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CCD Newsletter Training & Formation Courses Term 1, 2014


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Diocese of Broken Bay

Volume 19 Issue 1 Term One 2014

For details see back page of Connections

The Lord made grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden. Gen 2:9

Waiting…. A Holy Week Reflection p10

INSERTS:  Application for Service Award  CCD Calendar 2014  Project Compassion Lessons  Aboriginal & Torres Strait


Islander: Significant Dates 2014


23 February 2014 © Susan Daily

Honour Roll: 2013 Awardees across the Diocese From the Director/ Events From the Diocesan CCD Coordinator Preparing for 2014 Catechist Formation: Spirituality Year of Faith Technology in the Classroom: SmartBoard Tips For the Classroom: Welcome back Class! From the Classroom Noticeboard, Training Dates & CCD Directory

2 3 4 5 6&7 8 9 & 10 11 12

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celebrating the work of Catechists

Congratulations to our 2013 Awardees Training Awards Level 3 Diploma Sheila Evans Margaret Lau Rita Malone Meralyn Tarte

35 years of Service Gosford Epping & Carlingford The Entrance Ku-Ring-Gai Chase

Level 2 Certificate Preciousa Braganza Thomas Cheung Jane Crocombe Maureen Diebold Judith Grenfell John Hamilton Elena Holmes John Hurrell Heather Ingram Susan Jopling Ann Maitem Lorrie O’Brien Bill Tango David West

Chatswood Pennant Hills Wyoming Frenchs Forest Gosford Warringah Woy Woy Chatswood Gosford Wyoming Hornsby Toukley Manly Freshwater Pittwater

Level 1 Certificate Suzy Caruso Eunice dal Busco Shevorne de Silva Maureen Diebold Excelsa Glinoga Elena Holmes Pauline Honor Mary Lee Pascalina Lu Sharon Kavallaris Josephine McMahon Katherine McMahon Therese Oakley Bill Tango Mabel Torres Doris Turner David West

Pittwater Terrigal Pymble Frenchs Forest Lindfield & Killara Woy Woy Arcadia Epping & Carlingford Epping & Carlingford Frenchs Forest The Entrance The Entrance Frenchs Forest Manly Freshwater Woy Woy The Entrance Pittwater

Service Awards Retired Coordinators Sandra Hayne

Pennant Hills

40 years of Service Margaret Andersen Judith Thompson

Pennant Hills Hornsby

Pam Gategood

Frenchs Forest

Bishop Patrick Murphy Award (30 years of Service) Lorraine Anderson Margaret Burg Barbara McCarthy

Toukley Gosford Gosford

25 years Lesley Highfield Maureen Rutlidge Maureen Vierboom Maureen Wooldridge

The Lakes The Lakes Epping & Carlingford Pittwater

Joan Chisholm Debbie Cooper Alain Corne Terese Di Donato Belinda Gorham Mary Harrison Marybelle Ignacio Nenita Jenik Denise Jollye Tony Jollye Christine Lawrence Jean Lee

Hornsby Pymble Wyoming North Harbour Warringah Pymble Pennant Hills East Gosford Hornsby Hornsby East Gosford St Ives

Peter Lenehan Stephanie Li Glenys Love Jan McRae Andree Nash Lynette Ridgewell Linda Taneja Dolly Too Ken Whalen

5 years of Service

Michael Berman Lindfield & Killara Melissa Chan Pennant Hills Nora Cliff St Ives Papal Blessing (20 years of Service) Chris Coape-Smith Frenchs Forest Lina Chan St Ives Angela Cohen Pittwater Mary Holland Gosford Jane Crocombe Wyoming Jill Howcroft Pennant Hills Judith Croke Pittwater Celine Kok St Ives Ann Eade Manly Freshwater Raymond Laurendet North Harbour Clem Gorman Terrigal (posthumous award) Giovanna Graziano Pittwater Norah Marland Wyoming Judith Grenfell Gosford Martin O’Brien Warringah Mary Anne Larkin Warnervale Donela Riley Kincumber Sandrine Leskovec Pymble Valma Schmidt Kincumber Elizabeth Mackay Pymble Margaret Woodward Woy Woy Trish Rodgers Lindfield & Killara Sue-Anne Sherwood Lindfield & Killara 15 years of Service Daniela Da Silva Pennant Hills Frank Soriano Pittwater Helen Rodriguez Hornsby John Walsh Gosford Val Kennedy Toukley Micheline Yardin The Entrance Jim McCarthy Gosford Appreciation Certificates Maria Papandrea Warringah Certificates of Appreciation were presented to students from the following high schools who 10 years of Service assisted catechists in the classroom: Souad Camilleri Chatswood MacKillop Catholic College Warnervale St Edward’s Christian Brothers College Gosford St Joseph’s Catholic College Gosford St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga 25yr Awards

30yr Awards 35yr Award


Term One 2014

Pymble Epping & Carlingford Frenchs Forest Pittwater Pymble Susan Daily Gosford St Ives Warringah Warnervale

Papal Blessings

40yr Awards

from the director

Welcome back! I hope you have had the opportunity to have a well-deserved break, and feel rested and energised.

