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"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 NAB How can a young child deeply encounter the love of God and respond to it? What does this look like? How can we as adults foster and facilitate children’s authentic and loving awareness of God? What are the needs and capacities for a healthy religious life that children show us for such relationship? The method of Christian Faith Formation called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been exploring these questions for over 65 years guided by the Bible, Liturgy, Montessori principles, and the careful observation of what resonates most deeply with children.Journey with us, every other Wednesday as we explore the spirituality of the child through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd and the Child CGSUSA

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"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 NAB How can a young child deeply encounter the love of God and respond to it? What does this look like? How can we as adults foster and facilitate children’s authentic and loving awareness of God? What are the needs and capacities for a healthy religious life that children show us for such relationship? The method of Christian Faith Formation called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been exploring these questions for over 65 years guided by the Bible, Liturgy, Montessori principles, and the careful observation of what resonates most deeply with children.Journey with us, every other Wednesday as we explore the spirituality of the child through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

    Prayer of Thanksgiving with Diane Olsen

    Prayer of Thanksgiving with Diane Olsen

    “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.” -Psalm 147:7 “Prayer is first of all, listening to God. It is the particular key which opens up the mystery of God’s relationship with God’s creature; it is a key which belongs to God but which God gives to all God’s creatures regardless of denomination, class, or race; it is a key which is indeed, all people pray in differing forms, according to the culture and religious expressions of their own countries. As Christians we pray through the mediation of Jesus Christ.  Our prayer is both a preparation and a vehicle for arriving at the greatest prayer of thanksgiving: the Eucharist.” Gianna Gobbi, Listening to God with Children In the atrium, everything we do is prayer: the work, the silence, the songs, the artwork, the freedom, and the discipline. The children’s prayer has special qualities to it that are wonderful models to us on how to pray. The three- to six-year-old child prays almost exclusively with praise and thanksgiving. What perfect examples they are to us, especially this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving in America, to open our eyes to the abundance of gifts and to truly be thankful, like the child is thankful.  Diane Olsen joins u on the podcast again to discuss how children pray, how we can foster their prayer, and how they are examples to us in how to pray.  Diane Olsen has been involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 1990. She has received all formation levels and was recognized as a formation leader in 2002. She is actively involved leading catechist formation around the country and was recognized She is co-director of CGS at Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa, Kansas. Diane has a philosophy and math degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies-Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. To listen to another episode with Diane Olsen: https://www.cgsusa.org/episode-3/ To purchase the book Listening to God with Children: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CatechesisGoodShepherd/default/item.php?ref=628.0.449472539 To purchase Advent items from our eStore: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CatechesisGoodShepherd/default/category.php?ref=628.0.447760526When you shop with us, you help further the work to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. We are committed to providing resources and services int the living out of our mission to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. Even while we see a decrease in income (loss of course registration fees, book sales, new memberships, and the sales of resources and materials from Shepherd’s Closet.) The Light of Our Good Shepherd sustains us in these times. May you feel inspired to help others to rejoice in His Sustaining Light please go to our website and donate at   https://www.cgsusa.org/donate/  Thank you.  Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep 

    • 40 min
    THeART of the Child with Mary Mirrione

    THeART of the Child with Mary Mirrione

    “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see…, for prophets and kings desired to see what you see…” Luke 10:23-24 The atrium is a place prepared for the religious life of children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.   The atrium is also a chamber of the heart.  We have found that the heart of the child id deep and open to the loving call of our Good Shepherd.  We know that when given time and the space of an environment prepared for their religious life, children are quite content to contemplate the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.  Like Mary, in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke, they keep all these things and ponder them in their hearts.  We have observed as well that children’s spirituality is often manifested in their artwork.  We pay special attention to this artwork of children because it can profoundly articulate their relationship with God.  Mary Mirrione returns to the podcast to dive into this mystery of the children’s artwork with us. Mary Mirrione began working with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1992. She and a team of catechists and parents-built atria at St Anne’s in Gilbert, Arizona for their 1800 children. She has been a formation leader since 1997 serving as such at home and abroad.  She also worked with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Honduras and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity throughout the States as well as in Manila, Philippines Western Europe and Kolkata, India.  Mary served on the Board of the National Association and is a member of first cohort at Aquinas Institute to receive a Masters in Pastoral Ministry in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She serves as a faculty member of Kino Catechetical Institute in the Diocese of Phoenix. She is a consultant for the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism.  Since 2010, she serves as the National Director for the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For more information on this approach to religious formation with children please go to www.cgsusa.org. Artistic Expression of Children in the Atrium by Tilde Cocchini - https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2001_Artisitc-Expression-of-the-Children-in-the-Atrium.pdf Inspiring Art Expression in the Atrium by Marty O’Bryan - https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017_Inspiring-Art-Expression-in-the-Atrium.pdf The HeART of the Child video: https://youtu.be/s8NkMfNt4TI The HeART of the Child Art Book - https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CatechesisGoodShepherd/default/item.php?ref=628.0.449746001 Do You See What I See? – article about The HeART of the Child exhibit- https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/HOC_Do-You-See-What-I-See.pdf We are committed to providing resources and services int the living out of our mission to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. Even while we see a decrease in income (loss of course registration fees, book sales, new memberships, and the sales of resources and materials from Shepherd’s Closet.) The Light of Our Good Shepherd sustains us in these times. May you feel inspired to help others to rejoice in His Sustaining Light please go to our website and donate at   https://www.cgsusa.org/donate/  Thank you.  Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep

