A Montessori Based Religious Education Program

Why Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (or CGS) is a faith formation program that seeks to answer the question “what are the vital religious needs of the child at this particular age.”

Using Montessori educational principals, the aim of CGS is to help foster a relationship between God and the child. CGS takes place in the “atrium,” a beautiful sacred environment especially prepared for children. The atrium contains materials such as a model altar, baptismal font, 3-dimensional scenes from the life of Jesus, sheep and a sheepfold, a prayer table and scripture cards. Students are given one-on-one lessons and then invited to work with the materials that go with each lesson.  The atrium becomes a place of peaceful work, where the students learn in a deep and profound way about the life of Jesus, scripture, liturgy, and the teaching and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Each atrium session is led by a trained CGS catechist, along with an assistant.

Child playing with topographical map
Child praying and kneeling on the floor

How to Register or Learn More

Interested in learning more or enrolling your child in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program? We enroll on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Contact the Religious Education office at 715-736-3105 for more information.

Prospective parents! Come and observe! We are always welcoming parents to come and see what CGS is all about.

Calling all volunteers! We are always in need of classroom assistants and volunteers.

Program details

We are now offering Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Level I and Level II students. Each session meets once a week between October and May.

Schedule:

TBD

Tuition (suggested donation):
$40/student or $80/family
Location:
The Atrium is located in the basement of Four Parish/One Faith Cluster Administration Offices.
Teacher with child by altar
Child by mini play altar

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