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8 a.m. Holy Eucharist 
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist/Family Service*
6 p.m. Misa en Español 
8 p.m. Compline Service
*Nursery opens at 10 a.m.  

7 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Atrium Community (ages 3-9)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program believes that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.

With this aim in mind, the Catechist (guide) embraces Maria Montessori’s vision of the human being and thus the attitude of the adult regarding the child; and prepares an environment called the atrium, which aids the development of the religious life.

The atrium is a community which facilitates children’s participation in the wider community of the family, the church, and other social spheres.

Starting in January 2019 our regular Catechesis program will run September through May on every Sunday, except for the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 9:30am – 11:10am. When the atrium closes at 11:10am, children are welcome to join in to the concurrently running regular worship service that begins at 10:30am every Sunday. Our atria are designed for children ages 3 to 9 (one atrium for ages 3-6 and one atrium for ages 7-9).  

On Second Sundays (starting in January, 2019), children and their families are encouraged to attend the 10:30am worship for a service designed to reinforce growth and learning from the Atrium.

Ready to help your child grow nearer to God? You can click here to register, or call the Parish Office.

ATRIUM (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) FAQs

Do we have to belong to St. John’s to participate?

Absolutely not! Any child is welcome in the Atrium, regardless of whether they are part of a family who are members of St. John's.

Do we have to attend St. John’s when the Atrium closes at 11:10?

You don't have to join worship at 11:10, but the program will have prepared your child for the Eucharist, and so they may well want to attend. All you have to do is pick your child up, whether you attend worhsip or not.

Do you provide snacks during the atrium?

Absolutely. There will be a snack each week. 

Is there a cost?

No; this program is funded by the parish (through the giving of our members), and there is no additional cost to participate. 

We are new to the area/St. John’s. Can we join in the middle of the Catechesis program year?

Of course! Your child can join at any time. You can contact our Catechesis team to register before you arrive, or fill out the registration forms when you drop your child off. All children are welcome in the Atrium.

How many adults will be in the atrium?

There are at least two adults in the Atrium at all times (sometimes more), and everyone who is part of our children's formation program has had training in safeguarding children, as well as passed a comprehensive background check. 

Where can I learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

You can learn more at the website of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd United States, or by contacting our Catechesis Team at the Parish Office.