March in the Level II Atrium

Parents of Level II Atrium students,

CGS LogoBy now, your student has probably brought home a wall hanging depicting the five Kingdom Parables they have studied. In our synopses and discussions of these parables, we discovered the qualities of beauty, growth, and transformation in God’s Kingdom. Ask them to tell you about the parables–I think they’ll be happy to share what they’ve pondered on in the atrium!

Following the liturgical calendar, we’ll be, of course, examining the Pascal narratives this month. The children listened carefully to the story of the Wolf and the Hireling on Sunday, and they had lots of opinions about the behavior of the hired hand. They drew conclusions beautifully about the Good Shepherd giving his life for the sheep; they talked about the wolf and the differences between Satan and evil. We were all saddened to discuss that we, as humans, have evil within us, and we talked about how to make that evil as small as we can.

They’ll revisit the Cenacle and hear about the Last Supper, and they’ll look at a map of Jerusalem and identify important places pertinent to Holy Week. The week after Easter Sunday, we’ll read the scriptures telling of the empty tomb, and remind ourselves that Easter is not just one Sunday, but seven!

Shelley Lowe

Charissa Christopher

Pentecost and Catechesis

Atrium 2014 001The Feast of Pentecost is Sunday, May 24th.  It’s one of seven Principle Feasts of the Church and it brings to a close the Great Fifty Days of Easter.  It’s a day when baptisms and confirmations are most appropriate.  This Jewish feast for centuries celebrated the Jew’s birth as God’s Chosen People and the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai. This ancient Feast reached it’s fruition when the Father, through the Son, poured the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles and through them on the Church in every age.

The gift of baptism gives a child a profound familiarity with the Holy Spirit.  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is “Christocentric” and “Trinitarian.”  It’s structured to open windows for children to encounter the work of the Spirit in their spiritual formation.  Children discover that their heavenly Father sends to them the gift of Christ’s presence.  The Father is always sending today “messengers” just as He did at the Annunciation.

Children connect to the Holy Spirit through the historical life of Jesus.  They see how the Spirit was with Jesus when He was born and was raised from the dead.  They discover the Spirit at work in the celebrations of the Church and learn to listen with their heart to the sacramental words and the liturgical actions.  This shows the children how the Holy Spirit worked in the person of Jesus Christ Himself and in His ministry and how the Spirit continues to work within the Church today and in their lives.