Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
"If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should with patience and courage seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child will be our teacher if we know how to observe."
-- Sofia Cavalletti
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique approach to children’s Christian formation. The program is based on the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The primary belief is that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.
At St. Luke’s, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is available for children ages 3 to 9 during the Sunday School hour. Each week, children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 gather in their respective rooms, called atria. These special spaces contain hands-on materials that the children work with and use, such as a model altar. The children also gather around a prayer table each week to listen and talk with God.