Pre-School Formation

This Pre-School Program is for children the age of 3-5 where they get to explore their relationship with Jesus and His Church at their own level.

Level I Atrium is back at St. Patrick Catholic Church. This amazing program is based on the conviction that God and the Child are already in relationship.  The curriculum accommodates and nurtures the child’s faith, moral, and psychological growth.  The themes which are offered further develop the religious potential that is present in every child.  In our semi-monthly program, children will come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd, learn about the cycle of the church & liturgy, and further their knowledge of grace & courtesy.   For further information please visit

General FAQ

Q: What does the word “catechesis” mean?  A: The word “catechesis” is often defined as oral instruction given to catechumens (those preparing for baptism). It is from a Greek word, related to the word “to teach,” and means “resounding” or “echoing down.” It refers to the passing on of the truths of our faith. Though most of the children we serve are baptized in infancy and are not actually catechumens, their catechesis has been delayed until the earliest ages at which they can participate in it.

Q: Is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catholic?  A: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd came about through the work of two Roman Catholic laywomen in Rome: Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. They were inspired by the educational principles of Maria Montessori, also a Catholic. The materials they prepared for children, since 1954, were based on the Bible, the Roman Catholic liturgy and sacraments, Tradition, and Church teachings. In 1985, a Level I course welcomed participants from both Catholic and several other Christian traditions. Since that time, the ecumenical character of the roster for each course has continued. All presentations are offered as given to us by Sofia and Gianna (Catholic) and participants are welcome to adapt them to their own traditions with the encouragement of the national association and help from CGS formation leaders who share their traditions.

2020-2021 Schedule:

24 Weekly Sessions


Session Wednesday – DATE Thursday – DATE Time of Year
PARENT ORIENTATION Sunday, September 20th @ 10:15am Sunday, September 20th @ 10:15am 25th Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #1 September 30th, 2020 October 1st, 2020 26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #2 October 7th, 2020 October 8th, 2020 27th Sunday Ordinary Time
October 14th, 2020 October 15th, 2020 No Class MEA
Session #3 October 21st, 2020 October 22nd, 2020 29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #4 October 28th, 2020 October 29th, 2020 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #5 November 4th, 2020 November 5th, 2020 All Saints Day
Session #6 November 11th, 2020 November 12th, 2020 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #7 November 18th, 2020 November 19th, 2020 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
November 25th, 2020 November 26th, 2020 No Class Thanksgiving
Session #8 December 2nd, 2020 December 3rd, 2020 1st Sunday Advent
Session #9 December 9th, 2020 December 10th, 2020 2nd Sunday Advent
Session #10 December 16th, 2020 December 17th, 2020 3rd Sunday Advent
December 23rd, 2020 December 24th, 2020 No Class Christmas Break
December 30th, 2020 December 31st, 2020 No Class Christmas Break
Session #11 January 6th, 2021 January 7th, 2021 Epiphany of the Lord
Session #12 January 13th, 2021 January 14th, 2021 Baptism of the Lord
Session #13 January 20th, 2021 January 22nd, 2021 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #14 January 27th, 2021 January 28th, 2021 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #15 February 3rd, 2021 February 4th, 2021 4th Sunday Ordinary Time
Session #16 February 10th, 2021 February 11th, 2021 5th Sunday Ordinary Time
February 17th, 2021 February 18th, 2021 No Class Ash Wednesday
Session #17 February 25th, 2021 February 25th, 2021 1st Sunday Lent
Session #18 March 3rd, 2021 March 4th, 2021 2nd Sunday Lent
Session #19 March 10th, 2021 March 11th, 2021 3rd Sunday Lent
Session #20 March 17th, 2021 March 18th, 2021 4th Sunday Lent
Session #21 March 24th, 2021 March 25th, 2021 5th Sunday Lent
March 31st, 2021 April 1st, 2021 No Class Holy Week
April 7th, 2021 April 8th, 2021 No Class Easter
Session #22 April 14th, 2021 April 15th, 2021 2nd Sunday Easter/Divine Mercy
Session #23 April 21st, 2021 April 22nd, 2021 3rd Sunday Easter
Session #24 April 28th, 2021 April 29th, 2021 4th Sunday Easter

For questions about the Pre-School Program, please contact Tammy Molitor at (763) 753-2011 ext. 109 or