The program has begun for the 2016-2017 year.
Level 1: Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm
Level 2: Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm
St. Mary's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a sensorially rich experience for children. Level 1 is for children from the ages of 3 to 6 years and Level 2 is for children from the ages of 6-9. The programs gives children the opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Catholic tradition.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Catholic faith.
You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children. In St. Mary's atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. The children learn about their faith through all their senses.
For more information please contact Eileen Kendall at (802) 885-4123.