Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Thank you for visiting our webpage to learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Our Lord Christ the King Church. The CGS program is also referred to as Sunday Preschool. The chart below outlines the different programs that fall under the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian faith-formation approach, inspired by Maria Montessori’s principles of education. It was created in 1954 in Rome by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, and Professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori-trained educator.  It responds to the child’s plea to “Help me come closer to God by myself.” The goal is to help children develop a profoundly personal relationship with God, where the Scripture and Liturgy are at the center of the Catechesis.

The Good Shepherd Room

With specially designed materials and inspiring presentations, children explore different topics appropriate to their developmental age, such as:

      The Life of Christ
      The Kingdom of God
      Sacraments and Liturgical Season
      Moral Formation through Parables and Maxims

The Atrium is a prepared environment where “the Mystery of the Child meets the Mystery of God”.  Young children have natural ability to enjoy relationship with God in a deep way.  In the Atrium, the children work, pray, sing, contemplate, marvel and celebrate the Mystery of God.

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Here at Christ the King, we offer the CGS to two age groups: Level 1 is for preschoolers, ages 4-6 and Level 2 is for CCD first and second graders. The chart below explains the levels in greater detail.
*Calendar for 2020-2021 Sunday Pre-School*
*Calendar for 2020-2021 CCD*

Level Offering Ages Meeting Time Location Video
Sunday Preschool
4-6 Sundays during the 10:30 am Mass Good Shepherd Atrium link

1 – 4
Monday 6:15-7:45 pm
Thursday 5 – 6:30 pm
Good Shepherd Atrium link
Summer Bible School
4-6 One week in
early June,
9:30 am-noon
Good Shepherd Atrium link


Natalie Gunawan, who is a Montessori teacher, CGS-trained catechist and parishioner, leads the program. She is assisted by three CGS-trained catechists and parisioners: Emily Daley (Director of Religious Education), Theresa Bruemmer, and Julie Katz.

(Left to right) Theresa Bruemmer, Emily Daley, Natalie Gunawan, and Julie Katz.