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32 POINTS OF REFLECTION

The Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

 

 

CATECHETICAL THEMES IN LEVEL I (AGES 3-6) CGS AND RELEVANT CHURCH DOCUMENTS – UPDATED Fall 2022

Themes in Level I CGS and Adult Formation, specific presentations and lectures, relevant scriptural and liturgical foundations and relevant ecclesial documents

 

 

CATECHETICAL THEMES IN LEVEL II (AGES 6-9) CGS AND RELEVANT CHURCH DOCUMENTS- UPDATED Fall 2022

Themes in Level II CGS Adult Formation, specific presentations and lectures, relevant scriptural and liturgical foundations and relevant ecclesial documents

 

 

CATECHETICAL THEMES IN LEVEL III (AGES 9-12) CGS AND RELEVANT CHURCH DOCUMENTS- UPDATED Fall 2022

Themes in Level III CGS Adult Formation, specific presentations and lectures, relevant scriptural and liturgical foundations and relevant ecclesial documents

 

 

HISTORY AND IMPACT OF CGS BY CAROLYN KOHLHAAS

Carolyn Kohlhaas insightful examination of the relationship between the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method and the content of the Christian message lifted up in these presentations.

 

 

THE FAITH FORMATION OF CHILDREN-ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS BY FR. CHRIS ARIDAS 

Published by the National Pastoral Life Center and used with permission, Father Chris Aridas examines our starting points for beginning the faith formation of
children.

 

 

THE CONTINUUM OF THE CATECHESIS BY SOFIA CAVALLETTI

From the Commemorative Journal Sofia Cavalletti 1917-2911

 

 

CGS AND CONFORMITY WITH THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Statement of CGSUSA on the Office for the Catechism of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) current Protocol for Assessing the Conformity of Catechetical Materials with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

 

STATEMENT ON IO SONO – NEW!

What is Io Sono il Buon Pastore (I Am the Good Shepherd Book Series)?

 

 

A LIVING SIGN OF COVENANT

 From the 2002 Journal by Bishop Frank Griswold

 

 

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Article on the foundations of CGS by Fr. Giancarlo Pani S.J. Fr. Giancarlo, Deputy Director of La Civiltà Cattolica

 

 

WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN TOGETHER

From the 2002 Journal by Tina Lillig

 

 

OFFERING THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD TO CHILDREN IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Theology of Worship paper by Carol Nyberg Caraviotis

 

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE SHEEPFOLD

Reflections from Christian Formation Director -Christ Episcopal Church,  Shaker Heights, Ohio

 

WHAT IS THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD?

Parish Welcome & Introduction – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC

 

 

THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND CHRISTOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BAPTISMAL FORMATIONNEW!

Article by Trinka Hamel, 2020

 

CGS IN ORTHODOX PARISHES NATIONWIDE

Listing of CGS Atria in Orthodox Parishes

 

 

ENDORSEMENT FROM HIS GRACE BISHOP JOSEPH, DIOCESES OF LOS ANGELES AND THE WEST

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

 

ENDORSEMENT FROM RT. REV. BISHOP DAVID MAHAFFEY, BISHOP OF SITKA AND ALASKA

Orthodox Diocese of Sitka and Alaska

 

ENDORSEMENT FROM FR. ANTHONY VRAME, DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR GOARCH

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

 

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD: AN APPROACH TO RELIGIOUS FORMATION FOR CHILDREN, INTEGRATING THE HEART, MIND, AND HEART

 Article by Dr. Mary Ford, professor at St Tikhon’s Seminary

 

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD – JOY BY NORA BONILLA

Nora Bonilla writes about the nature of the artwork of the child.

 

 

THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD: A WAY OF EXPERIENCING GOD

From Pastoral Liturgy magazine by Barbara Matera

 

 

ASSISTANTS IN THE ATRIUM: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Suggestions for assistants serving in the atrium by Karen Maxwell

 

 

CGSUSA STATEMENT ON RACISM

Statements from our Churches and a reading list for further reflection

 

 

RECOGNIZING THE GIFT: A PARISH GUIDE FOR WELCOMING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published by the Catechetical Office of the Archdioceses of New York

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS FOR SERVING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

List of resources for welcoming all children into the atrium.

 

 

BLOSSOMS OF JOY: THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN

From the 2016 Journal by Elizabeth Calanchini

 

 

BIG SOULS DISCOVERED IN SMALL BOYS

Fr. John Anthony of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal shares his experience of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Honduras.

 

 

CATECHETICAL LEADER MAGAZINE – VOL 25, NUM 5

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Where A Child Can Fall In Love with God.

 

 

OPEN LETTER FROM PARENTS OF TEENS

An Open Letter to parents of 3-6 year old children from the parent of teenage children.

 

 

ALL ABOUT THE ATRIUM – CGSUSA PARENT NEWSLETTER, SEPT 2015

An Introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the religious life of young children for parents.

 

 

CGS HIGHLIGHTED IN HARRISBURG DIOCESAN PAPER

Catechesis Program Shepherds Children in Drawing Closer to Jesus

 

 

STATUTES OF INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL

Governing Statutes of the International Council, the Consiglio

 

 

REPORT FROM THE 2017 MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL

Report by Karen Maxwell and Mary Mirrione from the 2017 Meeting of the International Council, the Consiglio

 

 

CGSUSA SUMMER BOOK CLUB GUIDE

A Guide for reading Religious Potential of the Child

 

 

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE – tHeART OF THE CHILD

From 2017 Journal by Mary Mirrione

 

 

FOR FREEDOM CHRIST HAS SET US FREE – NEW!

from The Catechetical Review, January 2023, by Mary Mirrione

 

 

INTRODUCING tHeART OF THE CHILD

Reflection by Patti Franz
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