Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
8:30 a.m. service
3 1/2 yrs. - 3rd grade
Rms. 108 & 112
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori approach to the religious formation of children based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. The curriculum’s heart lies in the conviction of the religious potential of every child through loving relationship, Scripture and liturgy.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a method of religious formation “rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the education principles of Maria Montessori.” Developed by Hebrew scholar Sophia Cavaletti and Montessori director, Gianna Gobbi in Rome, it has been offered in the United States for over 25 years.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method recognizes that a child, unable to read, needs other ways to ponder and express what they hear from Scripture or liturgy. During class, teachers give the children a lesson from a New Testament parable, a passage or lessons on our Eucharistic Prayer. Then the teachers give them time and materials to demonstrate what they believe the Lord is speaking to them. Through art, sculpted New Testament figurines, maps, Eucharistic or liturgical furnishings or quiet corner, a child can absorb and allow the truth of God’s Word to soak in. The work of the child becomes a prayer, a conversation with God.
Children will join their families in the church for communion during the Lord's Prayer.
For more information on Catechesis, please email Deb Whiteside at