Growing in Faith, Together with the “Good Shepherd”

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Staff Faith Development Program

On October 23rd, the staff of SCCS visited the Atrium at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where the catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered. Maureen, the parish catechetical coordinator, gently led the 25 adult educators through the parable of the Good Shepherd, using  little figurines, and biblical readings in the style used with children between the ages of 3-6. Then the group was invited to explore the centers available throughout the atrium, including a diorama of the Sea of Galilee, a little prayer corner, and a child-sized altar, complete with vessels and vestments.

This catechesis style was developed by Sofia Cavalletti and her Montessori collaborator, Gianna Gobbi, in Rome in the 1950’s. It has been offered in various parishes in both the Winnipeg and St. Boniface Archdiocese.

Every year, the staff at SCCS take the time to develop their own faith. This year the focus by staff is the development of personal prayer lives. At the induction ceremony at the first school Mass, each staff member received a copy of “With Open Hands” by Henri Nouwen. This little pocket primer begins with the story of a woman learning to shift from living with clenched fists to living with open hands – a concept on which the staff will be reflecting throughout 2014-2015.

Throughout the year, the staff will be visiting various locations within the Archdiocese and experiencing the different prayers styles offered within the charisms of the religious institutions.