sit in the front pews so that they can see in the church for themselves what they have learned and experienced in the atrium.
All children are welcome to visit our atrium, and anyone can drop in any time they are visiting.
The Atrium: A Prepared Environment
The atrium is one of the most important elements that helps the relationship between God and the child to flourish. After a theme has been presented, the child is free to choose an activity that will make possible the inner dialogue with the "Interior Teacher."
The atrium can be compared to a retreat house facilitating recollection and silence. It is a place for religious life, …Read More »