Young children are particularly capable of receiving and enjoying the most
essential elements of our faith: the announcement of God's love, in the person
the Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd Catechesis is a method developed by the late
Dr. Sophia Cavaletti who was a Hebrew and scripture scholar. It is based on
Montessori principles and the realization that young children not only develop
a personal, loving relationship with God but actually have a hunger for God.
It is scripturally and liturgically based. An additional component is the
celebrations at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Children gather in an area called the Atrium. This is a term used by the early
church for the gathering area where one prepared for membership in the
community. For the child too, the Atrium is a place or preparation for involvement in the larger worshiping community, a place that fosters the child's relationship with God.
Good Shepherd Catechesis is offered Sunday mornings from 8:45-10:15 or
10:45-12:15 for children ages 3-6 (not yet completed kindergarten.)
For more information on this program, please call Marianne Slattery
at 440-946-1128 x21.