Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. 

- Jesus (Matthew 19:14)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori based religious formation program for young children. CGS responds to the voice within the child that says, “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Children, ages 3-6, meet in a prepared environment called the “Atrium." In the Atrium, a catechist provides prepared lessons, along with hands-on materials, enabling the child to truly encounter the Good Shepherd through his or her Catholic faith. Children experience freedom, while learning self-discipline, in a place that is designed to meet their unique spiritual and developmental needs. CGS relies on the fact that young children are able to have a deep religious experience and sense of a higher being, which should be encouraged to grow. The catechist only needs to provide guidance and the child will grow in their relationship with God. It is not uncommon for parents with children in this program to find their children are coming home and teaching them something they didn’t know! As one young SMOY parishioner observed in the atrium, "Plants need sun and water to grow.  Jesus is the light and He helps us grow!"

When: Two Sundays per month September-April
Time: 9:30am-10:45am
Cost: $100 per child

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Help Our CGS Program Grow!

In order to grow and sustain the CGS program, we are looking for more catechists who might be called to use their gifts in this ministry. Are you or someone you know trained as a catechist, or interested in learning more about becoming a catechist? If so, please contact Jacilyn Jackson.


Jaci Jackson
Jacilyn Jackson
Coordinator of Religious Education & Safe Environment Coordinator

Parent Resources

Catechists of the Good Shepherd has a treasure trove of resources for parents to aid as you guide your children in understanding their Catholic faith. Click here to Access the parent resources.