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THE HISTORY OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROGRAM ^ BACK TO TOP

About 60 years ago in Rome, Italy, a mother asked Sofia Cavalleti, a theologian and Scripture Scholar to teach her son about religion. At first she refused, saying she knew nothing about children. However, this mother persisted and eventually Sofia read a passage of the Bible to the 7 year old and observed his joy and realized that kids want to know about God.

Ms. Cavalletti with Ms. Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori directress, jointly created a teaching methodology to introduce Catechesis to children based in their profound religious intuition.

This method is based in the “self-teaching” of Maria Montessori and allows kids to reinforce their relationship with God by using all their senses and freely reacting to HIS presence.

WHAT IS CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD? ^ BACK TO TOP
It is early religious formation combining Montessori methodology and the liturgy of the Church. Children gather in a room which is specially prepared with simple yet beautiful materials. Each week, the session starts with a short presentation of a story from scripture and didactic materials like a model of an altar, sacristy cabinet, baptismal font, and various small images, which correspond to the parables and narratives from the Bible.

A little child, too young to read, needs another way to ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by working with these materials. For example, placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd allows the child to realize that we are the sheep and the shepherd is God. The session ends with prayer time.

 
"HELP ME COME CLOSER TO GOD BY MYSELF" ^ BACK TO TOP

The plea of the child, to which Sofia Cavalletti in her Religious Potential of the Child also responds, “If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should, with patience and courage... seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher...if we know how to observe him.”

This program serves 3-6 year old children.

REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM ^ BACK TO TOP

Registration for the 2016-2017 Religious Education Program (CCD) has begun.

Every returning student must bring a new medical release form.

Every new student must fill out an individual permanent record/family information form and a medical release form.

If the student was not baptized at Mater Christi we need an original Baptism certificate from their church of baptism. The medical release forms and family information forms can be found in the back of the church and at the rectory.

We also want people to realize we DO have a Pre-School/ Kindergarten class (ages 3-6) with an excellent teacher so please get the word out. Registration will be for the Pre-School/Kindergarten class, and grades 1 through 8.

Please call the rectory at 708-442-5611 and ask for Julie Paitl or Ann Weber.

Classes will begin Saturday, September 17 at 8 am.

Hope to see you there!!!

2016-2017 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION FORMS ^ BACK TO TOP
2016-2017 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR ^ BACK TO TOP

 

 


Please feel free to contact the rectory for any question you may have at 708-442-5611 and 708-442-5612
“Let us not grow weary of doing good.” (Galatians 6:9)

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