The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Program is a Montessori based Catholic religious education program which nurtures the child’s relationship with God, and educates the child in the faith. Dr. Maria Montessori’s approach follows St. Thomas Aquinas’ understanding that “all our knowledge has its origin in the senses.” The “Atrium” is a place of prayer, prepared especially for children to contemplate the life of Jesus and the liturgy of the Church with the use of many sensorial materials, including infancy narrative figures, a raised surface map of the Land of Israel, a model altar and a model baptismal font. This concrete method of presenting the faith is similar to the way the Church teaches us through the sacraments, holy water, incense, and statues.
"I came that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
August 15 - 19, 2016, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 noon daily
Ages 4 - 9 (3 year olds permitted with 1 year atrium experience)
* Summer Atrium depends upon enough interest. We need at least 7 children in each Level by 8/1/16 in order to have Summer Atrium for that Level.
- We just received 7 children in each Level. So, Summer Atrium is on for both Level I and Level II. Thank you!
REGISTER FOR 2016-2017 ATRIUM !
We are now accepting registration forms for the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 atrium year. In order to secure your child's spot in the atrium program, please turn in a signed registration form and $50 registration fee to the rectory offices (before August 15, 2016, the registration fee is $25). Checks can be made payable to “Saint Louis Church”. For tuition costs, please see the registration form.
Level I (for 3-6 year olds)
For 2016-2017, Saint Louis offers morning and afternoon Level I Atrium sessions for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. Children must be potty trained and able to follow simple instructions.
- Wednesdays 10am - 11:30am -- 2 openings left
- Thursdays 10am - 11:30am -- 2 openings left
- Thursdays 4:15pm - 5:45pm -- FULL!
Level II (for 6-9 year olds)
For 2016-2017, Saint Louis offers after-school Level II Atrium sessions for children who are between the ages of 6 to 9 years old. Level II children must be at least 6 years old and in first grade.
- Mondays 4pm - 6pm (6 -12+ year olds) - FULL!
- Tuesdays 3:45-5:45pm (6-9 year olds) - 3 openings left
Level III (6-12+ year olds)
For 2016 - 2017, Saint Louis offers an after-school Level III Atrium session for children who are between the ages of 9 to 12+ years old.
- Mondays 4pm - 6pm (6 -12+ year olds) -- FULL!
Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Atrium Documents
2016-2017 Atrium registration forms are below. They can also be picked up at the Saint Louis rectory, the back of the church, or can be emailed to you. For more information, please call the atrium at (703) 660-9270 or send an email.
- CGS Atrium Brochure 2016
- CGS Atrium Rose Brochure 2016
- CGS Atrium Handbook 2016-2017
- CGS Atrium Registration Form 2016-2017
- CGS Atrium Calendar - 2016-2017
To view the scope and sequential progression of presentations given for Level I and II, click below:
To read the Saint Louis policy concerning registering for the Atrium during a sacramental year, click below:
The atrium is located in the Northwest corner of the Saint Louis Church property near the intersection of Route 1 and Popkins Lane; it is the small white building between Msgr. Walsh Hall and the Adoration Chapel. It is labeled Montessori Atrium.
Atrium Closure and Delay Policy
Atrium closures and delays follow Fairfax County Public School and After School Activity closures and delays. Please see www.fcps.edu.
If Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) close, the Atrium is closed. If FCPS are delayed 1 hour, all Atrium session are open. If FCPS are delayed 2 hours, the morning atrium session is delayed 1 hour and will run from 11am-12:30pm, and afternoon sessions are open. If Fairfax Afterschool programs are closed, the afternoon Atrium session is closed. If Fairfax Saturday programs are closed, the Saturday Atrium session is closed. If Fairfax Saturday programs are delayed 1 hour, the Saturday atrium is open. If Fairfax Saturday programs are delayed 2 hours, the Saturday atrium is delayed 1 hour and will run from 11am-12:30pm. Due to Religious Education schedule constraints, we are unable to make up missed days caused by inclement weather.
To view more pictures, visit our Facebook Page!
Land of Israel - Raised Surface Map
City of Jerusalem
Would you like more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Montessori Atrium?
- Coordinator of Saint Louis Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Montessori Atrium
The Atrium needs the following items:
- Narrow Wire Bottle Brush
- Croatian Bible
- Any other international Bible (We already have Spanish, French, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Korean)
- Artists - Can you paint artistically? We need help painting figures for new works in the level III atrium!
Thank you for helping us find these items and artists!!!
Adult Formation in the
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Montessori Atrium
If you are interested in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Adult Formation or are interested in becoming a Catechist in the Atrium, please visit the Montessori Catechetical and Cultural Institute for more information about courses. Their website is www.montessori-mcci.org. You can also visit the National website for CGS at www.cgsusa.org. Here you can find publications, books, information for parents, as well as all the training classes that are happening in the U.S.A.