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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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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 III

Level I classes (3-6 years old, preschool and kindergarten) will be offered once a week on Mondays 4:15-6:00, Tuesdays 4:00-5:40 or Thursdays 4:15-6:00. Children must be fully potty trained to attend these classes.
All children at St. Clement of Rome preschool attend CGS once a week during the school day.
Level II classes (1st- 3rd grade) will be offered after school on Tuesdays 4:00-5:40 or Thursdays 4:15-6:00.  
A new Level II/III class (3rd-6th grade) will be offered on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:40. We request that children have a year of prior CGS experience to attend these Level II & III classes. Space is limited. 

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.
See "Documents" for Calendar 

Program Costs:

Toddler Session 1: $195
Toddler Session 2: $240
Levels I-III: $300/child
2nd grade sacrament retreat fee: $35

There is an option on the registration form to pay the full amount by Aug 1 or select a payment plan. Toddler session 2 payment is due Nov 1.


Please use the link below to request enrollment.  Submit one form per family. Class calendars are posted under Documents on this page. Program costs are listed above.  We have waitlists for some classes.  You will be contacted about placement after we receive your form. Thank you!