Training happening elsewhere in New Zealand

When Rosemary first attended CGS training in Dunedin it was really hard to find training in New Zealand. Then we brought it to Hamilton and it got a little easier. And now it’s very exciting to see that there are several options available this year (some totally unrelated to us).

If you are interested in the spiritual welfare of children (as we all should be!), do prayerfully discern whether one of the following options is doable for you.

Dunedin: 29th June to Monday 3rd July 2017. (NB This is Level II, so only available to those who have done Level I already.) (Ask us for contact info for this one.)
Tauranga – Level I Part I (3-6 year) – Tuesday 4th July to Saturday 8th July 2017. Contact Anne Muir (Guthrie) for more info (0277844575 or guthrieam@gmail.com).
***AMAZINGLY this being fully funded by the parish, so a perfect opportunity to get some CGS training for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.***
Auckland Level I Part II – Monday 10th to Friday 14th July (at Catholic Discipleship College) – accommodation available on site – contact Cheryl Surrey for more info (0220844165 or mrandmrscsurrey@gmail.com).
Sign up form here.
These trainings will all be facilitated by Carol Roth (who has been coming to Hamilton). The Auckland one is also likely to have a Kiwi helping, who is planning on becoming a trainer once she has completed Level III – very exciting, but nothing is official yet, so please pray – it would be a great boon to CGS in New Zealand!
Christchurch – Level 1 Pt 1 Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st April 2017- 4.30pm to 8.00 pm.
Level 1 Pt 2 Monday 17th July 2017 to Friday 21st July 2017- 4.30pm to 8.00 pm. This is taking place at Sancta Maria Montessori preschool, so contact them, or email us and we can forward you the info they’ve emailed us.
The Christchurch training will be facilitated by Liz Greville, who has worked with CGS in her Anglican parish in Masterton for some years.

Fundraising raffle

As our next lot of training approaches, it’s time for a spot of fundraising to make sure we can pay for it! This won’t just benefit our atrium – it’ll also help us subsidise trainees who can’t afford to pay for themselves and aren’t being sponsored by their parish/school.

We are running a raffle with some pretty sweet prizes (pretty sure it’s not just us that’ll think that!) and would LOVE your support. You can also just donate a small amount if you’d prefer.

Follow this link or fill in the form below to buy tickets and share with anyone who likes free stuff and/or would want to support CGS.

Here are details on the 8 prizes. Please note that a couple are only available within Hamilton, but these can be gifted to friends/family if the winner doesn’t live here, or donated to someone in our parish who needs a helping hand!

Thank you for your support!

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Session dates Term 4 2016

For children currently enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programme at St Pius X Mellville, see below for this term’s dates.

If you are interested in your child attending atrium, please see https://cgsstpiusxhamilton.wordpress.com/about/

If you would like to come to observe a session, please contact us so we can arrange this.


Saturday/Sunday groups (3-6)

22/23 Oct
5/6 Nov
19/20 Nov
3/4 Dec
10/11 Dec


Wednesday groups

Older group: 12, 26 October, 9, 23 November, 7 December

Younger group:  19 October, 2, 16, 30 November

 

Information morning and/or training

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The Preparation of the Chalice.

On Monday 30 January (Auckland Anniversary Day), training for the 3-6 atrium will begin again.

The morning will be an open session, free of cost, to anyone who would like an introduction to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Date: Monday 30 January 2017

Time: 9.30 (after Mass) – approx 12.30

Place: The Atrium, St Pius X Catholic Church, 57 Pine Avenue (room above the foyer)

RSVP (by Jan 23 2017): 0276999451, cgsstpiusxhamilton@gmail.com, or fill in the form below

If you would like to attend all of the 3-6 training or have completed 3-6 and are ready for 6-9, see this page for more information: https://cgsstpiusxhamilton.wordpress.com/3-6-level-training/

Information Evening

On Thursday 3 March we are hosting an information evening.  This is primarily for the parents of the children involved, but anyone else is most welcome too.

When:  Thursday, March 3, 7-9pm

Where: The atrium, St Pius X Catholic Church, 59 Pine Ave, Melville, Hamilton

RSVP:    cgsstpiusxhamilton@gmail.com or 0276999451 by Feb 28

For:

  • Parents of children already attending atrium
  • Parents who want to find out if Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is worth the effort (it is!)
  • People who are considering getting involved as catechists, helpers, or in any other way
  • People who just want to know what it’s all about

Structure of the evening:

  • Arrive, explore the atrium, brief tour
  • Introductory talk on how Catechesis of the Good Shepherd came to be and a few other important things
  • Light refreshments/questions/chat
  • Presentation of the Parable of the Good Shepherd

DIY Mini Sacramentary

Once dry, paint on the cover.

The Altar area in the atrium requires models of all the articles used at Mass – mini altar, mini chalice and paten, mini tabernacle etc. We got a wonderful set of most of the bits and pieces from Our Father’s House and the altar, tabernacle, sacristy cabinet, and lectern were made by a wonderful man. For a lectionary we have a blue covered Gideon Bible. It’s not ideal but does the job. But one thing we could not acquire in the right size was a mini sacramentary.

After much thought, we decided such a thing could be made. There may be better ways of doing it, but here’s our way, and the results are perfectly acceptable.

