705 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is open to ages 3-9 (grades PK-3).

CGS is offered from 4 to 5:30 PM or 6 to 7:30 PM on either Tuesday or Wednesday in the new atria in the church basement. Families choose a day and time during registration.

  • Level 1: 3–6-year-olds (PreK & kindergarten)
  • Level 2: 6–9-year-olds (grades 1-3)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) provides an environment for young children to encounter the beauty of God in a learning space prepared just for them. Each session is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes hands-on lessons on the Mass, scripture, and sacraments of the Catholic church. Each week, children will be provided with an environment in which to discover God through hands-on work, prayer, and song. Each lesson is connected to a specific moment in scripture or Mass and is meant to bring them closer to the Good Shepherd. Sacramental preparation is included for second graders: 

Sacrament of First Reconciliation   A child’s First Reconciliation is taught and received during the winter of second grade. Children learn the importance of confessing their sins and receiving forgiveness. Group reconciliation occurs in January.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion   During the winter of second grade, children begin to prepare for their First Holy Communion which they receive in the spring after Easter.

Want to help our CGS program grow?

  • Consider being a Catechist! Email Rosie ([email protected]) with questions.
  • Give a gift to our CGS Expansion Project.