Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the parishes and schools in the diocese starting a

Montessori-style Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium program for children ages 3-6yrs old.







 This BEAUTIFUL program helps children fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through use of beautifully made, hands-on materials presented to them in a carefully prepared, quiet environment.  Almost like offering spiritual direction for children, this approach helps give an opening for them to see God’s goodness and offer their own responses in reaction and prayer.







Novena to the Good Shepherd for our new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children’s program

Jesus, our Good Shepherd, bless our atrium. Make it a place where children can open their hearts to you.  May they grow in love for you, and never want to live apart from you. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who truly knows His children each by name, aid our parish in every way that this endeavor may be pleasing to you.



Day 1: For the Children 

Lord you said, “Let the little children come to me.” May the children of our community open their hearts to you, their Good Shepherd, and grow in their desire to know, love and serve you.

Day 2: For the Parents 

Heavenly Father, you designed families to have parents who would love their children and lead them in your ways.  Inspire in the hearts of parents here in our community a desire to put you at the heart of their home.

Day 3: For Volunteers 

Lord, as we seek to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to your flock, we know we need more hands. Please send your Holy Spirit to inspire more volunteers to aid in offering this opportunity to our youngest disciples.

Day 4: For the Catechists

 Good Shepherd, we believe that in the atrium you are the true teacher.  Call forth and inspire those who can be trained to serve as catechists in the atrium.

Day 5: For the Assistants

 Good Shepherd, so often you speak to your young ones in the silence of the atrium.  Help us to find Assistants who can be a helpful presence to the children and aid in cultivating the silence of the atrium. 

Day 6:  For the Material Makers 

Father, you created a world full of beauty that inspires wonder and awe.  Help us to find people who sew, paint, woodwork and others who can use their talents to create beautiful materials that will inspire wonder and awe in the atrium.

Day 7: For Great Love

 Jesus, the heart of this ministry is to help your children fall in love with you, their Good Shepherd.  May all who are associated with this ministry powerfully feel your great love for them, and in turn have their hearts set on fire with a burning love for you.

Day 8: For Vocations 

Father, you know well the plans you have for each of your children.  In the experience of the atrium, may seeds for vocations be planted and grow.

Day 9:  For Renewal 

Lord, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd helps your presence be known. May this ministry foster renewal in the hearts of all those touched so that it spills over to contribute to a renewal of our parish, as well.