A gateway to faith


We’ll be hosting a Level 1 formation course here at St. Ignatius for adults who would like to deepen their understanding of children’s spirituality. The course will lead to certification in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method, which we offer in the atrium. 

August 21-27, 2022


Sunday, August 21, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday, August 22 – Saturday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Part A: $350 for CGSAC members, $425 for non-members.  Scholarships available. (Membership costs $40.)

Young children have a special capacity for discovering a relationship with God that can become the foundation for a joyful life of faith.

What if children came to know Jesus in a special, peaceful space, with materials designed just for them? Rooted in the principles of Montessori education and formally known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, this program is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church. Young children engage in  individualized activity with hands-on materials.

As of March 2022, the Good Shepherd Atrium will be back in session.  Click “I’m interested” to view the details. 

The Level 1 Atrium is for children ages 3, 4, and 5.

The Level 2 Atrium is for children in Grades 1-3. 

Discover more about the different characteristics of the two levels:  cgsac.ca/levels


Are masks required even for the youngest children?

If your child is able to wear a mask comfortably, that is preferable for safety reasons.  However, if they aren’t yet used to wearing a mask, it’s not an obstacle to enrolling.  

What's the difference between Catch the Wave and the Good Shepherd Atrium?

Kids can attend both!  The Good Shepherd Atrium is a formal weekly program which requires pre-registration and a year-long commitment.    Catch the Wave happens within the Sunday mass, and it is open to any child at any time.  

Is there a cost?

Yes.  The fee for the Good Shepherd Atrium is $150, payable in three installments.  (Bursaries are available based on need.)

Does my child have to come for the full 75 or 90 minutes? That seems like a long time.

Part of the philosophy of the Good Shepherd program is that children can more readily come to know God when they are calm and unhurried.  This long time period, rooted in the Montessori tradition, helps children to fully enter into a spirit of contemplation.  The time passes quickly because the children enjoy the experience so much!

Can you tell me more about the team for this ministry?

Each atrium group has a lead catechist who has completed a 90-hour formation course through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada.  There is also at least one assistant in the room as well.  You can read more about the formation process for catechists at cgsac.ca.

What are the times for the atrium sessions?

We are currently scheduling several sessions per week so that we can have small groups for social distancing.  Please use the link above titled “I’m interested” to see what’s available.  

A short introduction to life in the atrium

A deeper look at the method and philosophy

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Canada

Read more

The Canadian Association for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides information, endorsements, and more.


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