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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children that is based on the conviction that God and the Child are in relationship. Our role as adults is to protect and nurture this bond. In the Catechesis we present age-appropriate themes from the Bible and our liturgy with manipulative materials the children use to internalize and ponder the great mysteries of our faith.

The Catechesis seeks to give children the guidance and vocabulary which enable them to become aware of their relationship with God and give expression to it. With the Catechesis we help each child to continue to fall in love with God while building community among peers.

Each level of the child’s work explores the fundamental theme of covenant, God’s call and our response, as reflected in the Bible and as lived in liturgy. At Level I the 3-6 year-olds have the capacity to receive and enjoy the most essential elements of our faith: the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, the announcement of God’s love given for us in the person of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. At Level II the 6-9 year-olds focus on the image of the True Vine, deepening their relationship with God, family, friends and the larger community as they prepare for and celebrate communion, broadening their understanding of Mass.

Children need their own place to work with these essentials and many other key elements of our faith. This place is called an atrium. Montessori coined this term recalling the part of the Early Christian church building where catechumens would gather in preparation to join the church. Each atrium is specially designed with child-sized furniture including a prayer table for gathering, a model altar, as well as materials to deepen their familiarity with more parables and the Mass itself. After being presented with new material in a small group, children are free to choose work which particularly speaks to them to foster the growth of their own relationship.

A recent article in the Prairie Messenger, featuring our dedicated and engaging Ruth Ann, captures how the Christmas Story is lived within the Catechesis of the Good – Read Here

Endorsement of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by Archbishop Prendergast

CGS Endorsement Letter


Press Release – July 10, 2018

A New Home Found for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Blessed Sacrament Parish in the Ottawa Archdiocese!

Effective Fall 2018, the Fulton J. Sheen Room at Blessed Sacrament Parish will become a new home for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The atrium at St. George’s RC Parish will move from its current location into this beautiful space so that it may serve through a multi-parish CGS model.  Addressing the variety of needs and limitations of parishes, the atrium at Blessed Sacrament will offer an invitation to collaborate by sharing atrium space and materials, so that many more children from across the diocese will have the opportunity to fall in love with the Good Shepherd.

Currently there are six parishes offering CGS to over 150 children weekly in the diocese.  The Blessed Sacrament atrium does not increase the number of atria, but does hope to improve access for families and maximize resources so that more children can (in the words of CGS parents) “experience Our Lord in a hands on, developmentally appropriate way and get closer to Him in a world where it is becoming easier to keep Him out of our lives.”

Cell:  613-884-6007

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith Formation Director for Children

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