CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The Catechesis of the Good is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “Atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith. You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children. If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. A little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an Atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for Mass. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensorially rich experience for children from the ages of 3-6 years that gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Christian tradition. If you have a child who might be interested speak to Angela.