Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Would you like to help your child enjoy a deeper relationship with God? The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, and respect for the child’s rich relationship with God.

Central to CGS is the atrium, a room containing beautiful materials that focus the child’s attention on key Scripture passages or liturgical moments. After an introduction by the catechist, the children are invited to work with a material on their own to continue their meditation. Because children learn by using their hands, working with materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with God.

St. Benedict Catholic Church offers two levels of CGS, depending on the age of the child: Level I (3-6 year olds), Level II (6-9 year olds).

Each level contains three years of presentations. While a child may start as early as 3 years old, if your child is 5 or 6, he or she may spend two years in a Level I atrium and then transition into a Level II environment. If your child has never experienced this method of religious formation and is 6 years old or older, he or she might begin directly in a Level II environment, depending on the ages of other children in our program.

Religious Education Registration for 2020-2021

Registration for all RE programs at St. Benedict will open online via our website on August 1. Although sessions may look different this year, we have worked hard to develop creative ways to continue quality faith formation for children and teens in our parish. We realize that new ways of learning, gathering, and praying may be difficult to embrace, but we trust that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide our hearts and minds.

Please note that although we anticipate programs to begin in September, all schedules remain flexible and are subject to change.


Notable Changes for Fall

All program costs for 2020-2021 have been reduced to $40 per child/teen (with a family maximum of $100). Several families have experienced a loss of income this year, so for those willing to do so, an additional donation may also be made to support another child in RE.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will receive specially-prepared materials each month for the children to explore at home as we partner with parents to emphasize the Domestic Church. Opportunities to interact and pray with the catechists and classmates will be available on a limited, rotating basis due to the small space and limited capacity inside the Atrium. Beginning in September, children will be assigned specific Sundays to attend in-person sessions from 10-11am. This will allow for important in-person faith formation while maintaining safe physical distancing. Parents will be expected to volunteer with their own children. (Priority for in-person sessions will be given to children preparing for sacraments and those who have completed at least one year of Level I.)

For all in-person gatherings, children and adults will be expected to wear face coverings and proper physical distancing will be maintained. No snacks or sharing of supplies will be allowed. These practices are all for the protection of everyone.

We look forward to beginning the new year of faith formation together!

Heather Mooney

Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation



Please note: CGS Classes are limited to 15 children per session.

Parent Participation is required for CGS sessions.


More Information

For further parent resources, please visit the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website.