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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 Training (3-6 years) offered April 22-27 in Saskatoon

March 23 is the deadline to register for an April 22-27 training session for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:

A training session for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a program that recognizes and nurtures young children’s love for Jesus, will be offered  April 22-27, 2018 in Saskatoon.  This Level 1 Part A course covers all one needs to know to offer Year 1 of catechesis for 3-6 year olds. The program is open to anyone interested in nurturing the faith and spirituality of children! A minimum of 10 registrations are required by the March 23 deadline in order to proceed with the April 22-27 course, which will feature facilitators and leaders from Ontario. Financial assistance is available for those taking the training. Contact Cynthia Foster lcfoster [at] sasktel.net to register or for more information call (306) 955-4854 or visit the website at: https://saskcgs.carrd.co/ A free bonus Sacramental Preparation workshop for those taking the training will also be available Saturday, April 21.

Hands-on and grounded in a Montessori understanding of the developmental needs of children, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd recognizes the great spiritual capacity of even the youngest children to form a meaningful relationship with God, as well as to understand, participate and respond to scripture and liturgy, and express their deep faith.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd "atriums" -- the sacred space where children experience Bible stories and hands-on materials that bring alive the scriptures, prayer and liturgy -- have now been established by several local catechsits at St. Vincent Lerins Orthodox Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and St. Patrick Catholic Church in Saskatoon, as well as at Vonda, SK for the Trinity Catholic parishes. 

One focal point of the atrium is a model of the sheepfold, with figures of Christ the Good Shepherd and the sheep – which can be set up next to a model of an altar surrounded by the people of God – all used in presenting the Parable of the Good Shepherd and the meaning of the Eucharist. A variety of centres throughout the atrium permit children to become fully and prayerfully engaged in scripture and the liturgical year, through hands-on activity and reflective experience.

CGS materials are not purchased “ready made” but are prayerfully developed by the adult leaders, who themselves undertake a spiritual journey of deepening and expressing faith as part of preparing to offer the program. 

In CGS, the catechist is not considered a teacher – “remembering that the only teacher is Christ” ¬ but rather as one who journeys and celebrates with the children in respect and humility, grounded in the Word of God, the liturgical year, and the sacramental life of the Church.

Founded in Rome by scripture scholar Sofia Cavaletti with the help of Montessori collaborator Gianna Gobbi some 60 years ago, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was introduced to Canada by Patricia Coulter in the Archdiocese of Toronto in the 1980s. Gradually interest grew, with more people asking for the course in Canada, and in 2005 the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada was formed as a registered charitable organization (www.cgsac.ca).  The local website is at https://saskcgs.carrd.co/  

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact: Cynthia Foster at lcfoster [at] sasktel.net or for for more information call (306) 955-4854 before the March 23 registration deadline.

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