After celebrating Easter, the greatest feast of the entire liturgical year, the Church gives us even more time to unpack and enjoy the Paschal Mystery during the many weeks of Ordinary Time. These summer months offer us the opportunity to continue, in a new way, to take time out of our daily lives to listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd as He calls us, lovingly, by name.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based method of religious formation for children ages three through twelve. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an Atrium, in which both the children and their catechists can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Catholic faith as revealed in the Scriptures and the Liturgy. Originally developed in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi fifty years ago, the Catechesis continues to spread world-wide.
At The Way of the Shepherd, the children look forward to their weekly Atrium time where they spend an hour and a half to two and a half hours working, listening, praying, and enjoying time with each other and with the Good Shepherd.