The Atrium Formation Program reinforces the deep bond between God and the child which produces in the child the desire to draw nearer to God. In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd we provide a sacred space called an Atrium where children explore the wonder of God and develop a personal relationship with God.The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a process of Christian faith formation for children aged 3 to 12 years, where the children can form an authentic relationship with God that will last a lifetime.
The Catechesis is ground in scriptural, liturgical and prayerful study framed by Maria Montessori’s principles and philosophy of education. This process allows the children to hear the Gospel through the use of sensorial materials. The children are free to work with these materials that represent essential moments of the Christian message.
The Atrium Formation Program logo utilises the colour greenfrom our community logo representing the Good Shepherd. The overlay of the Good Shepherd also reminds us that children’s formation is guided by God in a personal and compassionate way.
Activities in our Atrium
The Epiclesis (Invocation of the Holy Spirit) is a very important part of the Mass. In this photo Bernadette is showing the children the gestures of the priest when praying the Eucharistic Prayer. It is important that the children understand what they see and hear at Mass. When we celebrate the Mass, priestly gestures are just as important as the words spoken by the priest.
Epiclesis – Invocation of the Holy Spirit
The Atrium – Our Sacred Space
At Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Atrium is where the children explore the wonder of God. We have a number of materials and object for the children to explore; the altar, the ambo and the tabernacle are a few things on display in the picture.
This image shows two of our children’s stations. The first station has a model of the sea of Galilea, which is of extreme importance in the New Testament. The second station has a candle, extinguisher and some other artifacts.
Formation Program Contact Information
Faith formation is an integral part of the life of a Christian. We are formed in the life and teachings of Jesus so that we may become more attentive to the needs of the world; going beyond ourselves and living the Gospel in our homes and communities. This formation takes many shapes throughout the seasons of our lives, and we as a community are committed to creating a sort of “training ground” so that we may be constantly sent out into the world, equipped and intentional in our love for others. Below you will find some information about formation at the Ipswich Catholic Community. For the most up to date information please check out our latest newsletter.
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
Sacraments of Initiation
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Christmas Nativity
The Empty Tomb
Hands of Love
Feet of Charity
Presentation of the Gifts
Where possible, leaders from The Atrium Formation Program will present a small reflection at the end of Mass on the 1st Sunday of the month. In addition, at St. Mary’s Church, leaders and members will be available to meet for 30 minutes after the 8:00am Sunday Mass for tea/coffee and a chat. Children can play in the school playground; members from The Hive will spend some time with the children as they play.
|1st Sunday Dates for 2017 (Check the weekly newsletter for confirmation of these dates)|