Setting up an Atrium

 KEY PRACTICALITIES   RESOURCES 

The following resources are indispensible for establishing and maintaining an atrium:


Books:
The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey, Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi, Silvana Montanaro, M.D. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1995 ISBN 978-1-56854-157-0
“The Good Shepherd and the Child offers parents and educators a gentle way to enter into and honour the genuine spiritual life of children.”
The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children, Sofia Cavalletti. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1992. ISBN 978-0929650-67-8
“This book describes an experience with children from ages three to six, an experience of adults and children dwelling together in the mystery of God.”
The Religious Potential of the Child 6-12, Sofia Cavalletti. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2002. ISBN 978-1-56854-351-2
“Here is the continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children age 6 to 12 builds on the foundation in scripture and liturgy offered to the 3- to 6-year-old child. In this book Cavalletti draws on her long experience with children from diverse cultures and environments to describe the vital religious needs of the older child (6 to 12 years old).”
Listening to God with Children: The Montessori Method Applied to the Catechesis of Children, Gianna Gobbi. Treehaus Communications, Inc., 2000. ISBN 1-886510-14-8
“This work is the product of several decades of practical experience with children – blended with prayerful reflection on the way children hear God speak to them personally and with profound simplicity.”
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a Parish Setting, Tina Lillig. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-56854-262-3
“In this small book, Tina Lillig offers practical, step-by-step information to address the questions of pastors, directors of religious education, parish members, parents, catechists and anyone else interested in the great blessing that young children are to a parish community.”
Living Liturgy: Elementary Reflections, Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter, Julie Coulter-English. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-56854-241-0
“Living Liturgy is a book to help adults who catechize children understand for themselves the deep, most essential aspects of liturgy.”
History's Golden Thread: The History of Salvation, Sofia Cavalletti. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 1999. ISBN 1-56854-261-5
“In this book, Sofia Cavalletti offers the reader a key to the reading of the Bible, following the “golden thread” of the history of salvation from the creation of the world to its final destiny in Christ, the Parousia."
Journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: 1984 to 1997, Edited by Carol Cannon Dittberner. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-56854-254-2
“A collection of newsletters of the North American Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. You will find articles on the Association and the theory and practice of the Catechesis, practical tips, children's drawings and more.”
Journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: 1998 to 2002, Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2003. ISBN 1-56854-529-0
“These collected journals from 1998 to 2002 provide a valuable resource for Good Shepherd catechists…”
Journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 2003 to 2008, Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2008. ISBN 978-1-56854-274-4
“This collection of newsletters of the North American Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd contains journals from 2003 through 2008. Inside you will find topics  on the Association, the theory and practice of the Catechesis, practical tips, children's drawings, and more.”
A Is for Altar, B Is for Bible, Judith Lang Main. Chicago: Liturgy training Publications, 2002. ISBN 1-56854-458-8
“Every child learns ABCs. Using that familiar foundation, A Is for Altar, B Is for Bible presents some of the essential elements of our Christian faith in a prayerful and enjoyable format. Each letter of the alphabet is illuminated by an image and brief prayer drawn from scripture and liturgy.”
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Essential Realities, Edited by Tina Lillig. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2004. ISBN 1-56854-558-4
“Adventure”, “Celebration”, “The Way of Love”, “Mysterious Growth”, -- these words, taken from some of the titles of the essays in this volume, convey the deep appreciation and commitment of those involved in the work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This celebration volume marks 50 years of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.”
Mustard Seed Preaching, Ann M. Garrido. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2004. ISBN 978-1-56854-555-4
“Just as the mustard seed grows into a leafy shrub in which birds can nest, so the smallest among us offer theological insights and reflection that expand our understanding of God's Word in new, fresh ways. Mustard Seed Preaching offers the essential themes of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as a guide to preaching to children and to the heart of the child in each of us.”
Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God, Sofia Cavalletti and Patricia Coulter. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2010. Paperback, 6 x 9, 128 pages. ISBN 978-1-56854-920-0
The meditations in this book explore and illuminate the Christian message and are the fruit of Sofia Cavalletti's meditations with adults gathered together as listeners to the Word. Because this book arose from actual encounters, the writers invite you to enter into it as a fellow listener, meditating on scripture and liturgy alongside them.

