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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting, revised

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting, revised

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By Tina Lillig

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What happens when a parish community chooses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for its youngest members?  What questions should be asked before that decision is made, and after?  What does an atrium look like?  What do you need?  How do you start?  And how did this type of catechesis ever get started in the first place?  This newly revised edition of Tina Lillig’s practical and enduring resource offers step-by-step information to address the questions of pastors, directors of religious education, parish staff members, parents, catechists, and anyone else interested in the great blessing that young children are to the parish community.

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