A child's-eye view of God

  • October 12, 2007
{mosimage}TORONTO - Students and staff at St. Marcellus Catholic Elementary School celebrated the book launch of Becoming a Child.... while thinking about God! on Sept. 27 in their school auditorium.

It’s a book they co-authored with Toronto priest Fr. Gianni Carparelli that uses simple language to explain common questions children ask when grappling with the idea of God such as “Who is Jesus?” and “Why should I pray?”

Becoming a Child is meant to support the Religion and Family Life program of the Toronto Catholic District School Board by focusing the experience of friendship and communion for Grades 1 and 2, the art of listening, sharing and praying for Grades 3, 4 and 5 and how to help and serve for Grades 6, 7 and 8.

“We have to learn how to teach from the heart,” said Carparelli to the audience. “When we enter inside our hearts we discover the presence of God, who is in fact communion.”

Among the guests were school trustee Paul Crawford, superintendent of area one Toronto Catholic District School Board, Kevin Cobus, director of education for the board, and Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins.   

“It’s something that’s a great help to other people,” said Collins in a short speech.

Students contributed artwork for the book as well as their own insights on matters of faith.

Just as the book incorporated student creativity and thought, so did the book launch. Students sang songs, danced, posted  art pieces around the gym and had an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.  

Students presented Carparelli with a $400 cheque from money raised during a chewing gum sale last year. Carparelli will donate all proceeds from the book to Caritas and Mater Dei programs for addicts.

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