In this issue of Connections, you will find a number of handouts including the 2014 CCD calendar, Application for Service Award, Understanding the Old Testament course flyer, Project I salute our veteran catechists who so generously give of their time and talent year after year and warmly welcome those who Compassion lesson plan and a calendar of important dates to have joined us for the first time in this wonderful ministry. I am the Aboriginal Community. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Ministry organises a number of Aboriginal sure you will find your being part of this ministry extremely themed Masses throughout the year and I encourage you to fulfilling. attend one or two of them if you are able. I am delighted to inform you of some of the plans that we have for the CCD ministry in 2014. Following the success of the first I may not know some of you personally, but I do look forward to the small opportunities to meet with as many of you as possible two releases of the interactive digital resources in 2013, the development of further supplemental resources for the Walking throughout the year. I also encourage you to get to know your fellow catechists both from your own parish as well as with Jesus and Pathways to Discipleship curriculums is well neighbouring parishes so that we can build new friendships and underway. support each other as the need arises. In conjunction with Catholic Conference of Religious Educators I wish you every blessing and thank you again in anticipation of in State Schools in NSW-ACT (CCRESS), we are also developing an on-line induction / training program for catechists, making it your service to the CCD ministry this coming year. easier for those wishing to become catechists to gain their God Bless accreditation and for catechists who would like to attend more Carole Gan, training and formation to do so. Director, Parish Support Unit The Parish Support Unit offers various Biblical and other Adult Faith Formation opportunities. Did you know that some workshops and seminars can be counted towards your Levels 1, Seeking Expressions of Interest: Would you prefer to receive a soft copy of Connections? This option may soon 2 and 3? Ensure you ask at the time of registration if the be available. If you think this would be a better option for you please email your seminar / workshop you intend to attend could provide you request to: with an exemption.


January 28 February 3 3 3 7 17, 24 18, 25 21, 28 23 March 3, 10 4, 11 5 7, 14 10 10 11 14 17,24,31 18, 25 21 28 28 April 4, 11 7 8 11 20

TERM 1 COMMENCES CC: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Parish Coordinators Meeting MWP: Secondary Catechists Meeting NSH: Parish Coordinators Meeting NSH: CCDMI / Level 1 (Sessions 1 & 2) MWP: CCDMI / Level 1 (Sessions 1 & 2) CC: CCDMI/ Level 1 (Sessions 1 & 2) Catechist Sunday

TERM 1 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm 9:45am - 12:00pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm 10:00am - 12:00pm 9:30am - 2:30pm 9:30am - 2:30pm 9:30am - 2:30pm

The Entrance Manly Vale Manly Vale CCC CCC Forestville The Entrance

NSH: CCDMI/Level 1 (Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8) 9:30pm -2:30pm MWP: CCDMI/ Level 1 (Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8) 9:30am - 2:30pm Ash Wednesday CC: CCDMI/ Level 1 (Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8) 9:30am - 2:30pm CC: Child Protection & Integrity 10:00am - 1:00pm NSH: Level 1 (Session 8) 12:30pm - 2:30pm MWP: Level 1 (Session 8) 12:30pm - 2:30pm CC: Level 1 (Session 8) 12:30pm -2:30pm NSH: Level 1 (Sessions 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) 9:30am - 2:30pm MWP: Level 1 (Sessions 9, 10, 11, 12) 9:30am - 2:30pm CC: Level 1 (Session 9 & 10) 9:30am - 2:30pm Parish Coordinators’ Workshop Day Deadline for submitting articles for Connections Term 2

CCC Forestville

CC: Level 1 (Sessions 11, 12, 13, 14) NSH: Child Protection & Integrity MWP: Level 1 (Sessions 13 & 14) TERM 1 CONCLUDES Easter Sunday

