Catechesis Of The Good Shepherd
Meet in Rooms 7-8 of the Education Building .
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium), Level 1, at St. Williams is a Montessori-based, hands-on Catholic faith formation program for children 3-6 years old. It is held from 8:45-9:45 on Sunday mornings. The Atrium is a specially prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd. They can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement of Scripture through gospel stories, parables of the Kingdom and learning about the liturgy.
3-6 years old (Level One) – “Hands On” Experience— Learn by playing, enacting the Gospel Stories, Preparing for “a Mass” Grounded in Montessori educational principles, topics emphasized: Gospel stories, Kingdom Parables, Elements of the Mass, Articles of the Altar, The Liturgical Year of the Church, Geography of the Holy Land.
Grades 1-3 (Level Two) Wednesday evenings, 6:30PM-7:45 PM Meet in Keefe Hall Classroom
In Level 2, we build upon the foundational themes of Level 1 through the lens of "the History of the Kingdom of God"--the big picture that is set in history and time, which are developmental needs of a Level 2 child.
Additional themes include:
- The History and Gifts of the Kingdom of God
- The Holy Bible
- The Moral Parables and the Moral Life
- Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation & the Eucharist
- The Holy Mass & More!
Taught by experienced teachers trained in Montessori methods
NOTE: For 2023-2024, Level 2 CGS will be phased in for grades 1-3. Until this phase-in is complete, the program for these grades will be a hybrid of curricula from St Mary's Press (Discover!) and CGS Level 2. Our calendar for 2023-2024 is here.