Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3-Gr. 5)

You are your child’s first teacher in the Catholic faith! Praying with your children, taking them to Mass and the Sacraments regularly, and being a good example to them are the most important ways to set them on the path to Meet, Know, Love and Serve Christ. At St. Charles Parish, we hope to assist you in that vital role by praying with your children and teaching, discussing and reinforcing the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church with them during our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Sessions.

CGS is based on the work of Maria Montessori, a well-known educational innovator. As a scientist, she carefully observed how children learned and developed an incredibly effective method and materials based on those observations. As a devout Roman Catholic, she especially wanted her educational method to be used to bring children to Jesus. CGS was developed using this method, which included experimenting with presentations on different stories from the Bible and components of the Mass (over many decades, all around the world) and gradually discovering which ones resonated with children in each age group.

Children meet in small groups in specially designed classrooms. Each room is called an atrium (plural is atria) and is filled with hands-on materials relating to the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Bible, which they enjoy working through at their own pace. The catechists leading each session have received extensive training to guide your child through this beautiful program where they not only are educated about the facts of their faith but learn to love God and enjoy His presence and His gifts.

CGS is organized into three different age levels. Each level has its own dedicated space with developmentally appropriate hands-on materials and distinct presentations designed to resonate with their heart, mind, and soul. 

Level 1: For children in preschool and kindergarten (they must have turned 3 by September 1, 2023). Please note that if children are not able to manage the bathroom independently, a parent must stay nearby during our sessions.

Level II: Especially focused on preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, beginning in 1st Grade and culminating in reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in 2nd or 3rd Grade.

Level III: For children who have received First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (generally 3rd Grade) through the end of 5th Grade. 

  • Children’s Discipleship Co-Lead
  • Children’s Discipleship Co-Lead