CCT in Context

Talking to Parents about CGS in Plain Language

CCT in Context January 2018 by Rev. Catherine Powell

Sometimes those of us who know the value of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd don’t know how to tell other people about it. We are drawn to it because of its deep rootedness in the heart of our faith, but it may be particularly hard to speak about it with people on the outskirts of the faith community. In order to invite these people into the experience of CGS, we need to use everyday language. We need to speak in ways understandable to parents who may not use the same language we do, but are acutely aware of needs that CGS might meet.

Cosmic Communion

CCT in Context September 2017

The children of our congregations are coming into the atria this month. They are also going back to school (or resuming homeschool work).  Thus begins another year of integrating two worldviews that are more and more separated by our churches and schools.

The Power of God's Word CCT in Context July 2017

A Reflection by Evelyn O'Boyle


Our friend and atrium colleague, Evelyn O'Boyle, passed into eternal life on June 21, 2017. During my last visit with her she handed me this reflection she had written for the sisters in her order. It's a lovely taste of her deep faith, her love of God's Word, and intimate relationship with the Lord. May you be blessed by her thoughts as we were by her life. - Catherine Maresca

An Oasis of Peace CCT in Context June 2017

The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves but "to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you."  Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
During a weekend of speaking to catechists in Nashville TN this spring I heard myself using the words, “Make space…” while opening my arms to create a protected circle. I began on Friday talking about toddlers, but even when moved to 3-12-year-olds on Saturday I was still encouraging the group to make space.

Discernment in the Atrium

CCT in Context March 2017 by Catherine Maresca


It’s the Middle of Lent. We had a snow day last week instead of atrium. My birthday is this week, as well as the first day of spring. Everyone I know has been out sick sometime this winter. I had a conference to attend last week, and had to remember to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.  And I’m trying to get to Mt. Sinai with my Level III group studying the book of Exodus.