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“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”
Catechism facilitators support Father Harrie and the parents in bringing children to a real encounter with Christ through their faith formation. St Michaels offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Group St Michael, (1) Group St Gabriel (2) Group St Raphael (3) Group 4 (year of receiving the Sacraments) and Group 5.
There is a bridging program in grades 6 and 7 and Lifeteen in high school (see below). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is supported by the Archdiocese.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
“ Help me to fall in love with God”
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 a room prepared for them, the Atrium of St Michael, which contains simple yet beautiful materials which they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Catholic faith.
“It is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God”
The atrium is a place of prayer in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer. (Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, #3)
We believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.
“When something takes you where you do not know and yet, all along the way, God continues to provide, it is an adventure. And there is nothing more beautiful.”
Perhaps you have a calling to minister to our children either by becoming a catechist or assisting in some way? Let us know if you would like to offer either your time, talent or treasure.
Joy Carkeek on 083 675 8515 or email Joycarkeek@gmail.com
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