    • 43 min
    Missionary Moments with Celine Mitchell

    Missionary Moments with Celine Mitchell

    “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3 One of the core characteristics of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is that it “can be realized in any social or cultural setting.” (32 Points of Reflection of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd). Celine Mitchell shares with us how she witnessed the universality of this work as she traveled to different countries bringing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to all, including the Missionaries of Charity. Although Celine recently retired as Director of CGS at her parish, she continues to be involved as catechist at St. Ambrose Academy where she also is a primary Montessori teacher. Celine is a recognized  formation leader in Levels I and II. She assisted numerous parishes in starting CGS in western Pennsylvania and internationally and in her "retirement" continues to do consulting for those wanting to begin Catholic Montessori. She has led formation courses in Poland and for the Missionaries of Charity in Latvia, Brazil, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and San Francisco. Celine and her husband Bob (also a CGS catechist) have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren and live at Good Shepherd House of Prayer.   The Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: The 32 Points of Reflection: https://www.cgsusa.org/the-32-points-of-reflection/ Please consider taking a few minutes to fill out our survey about this podcast! If you fill out all the information in the survey between Sept 30 – October 31, 2020 there is also a chance to win the book Look at the Light! http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ehbfwip6kfcsqsxq/start We are committed to providing resources and services in living out our mission to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. Even while we see a decrease in income (loss of courseregistration fees, book sales, new memberships, and the sales of resources and materials from Shepherd’s Closet.) The Light of Our Good Shepherd sustains us in these times. May you feel inspired to help others to rejoice in His Sustaining Light, please go to our website and donate at https://www.cgsusa.org/donate/  Thank you.Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the GoodShepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep

    • 37 min
    Look at the Light with Micaela Tudela

    Look at the Light with Micaela Tudela

    “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” John 12:24 Why is this happening? How long will it last? What will life be like from now on? What can we do?The world is facing unprecedented loss, grief, pain, and anxiety during this time of COVID-19. The losses and the grief we share come in many forms: the deaths of families and friends, of work, health, and celebrating or worshipping in community. We seek comfort and meaning from our grief. During times of suffering, loss, and grief, each of us needs companions who console and strengthen us. As Christians, we also need to understand our experience in light of our faith. At such times, Sofia Cavalletti offered her friend Patricia Coulter such guidance and encouragement. We will all benefit from reading the excerpts from her letter to Coulter, as well as meditating on the questions and carefully selected texts from Scripture and liturgy that Coulter provides. Many people are familiar with Sofa Cavalletti's writings on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. These books help to form catechists and give the theological and pedagogical underpinnings for that approach to the spiritual formation of children. In this book we have a rare glimpse into her personal life and her deep care for her friends, in this case, her student and friend Patricia Coulter. Her words remind us that for Christians death does not have the last word. Having faced and moved through the suffering in all these forms of darkness, Sofia offers hope and consolation with eyes of faith that look at and move toward the Light. We are challenged to “Look at the Light” when darkness of any kind seems to surround us. Michaela Tudela joins us today to reflect on this inspiring and essential book about loss and love. Michaela Tudela is an editor at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP.org), an agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago. She has helped produce prayer resources for children and their families, including Children’s Daily Prayer, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Celebrating Sundays for Catholic Families. For the past two years, she has served as the publishing liaison between LTP and The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Michaela holds a BA in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago and has served as a grade 1 catechist. To purchase the book, Look at the Light: Words on Loss and Love from Sofia Cavalletti: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CatechesisGoodShepherd/default/item.php?ref=628.0.596006323 Please consider taking a few minutes to fill out our survey about this podcast! If you fill out all the information in the survey between Sept 30 – October 31, 2020 there is also a chance to win the book Look at the Light! http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ehbfwip6kfcsqsxq/start Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep  

