In the past year, CCT has begun offering Round Tables as a regular regional gathering for catechists and others interested in the work of the atrium. In our second Round Table, a group of catechists evaluated a prepared environment and discussed ways to think of perfecting their own atriums for the coming year. For those of you unable to attend, enjoy these practical tips for evaluating your own atrium, and identifying problem spots and possible solutions.
Assessing the Prepared Environment:
Perfecting your Atrium for the Coming Year
by Catherine Maresca
EVALUATION OF THE SPACE
The end of the catechetical year is the perfect time to sit in the quiet atrium and evaluate your space. Every environment can be improved in some way, according to the materials it holds, the children it serves, and the preferences and gifts of the catechists. While some group space is important, especially with older children, it is vital that the room and its furnishings be organized primarily around the work of the children. Ask yourself:
As you answer these questions begin to move materials or furniture to address the difficulties and maintain the strengths of your current environment. Be sure to let all the adults who worked in the room have some input into this process, and get their feedback on the changes you propose.
GROUPING MATERIALS BY THEME
As much as possible, related works should be together. The broadest divisions of the materials are liturgical and biblical. There is also space for prayer, practical life, and art.
Liturgical materials include:
Baptism: all materials required for Baptism 1, 2, and 2.
Altar nomenclature: all materials for Altar 1, 2, and 3, and the liturgical colors
Gestures: all materials for cruets, chalice, epiclesis, offering, peace, lavabo.
Biblical materials include:
Good Shepherd: all materials for Good Shepherd, Found Sheep, Psalm 23 and Eucharistic Presence
Most Level I areas are expanded.
There will be new areas for:
There are often good reasons to break up these groups somewhat, but as much as possible keep them together.
INVENTORY OF THE MATERIALS
You should have a complete list of your materials organized as follows
NAME OF MATERIAL REPAIR REPLACE WHO
LIST OF EACH PART OF THE MATERIAL
SUPPLIES SUCH AS CANDLES
This inventory becomes your summer work plan. You can create a master shopping list from it and watch for needed items during the summer. Order the raw materials for items that need to be made early so you can work on them when time allows, or distribute to volunteers with plenty of time for them to work on them.
More About CCT Round Tables
What: Round Tables for catechists, assistants, parents, pastors, and DRE's of area Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs. Each Round Table will begin with a presentation of a chosen topic and include time for discussion of that and other topics.
When: 2-3 times/year, Sunday afternoons, Saturday mornings, or weekday evenings.
Where: At area atriums, all are welcome to host a Round Table in conjunction with us.
Why: To help us get to know each other, support our work, implement course work effectively, make a place for assistants and parents in the catechesis community, discuss issues not covered in courses.
How: We will use a local email list to announce the Round Tables. When you get these, please forward them to your co-workers, parents, and any others you think would like to join us. The Center will choose the topics together with the hosting atrium, based on feedback from you. Let us know topics you would like to have included. If you get this announcement you are on the email list, please send us the emails of interested persons (with their permission).
Who: We will need leaders for each Round Table. A presenter who has some expertise in the chosen topic, and others to serve as discussion leaders. Please consider offering yourself for either role.
How much: $5 for each Round Table, to help defray the cost of hospitality and any expense of the presenter.
Please: * RSVP if you plan to come when you get an announcement of a Round Table
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