The Entrance CCC Forestville

9:30am - 2:30pm 10:00am - 1:00pm 9:30am - 2:30pm

The Entrance East Gosford CCC Forestville The Entrance CCC Forestville The Entrance CCC

Term One 2014 Week 1 (26 Jan) Ordinary Time Week 2 (2 Feb) Ordinary Time Week 3 (9 Feb) Ordinary Time Week 4 (16 Feb) Ordinary Time Week 5 (25 Feb) Ordinary Time Week 6 (2 March) Ordinary Time

Ash Wednesday

Week 7 (9 March) First Sunday of Lent Week 8 (16 March) Second Sunday of Lent

18 March—St Patrick 19 March—St Joseph Week 9 (23 March) Third Sunday of Lent

Week 10 (30 March) Fourth Sunday of Lent Week 11 (6 April) Fifth Sunday of Lent

CCC – Caroline Chisholm Centre (Pennant Hills); CC – Central Coast; MWP – Peninsula; NSH – North Shore & Hornsby

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


from the Diocesan Coordinator, CCD

A very warm welcome back to all coordinators, catechists and helpers at the beginning of another school year. It seems that the Christmas bells have only just faded into the distance and we are looking forward to that beautiful season of Lent.

Opportunities for formation are also provided in every edition of Connections, with Jennifer Skelly’s Catechist Spirituality pages. Please read and reflect on the On page 11 of this edition, there is wisdom contained in Jennifer’s a beautiful story by Eulalie O’Keefe articles – in this edition on pages 6 about her encounter with a little girl and 7. in her class who asked Eulalie In the SRE classroom, Lent about the Rosary. Many of you will Our Catholic High School student provides us with the opportunity to remember Eulalie as a Regional program which we run share our faith in a particular way. CCD Coordinator in the Peninsula collaboratively with the Catholic In our land of plenty, it is important Deanery. Eulalie is now a Schools Office (CSO) will continue that children begin to develop catechist in North Harbour Parish. in 2014. Last year, we had 83 awareness that there are many in We love receiving stories from the senior Catholic High School our world who have very little – classroom, so I encourage you this students across the Diocese who even many in our own country. year to drop us a line when a assisted in the SRE classroom. The Project Compassion sacred moment of faith occurs in This project is proving to have resources from Caritas provide a your classroom. I know you all benefits for the children, the high colourful and hands-on addition to know what I’m talking about as school students and the catechists. any Lenten lesson for any grade. God speaks through the mouths of My thanks to the CSO and the Whilst we wouldn’t be collecting little children to us all the time – Catholic High Schools involved in money in the SRE classroom, the out of the mouths of babes!! the project. See a short article and Project Compassion box can be Needless to say, we will always photos on page 7. used as a prayer box during Lent protect the identity and privacy of and become part of the sacred children in any articles you share. Catechist Sunday is being celebrated this year on Sunday 23 space for your lessons during the In this edition of Connections, you February. I pray that God will Lenten season. Children can be will notice a page devoted to bless you and the children you invited to write a prayer intention acknowledging those who received teach as you begin this important on a small piece of paper and post service and accreditation awards work for another year. Thank you it in the box at any time during during 2013. I congratulate and for being a Catechist. Lent. See the flyer on Project thank those who are named for Compassion Resources in this their dedication to the SRE edition of Connections or contact ministry. I encourage you to apply Alison Newell your Parish Coordinator for for years of service awards for 5, Diocesan Coordinator, CCD resources or visit the Caritas 10, 15, 20 years and beyond. It website: provides your parish and diocese Prayer in the classroom is always with an opportunity to an important component of the acknowledge the wonderful work work we do. A focus on prayer that is done in the State schools by during Lent sets the tone on this catechists and to thank you. There vital aspect of our faith for the rest is a Service Award application of the year. If we can teach the enclosed with this edition. I further children to pray and develop a encourage you to continue relationship with Jesus, then we training. I believe we learn have given them the greatest gift something new or deepen our faith to take into their future. Please every time we take up a training Level 3 Diploma 2013 note the prayer for the beginning of and/or formation opportunity.


Term One 2014

the year on page 5 of this edition. Be assured that you and your families are always in my prayers as you go about your work.

preparing for 2014

Catechist Sunday

Beginning of the Year Prayer Gracious God, Bless me as I begin a new year as a catechist. Even as I wonder if I am up to the task, I am inspired by my ancestors in faith. Give me the courage of Abraham and Sarah, Who did not hesitate when God called them to a new land. Make them my models as I face a new class of energetic learners. Make me a liberator like Moses, Setting young people free from fear and giving them hope that comes from belief in You. Give me the wisdom of Samuel to listen more than I speak. Help me provide moments of silence in my class So my learners can reflect on the gift of your love.

