Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has begun.

Level 1 (PreK3, PreK4, and K) and Level 2 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade) meet Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15.  Level 3 (4th, 5th and 6th grade) meets Wednesday evenings from 6 - 7 p.m.

Register now to join Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Children must by 3 years old by September 1, 2021.   Click here for registration form

If your child is in second grade and needs sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion, please click on link below and complete the requested information form.   Registration form for second graders


All children who plan to receive the sacraments this year and do not attend St. Richard School must attend Parish Religious Education classes.

First Reconciliation Parent Meeting is Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Church.  Masks are requested.

Mary Louise Jones will be the speaker.

(If you attended this class in the last 5 years you do not have to attend but are certainly welcome. You must send a note stating when you attended the class.)  Nursery will be provided.

First Reconciliation is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the church. We will celebrate Mass together, followed by Reconciliation. Nursery will be provided.

For further information concerning Sacramental Prep, click below.


 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.

Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at

Interested in volunteering or learning more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? Contact Susan O’Connor at or 601-366-2335 for more information.

Children must by 3 years old by September 1, 2021.

Level I (3-6 years old)

Level II (6-9 years old)

Level III (9-12 years old)









Teaching Safety- Empowering God’s Children by Virtus is designed to teach children the skills they need to recognize boundary violations that precede abuse, to remove themselves from uncomfortable situations, and to tell a trusted adult when someone has crossed a boundary with them.

For information about this program, which is the Diocese’s response to comply with the Bishops’ charter for the Protection of Children, please follow the links below:

We will present lessons to the Level 1 and 2 children on October 3, 2021, and to the Level 3 children on October 6, 2021.