This is an exciting new ministry for our youngest children. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the spiritual formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church and the educational methods of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an atrium, a room prepared especially for them, which contains simple yet beautiful child-size materials that help the child to absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.
In September 2018 we launched this program for children ages 3 to 6. Beginning in September 2019, we are continuing the group for this age, and adding a group for ages 6 to 9 (1st to 4th grade). For more information, or to inquire about enrolling your child, please contact the coordinator, Matushka Connie Shank. (If you do not have her contact information, you may send a message via the church office.)
In 2018 our parish hosted a week-long Level One Formation Course, to prepare adult Catechists to work with children in the 3 to 6 age bracket using this method. In subsequent years, we will host additional training courses to help our Catechists to further develop their skills.