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. Montessori is known by many as an educational innovator, but most are not aware that she was also a devout Catholic and a scientist. Montessori especially desired that her work be applied to the religious education of children. Gianna Gobbi, one of her co-workers, and an amazing scripture scholar named Sofia Cavalletti together developed the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd over many decades in many countries around the world. They used Montessori’s scientific method of observation of children to experiment with presentations on different stories from the Bible and components of the Mass and gradually discovered which ones resonated with children in each age group. As you can imagine, this is an enormous gift to us, alongside the well-developed materials, presentations and methodology.
Children meet in a specially designed classroom (called an atrium) filled with hands-on materials relating to the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Bible, that 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.
We have found CGS to be an engaging and effective method for sharing the faith on the levels of both heart and mind with children of all ages.
To Register for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Charles:
1. Fill out our online registration HERE (one form per child).
2. Fill out, save and return the Payment and Emergency Medical Form found at the bottom of the above link (one per family).
3. Follow the payment instructions at the bottom of Payment and Emergency Medical Form noted above.
Early sign-up is recommended since there are a limited number of in-person spots available.