Please note: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is not considered comprehensive Religious Education & Formation, and on its own, does not meet the requirements for sacrament preparation within the Austin Diocese. A comprehensive Religious Education & Formation program is a K-12th grade written curriculum that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has reviewed and approved.
For sacramental preparation, the diocese recommends that children from the age of 6 should be taking part in a comprehensive Religious Education and Formation program. Taken in addition to a comprehensive Religious Education and Formation program class, The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd can be a wonderful way to enrich the older (ages 6-12) child's faith formation.
What Is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?
A three-year old is setting a model altar with an altar cloth, paten, chalice, candles, and crucifix. Later she carefully arranges a small bouquet of flowers. A four-year old sits in front of a model of a sheepfold, moving model sheep and shepherd while listening intently to an adult read the scripture account of the Good Shepherd. Two five-year olds sit across from each other; one sewing while the other traces images from a scripture account and makes a book.
Welcome to the Atrium, a prayer space designed to meet the spiritual and developmental needs of children using the Montessori method. By means of the beauty, silence, self-direction, and prayer fostered here, the mystery of the child encounters the mystery of God. Lovely hand-made materials to work and pray with, proclamations of God's Word, meditation, and song, all appropriate to the child's way of approaching God, invite him or her into a lifelong relationship with the Good Shepherd who gives "life to the full."
In the Atrium a child explores prayer, liturgy, Holy Land geography, practical life, and art expression during a weekly session.
Could the Good Shepherd be calling your child to the Atrium?
If you are interested in becoming a CGS catechist, Co-catechist, Assistant, or to arrange a tour of the Atrium, please contact us.
Sundays 9:45-10:45 am
Sundays 4:15-5:15 pm
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
Catechetical Themes and Presentations of Level I