Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

ALL CGS CLASSES 2017 – 2018 ARE FULL. Registration is CLOSED.

CGS Levels I, II, and III at 10:15 – 11:45 AM in Benedict Hall Basement.

Parish children, ages 3-12 grow in faith through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) religious program.  The CGS curriculum is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.  In CGS, we follow the child into the depths of his or her existing relationship with God.  A prepared environment called an “atrium” contains simple, yet beautiful, materials for the child to use.  Led by the Holy Spirit, the true teacher in the atrium, the child discovers and experiences both religious education and spiritual formation.

The CGS program is divided into three levels.  Level I is for 3 to 6 year olds,  Level II is 1st to 3rd grades; and Level III is 4th to 6th graders.  Each level consists of developmentally appropriate materials, which deepen each year, entering the children further into the mysteries of the Catholic faith.

For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd you can visit the CGS USA’s website or read The Faith of a Child by Ann Garrido at America Magazine.



See CGS Calendar 2017-2018 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins every year at the end of September and continues through mid-May.  The “atria” are located in Benedict Hall.

If you have questions, please contact Mark Bartholet, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator or Cathy Chiappetta in the Office of Faith Formation at or 704-332-2901 ext. 230.
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If you’re looking for an opportunity for personal spiritual development, or you’ve always been curious about becoming a CGS catechist, please contact Mark Bartholet at to talk about the training.

Information for Updates for Parents:

CGS News Lent 2017

CGS News Jan Feb 2017

CGS News December 2016 PDF

CGS News November 2016 PDF