We are working to reimagine catechesis at St. Thomas More and move away from the traditional textbook curriculum and classroom model that doesn’t always meet children where they are. We are planning on introducing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), a Montessori-based model that emphasizes encounter with Jesus. CGS departs from the a textbook curriculum and moves towards a non-traditional classroom, where children lead and our faith’s principles are shared through Scripture and multimodal activities. The program’s approach enable both catechist and catechumen to interact imaginatively with a shared goal of cultivating their relationship with Jesus.
We are looking for those who would like to be trained as catechists for Level I of the program (serving children ages 3-6). CGS is expected to begin in Advent. Catechist training runs from May 30 through June 3 and has monthly follow-ups through February 2020. The cost is $500 per person, half of which STM will cover. We ask catechists to invest $250. If you’re a creative person that wants to share your gifts and talents with this parish’s children, please contact Andy Otto at firstname.lastname@example.org.