The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a formation process for children aged 3-12 years. It is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study using the Montessori principles as a tangible, yet indirect self-teaching method, developed by Dr Sofia Cavalletti and Dr Gianna Gobbi since 1954.
The Catechesis is based on the principle that the child desires to draw near to God. The process allows children to hear the Gospel through the use of sensorially rich materials. The children are free to work with these materials, which represent essential proclamations of the Christian message.
The adult’s task is to prepare for the children the sacred space, called ’the atrium’, so they can respond to this holy relationship, first proclaimed to them through Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Themes are offered in such a way as to develop the religious potential present in every child.
The atrium at St Pius X, Hamilton, New Zealand currently offers formation for children from 3-9. We hope to eventually offer CGS formation for children up to 12.
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