"...And we sent Timothy, our Brother and Servant of God in the Gospel of Christ, to strengthen and comfort you in your faith..." I Thessalonians 3:2

Catechesis of The Good Shepherd

St. Timothy Church offers hands-on faith formation classes based on the Montessori method of learning for children age 3 - grade 3.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:
faith formation for children age 3 through third grade

Hands-on faith formation classes based on the Montessori method of learning

Classes meet weekly

Registration required

WHAT IS IT?

This hands-on method of faith formation is based on the Montessori method of learning. Unlike book-based curriculums that use a workbook model with minimal teacher training, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd utilizes a dedicated prepared space for children called the “atrium” and extensively trained catechists. 

The atrium is filled with child-sized furnishings and manipulative models of people, places, and objects found in scripture and liturgy. These materials are introduced to the children throughout the year. Each week, the children choose materials to continue their meditation about particular Scripture texts or signs from the liturgy. Because children learn by using their hands, working with materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with God.

Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program here: http://www.cgsusa.org/

WHO IS IT FOR?

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St. Timothy Church offers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (or "CGS" for short) classes for parish children as well as non-parishioners. Classes are divided by age and lessons are tailored to fit the class size and age of the children, so registration is required.

Children as young as three years old may begin to participate in CGS and they may continue through the end of third grade. Older children are welcomed into our Parish School of Religion and Youth Ministry programs.

For our preschool classes, children must be fully potty-trained and three years old on or before 09/01/2018.

For our kindergarten classes, children must be five years old on or before 09/01/2018.

WHEN and WHERE DO CLASSES MEET?

St. Timothy’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meet once/week, on Sundays beginning in September and ending at Pentecost.

  • Preschool:

    • Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 10:45 am OR

    • Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm OR

    • Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Kindergarten: Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Grades 1 - 3: Sundays, 8:30 am - 9:45 am

Classes meet in the Atrium, a dedicated space filled with child-sized furnishings and manipulative models of people, places, and objects found in scripture and liturgy. The St. Timothy CGS Atrium is located off the hallway at the back of the church (across the hall from the restrooms).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost to participate in CGS at St. Timothy is $80.00. No parish child will be turned away based on an inability to pay tuition. If you need assistance, simply contact Mrs. Feige (reled@rrohio.com, 614-371-4618).


Upcoming Events for CGS Families

 

Register

Classes are divided by age and lessons are tailored to fit the class size and age of the children, so registration is required. CGS is not designed for occasional attendance or drop-in visits.

Click the button to begin your registration online, and complete it by submitting a copy of your child's baptismal certificate along with payment of tuition by September 1.

If you'd rather use a paper form, download one HERE or pick one up from the parish office or the back of the church.


Questions about our CGS program?

Please contact Mrs. Rita Marie Feige (reled@rrohio.com, 614-371-4618).


Class Resources

GRADE 2: First reconciliation and Holy Communion

Second graders at St. Timothy Church and School work toward two very exciting and important milestones in their faith - First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The hands-on approach to faith formation used in the CGS Atrium is particularly powerful for children preparing to receive these sacraments of initiation.

The dedicated, specially prepared space called the atrium is filled with child-sized furnishings and manipulative models of people, places, and objects found in scripture and liturgy. Here, we use carefully prepared lessons and purposefully selected materials, based on the Montessori method of learning, to prepare our second grade students to receive graces of the sacraments. Because children learn by using their hands, working with these materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, enriching their preparation and nurturing their relationship with God.

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