What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?

CGS is a valid catechetical program for the religious formation of children rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.

CGS was developed through forty years of collaboration by scripture scholar Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Montessori teacher Gianna Gobbi. These women believed that young children have a natural personal awareness of God, and so designed lessons to expose children to meditation, mystery, joy, awe, wonder, and the peacefulness of knowing God.

A CGS Atrium room contains simple developmentally appropriate yet beautiful materials to help children absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith. The Biblical and liturgical themes selected resonate with the innermost needs of the children.  St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and School currently offer a Level I Atrium for children ages 3-6 years old.

CGS Catechists believe that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six . The growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Preschool children in this program become confident in the love of the Good Shepherd.

We welcome you to enroll your 3-6 year old child in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at St. Thomas! You can do so by one of two ways:

1) Participating in the Sunday morning Parish program.

Click here to learn more about our Sunday Religious Education

2) Enrolling in St. Thomas Preschool.

Contact: Denise Greutzmacher, Director of Little Saints Preschool, dgruetzmacher@sta2.org

St. Thomas the Apostle Church