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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Where a child can fall in love with God

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (CGS) Sessions 2016-2017:
Registration is open now through August 15, 2016
Sessions held weekly September 8, 2016 through May 7, 2017
Meets the requirements for PRE for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James Parishes




Good Shepherd - (Level I) 
(Children ages 3-6 - through Kindergarten)

Thursday 4:30-6:00pm (Cheryl Reeson, Catechist)
Saturday 9:30-11:00am (Paul Santos & Renee Santos, Catechists)
Sunday 9:15-10:45am (Maria Christensen, Catechist)
Registration fees = $30 per child or $45 for 2+ children within the immediate family

True Vine - Level II 
(Children ages 6-9 - 1st to 3rd grades)
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm (Jeanne Schulte, Catechist)

Saturday 9:30-11:00am (Christi Olsen, Catechist)
Sunday 9:15-10:45am (Lynne Santos, Catechist)
Registration fees = $75 per child
Please note, classroom atrium adult assistants receive a registration fee discount of 50%



What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. 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 to discover for themselves the rich beauty of our faith. You may be wondering how do these materials help the religious life of children?  If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. 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 - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, lay in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the Kingdom of God.



  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 of Sofia Cavalletti and the National Association of the Catechesis ofthe Good Shepherd, United States

Download / Forms

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Registration Form 2016-2017

Student Dismissal Release - Photo Consent - Contact Information for Atrium

St Elizabeth Ann Seton CGS Parent Handbook 2016-2017

Guidelines for Observation in the Atrium

The philosophy of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Summary of Presentations


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