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100 Days of Joy

We are grateful to all those who shared memories of Gianna, along with those who have shared with us how her writing, her art and her work has impacted our role as catechists.  In 2019 we honor Gianna Gobbi on the occasion of her centenary.  Gianna’s  was born in  on December 15, 1919. 

Gianna began her studies as a Montessorian when she was twenty years old. Her work with the child brought her to the door of Sofia Cavalletti. Together they began to work with children in 1954 in the area of children’s religious formation.

Her experiences and insights are documented through her book Listening to God With Children, as well as in numerous articles which may be found in the annual Journal of the United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Numerous other writings of Gianna are available in Italian and Spanish.

December 15, 2019 is the centenary of Gianna Gobbi’s birth and to remember and celebrate her joy, the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is inviting all involved in the work with children to share their stories of joy for 100 days.

Week One Theme: The Environment
Week One Theme: The Environment
September 7 – 14, 2019

Day 100 – Our Celebration Begins

Day 99 – From Gianna

Day 98 – Pearl from a Child (Rachel, little lam)

Day 97 – From a Catechist (Sandra, a Rome catechist)

Day 96 – From our Sources

Day 95 – Memory from Carol Cannon Dittberner

Day 94 – From Sofia

Day 93 – Gianna’s Favorite Song

Week Two Theme: The Adult
Week Two Theme: The Adult
September 15 – 21, 2019

Day 92 – From Gianna

Day 91– Pearl from a Child (Meghan ponders the Kingdom of God and the Precious Pearl)

Day 90 – From a Catechist (Barbara Matera, Chair, Board of Trustees)

Day 89 – From our Sources

Day 88 – Memory from Grazia Honneger Fresco

Day 87 – From Sofia

Day 86 – Sofia shares the story of how she and Gianna met

Week Three Theme: The Material
Week Three Theme: The Material 
September 22 – 28, 2019

Day 85 – From Gianna

Day 84 – Pearl from a Child (Matthew, Age Nine, Atrium of the Little Flower, Gilbert, Arizona)

Day 83– From a Catechist (from board member Patti Franz)

Day 82 – From our Sources

Day 81 – Memory from Patricia Stenton

Day 80 – From Sofia

Day 79 – From the O’Bryan Archives

Week Four Theme: Essentiality in The Three Period Lesson
Week Four Theme: Essentiality in the Three Period Lesson
September 29 – October 5, 2019

Day 78 – From Gianna

Day 77– Pearl from a Child (from Judah)

Day 76 – From a Catechist (from catechist, Mary Heinrich)

Day 75 – From our Sources (Gianna’s letter to Maria Christlieb)

Day 74 – Memory from Patricia Coulter

Day 73 – From Sofia

Day 72 – From the catechist Maria Christlieb

Week Five Theme: The Catechetical Center
Week Five Theme: The Catechetical Center
October 6 – 12, 2019

Day 71 – From Gianna

Day 70– Pearl from a Child (a song, from Julia, age eleven)

Day 69 – From a Catechist (from catechist, Lynn Worthington)

Day 68 – From our Sources

Day 67– Memory from Claudio

Day 66 – From Sofia

Day 65 – Video from Sofia Cavalletti

Week Six Theme: Welcoming the Children
Week Six Theme: Welcoming the Children
October 13 – 19, 2019

Day 64 – From Gianna

Day 63– Pearl from a Child (Corinne, Good Shepherd)

Day 62 – From a Catechist (from catechist, Gianna Gobbi)

Day 61 – From our Sources

Day 60– Memory from Anna Mae Guida

Day 59 – From Sofia

Day 58 – Video that shares responses of the children about being welcomed to the atrium

Week Seven Theme: Introducing the Mass
Week Seven Theme: Introducing the Mass
October 20-26, 2019

Day 57 – From Gianna

Day 56– Pearl from a Child

Day 55 – From a Catechist (from catechist, Clare Heinrich)

Day 54 – From our Sources

Day 53– Memory from Anna Mae Guida

Day 52 – From Sofia

Day 51 – Video from Sofia on Eucharistic Presence

Week Eight Theme: Two Lines of Education

Week Eight Theme: Two Lines of Education
October 27-November 2, 2019

Day 50 – From Gianna

Day 49– Pearl from a Child (Selah, age six, Atrium of the Two Hearts, Prescott, AZ)

Day 48 – From a Catechist (from catechist Lynn Worthington)

Day 47 – From our Sources

Day 46– Memory from Tina Lillig

Day 45– From Sofia

Day 44 – Video from Rebekah Rojcewicz

Week Nine Theme: Development and Education
Week Nine Theme: Development and Education
November 3-9, 2019

Day 43 – From Gianna

Day 42 – Pearl from a Child (Luke, Age 11, St Francis Cabrini Catholic Church Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Day 41 – From a Catechist (from catechist Jo Ann Padgett)

Day 40 – From our Sources, a letter from Gianna from the 2019 Journal of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Day 39 – Memory from Nicoletta, an ex-bambini from the Rome Atrium

Day 38 – From Sofia on the nature of wonder

Day 37 – Video from Betty Hissong

Week Ten Theme: The Sensitive Periods
Week Ten Theme: The Sensitive Periods
November 10-16, 2019

Day 36 – From Gianna

Day 35 – Pearl from a Child (Gina, Age 6, Good Shepherd Atrium St Aloysius Church Creston, PA)

Day 34 – From a Catechist (from catechist Claudia Margarita Schmitt)

Day 33 – From our Sources, Listening to God with Children

Day 32 – Memory From Anna Mae Guida

Day 31 – From Sofia on the Good Shepherd

Day 30 – From Sofia on the joy and seriousness of the child

Week Eleven Theme: Freedom, Independence and Discipline
Week Eleven Theme: Freedom, Independence and Discipline
November 17-23, 2019

Day 29 – From Gianna

Day 28 – Pearl from a Child

Day 27– From a Catechist

Day 26 – From our Sources

Day 25– Memory From

Day 24 – From Sofia

Day 23 – Video

Week Twelve Theme: The Significance of Work
Week Twelve Theme: The Significance of Work
November 24-30, 2019

Day 22 – From Gianna

Day 21 – Pearl from a Child

Day 20– From a Catechist

Day 19 – From our Sources

Day 18– Memory From

Day 17 – From Sofia

Day 16 – Video

Week Thirteen Theme: The Child's Work and Cosmic Work
Week Thirteen Theme: The Child’s Work and Cosmic Work
December 1-7, 2019

Day 15 – From Gianna

Day 14 – Pearl from a Child

Day 13– From a Catechist

Day 12 – From our Sources

Day 11– Memory From

Day 10 – From Sofia

Day 9 – Video

Week Fourteen Theme: Helping the Child to Pray
Week Fourteen Theme: Helping the Child to Pray
December 8-14, 2019

Day 8 – From Gianna

Day 7 – Pearl from a Child

Day 6– From a Catechist

Day 5 – From our Sources

Day 4- Memory From

Day 3 – From Sofia

Day 2 – Video

Week Fifteen Theme: Celebrate Gianna!
Week Fifteen Theme: Celebrate Gianna!
December 15, 2019

Day 1 – Celebrating Gianna!

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