Catechist Sunday is an annual event originating in 1935 when the Vatican published a document On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education it acknowledged the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and asked every country to honour those catechists who serve within their Christian communities. Sunday 23rd February your parish is asked to stop and think about the incredible work and dedication of volunteer catechists. Your parish may choose any number of ways to recognise and celebrate this ministry, such as:

Give me the patience of Job, So that whenever my best-laid plans fall flat, I’ll believe that next week can be better. Give me the justice of Amos, So that I can challenge my learners To build the Kingdom of Justice and Peace here on earth.

Give me the faith of Joseph so that I can be a model of faith. Help me to remember that the children learn from my example

Give me the hospitality of Martha and Mary As I joyfully welcome the children. Make me as practical as Martha in preparing my lessons And as good a listener as Mary.

Give me respect for the dignity of each child entrusted to my care Let me teach as Jesus taught, listening well And patiently allowing my learners to find their path to you.

With your love, the example of your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit, I know I cannot fail. Amen.

As we return to the classroom in 2014 take time to prepare. You may like to begin doing so with the prayer on this page. You will also be aware that it is important to plan your lessons in advance. Be Ready. Remember to use the CONTENTS PAGE in your WWJ teacher’s manual. Note the date of Ash Wednesday is 5 March 2014 and begin your Lenten lessons close to this date. Create a welcoming atmosphere by greeting the students as they come into the classroom. Convey a message of I’m happy to be here and see you. See page 9 for further tips for the classroom.

Commissioning Service with Blessing ceremony; Inviting catechist prayer partners and the family of the catechist to join in blessing ceremony; Together reciting the catechist prayer. Inviting a catechist to highlight their vocation to the ministry; Offer catechist profiles in the parish bulletin; Catechist ministry display table; Joining together for morning tea and a chat after Mass.

Please remember and pray for catechists who have recently died: Sylvia Holmes ~ Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Parish 

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay




Catechist Spirituality and the YEAR OF FAITH (2012 and 2013) Adapted from Archbishop of Denver ,

Last year marked the end of a very important year in the life of our Church, that of the YEAR OF FAITH. As an active commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council together with the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI called each of us to dedicate a year to deepening our faith. Beginning with those inspiring words which hopefully offered direction and ongoing meaning to your lives: “The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.” Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei,


Term One 2014, October 2011, no.1. We were invited to examine more deeply our faith and to grow closer to Christ and His Church. For some of you, it may have been likened to spicing up your faith, for others it may have been a time of renewal, rediscovery and study of the fundamental content of our Christian faith. Study encompasses learning and serious reflection. This is the practise of a mature faith, never the simple learning of facts, or being immersed only in the ‘doing’ but rather a life-time given to learning from witnesses, from their wisdom, insight and understanding, nurturing one’s faith journey into ones heart, to be in communion, into the life God has called us to be. Pope Francis commented on this at the International Day of Catechists in Rome thanking us for our service to the Church and in the Church. “Even if at times it may be difficult and require a great deal of work, and although the results are not always what we hope for, teaching the faith is something beautiful! It is perhaps the best legacy we can pass on: the faith! To educate in the faith, to make it grow. To help children, young people and adults to know and love the Lord more and more is one of the most exciting aspects of education. It builds up the Church! To “be” catechists! Not to “work” as catechists: this will not do. I work as a catechist because I like to teach… But unless you “are” a catechist, it is no good! You will not be successful … you will not bear fruit! Catechesis is a vocation: “being a catechist”, this is the vocation, not working as a

catechist. So keep this in mind: I didn’t say to do the “work” of catechists, but to “be” catechists, because this is something that embraces our whole life. It means leading people to encounter Christ by our words and our lives, by giving witness. Remember what Benedict XVI said: “The Church does not grow by proselytizing; she grows by attracting others”. And what attracts is our witness. Being a catechist means witnessing to the faith, being consistent in our personal life. This is not easy! We help, we lead others to Jesus with our words and our lives, with our witness. I like to recall what Saint Francis of Assisi used to say to his friars: “Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words”. Words come… but witness comes first: people should see the Gospel, read the Gospel, in our lives. To “be” a catechist requires love, an ever stronger love for Christ, a love for his holy people. And this love can’t be bought in stores, even in Rome. This love comes from Christ! It is Christ’s gift! And if it comes from Christ, it also starts with Christ, and we too need to start anew with Christ, from the love he gives us”.¹ In our society today, you as catechists are courageous people.

