Pre-School Formation

This program helps children 3-5 years of age explore their relationship with Jesus and His Church at their own level.

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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.

Recurring Schedule:

15 Class Sessions, about 2 times per month.

Parent Options: Parents can attend the speaker sessions and the Bible/Book Studies offered to Elementary Formation Parents.

Sundays 9:15am – 10:45am

Mondays 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Open House (Required) Sunday, September 16th, 10:00am Sunday, September 16th, 10:00am
1 September 23, 2018 September 24, 2018
2 October 7, 2018 October 8, 2018
3 October 21, 2018 October 22, 2018
4 November 4, 2018 November 5, 2018
5 November 18, 2018 November 19, 2018
6 December 2, 2018 December 1, 2018
7 December 16, 2018 December 17, 2018
8 January 13, 2019 January 14, 2019
9 January 27, 2019 January 28, 2019
10 February 10, 2019 February 11, 2019
11 February 24, 2019 February 25, 2019
12 March 17, 2019 March 18, 2019
13 March 31, 2019 April 1, 2019
14 April 14, 2019 April 15, 2019
15 April 28, 2019 April 29, 2019

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