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



Please choose one option:


Saturday 8:30am-10:00am


Wednesday 4:15pm-5:40pm


Registration for 2017-2018, will begin on April 12th.


Click here for a registration form.


A child must be 3 years of age by September 1 to register. 


For the 2016-17 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.


To see the CGS Saturday calendar, click here.


To see the CGS Wednesday calendar, click here.


To see an Atrium Handbook for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, click here.


For a list of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Summary of Presentations, “Help Me Fall in Love with God,” click here.


For the Guidelines for Observation in the Atrium, click here.


For the All About the Atrium Newsletter, click here.


For An Open Letter to Parents of 3-6 Year Olds from a Parent of Teens, click here.


For information on THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 32 Points of Reflection, click here.





For questions or additional information, please call the Religious Formation Office at 402-493-1642.