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Opening of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


After the 6 pm Mass at St Ignatius Church (SIC) on Friday 22 February 2019, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD blessed the new Atrium located on the second floor of the new extension building adjoining Costantini Community Centre. The blessing was held on this date to coincide with the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is parent-child faith formation programme for children taking place in the Atrium which is a sacred, hands-on space in which children, their parents and catechists can reflect, hear and celebrate the essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in sacred scripture and the liturgy.


Children have the opportunity to respond in their own way to the material presented, e.g. a parable; Bible enthronement; an explanation of the altar; grace & courtesy whilst at Atrium; significance of Jerusalem in salvation history. Originating in 1954, CGS was developed in Rome by Dr Sofia Cavalletti (a Biblical scholar trained in Catholic theology) and Montessori educator Gianna Gobbi. It adopts a Montessori-based approach to faith formation for children ages 3 to 12. The Montessori method of education – developed by Maria Montessori and used for more than 100 years in many parts of the world – is a child-focused educational approach based on scientific observations of children.


Sessions are held every Saturday from 9.30 am to 10.30 am. The first session starts on 23 February 2019. As of date, the eight students already enrolled will be taught by three trained catechists and six assistant catechists. According to CGS Coordinator Angeline Kam, her hope is for every child to be able to undergo this parent-child journey to develop a deep understanding of & love for our Catholic faith, that they grow up never to leave the Church, and turn to God always.


Also present at the opening were Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD, Br Joseph Lim CDD and Sr Maria Chan who is part of the Mandarin CGS which will commence in late June 2019. Churches with Atriums have given SIC the honour to host the Level 1 Part 1 CGS training programme to be held from 27 May to 1 June 2019, 9 am to 5 pm.


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