What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
The Catechesis of the Good Sepherd 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 an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials. The program is a tool that nurtures the relationship between your child and Jesus. A calm and quiet environment allows the “whispers of God” to be heard. They experience scripture by working with figures from Bible stories. They will gain insight into the Mass by setting a small altar, preparing the chalice, and practicing gestures.
Who is the catechist?
Individuals who have been called to work with children. They take on a servant leadership role, using facilitation instead of direct instruction techniques. Catechists have undergone extensive training from CGSUSA. The catechist is secondary to the Holy Spirit, who is the child's own inner guide and teacher.
Who can attend the atrium?
Children who are 3-6 years old (they must be 3 by September 1). To attend children must be fully potty-trained and independent in the bathroom.
A few important notes:
-Children must be 3 by September 1 and potty trained
-Attendance is important. In order for the child to feel comfortable with the routines and flow of the atrium attendance must be a priority. Enrollment is a commitment to attend weekly sessions.
-Process over product Each child will be doing work in the Atrium and reflecting on God’s Word in his or her own way. There aren’t many “products” of their reflection time to bring home.
-Sessions: Friday 9:30-11 am or Friday 12:30-2 pm, September-May
-Cost: $150 for the year
-Orientation: September 6; registered families will be sent a link to sign-up for a time