"Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." -Mark 10:14
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori based religious education program for preschool. It was developed in Rome by Sofia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobi in 1954 and has since expanded worldwide. The program’s approach to teaching is not to have the child sit, listen and watch, but to understand our faith through touch and action. The children have a hands-on experience completing their “work” in the atrium. The atrium is a special room that is prepared and filled with learning materials that help the children begin to learn the mysteries of God in a way that supports their natural senses of wonder. Catechists demonstrate various presentations to the children about important Bible stories and the liturgy, and the child is then able to reenact and practice those presentations to discover their deeper meanings.
All catechists of CGS go through a formation process that includes ample theology, an understanding of child development, and the Montessori method. We welcome anyone who might be willing to become a catechist or would like to serve in the atrium as an assistant to the catechist.
Registrations are now open!
The cost of the program is $75 per year and you can request a paper registration at the parish office or fill out this online form. If you choose online, please have your credit card ready as you will not be able to complete registration online without completing the payment option. If you have the need of a scholarship, please contact the office.