The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in Sacred Scripture, liturgy, and respect for the child's rich relationship with God. Central to CGS is the atrium, a room containing beautiful materials that focus the child's attention on key scripture passages or liturgical moments.

After an introduction by the catechist, the children are invited to work with a material on their own to continue their meditation. Because children learn by using their hands, working with materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with God.

Beginning their work in 1954, Dr. Sofia Cavalleti and her co-worker, Gianna Gobbi, developed the catechesis by observing and working with children between the ages of three and twelve. It is the joyful, peaceful response of the children themselves that inspired and determined the content of this unique program

Schedule for CGS Classes

Monday3:30 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 - 10:00 AM
Wednesday2:30 - 4:30 PM
Wednesday6:30 - 7:45 PM

Registration for CGS

All families must register their children every year.  Registrations is received from June through August.  If you questions, our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Fees Schedule:

Registered Parishioners of St. Louis

1 Child$65.00
2 Children$80.00
3 Children$100.00
4 Children$120.00

*There is an additional book fee of $25.00 for students preparing to receive the sacraments next Spring.

For additional information on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd please contact Ina Alvarado at 512-454-0384 x 221 or send her an email to