A child’s journey in the Atrium begins at the age of 3 years.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a comprehensive faith formation programme for children starting at 3+ through to 12 years old – where the child encounters the Good Shepherd and starts to develop a close, personal relationship with Jesus. This catechesis is firmly grounded in Liturgy and Scripture, and is framed by Montessori principles of education. Trained catechists present essential “lessons” and guide the child at “work” with sensory-rich material in a sacred space called the Atrium.
The Catechesis endeavours to respond to the young child’s desire to “Help me draw closer to God by myself.”
CGS Sessions take place in a specially prepared environment called the Atrium. It is ...
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was started in 1954 by Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, who saw through careful observation and study, that a child has a unique way of being in the presence of God – a gift also to an adult who cares to stop long enough and notice. Together with her colleague, Prof. Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori-trained educator, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was created and evolved to what it is today, practiced in 22 countries worldwide, and in 13 parishes in Singapore, fully endorsed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Location: St Mary’s Atrium, Room B11
Year 1, 2, 3
(N2, N1, K1)
|Thursday||3:30 pm – 5:00 pm|
|Friday||3:30 pm – 5:00 pm|
9:00 am – 10:30 am
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Year 4, 5, 6
(P1, P2, P3)*
|Thursday||5:15 pm – 7:15 pm|
|Friday||5:30 pm – 7:15 pm|
|Saturday||11:00 am – 1:00 pm|
Year 7, 8, 9
(P4, P5, P6)*
|Friday||7:30 pm – 9:30 pm|
* Parish Catechism – From Level II (P1 onwards), all children will join St Mary’s parish catechism classes concurrent with Atrium sessions.
Children start the CGS path of continuous formation at 3+ years, the year they turn 4 years old.
“If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should with patience and courage seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child will be our teacher if we know how to observe.” (Sofia Cavalletti)
Training and formation is an ongoing process for catechists and parents.
|Main Coordinators||Pressy Rowe|
|Spiritual Director||Fr Clifford Augustine, OFM|