2 Apr 2019 | Posted by: chadmin
Sr. Mary Rose Bingham, OP, from the Nashville, Dominicans will return to St. Philomena Parish in June 2019 to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training for parents, teachers and catechists. The training will be offered for both level I and level II. The training sessions have a part A and part B for both level I and level II, the hope is to offer the part B training in the future. The level I training is for those working with children ages 3-6 years of age and level II is training for those working with children 6-9 years of age. The training is open to non-St. Philomena Parishioners and often draws a diverse crowd allowing for a fruitful collaboration with other programs.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was initiated in our parish in 2014 and has fostered a deepened relationship with God for our children, catechists, parents and teachers. We have a level I and level II Atrium (prepared religious environment) that serves 305 children every week in the range of three-years-old through fourth grade. The students are from our parish, Sunday faith formation program and school. Our students spend 60 to 90 minutes a week in the Atrium to deepen their loving relationship with God through a contemplative time of prayer, study and acts of charity.
In addition, many parishes and Catholic schools throughout our Diocese have come to observe in our Atrium to plant the seed in beginning the program in their community. Our program has been featured in the Annual Diocesan Appeal video, Catholic Post, and at the Diocesan Summer Institute. This exposure to the program has created the interest and need for training for catechists, parents and teachers. We are blessed and excited to host this upcoming training.
Over the past three years, we have hosted six training sessions of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at our parish. We have served 164 catechists, parents and teachers from twelve parishes. They have gone on to initiate this program for the first time in their communities or have assisted their current programs to thrive. We have discovered this curriculum to not only be a valuable addition to our own faith formation curriculum, but it has also strengthened collaborative efforts among parishes and schools across the Diocese.
If you would like further information for yourself or to share with others about this program and training please contact us or follow the links above.
Jenny Witt, Director of Evangelization