Resources for Parents
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 14
From the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2015:
"Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a precious resource for parents. "
- Archbishop J Miller, Vancouver
Archbishop Miller was a breakout speaker at the World Meeting of Families. The title of his presentation was "The School of the Heart: Parents as Primary Catechists". He offered ten ways parents can do just that. #3 was "Know your stuff" He talked about the CCC and mentioned online resources related to that. Then, as a complete aside, he gave that quote.
Each child is an important person to you as parents and to God. Parenting is a ministry, a service to life. You, as a parent, have the dignity of being the “original and irreplaceable” person in your child’s religious journey.
The family is the primary community in the faith journey of the child, it is the “domestic church,” because it is within the life of the family we find the first and privileged place of the Christian community lived. Here, you as parents are “the first heralds of the faith” Here “faith works through love” and a relationship with God can begin to be nurtured. You, as parents, have shared the gift of human life with your child, and through Baptism, have enriched your child with a share in God’s own life. Your faith, your attitude toward others, and your trust in a loving God strongly influences the development of your child’s faith. We offer these suggestions to help you nurture your child’s developing relationship with God.
An Open Letter to Parents of Young Children from a Parent of Teens
Praying with Your Child
“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
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 a child’s prayer and that of an 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 tTalking 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 respond, to receive God’s gifts and respond.
 The role of the Christian family in the modern world. No. 53
The Importance of the Environment
Every aspect of our lives requires an environment in which to live it. This is especially true for our religious life. As parents there are some basic ways you can help your child by preparing a place for prayer:
Prayer Cards for Parents
For Your Baby
How to Set Up a Prayer Table
The Art Shelf
Our mission is to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. With this in mind we offer these newsletters developed by CGS catechists to serve you and your child:
New! All About the Atrium - Infancy Narratives
New! All about the Atrium - The True Vine
All About the Atrium - The Paschal Mystery and the Child
All About the Atrium - Silence
All About the Atrium - The Messianic Prophecies
All About the Atrium - Who is the Child?
All About the Atrium - "Help me do it by myself!"
All About the Atrium - Baptism
All About the Atrium - The Gestures of the Mass
All About the Atrium - The Last Supper
All About the Atrium - The Parables
All About the Atrium - Christmas
All About the Atrium - Advent
CGSUSA Advent Song: "Light One Candle"
It's a CGS Summer - The Fourth Sunday of Easter - Good Shepherd Sunday
All About the Atrium - Celebrating the Liturgical Seasons at Home
All About the Atrium - What is the Atrium?
It's a CGS Summer - Practicle Life
It's a CGS Summer - The Precious Pearl
It's a CGS Summer - Pentecost
The Kingdom of God Song
What books can help me?
The following books can help nurture the religious life of your child and also yourself. When you purchase any books from CGSUSA, you’ll always receive a discounted price over other retailers. They are available through the Publications Store.
Books for your child…
The following books can help nurture the religious life of your child.
We would especially recommend the “Little Gospels,” which reflect the deep respect Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi had for the child, exemplified by the carefully translated selections of Scripture, the placement of only a few words on each page to facilitate the child’s contemplation and enjoyment of each part of the text, along with beautiful illustrations created by Gianna. Even the size of the “Little Gospels” honors children and the size of their hands.