Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

 

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is a particular approach to the religious formation of very young children, ages 3 to 6 years.  It is rooted in Scripture, the Liturgy, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.

 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is founded on the following principles:

 

  • God and the child are already in a relationship, which must be honored and served with respect and reverence.
  • The child is capable of grasping the greatest realities of faith.
  • Prayer, contemplation, and silence are natural components of the child’s religious life and must be honored.

Children gather in an “atrium”, a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful hand-made materials, which the children use.  Children listen to a lesson each time, but choose their own “work” and work independently with materials, reflecting on the life of Jesus and the parts of the Liturgy.  There are six areas in the Atrium:

 

  • Welcome Area – this is where children gather and greet each other before entering the Atrium.  They are taught how to walk (slowly and carefully) and talk (softly) in the Atrium before they enter. 
  • The Prayer Table Area – where the children and Catechist begin with an opening prayer and receive the presentation or lesson for the day.
  •  Practical Life Area – Pouring and cutting exercises prepare their little hands to do some of the work in the other areas.  This is also where the children find paper, scissors, colored pencils, and other things for expressing their reflections on the lessons or their relationship with God.
  • Historical Area – children learn about Jesus’ life.  There are maps of Israel and the work of the Infancy Narratives – Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation and Visit of the Magi.  In the last year they are presented the Last Supper and the Resurrection.  
  • Parable Area – the Parables of the Kingdom are the appropriate ones for the small child.  The Good Shepherd, the Mustard Seed, the Leaven, the Pearl of Great Value, the Buried Treasure, the Seed – all show the child that from something very small the Kingdom of God grows so big.
  • The Liturgy Area – a miniature altar that holds the articles of the mass is the focus of this area.  Children set the altar and learn the names of all that they touch as well as the gestures of the priest, the liturgical calendar and celebrations, and baptism.  

Parents support this important work by bringing their children to the Atrium regularly.  With each presentation, the children delve further and deeper into the faith as we go along.  Participation in the Catechesis will contribute to the spiritual growth of your entire family.

December 16, 2018


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 Weekly 

WORSHIP TIMES

Sundays

8:00 AM - Spoken Eucharist

Rite I

Sunday School starts in church

Atrium at 10 room 5

 

Nursery Care open

8a till 12 noon

 

10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist Rite II

 

Mondays

Morning Prayer in the Library

8:30 a.m.

Centering Prayer 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday

 Healing Prayers 11 AM

& Eucharist  at 11:30 AM

No service 12/26 


 Daily

5:30 PM - Evening Prayer

 

Memorial Garden Trinity 2


 

Monthly Eucharist Service

Bangladeshi Eucharist

January at 10:15 am

Trinity Lounge 

 

Celtic Monthly Service

with Potluck

January at 5 p.m.


Youth and Family Service

with Potluck

January 5-7 pm


Special Services/Events


December 16

Blue Christmas 




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Advent At Trinity

 

Weekly Program

starts 

November 20

till

December 18

6 pm Potluck 

7 pm Program

“ Embracing an Alternative 

Orthodoxy” Video and Book Study 

in 

Lounge

 

December 2 

9:10 am 

Advent Forum

&

4 pm

Lessons and Carols

 

Weekly Jessie Tree

 &

Lighting Advent Wreath 

 

Youth Group Weekly activities 

( + Advent Lessons Dec 2 & 16)

 

Join us in our Advent Journey 

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CHRISTMAS 2018

December 24

4 pm Pageant

9 pm Christ Mass

December 25

9:30 am Christmas Eucharist

December 30

One Service 9:30 am

Christmas Carol Singing

January 6 

8 am and 10:15

Epiphany


Trinity Office Hours

Monday and Thursday

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Tuesday and Wednesday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed on Fridays plus all holidays

including Dec. 24-26 and 31

Open 1/2 days all the other days 

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Community Events


December 15

Las Posadas at

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December 16

4 pm

Blue Christmas


 

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