Catechist formation

For most of you, only your family, fellow catechists and clergy would understand the kind of sacrifice it takes to continually prepare and witness your faith week after week, year after year in a society where faith is no longer woven into its fabric. Pope Francis beautifully names catechists as “people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others”.² One catechist last year commented how through the completion of Level 3 St John’s Gospel, her faith not only deepened, but she gained a certainty, a sense of courage she hadn’t had before to continue her faithful witness of Jesus and the Church sharing His love and joy more fully in the world around her. Occasions like these exist every year to deepen one’s own relationship with Jesus, through daily encounters, heart-to-heart prayer with Jesus, where we can be filled with the Holy Spirit that leads into the communion of Love of the Trinity. Our Diocesan CCD / CSO Catholic High School Student Program invites students from Years 10, 11 and 12 to work in the SRE classroom in public schools, alongside our Catechists. Each student catechist completes preliminary training in ministry and Student catechists who attended Waitara Primary enjoy an end of year gelato with Fr Robert Borg and Jennifer Skelly.

The Year of Faith has been an May the Lord bless you endearing opportunity of ongoing and keep you. grace and renewal, a time to share May the Lord make his face to shine our joy and our faith in and beyond upon you, and be gracious to you. the CCD ministry. It invites us to be May the Lord lift up his courageous and inspirational about countenance upon you, and give how we live out our faith, how we you peace. speak about our ministry, how we attract this ministry to others and how we continue to be courageous Jennifer Skelly, in the face of our present day CCD Support Coordinator, NSH volunteer malaise. We need to be more keenly alert within the world ¹Pope Francis, Year of faith - Catein which we live, open to see new chist address, ways, new horizons and new holy_father/francesco/speeches/2013/ september/documents/papaengagements around us from francesco_20130927_pellegrinaggiopolitical facets of our world to catechisti_en.html business, economical, scientific, ²Pope Francis, Year of faith – Cateartistic, sport and technological. Fr chist mass homily, http:// Kelly names it “‘being’ homily-at-mass-for-catechists agents of God, true signs of God’s ³Fr Gerard Kelly, 58. The Year of grace”.³ May God bless each of you Faith, St Pauls Publications, Holy Family Church Wahroonga Our Lord this coming Lent to be courageous, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/C to constantly go forth bearing Bulletin, 24 November 2013. witness to the children you teach ⁴Pope Francis, Year of faith – Cateand those around you and to open chist mass homily, http:// “marking new paths for homily-at-mass-for-catechists proclaiming the Gospel”.⁴ mission, child protection, use of the authorised curriculum and some classroom management, which is provided by CCD Support Coordinators. The program hit new heights last year with 83 students from 5 high schools namely MacKillop College –

Warnervale, St Joseph’s – East Gosford, St Edward’s – East Gosford, St. Paul’s – Manly, and St Leo’s – Wahroonga. Our thanks to the CSO, the Catholic Colleges and the students for their support of the project.

Students from MacKillop College involved in Catechist Training

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


technology in the classroom

Term Two 2014 Week 1 (27 April) Second Sunday of Easter Week 2 (4 May) Third Sunday of Easter Week 3 (11 May) Fourth Sunday of Easter Week 4 (18 May) Fifth Sunday of Easter

24 May - Our Lady, Help of Christians Week 5 (25 May) Sixth Sunday of Easter Week 6 (1 June)

Ascension of the Lord Week 7 (8 June)

Pentecost Sunday Week 8 (15 June) Ordinary Time

Trinity Sunday

Week 9 (22 June) Ordinary Time

The Body and Blood of Christ 27 June - Sacred Heart

SmartBoard Lessons

USB Version 3 will be available in Term 2. USB Version 3 will contain all the lessons that were stored on the previous USBs in an updated user friendly format. It also contains a new range of music & lyrics. When it becomes available the Version 3 USB will be distributed at SmartBoard training sessions while those catechists who hold Versions 1 & 2 will be able to exchange their USB for the new version. Catechists who have previously attended training may like to attend a refresher course to assist with understanding the changes. Speak with your Parish Coordinator or call your regional office to organise training sessions. 8

