About the Program
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a hands-on method of faith formation based on the Montessori method of learning. CGS utilizes a prepared space for children called the “Atrium” and extensively trained catechists. The atrium is filled with child-sized furnishings and manipulative models representing people, places and objects found in scripture and liturgy. Everything in the atrium is made to feed the deep religious potential of children.
For more information about the history and goals of the program, click here to view our flyer.
CGS Formation for Children Ages 3-6
Held on Mondays, 3:45-5:30 PM, in the Atrium Room in the Church Hall. Please contact Andrea Reno at AndreaRenoCGS@gmail.com for more information.
CGS Formation for Adults
Training in CGS prepares adults to work in the atrium for children and often find the courses to be useful to their own spiritual life as well. This is a Level I course in preparation for working with 3- to 6-year-old children. Level I is foundational to training and work in Level II (6- to 9-year-olds) and Level III (9- to 12-year olds). It is appropriate for those wishing to be catechists as well as others wishing to have a deeper understanding of the spirituality of children.
This course will be held over seven weekends in 2017 — Saturdays 1:00-7:00 PM and Sundays 8:30 AM-3:30 PM — in the Forman Room or the Atrium on the following dates:
- January 28-29, 2017
- March 25-26, 2017
- April 29-30, 2017
- Snow make-up weekend: May 20-21 if needed
- June 10-11, 2017
- September 16-17, 2017
- October 7-8, 2017
- November 4-5, 2017
The course will end in time for participants to attend 7:00 PM Mass at Blessed Sacrament. For more information about this course, contact Andrea Reno at AndreaRenoCGS@gmail.com, or contact Kelly Hession by phone at (518) 446-0997 or email at BlessedSacramentChurchAlbany.FF@rcda.org.