Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children ages 3-6. 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 that they use. The atrium is a wonderful place where your child can fall in love with Jesus. In an Atrium, the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was developed by Sofia Cavalletti, a devout Catholic and pioneer in children’s faith development. (Source for the above narrative from publications and work for Sofia Cavalleti and the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, United States www.cgsusa.org).
Wednesday 4:15pm-5:40pm (NOTE: Atrium is currently full for 2018-19.)
For the 2018-19 year we will grow in our faith through using materials such as the articles of the Mass: the tabernacle, ciborium, the liturgical calendar, and the vestments of the priests. Furthermore, your child will meditate on the Infancy Narratives of the Annunciation and Visitation as well as the parables, the gestures of the epiclesis and offering (doxology), as well as learning about the gestures and oils used at baptism.
The following documents are located on the right column.
- The Atrium Calendar
- The Atrium Handbook
- Guidelines for Observation in Atrium
- An Open Letter to Parents from a Parent of a Teen
- Summary of Presentations, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- The Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 32 Points of Reflection
For questions or additional information, please call the Religious Formation Office at (402) 493-1642.