The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is available as an alternative to the Sunday offering for children attending PREP, and as an enrichment to the religious education provided to our Holy Family children.
The CGS methodology is a Montessori hands on approach to religious formation that is rich in prayer, liturgical and spiritual content and is specifically designed to meet the age appropriate developmental stages of the child. CGS utilizes a dedicated prepared space for children called the “atrium” and extensively trained catechists. The atria are unique environments filled with materials specifically designed for the child’s use. Because children learn by using their hands, working with materials allows them to enter more deeply into meditation, nurturing their relationship with God. The goal of CGS is to nurture this relationship and prepare the children for full participation in liturgy through the use of the materials, prayer and songs, listening to the Bible with the children, and by giving them time for personal work.
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CGS Level I
CGS Level I is offered for children who are ages 3-5 in the fall (i.e. pre-K through K). In Level I, the focus on the parable of the Good Shepherd nurtures the child to grow in an appreciation of the unconditional love and protection of the Good Shepherd and the deeply rooted relationship Jesus has with us. The parables of the Kingdom further the children’s understanding of the beauty, value, and strength of God’s Kingdom, deepening their desire to become participating members of the Kingdom of God.
CGS Level I is offered twice: 9:00 am—11:00 am Tuesdays & 4:15 pm—6:05 pm Tuesdays
CGS Level II
CGS Level II is offered for children who are ages 6-7 in the fall (i.e. grades 1-2). The Good Shepherd and Kingdom parables of Level I provide the foundation for moral formation that comes as a natural response to God’s love in Level II. The image of Jesus as the True Vine, who invites us to remain in the love of the Good Shepherd, the Moral Parables as well as the Moral Maxims (the Commandments given to us by Jesus) help to nurture and deepen our moral life in Christ. Further study of the History of Salvation from Creation, to Redemption and Parousia allows for reflection on our personal role in fulfilling God’s plan.
CGS Level II is offered once: 4:15 pm—6:05 pm Tuesdays
Please see the CGS Parent Handbook for more information: 2018-2019 Parent Handbook
Weekly sessions will begin on the following dates:
September 11 for children with previous CGS experience or
September 25 for children new this year.
Sessions will be held through May 7th.
The following holidays/days off will be observed:
Nov. 6 – no session (Election Day)
Dec. 25 – no session (Christmas)
Jan. 1 – no session (New Year’s Day)
Apr. 16 – no session (Holy Week)
For questions on St. Joseph’s CGS offering, or to become involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please contact Anne Pulsifer (firstname.lastname@example.org/484-431-5156)
For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, see cgsusa.org.