St. Gabriel Christian Formation

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

"If God is presented to the child through tangible and meaningful activities, it will do more for the child than just arouse interest; it will create in the child a sense of joy, admiration, and wonder."

Maria Montessori

As we seek to make disciples of our children through the Sacramental life of the Church, we will be gradually implementing the good work of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in St. Gabriel Parish.

An article written in the National Catholic Register by a Catholic mom, Simcha Fischer, gives an excellent summary of what Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is all about - what it has done for hechildren and more importantly what it can do for yours! Please read this excerpt from Simcha’s article:

“A few years ago, though, I discovered that our parish offers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This has been life-changing for our family. I still assume that we, as parents, are in charge of educating our children in the Faith. But this Montessori-based program for children has given the kids something I could never be sure I was conveying: a simple, synthesized, profound involvement with the Gospel and with the liturgical life of the Church.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was founded in the 1950's by two Italian laywomen, one a scriptural scholar and one an expert in Montessori education. Together they conceived of a simple, attractive method for sharing the richness of the Faith with children, who are uniquely capable of accepting the beauty of God's love. The program is presented in three levels, and includes time in the "Atrium," which is a quiet environment where children learn through tactile “work”...

Catechesis of the Good shepherd emphasizes quiet contemplation and, imagine this, "the enjoyment of God." The children hear Bible stories and watch them acted out with simple materials; they learn songs and prayers, and are encouraged to work quietly with simple and meaningful objects. One mother explained that CGS "cracked the code" of the Mass for her son, as he learned to become alert to the details of the liturgy: the significance of color, the names and purposes of the various vessels and tools on the altar.

...The growing popularity of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is one of most tremendous signs of hope I've seen in the modern Church.”