Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) uses the Montessori approach for the religious formation of children and starts at 3 years old. Children come to the Atrium at this essential age of joy and wonder, to develop a personal relationship and fall in love with God, building a strong foundation of deeply rooted faith. The CGS motto for the child is “Help me to fall in love with God by myself”.
A gift to the family, CGS equips parents in their role as primary catechists to journey in faith
with their children from a young age.

About CGS

  • Developed in Rome in 1954 by Dr Sofia Cavaletti, a Hebrew scholar and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori teacher.
  • Offered in 40 countries in the world.
  • Rooted in Scripture and Liturgy, where God is the teacher
  • Takes place in an Atrium - a prepared environment which is a sacred space
  • Consists of 3 levels, starting at 3 years old and ending at 12 years old.


  • It is run as a parent-child programme where parents play an active supporting role
  • The SFX Level 1 Atrium, Malaysia’s pioneer Atrium was established in 2013. The Atrium is located on 1 st Floor, Xavier Hall (same entrance as Emmaus Centre) and visit is only by appointment or on Open Days.
  • CGS is an Enrichment Formation that complements the Sunday School (RE) that children must attend from Standard 1.


  • ONLY children aged between 3-4 years old can enroll into CGS
  • Parents are REQUIRED to attend a 6-day formation (only once), which is conducted once a year, prior to their child(ren) starting the programme.
  • Currently there are 4 Atrium sessions:
    • Saturday: 8.45-10.30am, 11am-1pm, 1.30-3.30pm
    • Sunday: 9.45-10.45am
  • 2020 intake is full and we welcome those born in 2017 - Jan 2018 for our 2021 intake. To know more, call us for enquiries or an Atrium tour! Look out for our Atrium Open days.

Luisa Lim
Chief Coordinator
012-227 9600
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