Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at All Saints is designed to fit the original way in which it began in Rome in 1954. It is a four-year program for children beginning at age 3 until they reach 6 years of age. Being rooted in the Bible, the traditional liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, it is meant to complement and lead into traditional catechism classes. This program is designed to assist the child in forming and nurturing an interior relationship with Our Lord, prior to the age of having peers. Essentially, Jesus becomes their first friend. The child learns to treasure that relationship personally, above all others. Once the child reaches the age of reason and attends traditional catechism classes, the child learns what hurts that relationship (sin) and what mends and deepens it (Penance, the Sacraments etc.).
This class is a little over an hour and consists of lessons following the traditional liturgical calendar, tailored to young children. It includes hands-on, age-appropriate materials, such as tangible figures of Jesus and Mary, figures of the Old Testament, interactive maps of the Holy Land, physical representations of the parables, and a child-size model sacristy and altar. Children will learn the parable of the Good Shepherd and its connection to them individually, to the Church and to Holy Mass.
CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 3 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 1st, 2019. Four-year olds may be placed in either section at the discretion of the parents.
Please also have your child potty-trained as best you can.
Cost: $125 per child/year
Coordinator: Mrs. Anne Schniederjan