Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of the young child. The catechesis is based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. The child has a deep need to experience and a special capacity to enjoy the presence of God. The goal of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is to nurture this relationship and to assist the child in falling in love with God.
Here is an example of what happens during this formation:
Reflections from the True Vine atrium at OLN (ages 6-9)
Psalm 23:4-6"Even though I walk through the darkest valley I fear no evil; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.”
Words of wisdom from our children: “With common sense you would be in danger, but with God you aren’t in danger at all.”
“A dark place is where you can’t see the light of Jesus.”
What does it mean to prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies? “They want the enemies to be good”
“Jesus brings peace to the world every day”
“We dwell in the house of the Lord when we are following him.”
How do you know Jesus is with you? “Because we have a heart.”
“The oil heals us” “The oil protects us”
“God is with us so we shouldn’t be afraid”
Level I: Ages 3-6 (Mustard Seed Atrium)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Level II: Ages 7-9 (True Vine Atrium)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Level III: Ages 9-12 (Golden Thread Atrium)
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Margo Vitello, Coordinator
Donna Keeley, Administrative Assistant