Saturday - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 6 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program in which children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and Liturgy.
CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child to grow in that relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. This place is called an atrium and is prepared with materials specifically designed for the children to work with to draw them deeper into the essentials of our faith. CGS atrium will be offered for children ages 3 to6 years old on Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m. beginning in the fall. Parents are also encouraged to stay during the session time for a small group ministry opportunity. Children must be potty trained and independent in the bathroom.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.
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CGSUSA was formed in 1984 in North America with its main aim being that of “involving adults and children in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood (contemplation and enjoyment of God) are predominant.” Other aims include building community among catechists in supporting their work with children in aiding the growth of the spirit of this method of catechesis, establishing rapport with the wider ecclesial community, and encouraging, documenting, and spreading the research related to the religious life of the child through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
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Epiphany will be celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday
April 14 and 15 – Highlighting Catechist of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
Come before or after Mass and learn more about CGS, Tours of the Atrium will be available and there will be opportunities for you to become involved in this beautiful program.
In the Atrium we celebrate Easter with a Liturgy of the Light, similar to the Easter Vigil. The Atrium is dark, we decorate a new Pascal candle, and process around the room singing “Christ our Light and the children respond “Thanks be to God.” Our prayer table is set and we continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. As Christians the mystery of our faith is three–fold: the death of Christ, the
resurrection of Christ, and Christ’s eventual return. As catechists and parents, our greatest gift to our children can be to initiate them into this mystery, the mystery of life stronger than death,
of light stronger than darkness. To affirm with the child that indeed, the love evidenced in Christ’s passion and death, is the love that brought about the resurrection—the love that
continues to cover the whole world. During this season we continue to lift up the theme of Light with presentations on Baptism. Have a Blessed Easter Season!
All are welcome to apply. Registration fees correspond to Faith Formation programming guidelines – $100/child with a family max of $300 for registered families. Non parishioners add $50.00.
Registration priority will be given to parishioner families. A wait list will be created if needed with the possibility of other session times being created based on interest.
Click here to access the registration process by selecting the 2017-2018 Faith Formation Registration. Please contact Mary Minor for all questions, 763.862.4348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.