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Children's Faith Formation

Children’s Faith Formation begins at birth with you the parents as Primary Catechist, passing on our Catholic Faith to your children.  We bring them to the Church seeking the Sacrament of Baptism at which time we promise to raise this child to know God and to know their Faith.  Here at SMT we are expanding our Children’s Faith Formation opportunity to honor and support you in this mission.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children in Pre K thru 8th grade.  It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.  Beginning in 1954, Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar and member of the Vatican commission for Jewish-Christian relations, and her colleague, professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator, developed the Catechesis by observing and working with children at the Children’s Centre in Rome, Italy.  Children gather with catechists in an “Atrium”, a space prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.  CGS is presently used in over 37 countries around the world, and many Dioceses throughout the United States.

In the fall of 2016 we will be opening two Atria here at SMT, a Level 2 for children ages 6 years to 8 and a Level 3 for children 9 to 10 years.  Our class options will be on Sunday before and after the 9:30 Mass and on a few afternoons throughout the week TBA. 

First Communion preparation will occur concurrently with the Atrium time, with a minimum two year commitment prior to receiving First Holy Communion.   



Please register for fall sessions HERE



I encourage you all to go to the CGSUSA to learn more about how this unique program that takes our Catholic Faith and literally puts it into the hands and the hearts of these young souls.  


Religious Education First Communion

As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal, bearing the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. The sacrament of the Eucharist is available each day during Mass.



For further information, please contact Rhiannon Jensen by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 476-7403 Ext. 225


Other First Communion Links

For those who are of adult age and interested in becoming Catholic, First Communion is also part of the Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, which is also known as RCIA.  

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