Catechesis of the Good Shepherd coming to Tasmania

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd coming to Tasmania
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The Archdiocese is seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to be involved in a unique catechetical program for children.  

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children aged 3-12, which was first developed in the 1950s in Rome based on the principles of educationalist Dr Maria Montessori. It has now spread to 23 countries across six continents.

Mount Nelson mother-of-six Julianna Smith said four of her children attended the program in several parishes across New South Wales before her family moved to Hobart.

“It’s the very practical hands-on teaching that makes it unique,” Mrs Smith said of the program.

“Little children at their size, they get to do things like place things on a little altar, touch it – that’s how they learn,” she said.

“It’s a nice way for children to develop a relationship with God in a unique way in addition to going to Mass.” 

Within a teaching space called an atrium, children are invited at their own level to discover ways to participate in the liturgy and the whole life of the Church, and to explore a relationship with God.

The Archdiocese of Hobart plans to bring Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to Tasmania, and is seeking the names of those interested in becoming catechists.

“The catechist’s role, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is to help nurture the child’s relationship with God,” said Dr Christine Wood, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Evangelisation and Catechesis.

Catechists can come from all walks of life.

“Anyone desiring to become a catechist should have a living Christian faith, as well as a heart for the child, which may be expressed simply as enjoying working with children, or having a desire to share their faith with children,” Dr Wood said.

Formation days for catechists in Level I (for children aged 3-6) are being planned for late 2020 or early 2021, and will involve seven days of formation divided over two long-weekends.

Those interested in becoming involved as a catechist can contact Dr Christine Wood on 6208 6236.