The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to Christian formation in the Diocese of Sacramento, through which children as young as 3 form deep, lifelong relationships with Christ.
Real LifeThe Catechesis of the Good Shepherd enables children to cultivate the deep relationship with God that He intended at creation. Virtually every week, we hear reports of things that the children say or do that profoundly inspire their parents and catechists. Below are just a few sample anecdotes.
One evening after returning home from the Atrium a little boy whispered confidentially to his mother: "Mommy, I have a secret. I am one of Jesus' baby sheep and so is (my brother)."
"One day I asked my daughter what she did in Atrium today. She said, "There was a rich man who sold everything for the most precious pearl. The precious pearl was so special because it had God in it, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." I asked her if the man did the right thing selling all he had for that one pearl. Without hesitating she exclaimed, "Yes!"
"John is benefiting so much from the Atrium. I frequently hear him singing the hymns that he learns. Once as he was running water gently over the back of his hand, he explained this was part of the presentation on Baptism. It's truly inspirational to see how the Holy Spirit is so alive in the hearts of these children."
From a catechist: "This week one of the younger children was tracing the outline of a paten. When I asked her to tell me about it, she pointed to the paten and said Jesus is here."
"Yesterday I put an open Bible on the prayer table in our home. When my son and I went to the prayer table, as soon as he saw the Bible he said with awe and reverence, "The Holy Bible!" I asked if we should read from God's Word, and he excitedly said Yes!"