Values & Virtues
"Christian virtues... guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery and joy in leading a morally good life." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 3, Section 1, Chapter 1, Article 7) Moral virtues include kindness, honesty, nonviolence, grace, perseverance, fairness and moderation. These are cultivated through education, overcoming adversity, and practicing good deeds.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Montessori collaborator Sofia Cavalletti held that every child has a ‘religious potential’, or a spiritual need. The Catechesis program "serves children’s spiritual needs by nurturing their relationship with the Good Shepherd, Jesus. Explorations of Christianity are rooted in Biblical scripture, the liturgical celebrations of the church and the educational principles of Maria Montessori". (from Catechesis of Good Shepherd of Canada website)
Children’s active participation in their own spirituality is fostered through work, prayer and reflection in a special space called the Atrium. The BHMS Atriums contain learning materials that convey Christian concepts and themes. Students at all ages receive the lessons and explorations appropriate to their particular stage of psychological, intellectual and spiritual development.
Weekly community gathering for worship is led by a Catechist Director. Elementary and Junior High students contribute Biblical readings and skits, as well as sharing of BHMS community intentions. All parents, directors, children and adolescents are invited to join in prayers and songs of praise.
What it means to be Christian
Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd
In 1954 in Rome Dr. Sofia Cavalletti (Theologian) and Gianna Gobbi (Montessorian) explored a new way of helping children come to know God more deeply, through a hands-on approach.
No matter the language, culture, or country, children seem to respond positively and eagerly to learning about God in an Atrium setting.
BHMS follows the Christian liturgical calendar. The Christian calendar is organized around two major centers of Sacred Time: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany; and Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, concluding at Pentecost. The rest of the year following Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time, from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). Ordinary Time is used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. www.crivoice.org/chyear.html