Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
NO Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. returning Sept. 4
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
During the Easter Season we celebrated Christ’s Resurrection with meditating on the Empty Tomb, the Liturgy of the Light and Baptism. Baptism is a favorite work of the children. The Paschal candle is lit and we remember Christ’s victory over death and His light conquers the darkness. A Baptism candle is lit, the white garment shown and the water of Baptism is presented. When asked why the Priest says I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a Kindergarten child remarked, “That is the prayer of heaven.” Next year we will introduce the oils used at Baptism. You may want to show your child any mementos from their Baptism.
We conclude our year in the Atrium with a celebration of Pentecost. We know about Pentecost through:
The Liturgical Colors
The children are introduced to the colors of the Church year. They come to know the color red as a color of great love and the color of the Holy Spirit.
The Liturgical Calendar
The older children discover the great feasts of the Church Year, those being Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. What do each of these feasts tells us about Jesus?
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program in which children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and Liturgy.
CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child to grow in that relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. This place is called an atrium and is prepared with materials specifically designed for the children to work with to draw them deeper into the essentials of our faith. CGS atrium will be offered for children ages 3 to6 years old on Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m. beginning in the fall. Parents are also encouraged to stay during the session time for a small group ministry opportunity. Children must be potty trained and independent in the bathroom.
The Pentecost Celebration
All the children celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Pentecost Celebration. The gifts are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord. They come from Isaiah 11:2-3a. We also read from Acts 2:1-8 and meditated on that first Pentecost. Your child received a red candle and a card with the gift they chose and an explanation of the gift. Pentecost is also the birthday of the church. This year Pentecost was May 20. God Bless you and your family!
It has been our pleasure working with your children this year,
Mary Minor, Coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.
Click here to learn more about the CGS.
CGSUSA was formed in 1984 in North America with its main aim being that of “involving adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood (contemplation and enjoyment of God) are predominant.” Other aims include building community among catechists in supporting their work with children in aiding the growth of the spirit of this method of catechesis, establishing rapport with the wider ecclesial community, and encouraging, documenting, and spreading the research related to the religious life of the child through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
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School year 2018-2019 CGS will meet weekly on Wednesdays as part of Family Faith for Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade children. There will also be a Level 1, (ages 3-Kindergarten) and a Level 2, (grades 1-3) offered on Tuesday mornings. Once your registration has been accepted, an intake form will be emailed to you to fill out for your pre-school and elementary age children. During the Tuesday morning session there is opportunity for small group studies.
Payment: Registration received by June 22 will be $75.00 per program, (family maximum $225.00) due at the time of registration by check, cash, or automatic withdrawal. After June 22 registration will be $100.00 per program (family maximum of $300.00). Students will be placed as space permits. Non-members of Epiphany Parish are welcome to join our programs but add $50.00 per family to offset costs.
Click here to access the registration process by selecting the 2017-2018 Faith Formation Registration. Please contact Mary Minor for all questions, 763.862.4348 or email@example.com.