Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Although Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will not meet in person right now, St. Richard’s catechists are creating short videos for families to view at home. Each one will highlight a particular theme or “work” from the atrium and give parents guidance on how to do that work with their children.

Click the button below to register online. You will receive a confirmation email that includes contact information for your child’s catechist and directions about how to receive a family prayer table kit. Please register by Wednesday, August 26.

A family faith video will be emailed  on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. The series will begin on Sunday, September 6, and you can view it any time. We will also include a materials packet for your child/children.

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If your child is in second grade and needs sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion, Click Here to Register

 What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is Montessori-based and is a method of helping children develop a close relationship with God, where the adult catechist serves as a guide for them. The Atrium is a specially prepared environment for children to listen to the proclamation of the Good News and meditate on it through hand-crafted materials that correspond to their age and needs.

These materials, called “works,” focus on key parables such as the Good Shepherd (John 10:3-5, 10b-11, 14-16) and the True Vine (John 15:1-11), as well as the Mass, sacraments, prayer, and much more. The experience is profound for the children and for the adults witnessing the Holy Spirit’s work in the Atrium.

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Interested in volunteering or learning more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? Contact Tara Clifford at or 601-842-2250 for more information.

Children must by 3 years old by September 1, 2020.

Level I (3-6 years old)

LEVEL II (6-9 years old)

Level III (9-12 years old)