Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)


To foster a community where children and adults live together a religious experience which facilitates participation in the wider community of the family, the church and other social spheres.

News & Notes

2019-20 Program

Children and catechists meet weekly to meditate with themes from Scripture and the Liturgy and to pray through work with specially designed materials in a peaceful environment. The larger community supports these activities through ongoing adult formation, prayer, and maintenance of the facility and materials. Occasional Masses and other liturgies enrich the shared experience of those in the program.

Catechist Formation

Over the past year, almost 400 children have come weekly to Nazareth, home to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Francis, to develop their relationship with Jesus and to nurture their sense of wonder.

Catechists guide the children’s time in the atria at Nazareth, with an understanding that Jesus is the only teacher.

Beginning in June, St. Francis will be hosting a Level I formation for those interested in learning how to help in the atrium, with the added benefit of personal spiritual growth and renewal.

This formation course is open to any adult or teenager and takes place in the form of a retreat. Participants experience the meditations as children and learn the rich theological underpinnings of the presentations. They also gain an appreciation for the child as theologian. It promises to transform and deepen the adult’s relationship with Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

CGS formation dates are:

  • June 27-30, 2019 (Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • August 8-11, 2019 (Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • November 1-3, 2019 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and 1:00-4:30 Sunday)
  • February 7-9, 2020 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and 1:00-4:30 Sunday)

Attendance is required for all dates, unless alternate arrangements are made ahead of time.

The cost for the course is $250 for St. Francis parishioners, and $500 for non-parishioners. This includes meals and all materials needed to complete the course. It will fulfill requirements to receive a Level I certificate and will qualify participants to lead sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds at Nazareth or any other atrium. Babysitting may be provided, depending on the need.

If you have questions, or would like to register for formation, look for brochures in the walkway, search for the course at, or contact Cheryl Rundle at 558-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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