A Deep Dive into the Divine ~ How a Unique Catechetical Program Offers a Profound—and Profoundly Liturgical—Method of Imparting the Faith
North Bay Level I Training Brochure for Catechists: Are you interested in working with children aged 3-6 to help them know and learn about God?
Skye works with the leaven after hearing the Parable of the Woman and the Leaven.
Congratulations to Gavin! This picture he drew of the Resurrection of Jesus with his title on the back “God is Not Ded” was sent for theological reflection when there was a call for children’s artwork by the CGUSA. The American Association for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has posted this drawing on their website and has used it in their publication of art work. (See Right)
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
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 Wonderful Article from The Canadian League Spring 2015 Magazine: Catechesis of the Good Shepherdl