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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Classes Began

September 2023

There was an air of excitement and a sense of joy as 94 children from St. Catherine – St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish and 55 children from Ascension and St. Edmund Parish returned to the atriums of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. During the month of September, the children were introduced or became re-acquainted with the special rooms we call atriums, which are lovingly prepared just for them.

As the children began to build their atrium communities, they had time to ponder two of the important components of every atrium session. Prayer, whether individual or communal, is one of those essential parts, and so Prayer was addressed in all three atrium levels. The Bible, the sacred book given to us by God, is another vital part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Bible was presented, discussed and honored in all three levels.

During the month of October Level 1 will receive presentations on The Altar, the Sign of the Cross and the Good Shepherd.

Level 2 will also ponder the parable of the Good Shepherd, as well as the parable of The Insistent Friend. Level 2 will also examine, and practice, gestures from the Mass.

The Plan of God, the covenant that God had in mind for all people and all things, will be presented to the children in Level 3 for the entire month.

This brief listing of presentations does not do justice to the richness and beauty of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Parents, please look for an email at the end of each month from your child’s catechist. This email letter will describe the work the children are doing every month in much more detail. The letter will also contain information unique to your child’s atrium session, as well as upcoming dates and other important information.

We are grateful for the trust and confidence in the Religious Education team and catechists as we have the joy of working with the children of our parishes.