What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012  with one simple idea: focus one day on celebrating and encouraging people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  CGSUSA celebrates the great works of faith done collaboratively by children, parents, volunteers, catechists, formation leaders, and both ordained and lay faith leaders in parishes and communities throughout the year!

On December 3, please support the CGSUSA Annual Appeal with your Giving Tuesday contribution.

Dear Friends,

The introduction to CGS over 19 years ago, opened for me a new direction full of joy and wonder and called forth varied gifts already present in my life as well as a renewed desire to work again with the young child.

As I listened to the familiar scriptures proclaimed in the Formation Course and in the Atrium where I began to assist, I found myself saying “where have I been?” It was like hearing the Word for the first time. This joy of the gift of the pearl expands every day.

The merchant paid a price. What price would I be paying for such a wonderful gift? The old attitudes of telling children all that I know, of endless talking to the children in order to keep control, and of needing to please the children, all gave way to new, more respectful ways to be with children.

Slowly moving the merchant and his baskets of pearls captivates the children. What are they hearing? Two little girls, 3-5 were discussing who might the pearl be? One child said ‘Jesus is the pearl’, and the other child joyfully responded “I think I am the pearl. Jesus found me.”

Never tiring of atrium sessions with children, I find that l am listening ever more closely to God’s Word, listening ever more attentively to the child. How blessed I am to experience CGS as a precious pearl, one I continue to give everything for joyfully.

In Our Good Shepherd’s Love,
Barbara Bonella
Catechist, Level I and II, Saint Andrew School, Drexel Hill, PA
Formation Leader , Level I and Level II

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!

 Philippians 4:4

Rachel, Age 5
The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori School, Cincinnati, OH
Rachel depicts the Pearl Merchant gazing at his pearl, yet thinking of the Nativity.
She writes the meaning of her name “Little Lam(b)” instead of Rachel