Catechesis of the Good Shepherd



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a religious formation program for children ages 3-4 which incorporates Maria Montessori's principles of education.  This program utilizes a "hands on" approach to nurture the spiritual development of young children.  In this format, children not only learn, but experience their faith.

This formation takes place in classroom setting called an Atrium, where the items used to learn are "child sized" and the children "do work" to understand each lesson.  Contact with the scripture and liturgy of the church is experienced in surroundings where every object is a "help" to knowing God.  Children in the program should attend mass regularly with their families so they can better understand the lessons and materials used in the classroom.

Classes are held Sunday mornings, 10:45-Noon, in the school, and follow the PSR calendar.  Children must be age 3 or 4 by September 30th.  To register, complete the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd portion of the white Religious Education Form and the Emergency Health Form found in the red and white registrations folders, or register online at

If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Grayson at or 330-688-6412 ext. 366.

We are very excited to bring this program to Holy Family.  We know that your children will be excited to discover for themselves how wonderful our God is!!!


Register Online- pay with credit or debit card


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The Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was dedicated and blessed by Fr. Klonowski in early February.  Members of the Catalano family, as well as Clare Kwitowski, were invited to witness the blessing and dedication because of the donations made through Jeanne Catalano and her work.  Jeanne was a firm believer in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Through her works, her memory and love of the program lives on.  Jeanne passed away in 2015.