“Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

 

“If we want to assist the child in his or her religious experience, an important area which we must attend is that of prayer. Prayer is, first of all, listening to God. It is the particular key which opens up the mystery of God’s relationship with God’s creature; it is a key which belongs to God, but which God gives to all… Prayer is initiation to the mystery of God and is, itself, a mystery… our task is that of creating the conditions for silence and reverence which will help the child focus on and listen to God. We do this, first of all, by preparing an environment with a prayerful atmosphere.” Gianna Gobbi, Listening to God with Children, page 117-118

 

Jaclyn Ruli joins the podcast today to share with us her wisdom and practical tips for taking the experience of the atrium and applying it to our homes.  She speaks about how the encounters with God that we experience in the atrium are not limited to that space and the home is the perfect place to foster our relationship with God alongside the children in our lives.  She shares a lot of examples to help inspire us on our journey of building the domestic church.

 

Led by a desire to have a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage and family, Jaclyn earned a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.  Shortly after she was introduced to the work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by reading "The Child in the Church" and became a catechist in 2012.   Jaclyn is passionate about CGS and sharing the beauty and hope of the Church’s teachings on the family with love and the humility of a person who is still being converted.  She shares her domestic church with her husband and six children in Cibolo, Texas.

At CGSUSA, we believe the most valuable service that we can offer during this time is to help families pray with their children at home and so continue to  assist children and adults live a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God are celebrated. This page it to support children, parents and families at home and catechists in their communities and parishes and schools.  We are adding to it weekly (sometimes daily)! https://www.cgsusa.org/homepage/covid-19-response/

 

Jaclyn’s rosary books:

Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

https://store.usccb.org/catholic-household-blessings-and-prayers-p/5-645.htm.

 

Artwork: 

 'Madonna and Child with St John 6' by Raphael Painting

 

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September 2, 2020

Typology with Ann Garrido

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.” – Job 42:5

 

“Open your eyes; the mysteries hidden in the visible are revealed to you.” – Gregory of Nyssa

 

Sofia Cavalletti in History of the Kingdom of God: From Creation to Parousia states that “the typological method searches for the ‘imprint’ of one phase of sacred history upon another, keeping in mind the unity of the divine plan from creation to Parousia.”  So what is Typology and how can we utilize this method with children?  Ann Garrido joins us on the podcast again to dive into the depth and beauty that this ancient method provides. 

 

Ann Garrido is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and founding director of the school’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS).  She has served as a catechist with children ages 3-12 since 1996. Ann is also a formation leader with the U.S Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for twenty-one years and a member of the association’s formation committee.  She is the author of eight books, including Mustard Seed Preaching (LTP, 2003) and A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (LTP, 2017).

 

 

 Garrido, Ann. A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (Chicago: LTP, 2018)

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Garrido, Ann. Let's Talk about Truth (ND: Ave Maria Press, 2020)

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A link to the article “Typology in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” by Ann Garrido: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/resources/podcast/

 

Ann Garrido’s personal website: https://anngarrido.com/

 

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“You, yes you, O Lord, my God, have done many wondrous deeds!  And in your plans for us there is none to equal you. Should I wish to declare or tell them, too may are they to recount.” Psalm 40: 6

 

Claudia Margarita Schmitt joins us today to dive into Chapter 4 of The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey.  We discuss the child’s capacity for wonder and the parable method that Jesus’ uses and that we reflect to teach about the Kingdom of God.  This episode completes our four-part series on the first four chapters of The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey. We encourage everyone to continue to read this gem of a book.

 

Claudia Margarita Schmitt has lived in many different countries throughout her life but has discovered over time that her roots are first in her Roman Catholic faith and also in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Everywhere she goes she recognizes the same language being used to discover the mystery of God. As an international formation leader for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Claudia constantly has had this experience of finding her roots.  She has been a catechist for 33 years and a formation leader for 32.  She lived in Rome for 8 years studying and working with Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti and the children there. This time, she says, was very precious taught her many things but first of all, to be humble so that she could fall more deeply in love with Jesus through the child. 

 

We have more information about how you can join us on this book study and resources on how to do this study with a group on our website: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/religious-potential-of-the-child-third-edition/

 

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news.”  Isaiah 52:7

 

This episode continues our book study on The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey.  Lynne Worthington discusses with us some practical ways that adults and families can sit beside the child in their religious development. She lifts up the role of the environment, especially the home, as an aid to that spiritual growth. 

 

Lynne Worthington worked for 30 years as a catechist for children and adults at

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, NC. She also served as the

coordinator for CGS in Immaculata School and for the parish.

Since 1991 she has taken part in National Formation courses for the Catechesis

of the Good Shepherd, earning certificates as a catechist for all three levels, ages 3-12

years old. She has participated in numerous formation leadership workshops and is

recognized as a formation leader by the National Association of The Catechesis of the

Good Shepherd. She holds an MA degree in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of

Theology in St. Louis, MO.

Lynne now lives in Ball Ground, GA and volunteers in Atria in the Archdiocese of

Atlanta. She and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and two grandchildren.

 

Episode 3: The Environment and the Adult with Diana Olsen gives more information about the topics talked about in todays episode.  You can find that episode here: We have more information about how you can join us on this book study and resources on how to do this study with a group on our website: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/religious-potential-of-the-child-third-edition/

 

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Join us in two weeks to discuss Chapter 4: Sources of Nourishment.

 

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Chapter 2 – Helping the Child with Maggie Radzik

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:5

 

This episode continues our book study on The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey. In this episode Maggie Radzik shares with us the beauty and wisdom found in Chapter 2: Helping the Child.  We discuss the child from conception through 3 years old. We lifted up the spiritual capacities of this age child and the adult’s role in nurturing those capacities, and how this very young child, even though small, is having substantial growth both physically and spiritually.  How should the adults in the child’s life care for, respond to, and honor this growth?

 

Maggie has been a Montessori teacher and Head of School for over 25 years and a Level I formation leader for more than 10 years. She is currently the catechist in a Primary classroom at St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville MD and also works with catechists and homeschooling families in Ave Maria FL.

 

Join us in two weeks to discuss Chapter 3: Practical Suggestions

 

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Chapter 1: God and the Child Together– The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey with Marty O’Bryan

 

“God is love” 1 John 4:7

 

This episode begins our book study on The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey. In this episode Marty O’Bryan helps us dive into chapter 1: God and the Child Together.  We discuss the two vital needs of the child, protection and relationship, and how the Good Shepherd parable meets those needs perfectly for the young child. We also discuss how the youngest child has a deep capacity to live in relationship with God.

 

Marty O’Bryan began her formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with Sofia Cavalletti in 1983 and has been conducting adult formations at Levels I, II and III throughout the United States since 1991. A retired speech and language pathologist, Marty holds a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Currently, she works with children in Toddler, Level II and III atria in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

 

Join us in two weeks to discuss Chapter 2: Helping the Child

 

We have more information about how you can join us on this book study and resources on how to do this study with a group on our website: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/religious-potential-of-the-child-third-edition/

 

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“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward.”  Psalm 127:3

 

Do Children have something to teach US about God?  Can they draw US closer to the heart of God?  Pam Moore joins us on the podcast today to discuss her book, Taste and See- Savoring the Child’s Wisdom, and her years of observation of children.  She speaks about beautiful pieces of wisdom that children have shared with her over the years and how we can grow in the art of observation so that we don’t miss what they have to show us about God.

 

Pam is a retired catechist, formation leader, retreat leader, and author. However the essential tenets of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd continue to bring her joy and keep her grounded in the faithful love of our Good Shepherd. She obtained a Master’s in Theological Studies from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL where she was able to continue contemplating the mystery of the child through a broader examination of Scripture and liturgy. Today she is writing her blank page of history by making blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that makes blankets for children in hospitals, battered women shelters, the CASA program in the courts, and other agencies. She introduced Project Linus to her Level 3 children.

 

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Join us for the next four episodes of the podcast for a book study on the book The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey.  We will be diving into the first four chapters of this beautiful book.  We have more information about how you can join us on this book study and resources on how to do this study with a group on our website: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/religious-potential-of-the-child-third-edition/

 

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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:5 NAB

 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd exists to serve the religious potential of the child, even the youngest child.  In our episode today we explore who is the Infant-Toddler?  How can we serve them through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? How is the environment and the adult different for this aged child?  What content are we able to address to this aged child?  What mysteries about the Kingdom of God does the Infant-Toddler reveal to us? 

 

Elizabeth Calanchini joins us on the podcast today to ponder these questions and share her wisdom and experience with this aged child.

 

Elizabeth Calanchini is an AMI trained Montessori directress and guide for children ages 0-12. She is formed in 4 levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and has hosted/assisted/formed in formations of all levels on both coasts for several years.  Since 1991 she has worked in 3 different Catholic Montessori schools, most recently as both a Level 2 & 3 catechist and Director of Programs for 6 years.  In the last position she was able to continue working on toddler catechesis and was asked to offer the Toddler Breakout Sessions at the 2014 International Catechesis Celebration in Arizona. For several years she has offered 2 or 3 retreats a year to children preparing for sacraments and celebrating Lent ages 6-13. Elizabeth has consulted independently for a handful of Catholic Montessori Schools and parishes and has offered Montessori Theory and Practical Life to catechist groups.    

For several years she has been part of a team offering level 1 CGS formations for the Missionaries of Charity novices in San Francisco, CA.

 

If you would like to find formation for the Level T or Infant-Toddler atrium please go to: https://www.cgsusa.org/learn/find-a-course/?_sfm_course_level=Level%20T%20(ages%200-3)

 

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And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” ACTS 2:4

 

Fifty days after the feast of Easter, we celebrate Pentecost. This feast celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, the birth of our Church and the gifts that God gives us to transform our lives. As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost in this unique time let us ponder together the loving gifts presented to each of us during this feast and each day of our lives.  

 

Mary Mirrione joins us today to reflect on the scripture of Pentecost, how we celebrate this feast in the atrium with children, and how we can celebrate this feast now at home with the children in our lives.  

 

Mary Mirrione began working with CGS in 1992. She and a team of catechists and parents built atria at St Anne’s in Gilbert, Arizona for their 1800 children. She has been a formation leader since 1997 serving as such at home and abroad.  She also works with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity throughout the United States and around the world.  Mary served on the Board for CGSUSA and is a graduate of the first cohort at Aquinas Institute of Theology to receive a Masters in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She is a faculty member of Kino Catechetical Institute in the Diocese of Phoenix.  Since 2010, she serves as the National Director for the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

Information on Celebrating Pentecost as a Family- https://www.cgsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/PP-Pentecost-Celebration-FINAL.pdf

 

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“Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” – Luke 24:32

 

During the Easter season we often hear the story of Jesus with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus.  This is one of the resurrection narratives catechists read and discuss with children in the Levels II and III atria (6-11 year old).  This scripture offers many avenues to explore for both adults and children. Today Karen Maxwell joins us to ponder this narrative and how it parallels a catechist’s journey through formation in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

Karen became involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 1990 when her oldest daughter was four years old.   She was moved by the spiritual depth offered to the youngest children and found this approach to faith formation personally enriching as well.  She helped to begin all three levels of atria in the first church in Georgia to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  She also enjoys introducing adults to this method of catechesis as a CGS formation leader.   Karen joined the staff for the United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in 2004 as Director of Formation. Her work supports formation leaders and catechists through communications, conferences, ongoing formation and resources as well as in responding to a variety of inquiries and pastoral concerns about CGS. Karen is one of two US representatives to the International Council. She also was part of the first cohort to complete a Masters in Pastoral Studies in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Karen currently serves as a Level III catechist for a church in her area. Her children, now young adults, all were involved in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

 

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