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The Good Shepherd at St. Michael

In the fall of 1994, something new and different came to St. Michael CCF. It was called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and it was available for four-year-old children. We used a classroom for a few months and then we moved into the Guardian Angel Room in the church building. For 12 years we have presented the materials (items the children use) and celebrated with children aged three to grade six.

What Catechesis is about

In this Catechesis the children hear stories about Jesus and that Jesus told straight from the Bible so that their love for the Bible begins to grow when they are very young. They also learn about the church year and the items that are used in the liturgy so that they begin to understand what happens at Mass. This begins with the very youngest children and continues through the sixth grade; allowing the children at each level to learn the things that are necessary for their particular age.

History of Process

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd began in Rome with Sofia Cavalletti and a seven-year-old child. Sofia is a Hebrew and Scripture scholar but knew very little about children. Yet, she reluctantly agreed to teach this child and found that the child delighted in studying the Bible. She was introduced to Gianna Gobbi, a Montessorian, who was knowledgeable about children. These two wonderful ladies worked together from 1954 to 2002 when Gianna died. Sofia still offers the catechesis in her home and is still working on materials for the children to use.

If you would like to learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd you may contact Emily Watroba at 219-865-8978 or: