Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based faith formation program founded on two pillars: Sacred Scripture and Holy Liturgy. Through the use of Scripture and materials, which we call “work,” children are invited to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Over 500 of our parish’s children in both the PSR and school visit our three atria each week. For students in our school, CGS serves as a supplement to the religious education they receive in the classroom. For our parish children not enrolled in our school, CGS serves as their primary faith formation program.
During our time together, we focus on encouraging the formation of personal prayer life, helping our children to participate fully in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, and working to develop a deeper understanding of our Catholic identity and Tradition. Each session in the atrium is led by a certified catechist who is aided by a volunteer atrium assistant. To learn more about volunteering in the atrium, please contact our program coordinator, Julie Dilley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-875-6779, extension 216.
CGS has three levels of atria, each serving specific grade levels:
Level I: Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
Level II: Grades 1-3
Level III: Grades 4-6
All CGS classes are offered during the school year. Our school children visit the atrium weekly as part of their school day. In addition, we offer CGS at various times on Sundays and also Thursday evenings for our students who are homeschooled or attend a public school.