    • 31 min
    CGS and Children of All Abilities with Trinka Hamel

    CGS and Children of All Abilities with Trinka Hamel

    “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” Psalm 140 13-14 Maria Montessori began her journey with children of “different ability” so it is fitting that our work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which follows her educational model, would be inclusive of children of all abilities as well.  If we truly believe, as our work in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd tells us, that we are “led by the child” then we will meet each child in the atrium wherever they are on their faith journey. Once a child with disabilities is accepted into an atrium, many practical tasks remain such as assessing the child’s abilities, identifying a catechist, and determining which materials are appropriate.  Trinka Hamel joins The Good Shepherd and the Child Podcast today to share her experience with experimental work with children and young people of different abilities using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model.  She has years of experience both professionally and in the atrium to share with us.  Trinka considers the young children she came to know in her first years as a special education specialist in Chicago to be among her greatest mentors and teachers.  Like all children, they were drawn to beauty, joy, relationship and kindness.  When Trinka was introduced to CGS in 2004 it was like coming home to a place she’d never been.  She has been a catechist since 2008, helped to develop all levels of atria at a local parish in Tacoma, WA, and recently became a Level I formation leader.  Trinka completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2017, and continues to support the CGS communities in her region as a member of the Sheepfold Consortium for CGS sustainability in the Pacific Northwest.     Please consider taking a few minutes to fill out our survey about this podcast! If you fill out all the information in the survey between Sept 30 – October 31, 2020 there is also a chance to win the book Look at the Light! http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ehbfwip6kfcsqsxq/start  Resources for further growth: https://www.cgsusa.org/discover/children-with-disabilities/ https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Recognizing-the-Gift.pdf https://ncpd.org/ For a deeper dive into the theology of disability, here's an overview from Deborah Creamer, "Theological Accessibility: The Contribution of Disability":  https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/812/987  Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep  

    • 41 min
    Living the Domestic Church with Jaclyn Ruli

    Living the Domestic Church with Jaclyn Ruli

    “Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “If we want to assist the child in his or her religious experience, an important area which we must attend is that of prayer. Prayer is, first of all, listening to God. It is the particular key which opens up the mystery of God’s relationship with God’s creature; it is a key which belongs to God, but which God gives to all… Prayer is initiation to the mystery of God and is, itself, a mystery… our task is that of creating the conditions for silence and reverence which will help the child focus on and listen to God. We do this, first of all, by preparing an environment with a prayerful atmosphere.” Gianna Gobbi, Listening to God with Children, page 117-118 Jaclyn Ruli joins the podcast today to share with us her wisdom and practical tips for taking the experience of the atrium and applying it to our homes.  She speaks about how the encounters with God that we experience in the atrium are not limited to that space and the home is the perfect place to foster our relationship with God alongside the children in our lives.  She shares a lot of examples to help inspire us on our journey of building the domestic church. Led by a desire to have a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage and family, Jaclyn earned a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.  Shortly after she was introduced to the work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by reading "The Child in the Church" and became a catechist in 2012.   Jaclyn is passionate about CGS and sharing the beauty and hope of the Church’s teachings on the family with love and the humility of a person who is still being converted.  She shares her domestic church with her husband and six children in Cibolo, Texas.At CGSUSA, we believe the most valuable service that we can offer during this time is to help families pray with their children at home and so continue to  assist children and adults live a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God are celebrated. This page it to support children, parents and families at home and catechists in their communities and parishes and schools.  We are adding to it weekly (sometimes daily)! https://www.cgsusa.org/homepage/covid-19-response/ Jaclyn’s rosary books:An Illustrated Rosary: - http://www.marybillingsley.com/rosary-book.htmIllustrated Rosary: - https://illustratedprayer.com/shop/books/illustrated-rosary/illustrated-rosary-the-complete-set/Mary talks to me about the Rosary: - https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Rosary-Mary-Angela-Burrin/dp/1593252064Joyful Mystery Rosary Book:  https://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Book-Joyful-Mysteries-Patmos/dp/0974174823(this one is out of print but it's the one I used w/ the roses)Catholic Household Blessings and Prayershttps://store.usccb.org/catholic-household-blessings-and-prayers-p/5-645.htm. Artwork:  'Madonna and Child with St John 6' by Raphael Painting Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org Follow us on Social Media-Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”Instagram-  cgsusaTwitter- @cgsusaPinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USAYouTube- oneofhisheep

    • 52 min

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CassanU124 ,

So helpful!

I’m a brand brand new catechist and this is so helpful as I dive into life in the atrium! These episodes have helped me let go of perfection and pray through my time in the atrium.

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