The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is coming to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish for September 2021!

This beautiful work was created by three gifted women who had a great love for scripture and the church and a great love for children and how they learn. They saw in children a great capacity for God. The CGS is not so much instructing children but rather in listening to God with children.


In order to bring the CGS to OLPH, we will require trained catechists, parent-helpers and an atrium (ideally a dedicated space set aside for catechesis).


“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


The atrium contains many hand-made materials that provide for the sensory, learning, “work” and contemplation of the child. A Level 1 atrium is designed for 3-6 year olds.


The Founders of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:


Dr.Maria Montessori became the first woman medical doctor in Italy. Early in her career she started working with children in the slums of Rome. Her training as a scientist allowed her to observe the children with an eye to recognise their intrinsic needs. Montessori accumulated a series of materials that are still used in Montessori schools around the world today.The Montessori Method is based on the idea that children learn best when the environment supports their natural desire to acquire skills and knowledge. Maria was born in 1870 and died in 1952.


Dr. Sofia Cavalletti was a Hebrew and Scripture scholar. Her experience in preparing a 7 year old boy to receive the Eucharist changed her whole life and began developing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. One of her influential books is called, The Religious Potential of the Child.Sofia died in 2011.


Professor Gianna Gobbi was an author, educator, professor, catechist and formation leader. She was mentored by Dr. Montessori and worked in Montessori schools for 15 years. Professor Gobbi  and Dr. Sofia Cavalletti developed the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Rome in 1954. One of her helpful CGS books is entitled Listening to God With Children. Gianna died in 2002.


We have some donations already: a mini altar, mini lectern, mini Baptismal font, mini Paschal candle,a wooden liturgical calendar (requires painting, sanding), a beautiful sacristy cabinet and various other items.


What Is Needed from the Parish:


  • Your prayers,
  • skilled carpenters,
  • painters and artists ( to create and finish the woodworking materials, some of which are 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional biblical figures),
  • seamstresses (sew mini chasubles and altar cloths in liturgical colors),
  • calligraphers (to write short scriptures, and prayers),
  • donations of specific items (check Face Book Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Sherwood Park and ask Veronica 780-467-8410),
  • financial assistance.



Any questions please check with Veronica Isinger 587-785-8410