Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

A hands-on method of faith formation based on the Montessori method of learning

“Let the children come to me..."

Matthew 19:14

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

  • A hands-on method of faith formation based on the Montessori method of learning.

CGS Includes:

  • A dedicated prepared space for children called the atrium along with extensively trained catechists.
  • The atrium is a special place of work and prayer, filled with kid-sized furniture and hands on models of people, places, and items found in scripture and liturgy. These manipulatives are introduced to the children throughout the year. 
  • Each week, the children choose “work” to continue their meditation about particular Scripture texts or signs from the liturgy. Working with these materials, allows the child to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with the Good Shepherd.

Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program here:

Who is CGS for?

  • At this time St. Catharine is offering CGS for children in Preschool - 1st Grade.
  • For the 2023-2024 year CGS is open to current parishioners and non-parishioners.
  • Parish children register below by August 20th (based on the number of children registered, we may need to do a lottery because of a limited number of catechists and materials/space)
  • Your child must be fully potty-trained and three years old on or before 09/01/2023.

When and Where?

  • CGS meets in the Good Shepherd Atrium located in the Lower Level of the Church.

  • Every Sunday • 9:30am-11:00am
  • September 10th, 2023 - May 19th, 2024


  • Every Wednesday • 8:00am-9:30am
  • September 6th, 2023 - May 22nd, 2024

CGS does not meet on Christmas, Easter, Spring Breaks, etc.

How much does CGS cost?

  • $125 per child

What if I can't pay?

  • No worries! Go ahead and pay what you are currently able to afford. We never want cost to be a hindrance to growing in love for God at St. Catharine.

*Please Note: If you have a child enrolled in St. Catharine's Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade they will have CGS time during their school time, and you do not need to register them separately.


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