Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is child-centered, child-directed method of introducing the mystery of God to children ages 3-6 and 6-9 and their families. It is a parish-based approach to the religious formation/development of children established in the Archdiocese of Toronto over thirty years ago. This catechesis originated in 1954 in Rome, inspired by the Montessori principles of education.
The Atrium, an essential element in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, helps the relationship between God and the child to flourish. It is the prepared environment/room that can be compared to a retreat house where recollection and silence are facilitated


Ministry Activities

  • Serves children ages 3-6 and 6-9 and their families
  • Ministers through Catechists of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with the support of the parish community
  • Prepares and maintains the prepared environment – the Atrium
  • Offers weekly 1½ – 2 hour sessions with small groups of children ages 3-6 and 6-9 years, October to May, held in Atrium and Meeting Room (converted to Atrium environment)
  • Offers 2-3 Parent Meetings/Workshops
  • Offers 2-3 Catechist Meetings/Workshops

Volunteer Commitment

  • The primary commitment of the adult is to serve as a Catechist with the children in the atrium. The groups may involve children approximately 3-6 or 6-9 years of age. The duration of each session with the children in the atrium is usually about 2 hours, meeting once per week. There are at least two Catechists, always the same persons, with each group of children during each session.
In January 2015, the Atrium was transported from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish to St. Gregory's Parish (Kipling and Rathburn). That parish has a space available that is being underutilized. This will help more Catholics to become aware of the program and will hopefully generate interest for more catechists to be trained, which would allow more children to participate.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry or require more information, please contact Mary E. Bennett Sturino at 416-767-3380 / gsturino@rogers.com or Kathleen Ennis at 905-824-2751 / kennis@archtoronto.org.