Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Level One: 3 years old through Kindergarten

If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.”

Sofia Cavalletti

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based formation that was founded by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi in Rome in 1954. Through thorough observation, Cavalletti and Gobbi found that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six and that the growth of this relationship, when assisted by an adult, is actually directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship. In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, that place is called the Atrium. Building upon a firm foundation of Scripture and Liturgy, the ultimate purpose of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is to help a child “fall in love with God.”

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Registration

Registration will open on Wednesday, August 15, and the link for registration will be available on this page. Atrium Session times as well as the registration fee will be available at the time of registration.

Spots are limited and the process for selection is prioritized by the following:

  • Registered Parishioners
  • Siblings
  • Children registered in other parishes

*Please note that all children enrolled in Saint Thomas the Apostle Preschool will attend Atrium during school and do NOT need to register.

Support The Apostles' Atrium

Please help support The Apostles' Atrium at Saint Thomas with your prayers. If you also feel called to help in other ways, we are always in need of assistance with materials items used in the atrium. You can view our Amazon Wishlist here: http://a.co/b2BmXbb