St Ann’s is happy to be able to offer a wonderful program for children’s religious education called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We will begin with sessions offered to 3-6 year olds as another option for PSR classes, as this program grows, we plan to eventually offer this program for children all the way up to 12 years old. However, this will take several years to reach the 12 year old level.
During the school year, Atrium times for our 3yr olds through Kinder are offered at 9:30 am on Sundays, Mondays at 4:45, 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Wednesdays as well as 10am on Fridays. If you are interested in participating in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please send an email to Kristin Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently taking registrations for the Fall! All new students will be added to the waitlist and we will fill in open spots from this list. Please turn in a completed registration form to add your child to the waitlist.
Please note that we fill open spots in the following order**:
- Children of CGS Catechists/Volunteers
- Currently enrolled CGS students
- Children of PSR volunteers
- New students
** We are always looking for people to participate in formation and join our CGS ministry. It is the best way to ensure that your child gets into this popular program!
Missed this summer’s formation but would still like to actively participate in this ministry? It isn’t too late! We are also in need of assistants in the Atrium! Please contact Kristin for more info on how to join this group!
In order to participate in this program, your child will need to be potty trained as we are not equipped to change diapers, etc…
“Though you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” Matthew 11:25
We are also in need of parishioners that can sew, paint or are handy with woodworking to help us in making some of the materials that will be needed in our Atrium.
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? CGS is an approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in the “Atrium,” a room specially prepared for them located in the Mary Center. This very special room will contain simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.
Children at this age are filled with WONDER and it is the goal of CGS to direct that wonder to an understanding of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and His love for all his sheep/children. It utilizes the element of discovery vs. telling and engages the child’s heart, spirit, body & mind.
This is a highly experiential program with materials that are child-sized and easy for children to work with. They can focus on what interests him or her each session and work with any materials from any lesson.
(Thank you to www.youngsheep.org for allowing us to use their wonderful video!)