A Montessori Based Faith Formation 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 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

Register or Learn More

Interested in learning more or enrolling your child in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program? Since this program is still new and in a pilot stage, we enroll on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Contact the Director of Faith Formation, Leah Kurzynski, at lkurzynski@stjosephricelake.org or call the parish office at (715) 234-2032.

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 Offerings and Tuition

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I is for ages 3-5 and meets once a week throughout the school year.


There are 3 different sessions to choose from during the week:

  • Tuesday morning 8:15-9:45
  • Tuesday afternoon 3:15-4:45
  • Thursday morning 8:15-9:45
Tuition and Registration:
$25 per school year
The Atrium is located in the basement of St Joseph Church, near the elevator.
Teacher with child by altar
Child by mini play altar

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