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)

Registration is now closed for this session. A new session will start in the fall of 2024

Contact: Caty Sumerton,

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


St. Thomas the Apostle Church

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