On Sundays, ages 3-12 participate in a Montessori-based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program before joining their families during 10:45 a.m. worship at the exchange of Peace to participate in the Holy Eucharist (Communion). Crib to two-year old care is available 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Infant and Toddler Center, which is open Sunday mornings and for special classes and events. Opening this fall, the toddler atrium will explore the spiritual capacities of young children as they transition from nursery to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Seasonal events for households with children are scheduled throughout the year.
For more than 20 years, St. Peter’s has chosen the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as the way we introduce God’s love and grace to our children. The Catechesis is a Montessori-based approach where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in scripture and liturgy. One of our primary beliefs is that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult and is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.
With this approach, rooms called atria are prepared for the children. An atrium is a place of simplicity and order, where work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer. The religious needs and capacities of the children guide the Catechesis in instruction. The atrium allows the children to come into contact with scripture, the liturgy of the church.
Our specially trained catechists work with our children in the atria, located on the main floor of the parish house. In addition to serving children ages 3-12 in our well-established atria, we now have a transitional toddler atrium in a space adjacent to the nursery. The Catechesis begins at 9:30 and ends at the Sign of Peace (in the context of the 10:45 Eucharist).
September 7: First day of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
December 28: No Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Easter Day, April 5: No Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Day of Pentecost, May 24: Last day of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd