What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?

Catechist Corner

“The task of the catechist is to initiate into religious reality, that is to say, (1) to point to the reality that we are surrounded by the presence of a Person, of a Love, because from this knowledge is born (2) a personal relationship with God”.  Sofia Cavalletti, The Objectivity of Catechesis

Does catechesis appeal to you as a way to live the Light of Christ?  

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a way of offering Christ to the youngest of our parish family. The catechist in CGS learns the developmental activities most appropriate to allow the Holy Spirit to be the child’s teacher. Hence, Catechists do not teach, but walk with the children in opening ourselves to this personal relationship with God.

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a valid catechetical way for the religious formation of children which has official recognition in Rome. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. It is also promoted by Bishop Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing.

The spiritual lessons presented to children are in support of the joy, awe, wonder, and peacefulness of knowing God. The children are exposed to meditation, mystery and transcendence, because in the Atrium, the Holy Spirit is the teacher.

What is the Atrium?

This form of catechesis is presented in an environment called an Atrium which is designed to respond to the developmental needs of children. The atrium room prepared for them contains simple yet beautiful materials to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.

Where can I find a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium?

Right here at St Thomas!!!!   Will you join us in this ministry??? 

Prepare for 2022-2023 catechesis series:

An aide training class is being offered on September 10, 2022 from 9am -11:30am at St. Robert Bellermine in Flushing. It would be an excellent introduction to the program for those of you who might be interested in assisting with our Atrium sessions.

Visit here for registration: tinyurl.com/2p88fc3r to sign up

Kate Bockbrader kbockbrader@sta2.org or 

Caty Sumerton csumerton@gmail.com  will be happy to answer questions, or to assist you in registering.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church