Term One 2014

Interactive Whiteboards &

SmartBoard Tips for the Classroom

SRE Following are some tips for using a SmartBoard in the Classroom: 1. If possible, minimise slides beforehand. If you are allowed to gain access to the classroom before students arrive, open all slides and activities (including story animations) and minimise them to save time while each one loads onto the SmartBoard. As the lesson progresses, simply maximise each slide you want to display and don’t close each one until you’ve finished with it or at the end of the lesson. This will save you those precious few seconds and help keep your focus on the children so that they don’t have an opportunity to wander off mentally with their short attention span. 2. Use the screen shade until you’re ready Should you prefer to leave the first slide in full screen view, use the screen shade tool to hide the contents while the children are entering the classroom. This will allow you concentrate on the steps of the lesson, especially if it begins with prayer and not have the children distracted by what may be on the SmartBoard. You have control by revealing (gradually or instantly) what’s on the screen when it’s time to do so in accordance with your lesson plan. 3. The “Magic Pen” can be very effective for keeping attention of the children focussed on the lesson. When conducting a group discussion with the whole class prior to an activity in the student workbooks, consider adding a blank slide to the SmartBoard and writing (or drawing) answers offered by the class with the “Magic Pen”. As you know, the letters will soon disappear and if the children are not paying attention, they might miss out on knowing what to write (or draw) in their books. Activities can be used as rewards Students who are paying attention can be rewarded if you choose them to interact with the SmartBoard during activities. You’ll soon discover that they will compete for the chance to “touch” the screen, even for a small task such as advancing the next slide. Try it and see whether you experience a good response to this positive classroom management technique. If you need help with any of the tips above or other technology questions, please contact Joe Pulis on 9847 0228 or Anyone wishing to contribute tips to this page, please let us know so that we can share these with other catechists.

ideas for the


As you prepare for your first class of a new term the following tips may help to take away some anxieties and begin the new class situation in a positive way. From the first encounter it is important to give the students a good impression of you and SRE. It is also essential that the SRE teacher creates an atmosphere where the students will enjoy and ultimately look forward to their weekly SRE lessons with you. The following checklist may be useful: Arrange the classroom seating so you see each child’s face. Be close to the students but also give yourself room to move amongst the students. Infant students can sit on the floor in front of you. As they come into the room have the students put pencil cases and belongings on the desks before they come to the floor, ready to pray, sing or listen to your bible story.

Prepare the Sacred Space. This can be done before class begins but is it more meaningful if the students chose the correct cloth colour and place the items on the space as you explain. The students could be encouraged to bring items and put them on the Sacred Space. A roster system can be put in place so that each child gets a turn.

Introduce yourself with enthusiasm and respect. Write your name on the white board or have it ready on a name tag. Ask the children to respectfully address you by name when they are asking or answering questions. Name tags are a good way to get to know your students. Calling students by name helps with discipline. For the first lesson you could employ a “get to know you� game which involves the student names. E.g. names that have 4, 5 or 6 letters get together in a group. Long names, short names, same names get together. Remember this is a fun, 5 minute introductory activity, not the entire lesson.

For the first lessons it would be good for each child to have the opportunity, to talk about themselves. The students introduce themselves and say a sentence about their family or interests. If this is a very large class, split this activity over a few weeks. Giving two or three children time to introduce themselves each week shows the students you think they are special.

Remember to always include Prayer in your lesson. These can be your prayers or the children can be encouraged to say their own prayers. Arrange this on a roster so that everyone gets a turn. Remember there are age appropriate prayers printed at the beginning of the student books.

In the SRE classroom let the students know where their activity books, name tags etc. will be stored. Children can be rostered on to give out materials or you may prefer to have the books with names tags attached already placed in the seating arrangement you have designed. Remember to use the Family Supplement page when it is mentioned in your lesson plan. This is a useful link between you, what you are teaching in the lesson and sending the message via the student home to the parents. These tear out pages are in the back of the student book and need to be torn out carefully by the teacher for infant students. Older students should receive tear out instructions and direction on what to do with the page. Every page in the Kindergarten student book is a tear out family supplement. Encouragement to bring back and share in the next class what the students did at home with their family could be rewarded with a sticker and a clap from the class. Establish Class Agreements. These can be written on a large piece of paper or

cardboard and can be referred to when necessary. These could include: Speaking respectfully to the teacher and each other; Listening while someone else is Yvonne van den Berg, speaking; Being helpful, kind and sharing. CCD Support Coordinator, MWP

Leaving the classroom should be orderly. Table by table to avoid a rush to the door. You may like to address each child as they leave, offering a blessing for their day or just smiling and thanking them for coming. Leave on a note of looking forward to seeing them next week.

