Children's Faith Formation ~ Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children’s Faith Formation begins at birth with you the parents as Primary Catechist, passing on our Catholic Faith to your children. We bring them to the Church seeking the Sacrament of Baptism at which time we promise to raise this child to know God and to know their Faith. Here at SMT we have expanded our Children’s Faith Formation opportunity to honor and support you in this journey.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation for children ages 3 to 12. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Beginning in 1954, Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar and member of the Vatican commission for Jewish-Christian relations, and her colleague, professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator, developed the Catechesis by observing and working with children at the Children’s Centre in Rome, Italy. Children gather with catechists in an “Atrium”, a space prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith. CGS is presently used in over 37 countries around the world, and many Dioceses throughout the United States.
First Communion preparation will occur concurrently with the Atrium time, with a minimum two year commitment prior to receiving First Holy Communion.
I encourage you all to go to the CGSUSA to learn more about how this unique program that takes our Catholic Faith and literally puts it into the hands and the hearts of these young souls.
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For those who are of adult age and interested in becoming Catholic, First Communion is also part of the Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, which is also known as RCIA.