St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish houses Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children three to 12 years of age.
- Level I: Ages 3 to 6
- Level II: Ages 6 to 9
- Level III: Ages 9 to 12
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a faith formation program approved by the Vatican and the Diocese of Greensburg. It originated in 1954 in Rome inspired by the Montessori principles of education and developed by Sofia Cavalletti. This doctrinal method prepares the child to respond and participate in a personal relationship that already exists between God and the child.
The key focus of this catechesis is Scripture and Liturgy. The specially prepared environment, we call the atrium, is Mass-centered. Work in the atrium focuses on the relationship with Jesus, which finds it's most concrete and intense moment of life in the Eucharist. The children handle materials and experience ritual celebrations like those seen and experienced in church. The atrium can be compared to a retreat house facilitating recollection and silence. It is a place for religious life, for community and worship—not a classroom for instruction.
Sessions are held Tuesdays at 9:30 AM or 5:00 PM. Sessions are two hours in duration. Download a registration form here. Please don't hesitate to contact the parish office for more information.