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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Where a child can fall in love with God

CGS Sessions held weekly September through May
Good Shepherd - Level I
(Children ages 3-6 through Kindergarten)  (Fees - $30 per child)
Thursday 5:15-7pm (Maria Christensen, Catechist)
Saturday 10-11:30 am (Paul Santos & Renee Santos, Catechists)
Sunday 9:15-10:45am (Kate Kaldenberg & Kristin Utterback, Co-Catechists)
(with assistance from Christensen-Olsen-Schulte)
Monday 9:30-11am (Cheryl Reeson, Catechist)
True Vine - Level II
(Children ages 6-9 - 1st to 3rd grades)  (Fees - $75 per child)
Thursday 5:15-7pm (Jeanne Schulte, Catechist)
Saturday 10-11:30 am (Christi Olsen, Catechist)
Sunday 9:15-10:45am (Lynne Santos, Catechist)

Please note, classroom atrium adult assistants receive a 50% fee discount. CGS meets requirements for PRE for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. James Parishes




What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use to discover for themselves the rich beauty of our faith. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
was developed by Sofia Cavalletti, a devout Catholic and pioneer in children's faith development. (For more information visit the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, United States




CGS program needs adult assistants as well as help with making materials to be used by the children in the atrium.
Assistants in the atrium: Assistants support the trained catechist by welcoming and dismissing the children, observing & recording the children's work, & directing the children in the Montessori environment. No experience needed. Training will be provided. Once a month minimum commitment from September through May. (flexible weekly or bi-weekly schedules also available.) Must have attended Safe Environment Training (SET). Assistants are needed for each of our weekly sessions.
Material Helpers: The materials used in the atrium are attractively displayed & invite the children to explore & deepen their experience of the presentation at their own rhythm.
The most important characteristic of the materials is their close link to the biblical and liturgical sources. There are many projects from small tasks to large tasks, from paper cutting, to woodworking, from painting, to sewing. 



  Opportunity to be a Certified CGS Catechist
Did you know that the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Sunday School program, that has been around since our parish beginnings, was and is based upon the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was founded in Rome was nurtured over a long period of time by Sofia Cavalletii and her Montessori collaborator, Gianna Gobbi; it was brought over to the USA around 1983.

Around that time, a few of our Sunday School founders heard about it, & attended some sessions & loved it, so they implemented some of the key concepts & items into our SEAS program. forward to now... over the past several years, a handful of ladies & gentlemen from SEAS have attended courses in other cities & are now Certified Catechists for CGS. This year Our Parish, along with the Archdiocese of Omaha, is Hosting the CGS formation courses for Level 1 & 2. The course begins soon, so don't delay in signing up. the course dates are 4 days this Fall and 7 days next Spring, they are: Sept. 16 & 17, Oct. 14 & 15, 2017; March 18, 24 & 25; April 14, 15 & 22, & May 20, 2018.


Download / Forms

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Registration Form 2017-2018

Student Dismissal Release - Photo Consent - Contact Information

St Elizabeth Ann Seton CGS Parent Handbook

Guidelines for Observation in the Atrium

The philosophy of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Summary of Presentations

CGS Catechist Formation Registration Form


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