• Atrium Essentials (Level 1)
    • Atrium Essentials (Level 1)
    • Atrium Essentials (Level 1)

    • $700.00
    • Atrium Essentials (Level 1) is designed to attune participants to the religious life of the 3-6-year-old child and to provide the  specific methods and materials to foster that life. Online sessions include prayer, presentations of materials, background information, discussion of album pages. Practicum will be provided locally (for Washington DC area catechists) when safe, and catechists from around the country…
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    $700.00

    Atrium Essentials (Level 1) is designed to attune participants to the religious life of the 3-6-year-old child and to provide the  specific methods and materials to foster that life. Online sessions include prayer, presentations of materials, background information, discussion of album pages. Practicum will be provided locally (for Washington DC area catechists) when safe, and catechists from around the country will be encouraged to work and practice in accessible atriums near them. Read more about Atrium courses and forums at CCTheo, and the goal of these courses.

    Atrium Essentials for the 3-6-year-old child will be offered in a hybrid format for  those of you  who need to continue to prepare a  new atrium, bring new catechists into your program, review course material, complete unfinished training  courses, or familiarize  pastors, DREs and parents with the Montessori atrium. Participants must have access to a complete Level 1 atrium to safely practice with the materials introduced during the course.

    While a Level I course that is not meeting in person will not be certified by  CGSUSA, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your attendance and the content of Atrium Essentials from the Center for Children and Theology. Local participants and those able to come to Alexandria, VA or Washington DC  will be welcome to attend future course sessions in the atrium at no additional cost.

    All CCTheo course sessions are permanently available to participants to make up or review course content and course leaders provide ongoing support and clarification via email. 

    To pay the full price of $700 now, add this course to your cart. To pay only the $400 registration fee, click REGISTRATION FEE ONLY and add to your cart.

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  • The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom
    $17.00

    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.

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  • A is for Altar, B is for Bible
    $11.00

    An alphabet book with prayers and images drawn from the atrium, Scripture and liturgy.

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  • Parenting: A Sacred Path
    • Parenting: A Sacred Path
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    • Parenting: A Sacred Path

    • $6.00
    • Parenting is a challenging call. Many resources for parents focus on the child, but Parenting: A Sacred Path is for parents to reflect on their experience, with all of its joys and struggles, as an invitation to grow in faith, love, trust and compassion. Each of six chapters provides an opening reflection for personal or group use, followed by a…
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    Parenting is a challenging call. Many resources for parents focus on the child, but Parenting: A Sacred Path is for parents to reflect on their experience, with all of its joys and struggles, as an invitation to grow in faith, love, trust and compassion. Each of six chapters provides an opening reflection for personal or group use, followed by a week of quotes for reflection and prayer. The gift of this simple book is in the self-understanding, acceptance and growth as parents nurtured week by week. It’s perfect as a gift to parents, or as a tool to lead reflection groups.

    Here’s a note we received from one grateful reader:

    “I wanted you to know that not only did I enjoy spending the six weeks of Lent with you on the sacred path of parenting, but also that that time has brought fresh air and energy and joy to my relationship with my 14-year-old son. Three weeks into [your booklet], my son and I had a breakthrough. I’ll spare you the details—what he wanted, what I didn’t—except to say that in the end we actually listened to each other and negotiated a compromise that helped us both see the other’s point of view. Each of us was pleased we could—and did!—do something other than insist on our own way. So, we are celebrating new fruit that will multiply 100 fold, I’m sure.”

    -Gayle

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  • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium
    • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium
    • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium

    • $10.00
    • These four Messianic prophecies are presented in the atrium to children beginning at age three, giving them beautiful names and images for Jesus, the Messiah. At home or in the atrium, you can use these with an Advent wreath during Advent. By the fourth week a vivid central star appears, announcing the birth of Christ and the Christmas season.
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    $10.00

    These four Messianic prophecies are presented in the atrium to children beginning at age three, giving them beautiful names and images for Jesus, the Messiah. At home or in the atrium, you can use these with an Advent wreath during Advent. By the fourth week a vivid central star appears, announcing the birth of Christ and the Christmas season.

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  • Level 3.5 Forum
    • Level 3.5 Forum
    • Level 3.5 Forum

    • $250.00
    • Are you a certified Level 3 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 10-week forum to revisit key components of the 9-12 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 3 catechists. The first five sessions will focus on Sacred History, Liturgy, and moral themes. The…
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    $250.00

    Are you a certified Level 3 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 10-week forum to revisit key components of the 9-12 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 3 catechists. The first five sessions will focus on Sacred History, Liturgy, and moral themes. The last five sessions will focus on Scripture study and typology. The forum meets from 7pm – 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 

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  • Listening To God With Children
    • Listening To God With Children
    • Listening To God With Children

    • $25.00
    • Gianna Gobbi draws on a lifetime of experience with children, having worked personally at the side of Maria Montessori and in collaboration with Sofia Cavalletti in the development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Here Gobbi presents a rare balance of the theory and application of Montessori principles. "The result," writes Sofia Cavalletti in her introduction, "is a rich,…
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    Gianna Gobbi draws on a lifetime of experience with children, having worked personally at the side of Maria Montessori and in collaboration with Sofia Cavalletti in the development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Here Gobbi presents a rare balance of the theory and application of Montessori principles. “The result,” writes Sofia Cavalletti in her introduction, “is a rich, living work.” Listening To God With Children is a basic reference book for catechists and parents of the young child, particularly those involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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  • Parent Toddler Course
    • Parent Toddler Course
    • Parent Toddler Course

    • $425.00
    • REGISTRATION CLOSED This ten day online course will prepare catechists who have completed a CGS Level I course to adapt the methodology and content of the 3-6 atrium for toddlers and their parents. Course Leader Davette Himes has been offering a two-hour session for toddlers and parents at All Saints Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for over ten years and…
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    $425.00

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    This ten day online course will prepare catechists who have completed a CGS Level I course to adapt the methodology and content of the 3-6 atrium for toddlers and their parents. Course Leader Davette Himes has been offering a two-hour session for toddlers and parents at All Saints Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for over ten years and offered the first US Parent Toddler course in July, 2016. Join her to discover how the Toddler Atrium and parent education can be a powerful ministry to families in parishes, as well as evangelization and outreach. The course will concentrate on the spiritual life of the young child, supporting their growth and development and fostering independence through purposeful work, helping parents and parish to live out the baptismal covenant, incorporating CGS in the home, living the church year, and creating a toddler atrium. The course will be presented from Davette’s beautiful toddler environment at All Saints.

    To pay the full price now, add this course to your cart. To pay only the $200 registration fee, click REGISTRATION FEE ONLY and add to your cart. If you pay only the registration fee now, the balance of $225 is due July 1, 2021.

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  • Life in the Sheepfold: A Parent’s Introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
    $15.00

    In this downloadable video, Catherine Maresca, director of the Center for Children and Theology, leads an intimate conversation with parents, sharing with them the rich spiritual life of their children, and how that life is nurtured in the atrium.

    The video includes the presentation of the parable of the Good Shepherd, discussions of the use of materials in CGS, the work of the 3-6 year old children, the role of parents in Christian formation, and the work of the 6-12 year old children.

    This one hour video is the perfect introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, either for a parent education session or for those who’d love to learn more about the spiritual life of children.

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  • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God
    • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God
    • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God

    • $15.00
    • As adults sharing CGS with children, we have often realized how rich it’s content is for the adult’s relationship with God. This book is an attempt to nurture the adult’s hunger and thirst for “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10) that the children experience through CGS. The meditations explore and illuminate the Christian message that we have been led…
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    $15.00

    As adults sharing CGS with children, we have often realized how rich it’s content is for the adult’s relationship with God. This book is an attempt to nurture the adult’s hunger and thirst for “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10) that the children experience through CGS.

    The meditations explore and illuminate the Christian message that we have been led to through our work with children, including the birth and infancy of Jesus, the parable of the Good Shepherd, the roots of the Eucharist and the Easter Mystery, and the parable of the True Vine. They are the fruit of Sofia Cavalletti’s meditions with adults gathered together as listeners of the word. Because the book arose from actual encounters, the writers invite you to enter into it as fellow listener, meditating on scripture and liturgy alongside them.

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  • Annual Appeal 2021
    • Annual Appeal 2021
    • Annual Appeal 2021

    • Make a one time donation or schedule a monthly contribution to help us with our mission of sharing the best theology of children with the church: the heart of our faith, joy in relationship with God, sense of universal communion, and love of the Kindom of God. Scroll down to read more about what we have been working on this…
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    Make a one time donation or schedule a monthly contribution to help us with our mission of sharing the best theology of children with the church: the heart of our faith, joy in relationship with God, sense of universal communion, and love of the Kindom of God. Scroll down to read more about what we have been working on this past year, and what we have coming up. 

    Can you make a donation? Every contribution helps.

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  • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth
    • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth
    • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
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    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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