Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd began in Rome, Italy in 1954, when Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Biblical scholar and Gianna Gobbi continued the work of Dr. Maria Montessori. They have developed an approach to religious and spiritual development that nurtures the innate spiritually of the young child and the adult. Today this Catechesis is offered in centers throughout the world.
The Catechesis takes place in “The Atrium”, a prepared environment for children where Scripture is proclaimed, study of the great liturgical moments of the Church are celebrated and the traditions of our faith are experienced. This is a place of prayer, the opportunity for child and adult to contemplate the great mysteries of God’s kingdom and of life.
Two of the guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are:
The transmission of the Christian message in the atrium has a celebrative character.
In harmony with the universal church, the life of the atrium follows the liturgical year.
Waterfront Academy incorporates Catholic values and teaching, not only in the Atrium, but each day through the entire school.
Liturgy and Worship
Students at Waterfront Academy participate in a variety of liturgical and worship celebrations, including:
Seasonal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Each Friday, Waterfront Academy hosts a Mass celebrated by a Dominican Priest for students, staff and parents. On holy days of obligation and special feast days, the Primary and Elementary students make the pilgrimage to St. Dominic's Catholic Church (630 E Street SW).
Non-Catholic students and students too young to receive Holy Communion are invited to receive a priestly blessing during the distribution of Communion.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered two to three times per year, especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent.