Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Developed by Sofia Cavalletti, an Italian Hebrew scripture scholar, we are building on the work and methods of Maria Montessori, the Catechesis seeks to give children the guidance and vocabulary which enable them to become aware of their relationship with God and give expression to it. With the Catechesis we help each child to continue to fall in love with God while building community among peers.
- We have an [atrium] a place where the child works and comes to know the great love of Jesus
- realities of …life as a Christian but also and above all, a place where the child begins to live these realities in meditation and prayer. There is nothing of the academic classroom about the atrium; it is a place for working with the material provided.
- religious instruction but religious life (Sofia Cavalletti, RPOC)
- The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd takes its name from the parable and image of Jesus that seemed to appeal most to young children
Each level of the child’s work explores the fundamental theme of covenant, God’s call and our response, as reflected in the Bible and as lived in liturgy. At Level 1 the 3-6 year-olds have the capacity to receive and enjoy the most essential elements of our faith: the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, the announcement of God’s love given for us in the person of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. At Level II the 6-9 year-olds focus on the image of the True Vine, deepening their relationship with God, family, friends and the larger community as they prepare for and celebrate communion, broadening their understanding of Mass.
In this way we insist children attend 2 years Catechism before they can receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confession and Holy Communion.
Catechism takes place on :
Monday: 5pm – 6pm (Melkbos) – Faith Level 2 – 4
Saturday 9am – 10:15am (Table View) – Faith Level 2 – 3
Sunday 9am – 10am (Table View) – Faith Level 1
(3 – 6yrs of age)
Sunday 9am – 10am (Table View) – Faith Level 4
Preparing for First Holy Communion