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


for the classroom


A Holy Week Reflection

Hands up those who have a favourite pet... it may be a dog, or a cat or a rabbit. You love this pet very much. So much, in fact, that when you come home from school saying hello to your pet is the first thing you do. Imagine that one day when you arrive home your pet has become very sick. So sick, in fact, that Dad has had to take it to the Vet’s surgery and all you can do is stay at home and wait. How do you think you would feel? (Take some responses) What might you be thinking? (Take some responses) Finally you can hear Dad’s car pull into the drive way and you rush out to meet him to find out how you pet is. There is some bad news and that is that you pet has to stay in hospital overnight. You have to wait. How does it feel waiting? (Take some responses) Tonight when you go to bed, you pray to God to look after your pet and that you will receive some good news in the morning. The following morning, when you wake up, you rush out to see Mum and Dad and ask them to ring the vet for you to find out how your pet is. They say that you have to wait until the vet is there as it is too early at the moment. So you sit down and have breakfast and wait some more. At 9 o’clock, Dad rings the vet for you and there is good news. Your pet is well. You may go and collect him as soon as you like. How does this make you feel? (Take some responses) What do you do? (Take some responses) This is something like how the friends of Jesus felt when he was crucified. Imagine how sad they were at the death of their good friend, Jesus? They were very sad because they had lost a friend and they did not think they would see him again. They waited all day Saturday and into Sunday morning before they heard any Good News. They were frightened too, because they thought they were in danger of being crucified. So they stayed in a room that was out of the way. Let’s take a minute, then, to remember the day that Jesus lay in the tomb and the sadness that his friends felt because they thought they had lost a friend. (Quiet time) Now let us get ourselves ready for the next part in this marvellous story of the first Easter when Jesus saved us from the power of sin.

Michael Tebbutt Senior Support Coordinator, CC

Project Compassion 2014

Caritas Australia celebrates its 50th year in 2014.

Everyone would be familiar with Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness raising appeal aimed at helping to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity of the world’s poor. The role of catechists in regard to Project Compassion is to raise awareness rather than to raise money. Caritas Australia has a comprehensive website with free resources available for anyone to order or to download. In the past, you may have used Project Compassion Boxes, Posters or DVDs as resources in your classroom. Enclosed in this issue of Connections you will find lesson ideas and prayers that you may like to incorporate in your lessons during Lent. Further Project Compassion and Caritas resources can be accessed online at


Term One 2014

from the classroom

Faith Inspired by the Prayer of Others Last week I taught a year 3/4 class at Manly Vale Primary. I was filling in for their usual teacher. The children did not know me, and I did not even have their names, however, they were attentive, responsive and prayed easily. Obviously the fruit of the many catechists who had preceded me!

After prayer a little girl came to me and asked: "Do you know Rosry?" It took a few seconds to realise that she was not asking if I knew a person named Rosry. I answered "yes I know the prayer of the Rosary". She looked into my eyes and said: "I had to pray Rosry at my grandfather's funeral, and I liked it. Would you teach me please?" I was deeply moved and still am reflecting on the power of the Holy Spirit to move the hearts of all of us into prayer. The request of this child also caused me to be thankful for the long tradition of popular devotion

CREATION - Parish Priest & Deacon visits

The week prior to the lessons the catechists prepared the children by reading the Book of Genesis chapter 1: 1-31 and 2: 1-3; then each year level was asked to prepare a presentation Children absolutely adore those on the biblical story of creation, with a lessons when clergy make it to their time limit of 2-3 minute each. school. With time restrictions, here is a Ideas were completely open, but were great idea which catechist essentially based comprised of action coordinators, catechists and priests/ and scenery. For higher grades the deacons can embrace easily and quickly for a fun, rewarding and children came up with their own ideas. memorable time together. For the younger grades the catechist This lesson can be done as one session (K-6 together) or repeated once for infants and then for primary. Our sessions went for ½ hour each divided as follows:

needed to provide structured input. For Year 3, for example, some chose to read whilst others wanted to act by miming, dancing or becoming statues. Those that didn’t were given some

Session One

Session Two Year 4 Creation Day 1 and 2

Year 1 Creation Day 2 and 3

Year 5 Creation Day 3 and 4

Year 2 Creation Day 4 and 5

Year 6 Creation Days 5, 6 and 7

Year 3 Creation Day 6 and 7

that has carried the Word of God through prayer throughout the centuries. I could also understand the deeper need of this little girl, and the way in which prayer will keep this little child close to God and to her grandfather as she works her way through grief and into understanding of a life of faith. How privileged are we to be with little children. Eulalie O'Keefe, Catechist, North Harbour Parish

Hornsby Parish

Hornsby South Waitara Public Schools were visited by Deacon Roberto & Fr Robert Borg for Catholic Assemblies on Creation.

