Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“The prepared environment is called the ‘atrium’… it is a place of spiritual retreat in which work easily becomes prayer… a place of worship where children and adults celebrate the Word together.”

– Sofia Cavalletti, “Characteristics of the Good Shepherd Catechesis


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based faith formation founded on two pillars: Sacred Scripture and Sacred Liturgy. Through the use of Scripture and materials, which we call “work”, children are invited to enter into a deeper relationship with God.


CGS sessions take place with extensively trained catechists, in a dedicated prepared space for children called the Atrium. The atrium is a special place of work and prayer, filled with kids-sized furniture and hands on models of people, places, and items found in scripture and the liturgy. These manipulatives are introduced to the children throughout the year. Each week, the children choose “work” to continue their meditation about particular scripture texts or signs from the liturgy. Working with these materials, allows the child to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with the Good Shepherd.


We offer CGS as our PREP program for our Parish children who are homeschooled or attend public school. All CGS sessions are offered from September to June.

Level I: Preschool (4yrs old) is offered on Monday’s at 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Level I: age 5-7 Level II age 7-9 Level III ages 9-12

All Sessions for our Level I, II and III school aged children are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Our sessions run from 4:00 – 5:30 pm and from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.


1 child = $200

2 children = $250

3 or more children = $300

First Holy Communion = $50

Confirmation (includes Spirit Day) = $100

Late Fee Surcharge (after June 15th , 2024) = $50

1 child = $300

2 children = $400

3 or more children = $500

First Holy Communion = $50

Confirmation (includes Spirit Day) = $100

Late Fee Surcharge (after June 15th , 2024) = $50

For the purposes of admission to CGS your family is considered Registered Parishioners if you have: registered your family with the parish office, regularly attended Mass at our parish, and give to the parish financially (using envelopes or online giving) and/or through service.

If you require financial assistance, please contact the parish Director of CGS; Payment Options: Cash, Cheque, Visa, Mastercard, Debit, or E-transfers to [email protected]


Refund Policy

Before September 15, 2024 – A refund of fees less $50 materials deposit per student, After September 15, 2024 – No refunds are provided (exceptional circumstances may be reviewed).


Applications open on April 15, 2024 for the 2024/25 CGS year. Please submit your form and attach your child’s Baptismal certificate (required for new students only) by  June 15, 2024. If your form is submitted after June 15, 2024 a late application fee will be applied at the time of payment. All applications are to be submitted via our new online application form which has been built into our website. Students are considered fully registered once your application has been reviewed by staff, approved and the parish office has received your payment of fees. We will offer spots in the CGS/PREP program to our returning families as our priority and then register parishioners. Non registered parishioners will be put on the waiting list and contacted when there is space available.


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We require all CGS / PREP students at St. Patrick’s Parish to complete the application.  Our staff will review it and then connect with you directly to confirm admittance.  Payment is made to the parish office following confirmation of admission to the program.

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