Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Coming Soon to St. James!

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian Ministry for children that is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church; it is inspired by the principles of Montessori education. This is an opportunity for children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in a child-friendly space called an atrium. In small groups, facilitated by trained adults (catechists), once a week children will experience guided activity to aid meditation on Scripture and the mysteries of the Christian faith.

At St. James we will be offering the program for 3 – 5 year olds starting on October 16. Children must be three years old as of August 31st and fully potty trained to participate.

At St. James Parish we will be using the St. Kateri room (aka The Children’s Liturgy room)

  • Groups of  8-12 children gather each week in the atrium
  • children engage in ‘guided play’(work) and listen to and wonder about scripture stories from the Bible
  • children learn new skills and practice through use of sensorial rich materials
  • children pray, sing and enjoy being with one another
  • activities in an atrium are based on Montessori principles

St. James’ atrium will run on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

What do the children learn about?

Level I (age 3-6)    The young child has 2 essential spiritual questions:

  • Who is God / Jesus?
  • Who am I in relationship to God / Jesus

In the atrium the children discover ‘God is love’ ‘Jesus is Risen’ and ‘We are His sheep’, through meditating on selected Bible stories such as the birth of Jesus and the account of the Last Supper and the prayers of the church (i.e. the Mass or Holy Communion). In the stories of Jesus (parables) they encounter the mystery of the Kingdom of God; while in the Parable of the Good Shepherd the children enter into the mystery of our covenant relationship with God. The children work with child-friendly figures in dioramas and miniature articles used in the church (i.e. baptismal font) to help them wonder and ponder on answers to their questions. They are also given opportunities to celebrate the seasons of the church; Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and the Liturgy of Light and Pentecost. There will also be practical life skills that relate to work in the atrium.

Parents only Information and Registration Evening: Thursday, October 4 @ 7:00 pm
(St. Raphael Room)

Cost of the program will be $10/child per week for the first child or $15/week for two children from the same family.

 For further information contact Dorothy Burns .