Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a hands-on children's faith formation program for children ages 3-6 where children grow in their relationship with God through scripture and liturgy. This experience is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium. Focusing on God’s unconditional love through the parable of the Good Shepherd, the experience is based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship.
“The 3-6-year-old child is particularly capable of receiving and enjoying the most essential elements of our faith—the announcement of God’s love especially experienced through Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who died and is risen. Materials on the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings help to make the mystery of God concrete for the child. The heart of the catechesis for children under six revolves around the Parable of the Good Shepherd. Jesus announces that he is the Good Shepherd who calls each one by name. The sheep listen to the voice of the Shepherd and follow him.
“The 3-6 year old child enters the mystery of the Eucharist by first learning the names of the articles used on the altar and then through the most important gestures including the preparation of the chalice, the epiclesis and offering, and the sign of peace. Through the experience of seeing these gestures, presented one by one, the Mass emerges as the Sacrament of the Gift. The child becomes acquainted with the historical character of the liturgy through the events of the Last Supper, Christ’s death, and His resurrection.”
Sessions meet weekly for 1.5 hours and consist of a presentation of new material, work time, and prayer. Sessions begin in mid-September and end in mid-May. Please see calendar for additional details. Session options given in the table:
|A||Mondays||10:15 am - 11:45 am|
|B||Tuesdays||9:30 am - 11:00 am|
|C||Wednesdays||9:30 am - 11:00 am|
|D||Wednesdays||4:00 pm - 5:30 pm|
Solely run by volunteers, everyone is needed to help in some way. Volunteer opportunities include trained catechists, assistants in the Atrium, set-up and tear down help, nursery care, and support of catechists in material preparation.
Sessions are full for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Beth Ruhl at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to ask to be placed on a waiting list.