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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

Catechesis of the  Good Shepherd
The Atrium

Why is it called “Atrium” anyway? The word “atrium” actually means “portico, or porch entrance to a large house.” The Atrium was a term given to this space by Maria Montessori. It was chosen because in the ancient church, the atrium was a gathering space between the Church Proper and the street. It was the place where the catechumens, those preparing for initiation to the Church, would receive instruction. The Atrium has a similar purpose for our children, as it is a place to help them enter into full, conscious and active participation in the liturgical and communal life of the Church. To learn more about the Atrium or to schedule a tour, contact :

Jodi  Cosgrove, 715-378-4431 ext. 3

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Atrium Sessions:

The week of October 22,2023 the Level 1 child spent time with the Geography Map of Israel, and made his own map of the Regions and the 3 important cities of Israel at the time of Jesus, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

For more information: Biblical Geography

The level 2 children (ages 6-9) are preparing for the 1st Sacraments this year. This week they were presented the gestures of the Mass, Preparation of Cruets, Preparation of the Chalice, the Epiclesis and the Offering. 

For more information: The Gestures of the Mass

The Level 3 children were presented the Plan of God Timeline. The children spent time pondering the many great gifts that have been shared with us by others in history and the greatest gift of God Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. And the ultimate Plan of God, the Parousia. When God will be “all in all” 1 Cor. 15:28.

For more information: The Histoy of the Kingdom of God.

Fall Training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This fall a  Level 1 Part B training course for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be offered at St. Pius.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a method of religious formation drawn from the Montessori form of education. This method is rooted in Sacred Scripture and the tradition and Liturgy of the Catholic Church. The religious values of contemplation, enjoyment of God, and personal relationship are fostered in both the child and the adult in a prepared environment called the Atrium. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd serves children ages 3-12 .

If your are interested click here for  more information regarding the training .

If you have questions call Jodi Cosgrove at 715-378-4431 ext. 3  or email:

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