Where a Child Can Fall in Love with God!
Maybe you have heard about “CGS” but don’t really know what it is all about. CGS stands for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (CGS is a lot easier to say!) CGS is a religious program that St. Thomas More Parish started in 2017 which is now available for Preschool through 2nd grade. But it has been around a lot longer than that! It was begun over 60 years ago in Rome and has since spread all over the world!
What Makes CGS So Special?
CGS is not just another curriculum presented in a classroom where the teacher talks and the children listen. It is an approach where children have a special child-sized space and ample time to encounter God in the way that is natural to them; through hands-on materials, songs and celebrations as well as quiet time to work at their own pace and pray from their hearts. This prepared environment is call the Atrium.
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What Happens at CGS?
Generally, a CGS session will include:
- A presentation given to the children, by an adult catechist, about a part of the Bible or Liturgy
- A significant period of time where children can work with materials of their own choice at their own pace
- A joyful gathering time of worship with singing and prayer
He Calls His Sheep by Name
Using Scripture and Liturgy, the child learns about the Life of Jesus, the Mass, the Kingdom of God, the Sacraments, and prayer. Our favorite parable, of course, is the Good Shepherd and is presented to the youngest children; ages 3-6. The most essential need for a child is to be loved and protected. Through this parable they come to know Jesus as their Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them and knows them by name.
"The sheep follow HIm because they recognize His voice" John 10:4
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Can Parents be Involved?
Parental involvement is not only beneficial, it is personally fulfilling! If you would like to help as an aide, a short training is all you will need. If you are interested in becoming a catechist in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program (CGS) please contact the Rectory office. Special training is required to be a catechist and will be paid for by the parish with a commitment to teach.