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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children.  It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on space called an atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy.  The atrium is a space where the child develops his/her relationship with God, a relationship which already exists. 

Children are deeply spiritual and their relationship with God comes easily to them.  In the atrium, they learn the vocabulary of the Church, ponder the question “Who are you Jesus?” and learn to pray and listen to God.  They work at their own pace with hands-on materials and presentations that include the Holy Bible, the liturgy, and the sacraments.  They celebrate the great love God has for them and build a strong faith foundation.  That foundation calls forth a response from the child to serve God and others.

Early in Dr. Maria Montessori’s work, a child said to her, “help me to help myself”, rather than doing it for me.  In the atrium, the cry of the child is seen as “help me to come to God by myself.”

To learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which was developed in 1954 by two Roman Catholic laywomen, Sophia Cavalletti and Gionna Gobbi in Rome, visit the CGS website

Program Offerings: Level I & Level II

Level I classes (3-6 years old, preschool and kindergarten) will be offered once a week on Tuesdays from 4-5:40 p.m. or Thursdays from 4:15-6:00 p.m. Children must be fully potty trained to attend these classes.
A Level II class (6-9 years old) will be offered after school on Tuesdays from 4-5:40 p.m. Children need a year of prior CGS experience to attend this class. Space is limited. Children are prepared for their sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion through the CGS program.
All children at St. Clement of Rome preschool attend CGS once a week during the school day.
There is a waitlist for all Level I and Level II classes.  To be placed on the waitlist, please email  a completed registration form.
See "Documents" for Registration Forms and Calendar 

Program Offerings: Toddler Class

A Parent/Child Toddler class (ages 15-36 months) is offered once a week on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Start immersing your toddler into the life of the Church and meet other families with children the same age.  This class is offered in 2 sessions. You may choose to sign up for one or more sessions. If you also have an infant under 1 year old, you may bring them to the class at no additional charge.
Our toddler classes for 2023-24 are full.  To be placed on the waitlist, please email in a completed registration form
See "Documents" for Registration Forms and Calendar