“This book is an invitation to draw close and listen deeply to God's full and abundant love for us. The gift of these rich and deep meditations will nurture our hearts and minds and enable us to more deeply enjoy God's presence in our lives. Many thanks, Sofia and Patricia!”
--Mary Mirrione, National Director of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“Reading Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God is a bit like pulling up a chair to join Sofia and Patricia for a meditation that touches the heart and mind. It is an excellent resource not only for those of us involved as catechists and formation leaders in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd but for anyone looking for a helpful way to linger over and grow in understanding of the scriptures. The rich words and diagrams stayed with me long after I had put the book away. In the chapter on the Good Shepherd Sofia says of Psalm 23: 'This is a real jewel.' Those same words aptly describe this splendid book. Indeed, it is a real jewel!”
--Donna Turner, Catechist of children and the coordinator for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, St. Philip Episcopal Church in Memphis

“For decades now, catechists across North America have shared tidbits of Sofia Cavalletti's adult reflections in their formation courses. Now finally we have many of these reflections in written form to meditate upon at length. Cavalletti has been recognized internationally for her unparalleled understanding of the religious potential of children. These meditations betray her equally unparalleled devotion to life-long scripture study, rooted in the original biblical languages.”
--Ann M. Garrido, DMin, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Director of the DMin and MAPS-CGS Programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology
The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia, Sofia Cavalletti, translated from the Italian by Rebekah Rojcewicz. Paperback, 6 x 9, 208 pages. ISBN 978-1-61671-048-4 Also available as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble,Google Play, and Apple iBook.
The History of the Kingdom of God, Part I: Creation to Parousia is a revision by Sofia Cavalletti of her earlier work, History's Golden Thread, a core text in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Another core text, Living Liturgy, has also been revised and will be the second volume, The History of the Kingdom of God, Part II: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom. Together, these two volumes offer the reader insight into Scripture and Liturgy as the means to understand God's plan of salvation history, from the creation of the world, through redemption by the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, to its culmination in the Parousia, when God will be all in all. While this first volume is essential reading for all catechists of the Good Shepherd, all who study the Bible and who seek to understand God's revelation through sacred history will be enlightened and inspired by Cavalletti's insights and scholarship.
The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom, Sofia Cavalletti Paperback, 6 x 9, 144 pages. ISBN 978-1-61671-090-3 Also available as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble,Google Play, and Apple iBook.
The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom is Sofia Cavalletti's revision of her earlier book Living Liturgy. Together with Part 1, "From Creation to Parousia," these books offer the reader insight into Scripture and Liturgy as the means to understand God's plan of salvation history, from the creation of the world, through redemption by the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, to its culmination in the Parousia, when God will be all in all. Sofia Cavalletti's primary concern in this book is to assist adults who are working with the religious formation of children to enter more deeply into the essential aspects of the liturgy. As Rebekah Rojcevicz writes in the introduction, "The second volume, subtitled 'Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom of God,' considers specifically the present phase of history, in which God's plan is always in action, that is, it is continuing to unfold, and every man, every woman, and every child is invited to participate and collaborate in this history." Her understanding of liturgy as transformative prayer brings about God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven makes this work of interest to all who love the liturgy and for whom liturgy is central to their Christian life.
Way of Holy Joy, Sofia Cavalletti (Selected, Translated and introduced by Patricia Coulter) Paperback, 6 x 9, 96 pages. ISBN 978-1-61671-052-1
Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti, a compilation of writings by the co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the spiritual life of the child. With the exception of one, these have not previously been published in English. As the title suggests, these essays shine a light on an often overlooked spiritual reality: the joy that is found in the relationship between God and the Child.

