Help me do it by myself

Respect and care of self, respect and care of others is an innovative program that will run from Aug. 18 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Westfield. It is offered free to children 3 to 9 years of age of all denominations

The program began in 1954 in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti, a Biblical scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, an apprentice to Maria Montessori, whose principles were applied to the religious formation of children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. It spread to diverse social environments and, since 1969, to many countries and cultures, including Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Poland, South African, and the United States.

These learned Christian women discovered the child’s deep need and longing to know God and they established a religious environment -the Atrium – where this could happen.

In the Atrium, children learn about God’s marvelous mysteries. They experience joy in knowing that His redemptive love became a living reality in Jesus as the Good Shepherd and Light of the world.

Activities in the Atrium direct the child to listen prayerfully to God as revealed in Jesus. The child is put in touch with the true teacher, the Holy Spirit, who speaks to the child and calls him or her into a deeper relationship with God. The child will hear the five parables from the Kingdom of God, they will hear the Good Shepherd parable, and they will enjoy speaking to Jesus at the Prayer Table.

For information, call: 326-2064 or 814-347-5011.