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 2021-2022

Registration for all RE programs at St. Benedict will open online via our website on August 1.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Journey of Faith, JAM = $50 per Child
EPIC = $75 per Teen
Family Maximum of $125 for 3 or more registrations

2021-22 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Schedule


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.