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.

CGS LEVEL 2: (Rm 251)

Level 2 CGS: 1st – 3rd Grade (7-9 year olds)

This is a 2-year program. The first year of level 2 is an introduction. The second year is First Communion Prep.

At the start of Level Il, the child begins preparation for First Holy Communion by delving deeper into Scripture and the liturgy of the Catholic church. During the second year of CGS Level Il, families receive a catechetical text to help them with faith formation as a domestic church in the home.

We offer a Level II atrium on Monday Evenings from 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM (this is now the only slot open for late registration)

All children receiving First Holy Communion in the Spring of 2024 will also attend four evening classes with their families plus some special events. 

Classes will start on September 25th

Contact: Caty Sumerton,


Cost is $100

For general religious education inquiries, contact Alexander Wallo, Director of Faith Formation,

To pay registration fee, click here and choose “religious education” in the pulldown menu. You may also send or bring in a check to the parish office (note which program)

If you have a financial situation that prevents you from signing your child up, please contact Alex Wallo, Director of Faith Formation at

For information on CGS Level 1 (ages 3-6) CLICK HERE

St. Thomas the Apostle Church