Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 10:14

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Program is a Montessori-based Catholic religious education program which nurtures the child's relationship with God, and educates the child in the faith. Children in the Level I (ages 3-6) program learn that He knows His sheep, calls them by name, searches for His lost sheep, and celebrates the found sheep.

What Do They Learn?

  • Presentations on the life and teachings of Christ to help make the great mystery of God more understandable for the child
  • Through geography, the words of the prophets and infancy narratives, Jesus is established as a real person
  • Parables, prayers, songs, artworks & readings
  • Articles of the Eucharist & Baptism; gestures of the liturgy
  • The Paschal Mystery: Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.

A session in the Atrium (Room 204 near the Parish Office) is 90 minutes long. The Atrium is a sacred space for children, meant to inspire joy, beauty & love. It is a place of prayer, prepared especially for children to contemplate the life of Jesus and the liturgy.


2019-2020 Atrium Sessions

Session 1 - Monday 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Open session
Session 2 - Wednesday 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Extended care Nativity Preschool
Session 3 - Wednesday 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Weekly and monthly options)
Session 4 - Thursday 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Extended care Nativity Preschool

Space is limited to 15 children per session. Sessions begin on Monday, September 16. Cost is $125/child for those children not enrolled in Nativity of Mary Preschool program. Children must be potty trained and able to follow simple instructions.

Register Your Child


"I am the Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

- John 10:11


Catechists

The Atrium is managed by the Director of CGS at Nativity, Cathie Baier. For more information on the program, please review this information sheet (PDF) or contact Cathie at (952)881-8671 ext. 320 or email cbaier@nativitybloomington.org.

We are looking for another Catechist to work with the preschool children of Nativity of Mary in our Level I Atrium next year (2019). The Catechist would need to receive training through the national organization locally here in the Twin Cities. For more info, please review the Catechist Certification Process.


​VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children

In response to the Charter for Protection of Children and Youth, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis offers training sessions for all adult volunteers having regular and unsupervised contact with children and youth. The program specifically addresses how entire Parish and School communities can protect all of God’s children from sexual abuse.

This program is called: VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children
A typical VIRTUS sessions lasts approximately three hours; It is REQUIRED for all volunteers working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Register online at http://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/​.

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