A Sacred Place

Catechesis of The Good Shepherd
“It is not enough to love the children. It is necessary that they know they are loved.”
— St John Bosco

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

When the Church was first growing, the Atrium (the Sacred Place) was an area where the catechumens gathered to be formed in the faith before they entered the church to participate in the full liturgy. Likewise, the Atrium provided at Holy Name is a place for children to draw near to God and enjoy being in His presence. This environment is located in its own dedicated building.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation program for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The principal goal of this program is to facilitate the child’s relationship with God through community and worship rather than academic study. Framed by the Montessori principles of education, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program utilises rich sensory materials and various activities to encourage children to encounter Christ and His love in a personal way. The adult supervisor’s role is to prepare the space for the children so that they can respond to this relationship, which was first proclaimed to them through Jesus the Good Shepherd.

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
— Mark 10:14-15

Level 1 (ages 3 to 6)

Two sessions are held for Level 1:
Tuesday 10:15am-12:15pm AND
Wednesday 10:15am-12:15pm.

Level 2 (ages 6 to 9)

Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm.

during School Terms only

WHERE: The Catholic Church of the Holy Name. Please walk into the gated area at the back of the car park and proceed to the playground. Atrium is located in the building next to the cubby house.

COST: $10 per session per child (or $80 per term) and $5 per session for any additional siblings.

WHAT TO BRING: A bottle of water for your child/children. Please do not send your children with snacks as eating is not permitted in Atrium.

More Information

There are two levels of Atrium split into age groups and the cost is $10 per week or $80 per term. Registration is a requirement and children must be dropped off and picked up at the appropriate times.


If you would like further information or are interested in enrolling your children for Atrium, please call or email Lucia Snelling.

Important Note

Children should be dropped off and picked up at the end of each session.

For Enquiries
Lucia Snelling

Lucia Snelling

E. lucia.snelling[at]hotmail.com
More Information: https://cgsaust.org.au