Firstly, we consulted google and found this wonderful instructional on how to make a hardcovered book. Of course ours had to contain printed pages, so it had to be adapted a little bit.

The first thing was copying and pasting the words of the Mass and laboriously getting them into a format that would print out in a way that could be turned into a book. If I knew how, I would upload the pdf, but I don’t, so feel free to contact us if you would like it. It will make a Gideon Bible sized sacramentary.

Once this was printed out, we folded it and glued the pages together back-to-back to make double-thickness pages.

There were four pages per sheet. This is the last two pages.

Lightly score along the grid lines to make folding more accurate.

Leave a small margin on the left of the first page. Glue pages 1-2 together. The margin from page 5 will slot in between pages 3-4 when you glue those together, creating continuous pages. Continue until all pages are glued, leaving a spare blank page at the end.

Leave a small margin on the left of each set of 4 pages. Glue pages 1-2 together. The margin from page 5 will slot in between pages 3-4 when you glue those together, creating continuous pages. Continue until all pages are glued, leaving a spare blank page at the end.

It was hard to make them super even, but close enough.

How it looks when opened up. The margin on the inside is mirrored by a margin on the back, between the two previous pages.

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What will be in the spine.

Front page. Note little extra bit on the left.

The opposite side to the spine. Not even, but works.

The next task was to get it ready to be attached to the cover.

Some thin fabric with craft glue.

Glue the spine end of the booklet to the fabric, holding it nice and tightly together.

We also glued part of the spare back page to the fabric, to be trimmed once dry, just for extra hold

And then to let it dry…

Finally, the cover.

We acquired this lovely piece of soft leather (suede) from David's Emporium.

We acquired this lovely piece of soft leather (suede) from David’s Emporium.

Cut card to size according to the instructions in the link at the top, spread on some craft glue....

Cut card to size according to the instructions in the link at the top, spread on some craft glue….

... and glue on.

… and glue on.

Fold up edges and glue.

Fold up edges and glue.

And trim to make it fit nicely.

And trim to make it fit nicely.

The bookless cover.

The bookless cover.

Glue the spare back page and the fabric onto the covers - NOT THE SPINE - this must stay glue free.

Glue the spare back page and the fabric onto the covers – NOT THE SPINE, which must stay glue free.

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Leave to dry.

Leave to dry.

The dried book.

The dried book.

Side view.

Side view.

Paste a piece of white paper on the raw inside cover.

Paste a piece of white paper on the raw inside cover.

Once dry, paint on the cover.

Once dry, paint on the cover.

We used this fabric paint.

We used this fabric paint.

Note - somehow this page got nicked while drying, so we taped all the edges of the pages just for durability. Didn't look amazing but wasn't too bad.

Note – somehow this page got nicked while drying, so we taped all the edges of the pages just for durability. Didn’t look amazing but wasn’t too bad.

What we’ve done so far and what we’re doing next (3-6 age group)

Our atrium has been running sessions for a term and a half now and we’re slowly managing to get ourselves organised and have a better idea of where to go next. We’re still tinkering with the structure of our sessions to meet the needs of the different children, but that’s ok. For example, we’re going to have our prayer table time in the middle of the session instead of at the end, make it optional, and use one sung phrase as a starting point for a few moments of meditation/praise/thanksgiving. Our prayer time has been… interesting so far. Hopefully this will help. It will also allow the children to finish their work cycle earlier or later, as they are ready to. Nothing like a bit of trial and error, right?
So, other than “interesting” prayer time, what sorts of things have we been doing during our sessions?
 
We started off with a tour of the atrium and an introduction to the prayer table, and to the Bible.
 
We then introduced a variety of practical life works – basically things that either prepare the children for future works (eg learning to pour with a funnel leads to learning to prepare cruets) or are related to something liturgical (eg polishing brass – chalice, paten etc need to be kept in good condition), or are just great for developing fine motor skills and learning to care for the child’s environment. These included plant care, brass polishing, pouring, washing hands, preparing flowers for the prayer table.
 
After we had built up a repertoire of these practical life activities and the children were very familiar with their environment, we introduced some more overtly religious works and concepts – liturgical colours via the mini chasubles (and pasting and tracing works as extensions), the parable of the Good Shepherd with its diorama, and the basic articles used at Mass.
 
We also had two ceremonies – one for Easter, which is based on the Easter Vigil’s Liturgy of the Light, and one for Pentecost, where the children “observe” the disciple at prayer (in a diorama), hear the words from Scripture, and then learn about the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
 
There are extension works for many of these presentations also (pasting, tracing, card matching etc).
 
This term, the main focus will be liturgical life. Our planned sessions are:
 
July 25 – Sign of the Cross
 
August 1 – Genuflection
 
August 8 – Altar II (introducing more items used in Mass)
 
August 15 – Visit to the church
 
August 22 – Parable of the Mustard Seed
 
August 29 – Practical life – dusting
 
Sep 5 – Baptism I
 
Sep 12 – Preparation of the cruets
 
Sep 19 – Epiclesis
 
Sep 26 – Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
 
We’re certainly on a steep learning curve and it can be exhausting, but so worthwhile at the same time!
 
(PS do check out our information on training if you think you might like to get involved with this wonderful work, at our parish or your own.)