Faith Formation Children


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to faith formation based on Maria Montessori’s educational principles.  It is for children three to twelve years of age.

The Prepared Environment

 It is held in a special room at the Parish Center called an atrium, which is a beautifully prepared environment specifically for children.It is where the children grow in the knowledge of Jesus and His love. Children typically begin catechesis when they are three or four years old.

Catechists and Leaders are Formed Locally

The Sheepfold is a Pacific Northwest Consortium for CGS Sustainability.  The Sheepfold provides an opportunity for a faith community to have ongoing, affordable, and sustainable training for CGS Formation.

Forming the Child— Forms the Adult

CGS Formation provides men and women the foundation to serve in an atrium— where the catechist and the child listen to the Word of God together.  In forming the child the adult is formed too.

A Peak into the atrium

Check out these two videos to learn more about the CGS approach to faith formation and a peek into the prepared sacred space called the atrium.

Forms and Resources for CGS Families

Discerning CGS

Are you discerning a call to be a CGS catechist? If you feel called to serve as a catechist in the atrium, let us know.

Would you like a tour of the atrium?  Are you considering CGS as the faith formation approach for your child? Let us know.

Kim Ward, Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation





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