Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level II:
First through Third Grade
The elementary aged child is captured by the image of the True Vine from the gospel of John. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me bears fruit.” The proclamation responds to the older child’s deep need to know better their relationships with God, family, friends, and the larger community.
The child at this age seeks guidelines for how to live in God’s kingdom. The moral parables such as The Good Samaritan, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, The Ten Bridesmaids offer a model for right action. The Found Sheep, The Found Coin and the Prodigal Son are examined and provide evidence of God’s unfailing love, forgiveness and acceptance.
Time-lines are used to depict the unity and vastness of God’s Kingdom and to help the child discover his or her place in Salvation History.
The moments of creation, redemption, and parousia are introduced and deepened as the children reflect on God’s plan to bring all of creation to God’s Self.
Another time-line focuses on the many gifts we receive from God – rocks, minerals, flowers, fruit, friends, family – culminating in God’s gift of His own divine life, in the person of Jesus, a gift which will pervade the whole universe at the completion of history.