THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as theseMatthew 19:14

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to religious formation of children ages 3-12.  Using Montessori principles of education, children experience a “hands on” approach to Scripture and Liturgy with dioramas and beautifully crafted materials.  They also explore practical life (activities relating to daily life) teaching them love and care for themselves and the world around them.

Each week during the school year, children are invited into the “atrium” – a specially prepared environment that offers a sensorial rich experience.   Through the work of their hands and a contemplative approach to their faith development, the child has an opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of God and begin to establish their own relationship with Jesus, our Good Shepherd.

The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd started in Italy in 1954 when Dr Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture Scholar, and member of the Vatican Commission for Jewish – Christian Relations, began working with Professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator.  Over the years, the Catechesis has spread to 6 continents and over 23 different countries.  Through a grant from Father Bob Nink’s estate when training reached Melbourne in 2004, the support of Father Brian Bainbridge and the generosity of over 40 parishioners, St Scholastica’s opened our Level I Atrium in September 2005.  We were very blessed to open a Level II Atrium (for the 6-9 child) in September 2008 and a Level III Atrium followed for the oldest child (9-12 years old) in 2011.

With continued support from our Parish Priest Father Jacob, the use of facilities on the Parish Property that house all 3 Atria, and the continued generosity of over 90 parishioners – it is an honour and a privilege serving God’s youngest within our community and the greater area of Melbourne.

If you have any questions about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or maybe you would like to join our team of volunteers, serving God’s youngest children, please contact Kathy Menzies at the Parish Office on 9808 1006.

Many thanks for your support and your continuing prayers for this very special ministry.

ENROLMENT AND FORMS

Once your child turns 3 years old, they are able to begin in our Level I Atrium that same year.

If you are interested in enrolling your 3 year old, or an older child, please fill in our Child Record Form 2015 and the Photo & Art Work Release Form for 2015and once completed, please drop them into the Parish Office (address is on the forms).

SESSION DATES AND TIMES FOR 2014

TUESDAY

*Level III – Confirmation Candidates Only
Enrolments Closed
4:15-5:45
*Level II Atrium
4:15-5:45

*These sessions are run simultaneously.

WEDNESDAY

Morning Session
Level I – 9:30-10:45am
Midday Session
Level I – 12:30-1:45pm

After School Session
Level I – 4:15-5:30pm

THURSDAY

Midday Session
Level I – 1-2:30pm

**After School Session
Level I – 4:10 – 5:20

**After School Session
Level II – 4:05 – 5:30

**These sessions are run simultaneously

Level I Atrium takes place in the lower level of the Hall located off Pheasant Street.

Level II and Level III sessions take place in the East Campus of the School located on Starling Street.

TRAINING

The Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offers training courses for parents, catechists, religious educators, clergy and other interested adults.  Most courses run for 6 days and offer a retreat style environment combining prayer, lectures and presentations of materials given to the children.

Course Contact:  Kathy Menzies
Emaildkmenzies@optusnet.com.au
For more information on Training Courses around Australia and Singapore, please visit the National Association’s Website.  Cgsaust.org.au