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Parents and guardians of children in the parish are encouraged to join our email list for parents and families.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is our formation program for ages 3-12. CGS is based on the conviction that God and the child are already in relationship, and that the role of the adult is not to “teach” the child to know God but to protect and nurture the child's pre-existing bond with God. The adult in CGS is not an instructor to the child, but a fellow student of Christ, who is the only Teacher.
CGS was developed by Sofia Cavalletti, an Italian Hebrew scripture scholar, building on the work and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. In the Catechesis we present age-appropriate themes from the Bible and our liturgy with materials the children use to internalize and ponder the great mysteries of our faith. There is no “textbook” other than the Bible, and no “lesson” other than Jesus’ own life and words.
CGS takes place in a specially prepared room called an “atrium,” after the area in the ancient basilica where catechumens would be prepared. St. Paul’s atria are on the lower level of the parish hall; a large painting of the Good Shepherd in the stairwell shows the way.
More useful information for CGS parents can be found at http://www.cgsusa.org/parentresources.aspx.