Sunday Celebration of the Word with Children (9:00 AM Mass)
We invite all our children to a celebration which is an extension of the main assembly’s celebration. The celebration of the word with children (Children’s Liturgy) is a part of the Eucharistic liturgy. It draws children into the life and work of Jesus so that God’s word might take flesh in them, as it did in Jesus, giving glory to God every day in the way they share God’s love – unconditionally. It is the ritual celebration of God’s presence with us.
Children of catechetical age, especially those preparing for Confirmation, Eucharist or Reconciliation are encouraged to participate in the Sunday Celebration of the Word on a regular basis.
The children also get to proclaim the Word of God through our Christmas Pageant and Good Friday Passion of our Lord.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? View Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFnP_z7Ufyc
Read below and/or watch this video at Youtube which provides a great overview of this Christian Formation: https://youtu.be/CA8ZpNsKWz4
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. Level I is for children 3-6 years, Level II is for children 6-9 years, and Level III is for children 9-12 years.
The CGS is based on the teaching methods of Maria Montessori and on the understanding that there is a deep bond between God and each child which produces in the child the desire to draw near to God.
In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the classroom, called the atrium, is a spiritual environment – a place of worship rather than a traditional classroom. It is perceived as ‘holy ground’ where Christ may be encountered in Word and action; a place for community and worship where the spiritual life of the child is nurtured; and a place of work that becomes prayer and conversation with God. It is a prepared environment where children grow in the knowledge of Jesus and his love. The work in the atrium prepares children for involvement in the liturgical life of the larger worshipping community.
Children are free to work with materials that represent the essence of the Christian message. These hands-on materials encourage children to explore and deepen their experiences at their own pace. The catechist’s role is to prepare the environment and materials; present works that call forth the child’s response; then step back, allowing God and the child to work together. The CGS requires formation & training for the adult catechists for each level.
The vision for the CGS began in Rome in 1954 with Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew Scripture scholar and her co-worker, Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator. It has now spread to 37 countries around the world, including Canada.
Learn more about CGS in Canada at: cgsac.ca
The atrium for the region is located at the Pro-Cathedral in the Lower Sacristy
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Pamphlet
Fridays at St. Peter’s Church at 299 Airport Road from 6:00 to 9:30 PM for youth in Grades 6-8 from our region.
YEO (Youth Evangelizing Others)
Fridays at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall from 6:00 to 9:30 PM for Grade 8 – University aged youth.