Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Coming to STM!
This September we are launching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based catechesis model that respects the dignity of the child. CGS believes there is an innate desire in the child for God, and that they simply need the right environment to discover that. Children in CGS encounter Jesus and the God of salvation history through biblical stories presented with materials in the atrium (the CGS term for the gathering space) and make natural connections with liturgy and sacraments, making Mass relevant and connected to our story in Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.

We are implementing a Level I atrium. And while this level is designed for ages 3-6, as we slowly introduce this to our parish we will begin with children aged three. Limiting the cohort by age eases the children into the unique environment without the catechists having to manage different age developments at once. The result next year will be four year olds familiar with the environment and the CGS way who can model things for the next round of three year olds. It’s a slow process but CGS will hopefully become an important part of the STM faith formation ethos. We’re grateful to Patricia Weaver and Katie Edelstein who have begun training to become catechists.

If you have a child who will be three as of September and are interested in enrolling them in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or if you are interested in becoming a catechist or assistant, please contact Andy Otto at aotto@stmga.org. To learn more about CGS, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/ccshOGQOneA