Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
If you are coming from another parish’s PRE program, you may be wondering when PRE will start. What we offer here is at St. Patrick’s is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based program, developed by Sofia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobbi. It is the model of Catechesis chosen by the Missionaries of Charity around the world. St. Patrick’s is one of the five parishes in our Diocese that offers this unique and richly rewarding experience for children approximately ages 3 to 13. It is a very different model from the classroom setting. The catechists present the most essential elements of our faith in a carefully prepared environment called an Atrium. Sacramental preparation is included as the child’s readiness is determined first by their own desire, and in conjunction with the parents, catechists, and pastor.
A PARENT Orientation session (no more than 30 minutes) is required before a child may attend the Atrium appropriate for them. The first session will be offered on Sunday, August 26th at 9:45 am. Adult supervision will be provided for children on the playground during that time. Following the Orientation in the Chapel, parents may retrieve their children and tour the Atria. Refreshments will be provided. Registration forms will be available that day, or emailed prior to that date, if information has already been provided.
If you are unable to attend that session, a second session will be offered Thursday evening, September 6th, at 6 pm.
Children’s sessions will begin on September 9.
Help needed for our CGS program:
For parents and other interested parishioners
- Carpentry: do you like to build things? We need a few materials built.
- Are you handy with sculpting clay? We’ve got a job for you!
- What about painting small figures, or doing calligraphy? (or even printing neatly)
- Do you sew? We have need for a few small polishing mitts (for the 3 -6 year olds) to be made from flannel. We have the template.
- Cloths for the prayer table, in the Liturgical colors
- Paper cut-outs of some materials for Level I and Level II
And last, but definitely not least, we will need 1 or 2 people to assist with the weekly Catechesis sessions. If you are curious and maybe even interested, I invite you to come in and explore further. It would be important for you in making such a commitment to have an understanding of what the catechesis really is and what is involved. Rebekah will provide a training session for those who may be interested.
For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, visit www.cgsusa.org.