Hands-on program teaches catechesis from a young age

Hands-on program teaches catechesis from a young age.

The Diocese of Palm Beach is using a catechesis program formed by a Scripture scholar and a Montessori teacher that utilizMontessori’s methods to religious formation. #catechesis The United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The first official diocesan catechist training course in an innovative religious formation program for children beginning at age 3 started in January and concludes the week of July 9 at St. Jude Parish.

Ann Garrido, formation leader for this course, ““It’s never meant to be a children’s church,” said Garrido, speaking inside St. Jude’s atrium. “It’s never supposed to be a replacement for the church, but more like where we could prepare ourselves to more fully enter and be full participants in the church’s liturgy. Which means we need to understand and be able to read Scripture (with a catechist’s help), and we need to be able to understand the liturgy of the church and participate more fully, to be able to learn the names of things and what’s going on in the Mass. So, everything in here is either rooted in Scripture or in liturgy.”

Father Kevin Nelson, pastor of St. Jude in Tequesta, has seen the benefits of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, saying it “provides a tactile, concrete experience of elements of our faith,” he said. “Many children preparing for first Communion seemed to be missing basic experiences. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides such opportunities.”

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