At St Michael's in Grade 1 to Grade 5, we follow the program of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
For further information see the website: www.cgsusa.org
Steven Edwards, the Yourth Minister, is the Catechist for Grades 6 and 7. These years provide a bridging course between Grade 5 and Lifeteen.
LENTEN CATECHETICAL PROGRAM 2018.
During the next six weeks the children will experience the Lenten preparation. Throughout this time the colour purple which is symbolic of preparation , covers the altar, cruciﬁx and statues and Father vestments too are purple. It is signiﬁcant that Advent lasts for only four weeks before the celebration of Christmas. While this is a deeply meaningful time as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child, it is the longer period of preparation before the Easter Tridium, being Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, where we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, pivotal to our Faith. “Christ has died, Christ has risen”!
The presentations in the Atrium during Lent may include....
The Mystery of Life and Death.
The entry in Jerusalem.
The Last Supper and the origins of the Eucharistic.
The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Cruciﬁxion. ( older children)
SOME IDEAS FOR THE CHILDREN’S OBSERVANCE OF LENT.
PRAYER. Encouragement to pray each day as a family in thanksgiving for blessings.
FASTING. Discussing with your child to give up what treats they would usually buy with their pocket money, and helping them to make this sacriﬁce.
ALMSGIVING. Give that saved money to the poor. Envelopes will be provided.
PALM SUNDAY MASS: 25 MARCH 9am All children are invited to process into the church waving the palm branches which Father has blessed. This is symbolic of Jesus’s Messianic Entry Into Jerusalem and is the start of Holy Week.
HOLY THURSDAY MASS. 6pm. The celebration of the Last Supper in the upper room or Cenacle and when Father washes the feet of 12 Parishioners, symbolism of Jesus being the servant and washing the feet of the disciples.
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS. It is a tradition at St Michaels that the children hold the cross and parents and children read the meditations at this service. We ask those of you who would like to participate to please contact me.
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARISE.
PARENT AND CATECHIST MEETING.
THURSDAY 1st MARCH. 7.30pm to 9pm in the HALL. Father Harrie and the Catechists invite ALL parents to attend thIs important annual meeting where all matters pertaining to your child’s Catechism will be discussed both generally and then in groups with the relevant Catechist. This is an opportunity to meet other parents, ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of your child’s Catechetical experience in the Atrium.
Father will speak brieﬂy about the Child Safeguarding Policy which is implemented at St Michaels and with which all Catechists and assistants must have complied as is laid down by the Archdiocese.
FAMILY MASS TIMES. SUNDAYS AT 9am.
We invite all families to attend these special masses for the children.
Should you or your child want to participate in reading and taking up the offertory and the collection, please contact me.
13 MAY Mother’s Day.
3 JUNE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.
R 11 NOVEMBER.
BEHAVIOUR IN THE ATRIUM.
We have needed to remind the children that the Atrium is a quiet space where each child has the opportunity to wonder, explore and discover God. If a child does not respect this, his/her behavior affects the experience of others. If a Catechist has, repeatedly, to remind a child who is disturbing others of this, her parent will need to attend with the child until this behavior is corrected. We, as Catechists respect each child’s individuality and do our best to provide freedom for each to journey at their own pace, however this can only happen within a ﬁrm framework of discipline. Otherwise we are not positively serving the child’s development. We ask you as parents to understand and cooperate with us in the best interests of all the children.
You and your children are kept always in the prayers of the St Michaels community. May all families at this time of Lent, deepen their Faith and pass on the rich traditions of the Church to their children.
Please contact me should you have any suggestions, ideas, questions or concerns.
God’s Blessings, Joy
Group 4 Catechist
Sunday School takes place during the 9 am Mass: in the Gill Room for 2 to 4-year-olds and in the Kelly Room for 5 to 7-year-olds. Children from both classes return to Mass at the Offertory.
A twelve-month programme is followed, aimed at simplifying and teaching an understanding of Old and New Testament readings by way of prayer, Bible stories and a related activity. If you would like to assist, no special qualifications are necessary.