Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Faith Formation for our Pre-K and Kindergarten Children.
This program is open to our children ages 3 through Kindergarten. Children must be potty trained. On-line registration for the 2017-2018 will be available March 2017.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a montessori-based curriculum. This hands on approach allows each child to learn at their individual pace while all grow in their understanding of Christ and the Mass.
The child, particularly the religious life of the child, is central to the interest and commitment our program and catechists.
- Our catechists observe and study the vital needs of the child and the manifestations of those vital needs according to the developmental stage of the child
- The catechists live with the child a shared religious experience according to the teaching of the gospel: “Except you become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 18:3)
- The catechist attends to the conditions which are necessary for this life to be experienced and to flourish.
With this aim in mind, the catechist embraces Maria Montessori’s vision of the human being and thus the attitude of the adult regarding the child; and prepares an environment called the atrium, which aids the development of the religious life.
The atrium is a community in which children and adults live together a religious experience which facilitates participation in the wider community of the family, the church and other social spheres.
- The atrium is a place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer.
- The atrium is a place in which the only Teacher is Christ; both children and adults place themselves in a listening stance before his Word and seek to penetrate the mystery of the liturgical celebration.
The transmission of the Christian message in the atrium has a celebrative character.
- The catechist is not a teacher, remembering that the only Teacher is Christ himself.
- The catechist renounces every form of control (such as quizzes, texts, exams, etc.) in the spirit of poverty before an experience whose fruits are not her/his own.