Melways Reference: 49 J9
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Playgroup provides an opportunity for the children to play freely with minimal structure. It is also an opportunity for the parents (& sometimes grandparents) to meet with other adults, for a cuppa and a chat, in a very friendly and casual atmosphere. Playgroup is a great place to meet up with families from the school, parish and wider community. Everyone is most welcome.
Is the Word of God (first part of the Mass) celebrated at the children’s level, where the readings, discussions and prayers are aimed at the children’s level of understanding. There is also often a simple and short activity, which focuses on and reinforces one of the messages of the day.
Children’s Liturgy is held in one of the sacristy rooms adjoining the main body of the Church. At the beginning of Mass one of the ‘leaders’ meets with the children at the back of the Church, this is usually announced at the beginning of Mass by the priest.
The children then go to the sacristy to celebrate the Word of God together. The children return to their families at the time of the Offertory Procession, with a few children participating in the Offertory Procession. Children’s Liturgy is a wonderful and appropriate way for children to hear God’s Word, pray together and to reflect upon God’s love for them.
This activity is for primary school aged children where they participate in activities that help them focus on the real meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus. The gathering begins with discussion and prayer and is followed by the children participating in a number of craft/art activities about Advent and Christmas.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been described as the place where the mystery of God and the mystery of the child meet.
At the heart of the Catechesis is the conviction that the child, even the youngest child, is in relationship with God. This approach to the religious formation of children is firmly rooted in scripture and liturgy.
Developed by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi, following the educational methods of Maria Montessori, the Catechesis is especially attentive to the vital needs of the child at particular stages of growth. Thus, there are three levels—for children ages 3 to 6, 6 to 9, and 9 to 12. Within each of these, scripture texts and aspects of liturgy are presented that best correspond to the needs of the child of a particular age. Our Lady’s Parish currently operates a Level 1 and Level 2 program.