A scholar of Hebrew Scriptures and co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Cavalletti devoted 50 years to observing children as they encountered God in the Bible, in the Liturgy, and in the sacraments. Her appreciation of the child's response, coupled with her own theological insights, provides the reader with a fresh yet profound understanding of why Jesus tells us that we must become like little children if we want to enter the Kingdom of God. The titles of two of the essays, "The Child as Parable" and "The Child as Peace," convey something of this significance.

Sofia Cavalletti is most readily associated with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an approach to the spiritual formation of children that she developed with Gianna Gobbi and to which she gave her unflagging energy and attention even into her 90s. She also sought to share the fruits of this work through her writing. The essays included in this volume, which is being published shortly after her death in August 2011, also reflect her involvement with the wider church community, including her work on the relationship between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Those interested in children's spirituality will find these essays a source of inspiration and insight. Perhaps more importantly, all who seek to live out their baptismal calling as Christians will benefit from meditating on these reflections. One of the most important, though perhaps unintended, effects of Cavalletti's work has been its impact on adults. By focusing on what is most essential, what is at the heart of faith-a relationship with a Person-many have discovered for themselves this "way of holy joy."


Videos:
Discovering the Real Spiritual Life of Children, Sofia Cavalletti and Silvana Montanaro. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2000. ISBN 1-56854-384-0
“In this address to the 1999 National American Montessori Conference, ‘Montessori and the Spiritual Development of the Child’, Cavalletti draws on her experience with children…Montanaro addresses the child’s development and in particular the child’s ability to appreciate his or her place in the evolution of the universe and as a part of God’s plan of salvation.”
Mustard Seed: A Video Documentary on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Bert O’Bryan. Phoenix: Holy Family Catechetical Center, 1999. Available from the US CGS web site www.cgsusa.org
“What I have attempted to accomplish here is a ‘novel assembly of the elements’ of the work known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.”

Where a Child Can Fall in Love With God, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, PO Box 1084, Oak Park, IL, 60304, 2003. Available from the US CGS web site www.cgsusa.org
“Suggestions for presentation of this video: As part of an introduction of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to a parish community…”


Music:
Sing with Joy : Music of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - For children 3-6 years old, Annotated by Catherine Maresca. Each book includes music and suggestions for when and how to sing each song, and a CD of children singing the songs. Treehaus Communications, Inc., 2002. ISBN 1-886510-55-5
“These songs embody a small musical tradition. They are widely sung by children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a pioneer work of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. They celebrate the essentials of our faith — and, as such, are equally suitable for any catechetical or liturgical setting. These songs are, in a sense, the choice of the children. They nurture the child’s natural sense of joy when encountering the sacred or engaged with mystery. Parents and catechists too will find here music for the soul.”
Songs of Love : Music of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - For children 6-12 years old, Annotated by Catherine Maresca. Each book includes music and suggestions for when and how to sing each song, and a CD of children singing the songs. Treehaus Communications, Inc., 2003. ISBN 1-886510-60-1
Commentary as for the first CD ...


Resource Packages:
Baptism is a Beginning, Rebekah Rojcewicz. Includes book and a CD. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2008. ISBN 978-1-56854-498-4
“The 14 handouts in this packet were designed to complement the parish’s baptismal preparation programme and to provide the parish with another way to offer support and guidance to parents as they begin to raise their children in faith.”
Little Portfolio, Mariann Dunsmore, artist.
Available from the Blurb web site http://www.blurb.com/b/1235706-little-portfolio
“My first experience with shrines, and the ritual of lighting a candle as the first gesture of the day, was in India. Since then I have lived on three continents and have been fascinated with the home altars people make to have a daily communion with God. This book represents years of researching traditional Icons, and reinterpreting them in contemporary materials to make them available for your home, your 'visits' with God and the saints.”

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