Welcome to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

NEW 2020 Training Courses

Level II - Part: I & Part II (6-9 years old)
Venue: St Jude’s Pastoral Centre, Templeogue, Dublin
Formation Leader: Jo Culhane
Beginning January 2020 – Friday evening 7.00.- 9.30pm; Saturday 9.00am – 4.30 pm
Week-ends: January 24-25; February 28-29; March 27-28; April 24 – 25; May 29 -30; June 26-27; August 28-29; September 25-26;            October 30-31; November 27 -28.

Level III : Part I  (9-12 years old) – Formation Leader: Karen Maxwell USA
Venue: St Jude’s Pastoral Centre, Templeogue, Dublin 
Beginning July 2020 – 8 days
Dates: Monday 27th July – Saturday 1st August (Sunday 2nd August free day)
Continuing Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th August.

For registration to these trainings Contact: Jo Culhane
Phone Jo : 087 2662996 or email : joculhane@cgs.ie

Formation Courses attract various types of people interested in working with children in Catechesis. The courses attract parents, Religious , Priests and Teachers to this as well as lay people.

Welcome to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an approach to the religious formation of children both spiritually and educationally for ages 3-12.years. It is grounded in Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy of the Church and the spiritual and educational principles of Dr Maria Montessori, the great Italian educator. It respects the relationship between God and the child and nourishes that relationship. Using concrete materials (such as 3D figures for the Infancy Narratives) the children are introduced to a biblical text or a liturgical moment. The essential truths are given in the catechesis for young children and then revised and expanded upon with the older children. In serving the relationship between the children and God, the catechist’s attitude must be humble, respectful, and observant.

The catechist plans the curriculum to coincide with the Liturgical Year, prepares the materials, maintains the environment in which the children work, and prepares herself to be with the children by her prayer and meditation preceding a session. During a session she presents material and spends an appropriate amount of time helping the children to enter into their reflections on the presentation.