Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation option for young children offered at Immaculate Conception. It is based on the philosophy that even the youngest child is in a relationship with God.
Developed by Sophia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobbi in 1954, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is modeled after the Montessori method of learning and helps children to grow in their faith in a deep and rewarding way. Children work in a prepared environment called an atrium. They use simple, hands-on materials to learn about the Mass, the Kingdom of God, the sacraments, and the liturgical year. They also ponder the parables and the life of Jesus and His teachings.
As they progress in age, the children spend more time reflecting on the materials, learning more about the sacraments, discussing salvation history, and contemplating the plan of God. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a wonderful way for children to grow in the Faith and in their relationship with God.
There are currently two levels available at Immaculate Conception. Level I is intended for children ages 3-6 (prior to 1st grade) and Level II is intended for children in grades 1-4, though older children are welcome to continue to participate. Sessions are held approximately 3 weeks a month from September through May.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Scavnicky or the parish office.