Our parish vision is to "Build a Church of Missionary Disciples by Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Reaching the Poor." In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd we accomplish this by guiding the child to contemplate God and His love for us through meditation on Scripture and experience of the Liturgy of the Catholic Church (i.e. The Mass). The children in 1st-3rd grades focus their exploration on the Kingdom of God and His Plan for our Redemption, a detailed theological exploration of the Mass, a study of the Bible and its Books, in addition to an exploration of the Moral Parables of Christ in the Gospels. All of this exploration is done with the guidance of the adult while still allowing the child the independence of discovery. Children explore these topics in meditation, discussion, and with the aid of materials designed for continued reflection. The result of this approach is a greater knowledge of our Faith, the Mass, God's Plan for His People, and, most importantly, a greater love for God.