A gateway to faith
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.
Our atrium programs for kids ages 3 to 9 run for 60-90 minutes on Sunday mornings. Children should come for the full time period, so they can have a rich and joyful experience in this peaceful setting.
Cost: $150 for the first child in a family, $75 for each additional child.
- Level I, Session 1: Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:15 (for ages 3 to 5)
- FULL – Level I, Session 2: Sunday mornings, 10:30-11:45 (for ages 3 to 5)
- FULL – Level II: Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30 (for ages 6 to 9)
What's the difference between Catch the Wave and the Good Shepherd Atrium?
The Good Shepherd Atrium is a formal program for families that can commit to attending regularly. For families who come occasionally, or who want a shorter, less formal program, Catch the Wave is just right.
Does my child have to come for the full hour-and a quarter? 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!
See it in action
This is an internationally-recognized program, more than 60 years old.
The Canadian Association for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides information, endorsements, and more.
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