Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is faith formation for children ages 3 through 12. It draws the children into their covenant relationship with God through Scripture and Catholic liturgy, using hands-on materials in a reverential environment.
The child has a great capacity for contemplation and joy, having an innate knowledge of God and His greatness. What better way to allow Jesus to speak to the child than through His own words and the worship that puts those words into action.
Following is just a taste of CGS as it matches the Mystery of God with the Mystery of the Child, resulting in a lifelong love for the Lord. To find out more about CGS for the children or if you’re interested in serving in this ministry, contact Jo Thornley Cox at [email protected] or 816-522-3002.
Children ages 3-6, Level I, meet Jesus as the Good Shepherd and deepen their relationship with Him through Liturgy and Scripture. Their “work” takes them to
- The objects, gestures, and prayers of the Catholic Liturgy
- The foundation of the sacrament of Eucharist
- The historical events of the life of Jesus, especially His infancy and final days
- Jesus’ preaching, particularly the images of Christ the Good Shepherd and Christ the Light
- The parables of the Kingdom of God
- The sacrament of Baptism
Children ages 6-9, Level II, focus on their relationship with Jesus as the True Vine. They deepen their faith through study of Scripture, Liturgy, and the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist. The Bible and prayer as well as salvation history and gifts of the Kingdom of God are emphasized.
Children in fourth through sixth grades, Level III, have additional focus on God’s Plan in Salvation History, the Old Testament, the Mass and Sacraments, and the History of Worship.
Click here for 2022-23 CGS Registration Form