Year K Creation Day 1

Warringah Parish

images from old magazines that were pasted onto paper plates and held up behind those acting the part. Father/Deacon then gave a short talk with some questions and answers. It is ideal if you can allow the children to own their presentation, then it will be all the more beautiful in variety. All you need to do is invite your parish priest.

Jennifer Skelly CCD Support Coordinator, NSH

We love to receive your stories from the Classroom or Parishes to include in Connections. If you would like to submit an article please do so. It can be as little as a few lines on a good lesson; a story; a resource you’ve found; or a special event in the parish or school. If there’s something you’d like to see us cover in future editions, please let us know that too!

To submit an article or to make a suggestion for Connections please write to: or CCD, PO Box 340, Pennant Hills 1715 Closing date for the Term 2 issue is 28 March 2014 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Diocese of Broken Bay


notices and directory

Training & Formation Courses Term 1, 2014 Course Type


Register by


Mon 10 Feb

9847 0448

18, & 25 Feb; 4, 11, 18 & 25 March; 9:30am – 2:30pm 8 April (Tuesdays)

Tues 11 Feb

9847 0448

CC The Entrance

21 & 28 Feb; 7, 14 & 21 March; 4 & 11 April (Fridays)

9:30am – 2:30pm

Fri 14 Feb

4332 9825

Child Protection & Integrity

CC East Gosford

Monday 10 March

10:00am - 1:00pm

Fri 3 March

4332 9825

Child Protection & Integrity


10:00am - 1:00pm

Fri 31 March

9847 0448

CCDMI/Level 1

CCDMI/Level 1

MWP Forestville

17 & 24 Feb; 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March (Mondays)

Time 9:30am – 2:30pm

CCDMI/Level 1

NSH CCC, Pennant Hills


Monday 7 April

CCDMI = CCD Ministry Induction: Level 1 Training is comprised of 14 units. The first 7 of these units make up the CCD Ministry Induction which all new catechists must complete in order to obtain full authorisation. Training is mandatory for all persons authorised by the CCD to enter a classroom, whether or not they are teaching. While attendance at these core units is compulsory, every effort will be made by the CCD to assist catechists in their obligation to complete this training. It is envisaged that the core courses will be made available for completion online early in 2014. Catechists should also be aware that attendance at other courses and training provided by the Parish Support Unit can count towards completion of training. All training is offered at no cost to the participants.

Phone your local PSU Regional Office for enquiries or a full program. See below for further contact details. Please assist us in our planning for events and courses by replying by the advertised closing date. REGISTRATIONS: Call: 9847 0448 or 4332 9825 or Email:

CCD DIRECTORY Current as of September 2013

Diocesan Office Caroline Chisholm Centre (CCC) Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd Pennant Hills (Enter off City View Rd) Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0492 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 Director - PSU Carole Gan Phone: (02) 9847 0560 Diocesan CCD Coordinator Alison Newell Phone: (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Diocesan Admin Assistant Phone: (02) 9847 0492 E-mail: CCD Authorisations Contact your PSU Regional Centre

Curriculum Orders Dina Leverett Phone: 9847 0442 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: North Shore & Hornsby Office (NSH) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0482 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Joe Pulis - (02) 9847 0228 E: Jennifer Skelly - (02) 9847 0488 E-mail: Central Coast (Gosford) Office (CCG) PSU Regional Centre 58 Victoria St, East Gosford NSW 2250 Phone: (02) 4323 7090 Fax: (02) 4323 7097 E-mail: Michael Tebbutt - (02) 4323 7090 E-mail:

Central Coast (Wyong) Office (CCW) PSU Regional Centre Catholic Formation and Education Centre 12 Ashton Avenue, The Entrance Postal Address PO Box 390, The Entrance NSW 2261 Phone: (02) 4334 3367 Fax: (02) 4334 3230 E-mail: Rebecca Bishop - (02) 4334 3367 E-mail: Manly Warringah Peninsula Office (MWP) Caroline Chisholm Centre Postal Address PO Box 340, Pennant Hills NSW 1715 Phone: (02) 9847 0516 Fax: (02) 9847 0481 E-mail: Yvonne van den Berg - (02) 9847 0494 E-mail: CCD WEBSITE

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Term One 2014

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