Materials Manuals Subscription
What Makes the CGS Materials So Important?
The materials in the atrium are:
“...indications of the hidden reality of God. They are concrete helps to know
the language, times and places of the mystery of God. The child will make
the mystery his own, according to his own nature, his own capacities
and his own personal rhythm of learning.
With due respect for the differences, we can say that the materials do what liturgy does. Our relationship with God is established through sensible objects, respecting a fundamental human exigency.”
Torrean Mexico, 1998
Where Can We Get CGS Materials for our Atrium?
Gianna went on to say:
“It is important that, as much as possible, the catechist makes his or her own catechetical materials.
Making the materials by hand is an essential way of entering more deeply into the theme we will present to the children. It helps us to slow down and to pace ourselves more to the rhythm of the child, as well as to be more attentive to the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, material-making is an invaluable opportunity for us as adults to experience the integration of hand, mind and heart.”
I Don't Know How to Make Materials Like This! What Can I Do?
In respect for the dignity of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd materials that have been developed over fifty years of working with the child, the National Association recognizes the importance of providing catechists with excellent, up-to-date directions as they prepare their hearts and the atrium environment for the child.
CGSUSA now offers online subscriptions to the new Level I and Level II Materials Manuals to our members!
Level III Materials Manual is available on a CD through the CGSUSA Publications Catolog and will be online to our members in Fall, 2013
The online Materials Manuals offer:
- Color photos
- Directions, with downloadable PDF's for making dioramas, card materials, two-dimensional flat figures, prayer cards and much, much more.
- How-to help links - such as, using tools, making sculpey figurines, packet making
- Episcopal Adaptations
- E-mail alerts to subscribers with up-dates and changes
- Directions for liturgical changes from the Roman Missal, Third Edition implementation
- FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions - Flame or dove? Do parable figures have faces?
Level I and Level II Materials Manuals are now being offered as a Three-Year Online Subscription, in the Members Only section of www.cgsusa.org to catechists who:
- embrace the importance of preparing the materials as much as possible themselves and in keeping with the Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd developed by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi and the International Council (Consiglio)
- are in the process of Formation or have completed their Formation at the particular Level ther are requesting, and
- are members of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (see Become a Member)
The Level I Materials Manual is now available on our website. Subscriptions are available to members who are in a Level I Formation course, or who have already completed a Level I Formation course. CGSUSA membership must be maintained to access the subscription.
The Level II Materials Manual is also available on our website. Subscriptions will be available to members who are in a Level II Formation course, or who have already completed a Level II Formation course.
The Level III Materials Manual is currently available on CD through the CGSUSA Publication Catalog
. This manual will be converted to an online Materials Manual by Fall of 2013. The Level III CD is available to members who are in a Level III Formation course or who have already completed Level III Formation.
Members who meet the criteria outlined above will be eligible to subscribe to any one, two or three manuals. A Three-Year Subscription for one manual is $30; any two manuals is $50; and all three manuals is $70. On-going membership in CGSUSA is required.