Children’s Program: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
Children are spiritual beings. Jesus said unless we become like little children we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. When you watch a small child engaged in an activity, it absorbs his/her whole being. He/she is living in that moment, open and trusting. As adults we struggle to arrive at that point in our relationship with God.
The name Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was given by a Mexican bishop when he observed young children responding to the parable of the Good Shepherd who will lay down his life for his sheep and knows each one of them by name.
Through patience and time, Sofia Cavelletti, a Hebrew scholar and Gianna Gobbi, a follower of Dr. Maria Montessori, created a prepared environment called the Atrium for children aged 3-6. Through the exercises of practical life, for example, polishing silver, watering plants and general care of the atrium they learn to operate in an environment with dignity and respect. Children listen and reflect on parables and stories from the life of Jesus through the manipulation of simple materials placed on low shelves for their use and respond with art work. A small altar and a baptism table reveal the two sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.
Older children move on to another atrium where they use more advanced materials and study the Old Testament.
The catechist has received special training and presents each material as the need arises. In the Atrium the adults and children listen to God where Christ is the teacher.
CGS meets every Sunday from 10-11 AM after which the children join their family for Eucharist.
For more information call the office at 206 937 4545, fill in the Contact form or talk to Julia Wight