Catchesis of the Good Shepherd

Children ages 3–12 are invited to participate in one of the most innovative and effective Sunday school experiences ever created. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program helps children form a strong foundation of faith.

This program is based on the following beliefs:

  • Young children can, and do, experience God.
  • God and each child have a unique relationship with one another.
  • Children need their own place to foster their relationship with God.
  • Tangible but indirect teaching programs are the best methods to promote children’s spiritual growth.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is held in a series of rooms called atria. Each atrium is designed to be a retreat where children and their adult teachers come to be with God, to listen to the Word of God in scripture and to pray. The Atrium provides an environment to nurture each child’s unique spirituality. Discussing parables, prayer, singing, silence, and exploring liturgical events help children and adult teachers explore the great mysteries of the Christian faith. The Atrium provides an environment for community and worship.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was developed in 1954 under the guidance of Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and scripture scholar. Today, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program exists in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Baptist congregations worldwide.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website

If you have any questions about our program at Emmanuel Church, please call or email the parish office. Our Catechesis program runs from September to May annually.