What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of the child. It is rooted in Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, and the educational philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori and Sophia Cavaletti.
Each week the children gather in a room prepared for them called an “atrium”. This specially prepared space contains many materials that the children can work with and use.
Spirituality of the Child
First and foremost, children have a profound capacity for relationship. They give and receive love. They need love. In the atrium, we nurture their relationship with God through the Parable of the Good Shepherd. In the Good Shepherd, the child meets One Who protects and cares for them, knows them and calls them by name, and loves them completely.
Our young children are full of energy and love to and have to move! In the atrium, the child prays with his/her whole body.
This program is taught September through early May. Children for this program must be 3 years old by August 31, 2012 and no older than 6 years old at the time of registration.
Classes are held:
Tuesday Mornings: 9:30am – 10:30am
Wednesday Evenings: 6:00pm – 7:15pm
For more information please contact Maria Dennison in the Christian Formation Office.