Saturday - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 - 10 a.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 to5 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.
More details to come.
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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The Church of Epiphany is pleased to host a training course to become a certified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 (3-6 year-olds) Catechist. The training starts in January, meets one weekend a month until April and finishes next summer. Please prayerfully discern if the Good Shepherd is calling you to this beautiful, spiritual opportunity.
Click here to print your registration form. Return the form to the parish office Attention Mary Minor
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. Please contact Mary Minor for all questions, 763.862.4337 or email@example.com.