Chatechesis of the Good shepherd

"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven"

Catechism facilitators support Father Harrie and the parents in bringing children to a real encounter with Christ through their faith formation. St Michaels offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Group St Michael, (1) Group St Gabriel (2) Group St Raphael (3) Group 4 (year of receiving the Sacraments) and Group 5.

There is a bridging program in grades 6 and 7 and Lifeteen in high school (see below). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is supported by the Archdiocese.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

"Help me to fall in love with God"

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in a room prepared for them, the Atrium of St Michael, which contains simple yet beautiful materials which they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Catholic faith.

"It is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God”

The atrium is a place of prayer in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer. (Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, #3)

We believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.

"When something takes you where you do not know and yet, all along the way, God continues to provide, it is an adventure. And there is nothing more beautiful."

Perhaps you have a calling to minister to our children either by becoming a catechist or assisting in some way? Let us know if you would like to offer either your time, talent or treasure.

We invite all families to attend these special masses for the children.
Should you or your child want to participate in reading and taking up the offertory and the collection, please contact me.walk in love

We have needed to remind the children that the Atrium is a quiet space where each child has the opportunity to wonder, explore and discover God. If a child does not respect this, his/her behavior affects the experience of others. If a Catechist has, repeatedly, to remind a child who is disturbing others of this, her parent will need to attend with the child until this behavior is corrected. We, as Catechists respect each child’s individuality and do our best to provide freedom for each to journey at their own pace, however this can only happen within a firm framework of discipline. Otherwise we are not positively serving the child’s development. We ask you as parents to understand and cooperate with us in the best interests of all the children.

You and your children are kept always in the prayers of the St Michaels community. May all families at this time of Lent, deepen their Faith and pass on the rich traditions of the Church to their children.
Please contact me should you have any suggestions, ideas, questions or concerns.

God’s Blessings, Joy

Joy Carkeek
Catechetical Coordinator
Group 4 Catechist
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Sunday School takes place during the 9 am Mass: in the Gill Room for 2 to 4-year-olds and in the Kelly Room for 5 to 7-year-olds. Children from both classes return to Mass at the Offertory. 
A twelve-month programme is followed, aimed at simplifying and teaching an understanding of Old and New Testament readings by way of prayer, Bible stories and a related activity. If you would like to assist, no special qualifications are necessary.
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Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.

Child Safeguarding Policy

'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.

This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.

1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at

Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'