Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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School year 2022-23 CGS will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings as part of Family Faith for PreK – 5th Grade. There will also be a Level 1, (ages 3-Kindergarten) and a Level 2, (grades 1-3) and Level 3, (grades 4-6) sessions offered on Tuesday mornings and afternoons. (Level 3 requires previous Atrium experience)

Payment: Payment: Registration $120.00, (family maximum $300.00) due at the time of registration by check, cash, or automatic withdrawal.  Students will be placed as space permits.  Non-members of Epiphany Parish are welcome to join our programs but add $50.00 per family to offset costs.

Registration for 2022-2023 Faith Formation programing is now CLOSED. Please contact Suzanne at 763.862.4336 or EMAIL

Mandatory Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:00pm in the cafeteria.

Email Mary for more information EMAIL

 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program in which children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and Liturgy.

See below for great ideas and resources for Praying with Children

CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child to grow in that relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. This place is called an atrium and is prepared with materials specifically designed for the children to work with to draw them deeper into the essentials of our faith. At Epiphany CGS is offered to children age 3 – grade 5 on Wednesday evenings, Tuesday am and Tuesday pm, as well as children enrolled in Epiphany Preschool and Epiphany School.

Information You'll Need to Know

If you have heard of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you have probably heard the terms “atrium” and “prepared environment”. Here are explanations:
Why is it called “Atrium” anyway? The word “atrium” means “portico, or porch entrance to a large house.” The Atrium was a term given to this space by
Maria Montessori (Acclaimed educator). It was chosen because in the ancient church, the atrium was a gathering space between the Church Proper and the street. It was the place where the catechumens, those preparing for initiation to the Church, would receive instruction. The Atrium has a similar purpose for our children, as it is a place to help them enter into full, conscious and active participation in the liturgical and communal life of the
Church.

Why is it called “Atrium” anyway? When children experience The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd the children enter a specially prepared environment called the ATRIUM. The Atrium is not a classroom, but can be likened to a retreat house for children. The word “atrium” actually means “portico, or porch entrance to a large house.” The Atrium was a term given to this space by Maria Montessori. It was chosen because in the ancient church, the atrium was a gathering space between the Church Proper and the street. It was the place where the catechumens, those preparing for initiation to the Church, would receive instruction. The Atrium has a similar purpose for our children, as it is a place to help them enter into full, conscious and active participation in the liturgical and communal life of the Church.  We are busy making materials for our new Atriums or Atria.  If you would like to help us by sewing, painting or woodworking contact Mary Minor at mminor@epiphanymn.org

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

Click here to learn more about the CGS.

Please find your welcome letter and schedule for:

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CGSUSA was formed in 1984 in North America with its main aim being that of “involving adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood (contemplation and enjoyment of God) are predominant.” Other aims include building community among catechists in supporting their work with children in aiding the growth of the spirit of this method of catechesis, establishing rapport with the wider ecclesial community, and encouraging, documenting, and spreading the research related to the religious life of the child through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Click here to visit the National Association Website

A new formation course is starting in January, 2022, click on the location below for the registration form and more information.  Need more, contact Mary EMAIL

LEVEL 1 Epiphany, Coon Rapids
LEVEL 2 Epiphany, Coon Rapids

As parents, we find that we pray often and earnestly for our children. We ask God to keep them safe, to make them well, and to help us as we care for them. But there is another gift of prayer that comes to us: the gift of praying with our children. There is a big difference between the child’s prayer and that of the adult. It is precisely this difference that makes it such a privilege to pray with little children. They lead us to an enjoyment of God that we may have been missing. When allowed to pray naturally, their simple words come straight from the heart.

What is prayer? We have probably been told that prayer is talking to God. But talking is only one of the ways that young children communicate with God. They help us understand a broader and richer notion of prayer: to pray is to listen to God and to respond to God, to receive God’s gifts and to respond.

One way to respond is to pray as a family at Mass. Below are tabs with ideas and resources for praying with your children.  You can also go to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA website for more ideas.

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