The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children, beginning at the age of three. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium, in which both the children and the catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in the scriptures and the liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi over 50 years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world wide and is used with adaptation in various Christian traditions. This Level I course grounds the participant in the theory and praxis of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while also concretely preparing her/him to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year olds. Level 2 acknowledges the child's growing understanding of justice and desire to know their place in the world. At this level, children work more deeply to learn about the time and place of Jesus. We talk about social justice and introduce the idea of the universal Church.
This year we will have a Level 1 Atrium for 3-6 year old children and a Level 2 Atrium for grades 1 - 3. Atrium will be part of the school Religion curriculum as well as Wednesday Faith Formation. This is a very prayerful and rich curriculum. Young children get comfortable very quickly in the Atrium but we can work with you if you think separation will be a problem initially. Classes start Wednesday September 28, 2016!