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Welcome to Sunday School AND CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD!

Click here Sunday School Schedule 2016-2017

There is still time to register:

http://www.stjosephcommunity.org/faith_formation.aspx

Sunday School


Sunday School is available to children ages 3 (by September 1) through Kindergarten during the 8:30 am & 10:30 am Masses. Children in Sunday School use the curriculum Stories of God's Love series for 3-5 year olds and the Blest Are We series for Kindergarten. Each week there is a lesson, a special reading, a prayer table where time is spent in prayer, songs appropriate for the lesson, and a project that also goes with the lesson. There is also time for play and fun. Play dough, made by one of our wonderful parishioners, is available each Sunday and is a favorite - we have tools to work with so the children can create and design many things. There are also toys and stuffed animals to play with.

If you would like to enroll your child in Sunday School, we have on-line registration.If you have questions, or if we can help you in any way, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Patty Stibal at 651-423-4402 or Kathy Neary, our Sunday School Coordinator at kathy.neary@stjosephcommunity.org.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori type program that is designed to help children fall in love with the Good Shepherd. Children learn about the Mass, the vestments, the liturgy, and stories from the Bible. Many lessons include a diorama which the children can work with after they receive a presentation about it. The children meet in an atrium - a beautifully prepared room for them. See below for more information about "A Day At Catechesis".

Level I is for children age 3-Kindergarten
Level II is for 1st - 3rd graders (must have Level I or special permission to enroll)

For detailed information on this program, please visit cgsusa.org, the National Association.

If you would like to enroll your child in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we have on-line registration. If you have any questions, or if we can help you in any way, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Patty Stibal at 651-423-4402 or Kathy Neary, our Sunday School Coordinator at kathy.neary@stjosephcommunity.org.


A Day at Catechesis by Amy Whaley, An Assistant for the Program

When the children come to Catechesis they wait outside of the classroom.  When everyone has arrived they are “invited” into the Atrium.  They are reminded that the Atrium is a special place to be with Jesus and so we use our Atrium feet and voices.  We meet at the prayer corner to begin our morning.  There we talk about what presentations they will see, how their week went, and we pray.
 

Next the children move on to their independent work while others see a presentation of a Bible story or example from Mass.  Each presentation has beautiful materials for the children to use on their own to re-visit that story or lesson.  Through these presentations they are coming to see and know the wonder of our Good Shepherd, becoming familiar with what they see in Mass, and learning practical skills that they will carry with them for many years.  At the sound of the chime the children know that it is time to clean up and meet at the prayer corner to finish class.  We then review what they have learned and say a good-bye prayer.

 




 

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