25th Anniversary of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s

Anna Hurdle
Director of Children’s Formation

The Good Shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. -John 10: 3

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, is often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. The parable of the Good Shepherd is a rich scripture passage that speaks so deeply to our children and to us; a shepherd who loves, cares for, protects, who calls his sheep by name to abundant life. The children at St. Peter’s come to know the love and presence of Jesus the Shepherd as the bread and the wine of the Eucharist. The sheep receive it and respond to it by offering their love in return.

Catechists of the Good Shepherd often think of this day as our Patron Saint Day. This year marks the twenty-fifth year of St. Peter’s use of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as our primary method of Christian formation for our parish children.

Even though we have been around for a long time, our approach may still seem unfamiliar at times. For those who would like to discover more, we will be offering an adult formation class for adults this summer. Part I will be held June 17-21, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. each day and you can use this link to register.

Parents, religious educators, clergy, and other interested adults are drawn to the very rich, retreat-like courses in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Through formation courses in Catechesis, adults have the opportunity to see age appropriate presentations and materials given to children from the Bible and liturgy. The formation course includes preparation in giving the presentations (the lessons) to children, provides a solid background in the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of this work, assists the catechist in preparing his/her album, introduces the prepared environment: the atrium, and guides catechists in making the handmade materials used for the children’s work.

Please consider if the Good Shepherd is calling you to formation. For more information or to learn more about this opportunity, please feel free to contact me directly.

Anna Hurdle
Director of Children’s Formation
ahurdle@st-peters.org
(704) 749-6156